CRN building 70m Project Thunderball


The Ferretti Group builder’s newest project is a 70m, 1,100GT five-deck superyacht by Vripack and Nauta Design.


CRN, 145, Vripack, Nauta Design, Project Thunderball, Marnix J. Hoekstra, Florida, Bahamas, Y.Co, Ferretti Group, Custom Line, Navetta 50, Pershing 140, Riva 54Metri


CRN is working on M/Y 145, a 70m fully custom, steel and aluminium superyacht called Project Thunderball. Dutch studio Vripack developed the external lines and the naval architecture, while Italy’s Nauta Design handled the interior design and outdoor furniture.


Marnix J. Hoekstra, Vripack’s Co-Creative Director, said: “Equally cutting-edge naval architecture supports the outside aesthetic, and places this design atop our sizable portfolio of world-travelling ships, which have sailed the ocean since 1961. At every design meeting, our comprehensive approach gave the owner insight into the layouts, functions and performances, enabling quick, thoughtful and deliberate decision-making.”


The superyacht will cruise in the Mediterranean and between Florida and the Bahamas, and be used as a base for diving, sailing and underwater fishing. The owner is a passionate sailor, so a smaller sailing boat will also be delivered to accompany the mother yacht.


Project Thunderball features a traditional elongated bow, a low profile and svelte lines, with curved bilges and a smooth surface. The five-deck yacht has a beam of 11m, a volume of 1,100GT and accommodation for up to 12 guests and 15 crew.


CRN M/Y 145 continues the shipyard’s commitment to by implementing a peak shaving system to increase energy efficiency and slash fuel consumption.


Y.Co completed the sale of Project Thunderball in August 2022 and is acting as the owner’s representative and project management team, supporting the owner through the construction stage to the technical checks, inspection and acceptance as well as with the project management, the on-site supervision and coordinating the external contractors.


CRN’s current projects also include the 72m CRN M/Y 139, the 67m CRN M/Y 143 and the 85m CRN M/Y 144. Ferretti Group’s almost 80,000-sqm Superyacht Yard in Ancona is also building the first all-aluminium Custom Line Navetta 50, hull four of the all-aluminium Pershing 140 and the first all-aluminium Riva 54Metri.


The west side of the yard is dedicated to the production of Custom Line fibreglass range, with 27 yachts now under construction in the sheds and at the quays for finishing, testing and delivery to their owners and project teams.