Ferretti Yachts raises the bar on new 500
With an exterior by Filippo Salvetti and interior by IdeaeItalia, the new Ferretti Yachts 500 is the Italian builder’s entry-level model and the first to feature the brand’s ‘Just Like Home’ design language.
Ferretti Yachts’ new 500 is the smallest model in its range, but it’s also a look to the future. The 15.3m model is the brand’s third with an exterior by Filippo Salvetti but the first with an interior by IdeaeItalia and ushers in a new for the brand, as both design firms are also working on the upcoming flagship 1000.
“The layout on the Ferretti Yachts 500 is carefully designed to offer the owner all the opportunities of a larger craft,” Ferretti Yachts states. “The all-new interior design embraces the values expressed by the ‘Just Like Home’ claim, which means comfort, ‘Italianness’, timeless design and artisan expertise.”
Salvetti first worked with Ferretti on the 670 that debuted in 2018 followed by the 720 launched last year. The brand-new 500 is currently the entry model for a seven-strong range that also includes 550, 780, 850 and 920 models.
Like all Ferretti Yachts models, the design collaboration included the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Group’s Engineering Department.
The 50-footer has a beam of just over 14ft (4.3m) and retains many of the same features as the brand’s larger yachts, like the swim platform, which on this unit features optional steps when submerged, for safety while entering the water, and is fitted with a new-generation lift system. The aft area also features generous storage space.
There’s access from both sides up to the cockpit, which has a sofa and a table in front of it. This area can be used for relaxing or as a dining space seating up to eight people. Alternatively, the backrest can be reclined to form a sun lounger, which can be extended by converting the table into seating with cushions.
The flybridge has multi-purpose setting, with an aft dining area dominated by a sofa that run along port side, aft and slightly along starboard, surrounding a table that can be extended to seat more guests.
The huge sunpad on the starboard side of the bow area is fitted with a double backrest for maximum comfort. Alongside it, the exterior helm station has a new concept dashboard and the dedicated pilot seat. Incorporated in the design is the possibility of sheltering the living areas with a bimini top.
The flybridge helm station on the first unit is fitted with a single 12in monitor, while the standard version has a 9in monitor.
There’s also outdoor lounging space on the foredeck, which has a central sunpad with optional reclining backrests.
INTERIORS JUST LIKE HOME
The cockpit glass door connects the exterior and interior, boosted by a great tilting window, while the galley is well located and designed to serve the dining area and also the cockpit area.
The main deck has a spacious lounge area featuring two sofas and an adjustable table that be converted into a dining table using the rotating extension mechanism, and a coffee table using the up-down system.
On the lower deck, Ferretti Yachts offers two layouts: one with a spacious master cabin and a VIP cabin, both with private bathroom and small laundry, while the other includes a master cabin, a VIP cabin and a double with two single beds and two bathrooms. The big windows flood the bathrooms with natural light.
Midships, the full-beam master cabin features new design solutions such as a mirror behind the bed that stretches across the width of the cabin, increasing the sense of space. The layout also offers a TV area for screens up to 43in, plus roomy lockers and drawers. The basin top and shower walls in the master bathroom are clad in premium materials.
The other cabins reprise the design of the master cabin, making use of the same colours and exclusively ‘Made in Italy’ materials.
An attractive option for owners in Asia is that the huge aft peak on the lower deck can be converted into a crew cabin on request.
CONTEMPORARY OR CLASSIC
The first unit is personalised with the Contemporary interior design mood inspired by the colours of Santorini and dominated by oak in different sand-coloured tones for the walls, furniture and parquet, paired with polished and matt lacquer in various shades of white.
Glass, polished steel and fabrics in grey, sky blue and beige are expertly combined to create a refined and contemporary atmosphere. The natural stone effect grey tiles and white marble in the galley and bathrooms enhance the interior design with outstanding materials for a 50-footer.
The interiors bring together Made in Italy brands, starting with the furnishings: Graniti Fiandre, Galassia and OML for the bathroom, Colombo handles, Cadorin parquet, Pellini lacquered venetian blinds, Zimmer+Rohde sofas and Paffoni mixer taps. And making the onboard experience even more comfortable is the Gentili Mosconi Home Collection of fabrics for Ferretti Yachts.
The interior is also available in the Classic mood, which features warm colours inspired by the town of Portofino and is dominated by dark oak paired with polished and matt lacquer in black and white. Fabrics and leather in brown and beige are accompanied by polished nickel and dark stoneware effect marble in the bathrooms.
POWER AND TECHNOLOGY
The Ferretti Yachts 500 is powered by a pair of 550mhp Cummins QSB 6.7 engines and, based on preliminary data, is predicted to have a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots.
The yacht is also fitted with a set of Humphree dynamic trim interceptors with automatic operating mode to simplify use and reduce consumption. It can also be fitted on request with gyroscopic stabilisation to improve stability at anchor and when cruising.
On this first unit, the interior helm station on the main deck has three touchscreen monitors, one 9in and two 12in, and an optional joystick with docking mode eases handling in confined waters.
Ferretti Yachts is preparing to make a big splash with its new 100ft flagship, but at the other end of the range, its new 500 offers all you could want and more in a fantastic 50-footer.
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