New Models 2020/2021: Motor Yachts from Italy
Check out new motor yachts from Italy in the first of several articles on new models for 2020/2021.
Benetti’s Oasis 40M is among the most exciting world premieres of 2020 and was set to be among the largest yachts at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, before the event was cancelled. In recent years, the Italian yard moved into the ‘gigayacht’ sector with three 100m-plus builds including the new 107m charter yacht Lana, but the fibreglass Oasis 40M is the first launch following a design collaboration with UK-based RWD that focuses on large outdoor social spaces and poolside living.
The 133ft motor yacht has an infinity pool on the swim platform, just a few steps from the water, and the whole beach area can transform into a ‘terrace over the sea’ due to the large spaces and folding bulkheads that expand the social area. Benetti collaborated with New York firm Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture on the interiors.
Azimut’s major launch of the year is the Magellano 25 Metri, which is even the subject of a short film by Italian director Gabriele Muccino whose films include The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds starring Will Smith. The Magellano yacht and the Muccino-directed short film were both scheduled to be shown at a private premiere in early September.
The new flagship of the Magellano line, the 83-footer has an exterior by Ken Freivokh and an interior by Vincenzo De Cotiis, and great features include an aft cockpit where opposing sofas lined up lengthways can enjoy an infinity view. The yacht is also the first Azimut fitted with MMVS (Marine Mechanical Ventilation System) produced by Italian company BCool Engineering that is designed to produce regularly purified air in the enclosed spaces.
Ferretti Group’s newest models are the Riva 88’ Folgore, Ferretti Yachts 500 and 43wallytender, which were all showcased at the company’s annual Private Preview at Monaco Yacht Club in early September. The Folgore (Italian for ‘lightning’) is the flagship of Riva’s sportfly range and another partnership between Officina Italiana Design and the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department.
The Ferretti Yachts 500 is the brand’s smallest model and its third collaboration with Filippo Salvetti, who also designed the exteriors of the 670 and 720 that debuted at Cannes in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Ferretti Group worked with Ideaitalia on the interior, which is offered in Classic (warm tones) and Contemporary (Mediterranean colours).
The 43wallytender is expected to top 40 knots with its larger engine options and follows last year’s premiere of the 48wallytender, the first model by the brand since it became part of Ferretti Group. The new 43-footer features a new ‘central cockpit’ and a flexible layout that can be adjusted for the boating seasons or for specific uses. The model is available in a wide range of exclusive colours and the first unit is in a striking ‘Gator Green’.
Absolute’s Navetta 64 is one of the year’s most exciting new models and offers a wide range of options including using the transom storage area for a double cabin where the bed can become an aft-facing sofa by day. Among three lower-deck cabins with ensuites, the master is in the bow and features a king-size bed and full-beam bathroom, while the beamy flybridge is available open or enclosed.
Sanlorenzo has launched several new models since the lockdown, with the first 62Steel followed by the first 44Alloy. The builder is scheduled to stage the world premieres of both at its La Spezia shipyard during the first two Elite Weekends (September 19-20 and 26-27), created to provide ‘an immersive experience in the nerve centre of Sanlorenzo’s superyacht production’.
The new SX112 is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 60th Genoa International Boat Show from October 1-6 before it joins the 44Alloy and 62Steel for the third and final Elite Weekend on October 10-11.
As the new flagship of the popular SX crossover line launched in 2017 by the SX88 and followed by the SX76 a year later, the 34m SX112 has also been designed by Bernardo Zuccon of Studio Zuccon International Project, with interiors by Piero Lissoni. As well as the open main deck, look out for a new stern zone featuring a spacious internal beach area that overlooks fold-down side terraces.
Bluegame, owned by Sanlorenzo, is also showing its new BGX60 at Genoa, having premiered its BGX70 (REVIEW, Issue 54) at Cannes last year.
After debuting its MCY 70 Skylounge at Miami in February, Monte Carlo Yachts is scheduled to premiere the new MCY 76 Skylounge at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 28-November 1. Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the Skylounge series features an enclosed air-conditioned interior on the flybridge that includes the yacht’s sole helm station, so increasing the useable space on the main deck.