Ferretti Yachts finds its groove
Now in Asia, the Ferretti Yachts 860 is another successful Salvetti-IdeaeItalia design collaboration, with highlights including an extra-large garage and cockpit plus a helical staircase and optional jacuzzi, both brand firsts.
Words: Claire Lim Photos: Ferretti Group
The Ferretti Yachts 860 features an exterior by Filippo Salvetti
A new Ferretti Yachts 860 was one of the most high-profile Asia premieres at this year’s Singapore Yachting Festival, as it shone alongside Ferretti Yachts 500 and 780 models at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove.
Among several high-profile Ferretti Group models to arrive in Asia this year – including the region’s first wallywhy200, wallypower58 and Riva 76’ Perseo Super – the Ferretti Yachts 860 was a true head turner at the four-day event.
However, it was just a first stop in Southeast Asia for the 88ft flybridge motor yacht, as it then moved on to its new home in Phuket, having been sold before its arrival by dealer V Yachts Asia, which last year hosted the Thailand premiere of the Ferretti Yachts 500 in Pattaya.
Like Ferretti Yachts’ flagship 1000, the 860 features an infinity cockpit with a glass parapet
Built alongside the brand’s biggest yachts from the 780 upwards in Ferretti Group’s Cattolica shipyard on Italy’s east coast, the 860 is Ferretti Yachts’ third-biggest model behind the 920 and the flagship1000, a model that has been delivered to Taiwan and mainland China over the past year or so.
A world premiere at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival and successor to the 850, the Ferretti Yachts 860 is also among the brand’s new wave of models featuring the option of Classic or Contemporary interiors by IdeaeItalia, also seen on the 500, 1000, upgraded 780 and new 580 that debuted this year.
The Ferretti Yachts 860 offers a high-low swim platform
The 860 also features a sleek, powerful silhouette by architect Filippo Salvetti, who has worked on the exterior of these recent models as well as earlier designs like the 670 and 720, all in collaboration with Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and its Engineering Department.
As such, apart from the 920, the Italian has drawn all of Ferretti Yachts’ current Flybridge models and also collaborated with IdeaeItalia on the brand’s new Infynito 90.
With an overall length of 88ft 5in and a beam of 20ft 5in, the Ferretti Yachts 860 is just an inch shorter than the Infynito 90 but is 3ft 8in slimmer, following the Flybridge series’ classic lines and impressive performance while also remaining a CE-certified recreational craft due to a sub-24m load-line length.
The huge garage can fit a jet-ski and a 3.95m tender
Its standard engines are twin 1,800mph MAN V12 engines, which give a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top speed of 28. However, the first 860 in Asia features the upgraded option of 2,000mph MAN V12s, for a cruising speed of 27 knots and a top speed of 32, impressive for an 80-tonne yacht.
While the yacht’s smooth lines are inviting, the aft cockpit and beach club are even more so. Like the flagship 1000, the 860 features an infinity cockpit with a glass parapet for greater views. The yacht also has a remarkably large garage with space for both a Williams SportJet 395 tender and a two-seat jetski, which can be launched directly into the water by lowering the swim platform.
The starboard side deck leads past an opening door by the dining area
Reached by two symmetrical stairways either side of the garage door, the cockpit is set up with two long sofas facing each other and ensuring all guests enjoy sea views. The sofas flank a huge, almost square central table that can seat eight people for alfresco dining with the addition of foldable director chairs, plus there’s a bar to port, another way of keeping guests entertained in this sheltered area.
Side decks lead to the foredeck, an attractive zone featuring an oversize, forward-facing sofa incorporating a central armrest and built-in glass holders. Forward is a teak coffee table and a C-shaped sofa bed featuring reclining backrests and headrests, while a sunshade supported by carbon posts can be erected when needed.
The foredeck offers a four-sided seating area
The cockpit’s starboard stairs lead to a vast flybridge offering 44sqm (474sqft) of social space, starting with a clear aft area that can be furnished with freestanding furniture such as sunbeds or even a jacuzzi, made available for the first time on a Ferretti Yachts model.
Forward to port is an L-shaped dinette that can seat up to eight people, while further forward is a large double sunpad sheltered by the low windscreen. To starboard is the twin-seat helm station, while behind it is a large, two-piece multi-functional outdoor galley that can be accompanied by bar stools.
The flybridge features a dinette and sunbeds to port, a huge bar and helm to starboard, plus a clear area aft (not pictured)
The forward part of the flybridge is covered by a black-and-white hard top, which is available with fixed glass, an opening glass sunroof or with shading blades.
Back in the cockpit, the door to the saloon can be fully opened, either electrically or manually, and leads guests to an interior featuring Art Deco-inspired curves and a sophisticated decor – or choice of decors.
Interior photos show IdeaeItalia’s Classic mood, as selected for the first hull in Asia
The hull in Thailand features IdeaeItalia’s Classic mood, characterised by darker, warmer colours and striking contrasts, as evident in the throw pillows seen everywhere from the outdoor areas to the saloon and cabins. The Contemporary option presents paler, cooler colours characterised by tone-on tone shades through to total white.
The saloon is immediately notable for its magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows and features adjoining sofas to starboard that combine to offer an L-shaped seating area, while there’s plenty more space for loose chairs. To port is a low-set counter and a 75-inch TV.
The saloon features full-height windows and a sliding door by the dining area
Forward, a large dining table can seat eight people, while to starboard a sliding door offers great views and ventilation for guests, as well as direct access to the side deck.
The hallway leads past the lower-deck staircase to a day head on the port side. To starboard is a comprehensive galley, which can be enclosed or open and includes a ceramic hob, microwave/oven, 302-litre fridge and 117-litre freezer, as well as a side deck door.
Ferretti Yachts’ first helical staircase leads to four en-suite guest cabins
The hallway leads further forward and up a couple of steps to an elegantly finished, semi-raised pilothouse featuring Poltrona Frau pilot chairs. Onboard technology includes a Seakeeper stabiliser on the Thailand hull, while fin stabilisers and Xenta’s X-AID joystick docking system are among options.
Deliberately set apart from the guest areas by a sliding door, the pilothouse has a dinette to port that can be used as a chart table or for crew dining, while forward is private access to a pair of twin-bunk crew cabins with private bathrooms.
Port view of the full-beam master suite
Owners and guests reach their rooms by another Ferretti Yachts first, a helical staircase, which is port side of the dining table and presents a beautifully crafted passage down to the four en-suite guest cabins.
The full-beam owner’s cabin is midships and features a large, twin-sink bathroom and ample storage including a walk-in wardrobe, while it also benefits from innovative acoustic insulation solutions. To port is a twin cabin with forward-facing beds, while to starboard are two double cabins with inward-facing beds including a full-beam VIP suite forward.
The twin-sink bathroom in the master suite, one of four guest cabins
Salvetti and IdeaeItalia have found their groove with Ferretti Yachts and the 860 is another fine example of a classic yet contemporary flybridge motor yacht, highlighted by novel features that show a brand always looking ahead.