Ferretti Yachts has announced plans for Ferretti 550, a new entry-level model that will make her debut next spring. The builder says the new model will help the brand and the Ferretti Group as a whole to achieve the growth objectives they are currently pursuing.
The birth of the new ‘small one’ in the Ferretti Yachts family, will be the first step of a long-term strategic process that will involve the brand’s entire range.
“During Cannes Yachting Festival we introduced our global sales network and the press to our forthcoming ambitious plans for this brand”, explains Stefano De Vivo, Ferretti Group’s chief commercial officer. “And this new entry-level craft is part of a strategy aimed at attracting the interest of many new owners all over the world, for whom this new 55-footer and the forthcoming Ferretti Yachts boats will be a response to their wish to enjoy the sea as never before”.
Ferretti Yachts current portfolio comprises eight flybridge yachts between 55ft and 96ft (16m-29m). In the near future this fleet is bound to grow even more. The Italian brand aims to increasingly diversified offer, also in the segment below 50ft in length.
The Ferretti Yachts 550 is the result of the cooperation between AYT&D, the Group’s research, development and style department, and Studio Zuccon International Project. It is characterised by a brand-new hull. Equally brand-new are the layout of the engine room and that of the main deck, as well as the interior arrangement. In addition, special care has been devoted not only to guaranteeing maximum production efficiency and effectiveness, but also to optimising the yacht’s weight balance, thereby ensuring great performances even if small, light and low-consumption engines are installed.
Available both in the open version with a large Bimini top sheltering the dining area, and with a streamlined hard top covering the entire deck, the flybridge is dominated by a large C-shaped sofa surrounding the table, which can be extended and moved around. The backrest towards the pilot station can be tilted to convert the part of the sofa facing the cruising direction into a double seat for the captain and a co-pilot. The bar unit is located starboard.
The new project will allow to install high-performance engines that are however small-sized and have a limited power: two 715 mhp, 2,500 rev/minute shaft drive engines will push the yacht to a maximum speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 26.5 knots.
The preliminary data indicates that the range will be 250 and 300 nautical miles, respectively. A bow thruster will be installed standard on the Ferretti Yachts 550, while a gyroscope stabilizing system can be installed upon request to ensure even more comfort at anchor and facilitate berthing manoeuvres.