Ferretti Altura 840
The Ferretti Altura 840 pairs clever internal layout with excellent seakeeping ability
One of the aims of the Ferretti Group is to have a finger in nearly every sector of the yachting pie. So far, they have avoided getting involved with sailboats, which was where they started, and with the Altura range of motor yachts they have closed a tiny gap in their motor yacht range. With the new 840, they have gone back to square one in motor yacht design and have come up with a concept, which, though not revolutionary, is different from what has come before. This new concept looks good and performs well, and you have to ask why this concept was not thought of before.
The 840 is the second entry in the Altura range and it is also the largest. On the sea trial in Italy, the weather was not very friendly – so much so, that the sea trial was in some doubt because of the sea conditions. In the event, we were able to get out into the open sea and the conditions demonstrated just what a competent motor yacht this is.
Up on the flybridge, it was a wind-in-your-hair ride, with the reverse angle windscreen offering a degree of shelter. In fairer conditions, this wind would be welcome for its cooling properties and makes the area great for sunny cruising. Here you have all the requirements for life in the sun: a comprehensive bar counter, sunbeds, a dining table and a useful reversible settee alongside the port helm station. Topping the area is a fixed Bimini with a retractable fabric section. In strong winds this fabric, like similar arrangements on many motor yachts, had an irritating rattle that needs attention. But the whole area is both practical and embracing.
At the rear of the flybridge, there is a crane and stowage for a tender. An option on the Altura is a lowering swim platform for launching the tender, but you might not want to keep it here permanently, as it would obstruct the view from the rear master cabin window.
A masterpiece inside
This master stateroom in the stern is a masterpiece and an oasis of calm if you ignore the high noise levels when underway. Some might prefer the bed to face aft so that the views through the aft picture window could be enjoyed from the bed, but there are big side windows as well so there’s still plenty to see. A modern style chaise lounge occupies one side and there is a desk/vanitory unit on the other. The bathroom is large with double washbasins and there is ample stowage in the closet and drawers. This stateroom is one of the best features of the Altura.
Entering through the saloon doors is to enter a world of space and calm. The innovative interior of this Altura seems to have doubled the available space compared with similar yachts. The lounge area is vast, occupying the space that would normally be given over to a combined lounge and dining area. The dining area is forward and down, and conveniently located opposite the galley, so food can be served hot. Forward again from here are the three guest cabins, two twins and the VIP cabin in the bow. These follow a conventional layout except that the bathroom for the starboard twin cabin is huge and also serves as the day head.