Published in: Saturday, 06 August 2011
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Ferretti 720

As Ferretti continues to redefine its image into a sportier, racier category, the new 720 finds just the right mark in looks, size and speed

Two years ago Ferretti introduced their new 800, the first in a new line of motor yachts that were to be designed to introduce a sportier image to motor yacht cruising. The 800 was a fine yacht but it did not quite make the grade as a sporting yacht. Then came the second in the series, the 620, which was a bit on the short side to get the long, low profile required for the sporting look. Now, with this latest addition to the range, the 720, Ferretti has hit the spot. It looks the part, it acts the part and this is one of the sweetest motor yachts to take to the water for some time.

“For over 43 years Ferretti Yachts has pursued its aim of realising our clients dreams and I’m sure we will make many owners happy with this new 720”, comments Norberto Ferretti, the Chairman and Founder of the Ferretti Group. “This new project originates from the innovative concept of which the Ferretti 800 was the first example”, said Alessandro Tirelli the Ferretti Yachts brand manager. “We have tried to create a balance between the classical contemporary style of Ferretti yachts and a modern taste for interiors combined with a high impact design. All this without forgetting the values such as quality, functionality of space, comfort and performance which the Ferretti Group never compromises.”

Ferretti 720 Cockpit

“When we started work on this new design we had the choice of coming down from the 800 or up from the 620”, says Christina Barbato of Ferretti’s Advanced Yacht Design team. “We chose the 800 as the starting point because we wanted the big yacht feel for the 720, but it was just as important to get the sporting image to this new design. We have made subtle improvements to the styling such as the extended side styling and the slight vee in the bottom line of the windscreen but the focus has been on the performance.”

The starting point for this focus on performance in the design was on the engines, a pair of the latest ten-cylinder units from the MTU 2000 series. This engine is produced with two different power outputs and for the prototype 720, the higher power M93 units were installed. The predictions showed that these would produce sparkling performance and this was certainly the case on the sea trial. The 720 reached speeds of 34 knots, moving up close to the performance you might expect from a sports cruiser. The top speed was impressive, but it was the flexibility of this design that really stood out. The 720 felt really comfortable at any speed, cruising along at just 15 knots when the yacht was still on the plane, cruising at 25 knots or flat out at 34 knots. Yes, there was more noise and more excitement at the top speed but you felt that the yacht would cruise all day in comfort when the throttles were eased back just a shade.

Ferretti 720 Salon 2

The noise level is mostly caused by wave impact on the hull, because the engine compartment is well insulated from the accommodation with the fuel tank located in between. A notable feature of the 720 was the new fly-by-wire steering system from ZF. This system connects the wheel and the tiller arm hydraulics electrically, and ZF has introduced a resistance system into the wheel that brings back feeling to the steering. The force required to turn the wheel increases the further you turn the wheel and the wheel self-centres when you let it go just like it used to do before hydraulic steering came along. This makes you feel much more in control and this new steering adds a lot to the excitement of driving this yacht.

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Ferretti 720 Flybridge

This new steering system combined with the exciting performance makes the 720 very much a driver’s boat and it is hard to see an owner relinquishing the controls to the crew when he can have the fun. There is all the required navigation and monitoring information for controlling the yacht located on the large displays in front of the helm but these could benefit from having an eyebrow fitted above them to reduce the chance of reflections. The helm area is finished in a “peach skin” matt finish that stops reflections from all the surrounding surfaces and there is a good view out from the helm.

The noise level is mostly caused by wave impact on the hull, because the engine compartment is well insulated from the accommodation with the fuel tank located in between. A notable feature of the 720 was the new fly-by-wire steering system from ZF. This system connects the wheel and the tiller arm hydraulics electrically, and ZF has introduced a resistance system into the wheel that brings back feeling to the steering. The force required to turn the wheel increases the further you turn the wheel and the wheel self-centres when you let it go just like it used to do before hydraulic steering came along. This makes you feel much more in control and this new steering adds a lot to the excitement of driving this yacht.

Ferretti 720 Salon 1

This new steering system combined with the exciting performance makes the 720 very much a driver’s boat and it is hard to see an owner relinquishing the controls to the crew when he can have the fun. There is all the required navigation and monitoring information for controlling the yacht located on the large displays in front of the helm but these could benefit from having an eyebrow fitted above them to reduce the chance of reflections. The helm area is finished in a “peach skin” matt finish that stops reflections from all the surrounding surfaces and there is a good view out from the helm.

Ferretti 720 Dining

A frosted glass sliding door separates the saloon from the galley/helm area, one of several sliding doors used in this design. Sliding doors have a reputation as ‘fingernail breakers on yachts and while they can be a practical solution, they are not a comfortable one. Another place where there is a sliding door is to close the aperture between the master stateroom and its port side bathroom. If modesty allows, this door is best left open to maintain the wonderful views through the large side windows.

Ferretti 720 Pilot House

The flybridge is enormous and covers 32 square metres. Ferretti’s designers wanted to focus most of the outdoor activity up on the flybridge, while keeping the al-fresco dining potential in the aft cockpit, as is standard on most yachts. A large sunbed fills the front end of the flybridge, fitted around the starboard helm station and a U-shaped settee with an expanding table. A barbecue cabinet is located under the arch mast. An option is to have a canvas Bimini that extends out from the aft end of the arch mast.

A frosted glass sliding door separates the saloon from the galley/helm area, one of several sliding doors used in this design. Sliding doors have a reputation as ‘fingernail breakers on yachts and while they can be a practical solution, they are not a comfortable one. Another place where there is a sliding door is to close the aperture between the master stateroom and its port side bathroom. If modesty allows, this door is best left open to maintain the wonderful views through the large side windows.

Ferretti 720 Galley

The flybridge is enormous and covers 32 square metres. Ferretti’s designers wanted to focus most of the outdoor activity up on the flybridge, while keeping the al-fresco dining potential in the aft cockpit, as is standard on most yachts. A large sunbed fills the front end of the flybridge, fitted around the starboard helm station and a U-shaped settee with an expanding table. A barbecue cabinet is located under the arch mast. An option is to have a canvas Bimini that extends out from the aft end of the arch mast.

Tender and toy requirements are met by a locker for a small jet ski built into the swim platform, the tender stowage  on the swim platform above this and space for a second larger jet ski on the aft end of the flybridge. The launching crane that serves all three tenders is located up in this flybridge area.

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Ferretti 720 Master Cabin

The engine room is a masterpiece that features generous space, despite the fact that this prototype was fitted with most of the extras, such as the ARG gyro stabiliser, water maker and the higher capacity air-conditioning and large generators. A great feature is the sight gauge fuel contents indicator fitted to the fuel tank that spans the forward end of the engine compartment, which means you don’t have to reply on electronic gauges. The two 1524-horsepower MTU diesels fit snugly into the compartment and everything looks well engineered and reliable. The optional 1381-horsepower engines are the same size and would probably reduce the top speed by two or three knots.

Ferretti 720 Ext 3

Ferretti has certainly achieved the sporting image they were after in this design. It has been conceived to appeal to a younger, more active type of owner perhaps with the Middle Eastern, American and Italian clients particularly in mind. This is a sports yacht rather than a motor yacht, the marine equivalent of comparing a sports car with a saloon. It is great to see a builder of the stature of Ferretti paying much more attention to the handling and the sea-going performance of a yacht and the 720 stands out in this respect. 

 

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Technical Specifications – Ferretti 720

LOA                                                                21.79 m

LWL                                                                19.56 m

Beam                                                                 5.70 m

Draught                                                             1.85 m

Displacement laden                                         56.90 t                                                

Engines                                                            2 x 1524 hp MTU 2000 M93 diesels

Alternative engines                                         2 x 1381 hp MTU 2000 M92 diesels

Propellers                                                        5 bladed

Speed (max/cruise)                                          34/30

Fuel capacity                                                  5000 litres

Range at 30 knots                                           300 miles

Bow thruster                                                   15.5 hp

Stabilisers                                                        ARG Gyro

Generators                                                      20 and 13 KW Kohler

Watermakers   (Manf, litres per day)             Idromar 130litres per hour

Freshwater capacity                                       990 litres

Air-conditioning                                              Condaria

Communication/navigation electronics           Furuno/Simrad

Entertainment systems                                   Bose

Owner and guests (number)                            8

Crew (number)                                                3/4                  

Construction                                                   Composites                                                    

Classification                                                  RINA

Naval architect   (name/company)                  Advanced Yacht Design         

Exterior styling  (name/company)                  Zuccon

Interior designer  (name/company)                 Centro Stile