Published: Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Mike Fulton

Ferretti has presented the Ferretti 800, the ambassador of the Italian shipyard in Asia Pacific for the first time. She made her initial debut at the Shenzhen boats show in Guangdong in late October and then appeared at the Xiamen Boat Show between 8 and 11 November. Innovation is the key word here and together with the distinct Ferretti design and style has made this brand one of the most representative marques on the market.

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First presented in Autumn of 2010, the Ferretti 800 was designed by architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project in cooperation with the Ferretti Group’s engineers and AYTD - Advanced Yacht Technology & Design - the Group’s naval research center.

The result is a unique yacht, featuring unparalleled spaces and features, while guaranteeing the utmost privacy to the owner and optimal functionality for the crew. The generous interior spaces and layout are more typical of a much larger yacht..

This model has received excellent reviews in all the markets from South America to United States to Europe. Now, she has come to Asia where her Ferretti pedigree and Italian style are bound to garner considerable interest.

The profile of the Ferretti 800 features two basic elements: the bronze dome above the helm station and the graphic lines of the glazing along her hull.

The main deck is brightly lit through large windows, which also provide maximum external visibility. There are also three “shark branchiae” windows, a distinctive feature of many Ferretti yachts. The lower deck has been designed to maximise the use of external lighting too. The two large open view windows in the master cabin are extremely wide; whilst two large windows with portholes have been fitted in the guest area to further enhance the entry of natural light. 

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From the outside the boat seems to be lightweight and very elegant with a sporty touch. The bronze dome adds a slightly aggressive touch. The spacious cockpit features teak flooring, a large sundeck bench and small armchairs. Access to the flying bridge is via a stairway on the right, where there is a large dining area with a U-shaped table, a grill area and a fridge, while towards the stern there is a large sundeck. A crane allows for housing of the tender in a special space on the sundeck. At the bow, on the port side there is the external steering position, raised for better vision. To starboard there is another sundeck and another stairway leading to the internal salon on the main deck. A semi-circular area with seating and a large table, at the extreme bow, has been created for relaxing and taking in the beautiful vistas while underway.

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Zuccon International and Ferretti’s own came up with some innovative interior designs for a yacht of this size. The crew area has been moved to the extreme bow so as to optimise the space available for the owner and guests and increased privacy on board.

The increase in the amount of glazed surface on the yacht make light the leading and dominant feature in all areas, thereby enhancing the natural shades of the interior décor and increasing the  on-board comfort.

The large salon is very bright thanks to the large windows and is decked out in elm wood. This space has been skilfully divided into separate living and dining areas, maintaining harmonious continuity and avoiding interruptions to the view.

The living area features two sofas, which can be positioned freely along the walls. The right hand sofa is L-shaped with a chaise longue, an armchair and a smoking table.

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The dining area is located on the same level, with a Roncato “Karnak” lacquered table and Calligaris “Martha” chairs, with steel frames and leather seats. It hosts eight guests. The wall opposite the lunch table opens up onto the bridge through glass doors to separate the day area from the control station. On the right, another sliding door gives access to the bridge and also the galley and the crew area.

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The layout of the Ferretti 800 was inspired by larger yachts and is highly innovative for an 80-footer. Spaces have been generally better used and routes around the boat better defined. Sliding glass doors help to divide and separate different areas of the boat for greater privacy and to divide the crew and guest areas better.

The helm station is located to port, in a raised position, with a door leading to the external sidewalk. To starboard there is a convenient dinette/studio with two small sofas. This also doubles up as a charting table. The galley has been moved towards the bow in the crew area but with easy access from all areas of the yacht. Designed by Ernestomeda, this galley ensures that all available space has been optimally used. Even the breakfast bar and stools provide extra eating space in addition to the dinette. The bar area can also be isolated from the galley. This area provides access to the crew accommodation featuring a single cabin and a twin with bunk beds, both with en-suite heads.

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On the lower deck, the Ferretti 800’s cabins are situated in the central section of the yacht and on the same level. The master cabin is full beam and positioned towards the stern, with the bed facing forward and two large open view windows. A sliding door gives access to the head and a large separate shower area. On the left, beneath the window, is a comfortable sofa. A spacious walk-in wardrobe, a vanity unit and an LCD TV, integrated into the wall, complete the furnishings.

Towards the bow, a VIP cabin is located to port, with a double bed, which can be transformed into two singles, positioned below the window, and an en-suite head. Opposite this, and separated by the access area, is the guest cabin with twin beds. This cabin also features a large window and en-suite head. Towards the bow is the main VIP cabin, with a double bed facing astern, double wardrobes and an en-suite head.

Natural colours dominate the interior design so as to enhance the contrast and give greater brilliance to the warm shades of the elm wood. In the salon, the use of walnut lined oak flooring creates a contrast with the overall decoration, with the white chosen for the deckhead and with the kaki-coloured leather sofa. Leather details can be added in other areas at the owner’s request.

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Natural shades are also maintained in the master and in the guest cabins. A careful technical study of the lighting was carried out and integrated with the layout of the yacht. LED lighting for the interior section guarantees total on-board comfort and great visibility, even at night.

The Ferretti 800 comes with several different options for internal layout, designed specifically for Ferretti’s international markets. One of these will have particular appeal to Far Eastern buyers. The Ferretti team drew its inspiration from the “Taihe Dian” concept, named after the most important building in Beijing’s Forbidden City. In the largest room there the most important ceremonies were held in the presence of the Emperor and his officers. They have adapted this concept by dedicating certain areas specifically for business meetings and receptions.

On the lower deck, a large playroom with karaoke system and C-shaped sofas on both walls has replaced the master cabin. A wide salon, with a dedicated head located towards the bow, replaces one of the two guest cabins.

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Two engines options are offered, either twin MTU M93 1823MHPs or twin MTU M94 1948MHPs, which can push the yacht to a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 27.5 knots.