Published: Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Mike Fulton

The Perini Navi Group recently celebrated the launching of State of Grace, the first yacht in its 40-metre Fast Cruising series, at their Istanbul/Yildiz shipyard. 

This is the second Perini Navi yacht to have been constructed entirely at the Group's Istanbul shipyard. It has a 9.13-metre beam and a 9-metre keel-down draft.

State of Grace, was designed entirely in-house in collaboration with New Zealander Ron Holland. Both hull and superstructure are built of aluminium and the company expects, that at just 220 tonnes displacement, the yacht will perform brilliantly in all sailing conditions. 

Perini Navi Launches 40m State Of Grace
 The State of Grace under construction at the Instanbul shipyard

The 1,192-square-metre sail plan can be handled by just one person thanks to an innovative sail control system, designed and built by its mast division. The yacht has a 50-metre mast, furling boom and standing rigging - all made with state of the art carbon fibre materials - and laminated sails.

The yacht has four cabins, including a full beam owner's suite with a gym. Innovative layout, also designed by Perini Navi, means it can accommodate up to nine guests comfortably.

A hydraulically controlled platform in the transom area provides easy access to the sea and there is also a 5.5-metre tender housed in a semi-recessed well at the stern.