Published: Monday, 15 April 2013
Mike Fulton

In early April Ferretti Group’s Cattolica shipyard and the northern Adriatic coast town’s dock hosted the launch of the first hull of the Ferretti 960 line.

The launching ceremony was a highlight for the numerous Ferretti Group employees who had worked on the design and construction of Ferretti Yachts’ new flagship for months. This new model marks is the largest planing yacht ever built by the Italian brand in its more than 40 year history.

Ferretti Unveils New 960 Flagship

Over the next few weeks all the technical activities such as sea trials, system and equipment tests will be performed and onboard fitting-out operations will be completed.

The Ferretti 960 will have its world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Boat Show in early September. It marks another outstanding cooperation between Studio Zuccon International Project and Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYTD), Ferretti’s research and naval design centre.

"The launch of this model makes us extremely proud, first and foremost because it marks the debut of a new flagship in the brand’s range," said Karin Paggi, the Ferretti Yachts and Ferretti Custom Line EMEA Sales Manager. "This yacht was conceived to meet the needs of clients all over the world, who love Ferretti Yachts’ classic-contemporary style, but are also attracted by the more sporty and slender lines and unprecedented comfort, normally found on much larger craft. On the Ferretti 960, we have achieved true comfort while maintainng outstanding performance and reliability."

The vessel has an overall length of 29.20 metres and a maximum beam of 6.7 metres. It is Ferretti’s first planing recreational craft featuring the master cabin forward on the main deck, and four guest cabins, all equally sized and with the same furnishings and fittings, located on the lower deck. Large windows in the hull provide a very bright interior. The layout also includes three crew cabins with reserved access from the galley, another solution normally only found on maxi-yachts.

The 960 has three different MTU engines options. The standard version has two 16V 2000 M84 2218 mhp engines allowing a maximum speed of 27.5 knots and a cruising speed of 24. Another option provides two 16V M93 2435 mhp engines giving a maximum speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots. The final options is for two 16V M94 2638 mhp engines with which the vessel can reach a peak of 31 knots and a cruise speed of 27 knots. Such an outstanding propulsion, as usual, goes hand in hand with the maximum comfort which is ensured by the Mitsubishi Anti Rolling Gyro system, capable of reducing rolling by over 50%.