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Why the Custom Line 140 might be the world’s ultimate sports yacht

10 February 2023 • Written by Laura Nicholls for Custom Line

The launch of Custom Line’s 42.61-metre flagship was a huge milestone in the Italian shipyard’s 27-year existence. The Custom Line 140 is the largest superyacht the yard has ever built, and this extra space has meant that the design team could add in even more features and innovations than ever before.

The Custom Line 140’ design is inspired by residential architecture but still adheres to the yard’s timeless, sporty and contemporary style. By bringing residential architecture to the forefront of the design, Custom Line gave its 140 enhanced volumes and powerful contours. The taut exterior lines are a collaborative venture between Ferretti Group’s product strategy committee and engineering department and Francesco Paszkowski Design. Inside, the interior decoration is by Francesco Paszkowski Design in partnership with Margherita Casprini and the Custom Line Atelier. This winning team can create bespoke designs to suit any future owner.

Now with the first Custom Line 140’ at sea and two more in build, these are the standout features that are making the Italian yard’s flagship design a fierce contender as one of the world’s best sports yachts.

Sporty character

A sporty exterior image is a defining feature of Custom Line’s range of planing yachts and is created by sweeping lines and dark plate glass contrasted against light-coloured structural surfaces. On board the Custom Line 140 the hull windows are generously sized, while the main deck features even larger floor-to-ceiling glazing and four giant windows in the hull sides – the first of which on the starboard side can be opened. The natural light brought in by these windows is a key element of the interior design.

Four deck layout

With over 300 square metres of interior space and over 200 square metres of outdoor areas, the Custom Line 140’s four decks are designed to allow guests and crew to flow separately. Custom Line specifically developed the naval architecture to feature external walkways and interior staircases that can be used exclusively by the crew. On the sundeck, for example, a recessed staircase forward is for the crew, whereas the guests can access the deck via a stairway aft. The layouts are designed for guests to move seamlessly between the exterior and interior spaces.

Integrated spaces

The main deck is a great example of how Custom Line has integrated the guest areas. Uniting the main saloon with the exterior lounge area is a full-height glass door which can open to create one large indoor-outdoor 30-square-metre living area with ceiling heights of over two metres. The forward part of the main deck belongs to the full-beam owner’s apartment with a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and an optional hydraulic terrace. The remaining cabins can be found on the lower deck, comprising three VIP cabins and a guest cabin with twin beds, all with en-suite bathrooms.

Close to nature

The area closest to the water on board is the beach club, where guests will find a solarium area that can convert into a multifunctional open-air lounge space. As another example of a well-integrated space, the beach club’s indoor-outdoor design and free-standing furniture allow guests to use the space for the likes of sunbathing, sports and socialising. The upper deck, on the other hand, has two distinct outdoor areas: seating, tables and sunbathing in the forward part of the deck, and a lounge-dining area aft. Here, there is a close connection to the indoor skylounge, which is accessed via sliding doors and offers panoramic views. The upper deck is also home to the forward tender garage.

Crowing the yacht is the sundeck, which has three areas across 70 square metres of deck space. To the aft is a relaxation area defined by a hydromassage tub and sunbeds, whereas the forward area features an American bar. The sundeck’s central lounge area is furnished with wide sofas and sheltered by the carbon fibre hard top.

Technologically smart

In keeping with Ferretti Group’s vision for environmentally friendly and sustainable development, the Custom Line 140 is able to be built to IMO Tier III certification to limit the toxic emissions emitted through exhaust fumes. The standard propulsion package for this superyacht is a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines that can provide a top speed of 21.5 knots. Considering the yacht’s sub-400GT volume and displacement, this top speed is a notable feature and is made possible thanks to the yacht’s lightweight composite and carbon fibre construction. The yacht is kept stable with top-of-the-range stabilising fins and features a low draft to reach shallow waters.

For the yacht’s captain, the raised bridge on the upper deck is fitted with the I-Bridge® Integrated Bridge Solution for safe, reliable and easy cruising. The system is also capable of analysing the levels of noise on board, which the design should have emitted through the use of floating floors, special materials and additional insulation.

With many highly-specialised craftsmen involved in every Custom Line yacht, any model can be customised to suit any owner. To find out more about the Custom Line 140, contact the shipyard’s team directly here.