How Custom Line's 106 IV Dreams became a World Superyacht Award-winner
The first Custom Line 106 may only have splashed in March last year, but with seven hulls on the water and a gleaming World Superyacht Award in the bag, the model's popularity already speaks for itself. BOAT International looks inside Custom Line's winning formula...
This 32.8 metre design is the second to come from a new partnership between the Ferretti Engineering Department and Milanese studio Francesco Paszkowski Design. The pair took what they had achieved with the 38 metre Custom Line 120, the first model in the brand's series of planing motor yachts, and scaled it down. “The whole design is focused on enhancing contact with the sea and attempting to overthrow boundaries between exterior and interior,” says Paszkowski.
Continuity was important to ensure the distinctive characteristics of the Custom Line 120 were enhanced and paired with new design motifs for the 106. "We wanted to make the profile appear sleeker and powerful, which we achieved by creating one long window on the main and lower deck," he says. "Strong lines run from bow to stern, giving life to the scene of curves and carved-out sections, soft and sporty lines, alternating colours of structural materials and dark-tinted windows."
Connectivity. The design for the Custom Line 106 is underpinned by this commitment to meld the interior with its surrounding seascape, which means oversized windows, light-filled rooms and spaces that flow from one area to another. When it came to planning the interior, Paszkowski teamed up with Margherita Casprini – an award-winning duo responsible for the interiors for the 69 metre Tankoa Suerte, 64 metre Sanlorenzo flagship Atilla and the 50 metre World Superyacht Award winner Bintador.
The Custom Line 106 features 220 square metres of interior floorspace in total, at the heart of which lies the main saloon, illuminated by floor-length windows and offering guests over two metres of headroom. The windows are slightly convex - only noticeable from the side walkways - which magnifies the view from the interior without distorting it. In place of gunwales, railings and safety lines run the length of the saloon, the sort you would find on a sailing yacht, and almost vanish as guests look out to sea from the sofa.
These two solutions work in tandem to break down the barriers between inside and out - clever tricks borrowed from its larger sibling - and did not go unnoticed by the World Superyacht Awards panel of judges. They lauded the interior for its light and connectivity with the outside world.
The exterior too is geared towards making the most of the outdoors, something that Custom Line does rather well. Paszkowski pegs the 53 square metre flybridge as one of his favourite spots on board. The owners of the first hull, IV Dreams, opted for free-standing furniture such as sun loungers, sofas and cocktail tables, with a bar and grill starboard and an external helm station to port. The space is partially protected by a hard-top with two skylights and large side windows; the aft portion is surrounded by steel lifelines and open to the elements.
The flybridge is directly linked to the bow – a secondary sunlounging space on board – via a port walkway. This two-tier design features a C-shaped sofa with reclining backrests and tables for morning coffees or sundowners with optional canopies offering welcome shade in the afternoons. There are two single sunpads at the first level with much larger twin sunpads further forward, but the space can be configured at the owner’s disposal, with the possibility to create a spa area with hot tub.
The first Custom Line 106 offers accommodation for a total of 10 guests split across five cabins, with a master suite naturally sitting forward on the main deck. The area makes the most of its 6.5-metre beam with an optional fold-out balcony to starboard, worked into the design at the request of the owners of IV Dreams. The remaining guest accommodation is composed of four en suite cabins: two doubles and two twins each equipped with an additional Pullman berth, well-suited owners looking to regularly entertain friends and family on board. “She’s ideal for everybody looking for a good size for spending time with friends and family, enjoying comfortable cruising and counting on huge all fresco areas,” says Paszkowski.
The design brief for the interior of IV Dreams was to create a “homey” and “elegant” atmosphere that worked to enhance the feeling of space and connectivity. “The choice was for just a few materials to aim at a sophisticated and elegant result,” says Paszkowski. Parquet wood, polished lacquered panels and marble feature throughout, combining dark and light colours with a contemporary twist. Most of the furniture was sourced from Italian designers such as Minotti and Flexform along with a handful of bespoke pieces such as the dining table with a bronze back-painted glass top and black lacquered metal structure.
Beach club magic
Additionally, the judges were impressed by the beach club-cum-tender garage – a unique Dual Mode Transom system patented by the yard – with room a tender and three-seater jet ski. The system features two sliding doors that cover the stairs when the vessel is underway, providing a clean appearance.
Below deck, hull number one is equipped a pair of MTU diesel engines, delivering a top speed of 26 knots and a 400-nautical-mile range while cruising at modest 22 knots. Range is increased to 1,050 nautical miles when cruising in displacement mode at 12 knots.
Alberto Galassi, chief executive of the Ferretti Group, says the model "marks another step forward to form a comprehensive range for owners who want sizeable spaces, cutting-edge technological solutions, style and comfort.”
“The nautical and aesthetic expressive qualities of the Custom Line 106 are unbeatably rich, because they draw on the voices and inspiration of hugely talented people. It is the only way to ensure that the specific requirements of owners and their families are met, giving rise to yachts that are guaranteed to set a new benchmark in the field.”