Custom Line, a brand of Ferretti Group, has introduced a new flagship to its Navetta fleet with the unveiling of the 49.9 metre Navetta 50.
Sitting below 500 GT and offering a range of innovative features, the new model will begin construction by the end of the year and is set to be complete by 2024.
The yacht will be built entirely in aluminium, offering a reduction in fuel consumption of about 10-15% per cent compared to a 50-metre boat of the same size and volume. It also marks a new chapter for Custom Line: since its inception in 1996, the Ancona-based yard has traditionally built in fibreglass.
For the engineering, Custom Line has turned to the Strategic Product Department led by Mr. Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard Engineering Unit.
The yacht’s exterior has been penned by Filippo Salvetti, while Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel has been chosen for the yacht’s interior styling after the commercial success of the Navetta 30.
One of the interior finishes available onboard the Navetta 50 includes a sustainable Alpi Lignum walnut panelling finish, which complies with the strictest international standards due to its formaldehyde-free formulation and eco-conscious production process. Elsewhere, Foglizzo natural hides and leathers are made from 100% recycled materials, demonstrating the yacht's eco focus.
“In the Navetta 50, we used different languages depending on whether you are in the hull, or in the superstructure, i.e. above [or below] the main deck,” explained Patricia Viel, partner at Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.
One of the yacht’s highlights is an upper-deck master suite that offers panoramic views and a direct connection to a private terrace on the bow complete with a solarium. Elsewhere, the beach club at the water’s edge is attached to the aft outdoor area on the main deck, which is fitted out as a private lounge. These two exterior spaces are connected by the rectangular pool in the stern.
Alongside the aft deck pool, the yacht also volunteers a spacious sundeck which can be fitted with a Jacuzzi. Here, guests will also find a shaded lounge area, American-style bar and dining area.
Connecting interior and exterior spaces is a key cornerstone of the yacht’s design language. Extensive use of floor-to-ceiling glass and reflective surfaces are evident across the yacht, creating a sense of “being on an island surrounded by water”, according to Custom Line.
Meanwhile, the guest cabins on the lower deck feature elements which are “integrated into the hull design” to allow the full beam of the yacht to be appreciated. “In the saloons on the upper decks the bulwarks are lightened, the contained volumes move back from the perimeter to make room for the windows, letting in as much light and sea as possible,” said Viel.
Accommodation is for a total of 10 guests in five cabins, with four guest suites on the lower deck and an additional cabin forming the upper-deck owner’s suite. There is further accommodation on board for nine crew members, including a captain’s cabin.
Alongside the yacht's eco fuel-consumption credentials, the first hull in the series will also be SCR ready (Selective Catalytic Reduction), meaning that nitrogen oxide levels can be brought down to near-zero levels.
At shipyard level, Ferretti Group's Superyacht Yard in Ancona has a tri-generation plant producing electric, heat and cooling power, which reduces the consumption of electricity by up to 79 per cent and heat energy by 32 per cent with annual primary energy savings of 20 per cent.
"The combination of sculpted shapes and almost stylized features give the Navetta dynamism and strength," commented Filippo Salvetti. "But at the same time preserve its classic and elegant soul, highlighting thus the desire to fully respect the design philosophy of the current range."