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Perini Navi reveals more details of 42m Project E-volution

Italian yard Perini Navi has released further details of its 42 metre hybrid sailing yacht Project E-volution.

First announced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, this in-house design is at an advanced engineering stage for a client who has signed a letter of intent. The aluminium hull features a lifting keel and naval architecture by the Reichel-Pugh studio, while the 2,367 square metre sailplan includes a carbon fibre rig.

Project E-volution’s exterior styling comes courtesy of Perini Navi’s head of design, Franco Romani, who explains that the plumb bow and sleek sheerline are suggestive of the yacht’s performance.

Accommodation is for up to ten guests with a master suite situated aft, two guest cabins and a fourth cabin forward of the engine room. The layout also includes a bonus room that can be used as either a cinema or a fifth cabin.

Guests are likely to be drawn to Project E-volution's aft cockpit, with its easy lounging spaces and plentiful dining options, while the overhanging deckhouse and glass windbreaks ensure there is plenty of shelter from the elements.

Those looking to get closer to the water can take advantage of the folding transom door, which provides a sea-level alcove with staircase access on both sides. Moving further forward and the flexible foredeck includes a Japanese-style dining pit, which can be covered over with flush-fitting teak when needed or sheltered from the sun by a collapsible awning.

Practical considerations haven’t been overlooked either, with dedicated sail drum storage below deck, making the crew’s life easier. Back aft, the carbon fibre helm pods and cantilevered seat rests add a contemporary flourish.

Project E-volution’s diesel-electric drivetrain will allow for silent cruising and a range of 3,200 nautical miles at ten knots, thanks to a total fuel capacity of 20,000 litres. Naval architect Jim Pugh added: “The yacht will offer exceptional balance and seakeeping, combined with a finely tuned and well-proportioned sail plan.”

Other sailing superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the 60 metre ketch Seven, which is due for delivery in early 2018.

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