Perini Navi sells first 42m Project E-volution yacht
by Miranda Blazeby
Italian yard Perini Navi has sold the first 42 metre hybrid sailing yacht in its E-volution line to an “expert and enthusiastic” Italian owner. It comes after Boat International reported in December 2017 that the yacht was at an advanced engineering stage for a client who had signed a letter of intent.
First announced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, the in-house design is built entirely from aluminium and features a lifting keel and naval architecture by the Reichel-Pugh studio. It also features a 2,367 square metre sailplan and includes a carbon fibre rig. The yacht’s exterior styling comes from Perini Navi’s head of design Franco Romani.
The yacht is the first unit from Perini Navi’s E-volution line, with the ‘E’ standing for electric. It features an innovative hybrid propulsion system that combines a main diesel engine and an electric motor as part of the shipyard’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
This 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.
Accommodation is for up to ten guests with a master suite 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 fifth cabin.
The design features a folding transom door, which provides a sea-level alcove with staircase access on both sides. There is a flexible foredeck located forward with a Japanese-style dining pit. A dedicated sail drum storage unit sits below deck while carbon fibre helm pods sit aft.
Perini Navi chief executive Lamberto Tacoli said the sale confirms that “the quality, style and performance of our ships captivate and satisfy even the most knowledgeable and demanding customers.”
He added, “The 42 metre E-volution forms part of a new range of products that we’ve been working on over the last year and is reporting notable market success.”
Perini Navi currently has five other boats in production including a 60 metre sailing ketch, 47 metre sailing sloop, 25 metre motor yacht ‘Eco-tender’, and two motor yachts measuring 53 and 56 metres.