World premiere of Perini Navi superyachts Seahawk and State of Grace in Monaco

2013-09-24By Risa Merl

Italian superyacht builder Perini Navi presented the world premiere of two sailing yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show – Seahawk, its first in the new-generation 60m line, and State of Grace, the first in its new 40m line.

The 40 and 60 share the same hull form concept and similar naval architecture to a great extent, and both 'represent the evolution of Perini Navi.' The 60m Seahawk is inspired by the popular Perini Navi 56m, which has been taken to a new level with enhanced naval architecture and sailing systems.

Designed by Perini Navi in-house naval architects along with New Zealand designer Ron Holland, Seahawk, launched in May, represents the new generation of Perini Navi sailing yachts marked by sleek lines and the use of performance-enhancing technologies. The all-aluminium yacht has a gross tonnage of less than 500 GRT and a displacement of 570 tons.

Seahawk benefits from high-tech winches that improve her tacking capabilities and speed enormously – she can now tack in 42 seconds compared to previous yachts that would tack in two minutes.

In the aft cockpit, windows can raise and electric sliding doors to the side decks as well as doors to the stairs leading up to the flybridge can be closed off creating another room that is fully enclosed and either heated or air conditioned.

Christian Liaigre designed the elegantly contemporary interior, which accommodates guests in four staterooms plus the full-beam owners stateroom. A few of the staterooms have unusual layouts, with one guest room featuring a queen berth and an extra bunk on the opposite wall, a request of the owner to accommodate more guests, while the full-beam owners' suite has a 'his-and-hers' bed configuration with two beds on either side. The layout gives excellent possibilities for charter as it can be divided down the middle to create two sizable VIP staterooms.

Also designed by Ron Holland, the sleek, 40m sailing superyacht State of Grace has a two-level saloon and a comfortable dining room and ample living space. Four staterooms, including a full beam owner’s suite with a gym, can accommodate up to nine guests comfortably in the yacht that was  delivered earlier this September.

An innovative sail control system designed by Perini Navi and built by the Mast Division allows one person to handle State of Grace and her 1,192sqm sail plan. State of Grace features a carbon-fibre 50m mast, furling boom and standing rigging.

In October, Perini Navi will bring another Ron Holland-designed yacht to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – the Perini Navi Group will bring Salute, the first yacht in its 56m series to be rigged as a sloop.