76 — By Tim Clark — February 2002
Sculpting the Sea
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The elegance of the yacht's engineering is equaled by her luxury. Ferretti describes her overall concept as "family feeling." This can be best appreciated on the flying bridge, whose size, configuration, and amenities clearly encourage convivial relaxation. A giant playpen of a sunpad rests amidships to port. Forward, within conversation range of both the helm on one side and an L-shape settee on the other, a double chaise lounge faces aft at the centerline. A wetbar, `fridge, grill, and cabinets are to starboard, while aft on the port side a semicircular dinette engages the entire area at a 45-degree angle. It wasn't long ago that many flying-bridge designs--even on yachts of this size--were about as imaginative as the layout in a school bus. The vigor of the 76's plan shows just how far we've come. It's easy to imagine a pair of couples and a handful of kids enjoying the better part of a day's cruise in the open air.
Main-deck spaces are more strictly defined, but with buoyant design elements and bright, rich materials Ferretti avoids a confining atmosphere. Through long windows port and starboard and through a wall-size sliding glass cockpit door, light floods the saloon and plays off the expert, high-gloss finish of the light cherry cabinetry.
The forward areas--dining room, galley, and helm--are fully partitioned, but in a way that gracefully exploits the generous light streaming in from the wheelhouse and its aft-wrapping windows. The starboard dining area is separated from the pilothouse by a Japanese-inspired sliding door and bulkhead made from multiple panes of cherry-framed glass. The Eastern influence continues to port, where the galley door as well as a partition over a sideboard are fitted with shoji screens. When enclosed, the space is formal but still awash with natural light. When it's opened onto the pilothouse and galley, it becomes more relaxed and vividly lit.
Light moves so well through the galley because of its rich, cream-color lacquered cabinets, which along with high-quality amenities and polished granite countertops put it among the most cheerful, stylish, and practical galleys afloat. Doors onto the dining room, pilothouse, and port-side deck broaden its already generous proportions at the same time that they serve practical purposes. Egress to the deck allows crew to serve guests dining alfresco in the cockpit or enjoying drinks on the forward sunpad without having to enter the interior, and the sliding door onto the bridge lets the captain keep discreet contact with the crew without leaving the helm.
While the flying bridge encourages blithe, breezy interaction and the main deck urges more intimate get-togethers, the accommodations below decks guarantee privacy and repose. All four staterooms, including a master amidships and a forepeak VIP separated by twin guest cabins port and starboard, are equipped with en suite heads with showers.
The full-beam master features two three-foot-long oval windows--one on each hull side and inset with a pair of opening circular ports--that deftly bring in wide views and plentiful light without compromising the hull's lines too much. While the stateroom's luxury is further enhanced with a walk-in closet, lounge area, and six-foot-long vanity, one of its most notable comforts is invisible and--nearly--inaudible. I refer to its hush. Not only do the fuel tanks help to block sound from traveling between the engines and the principle accommodations, but so do the crew's quarters, which, reached tactfully via the cockpit, can include two small staterooms plus a head with shower.
Their arrangement is yet another example of the thoughtful, practical steps that provide such a strong foundation for the 76's stylistic flourish. There was finally nothing incongruous about Frabetti's earnest technical tutorial amid the dazzle in Fort Lauderdale. Within the 76's streamlined silhouette, the many skillful engineering solutions take on a beauty of their own. And in any case, can you seriously deny the suavity of engineers who inscribe the ocean's surface with chiseled wakes of their own design?
Ferretti of America Phone: (305) 634-6160. Fax: (305) 634-6161. www.ferretti-yacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.