Cantieri di Pisa’s Kaitos 76— By Richard Thiel—
Talk of the Show
|An unusual interior and extraordinary performance made the Kaitos 76 the hit of the Cannes Boat Show.|
At every boat show there’s one boat that causes a stir above all others. She may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea, but she creates a palpable buzz and makes people talk. At last September’s Cannes Boat Show, that boat was the Kaitos 76 from the Italian yard Cantieri di Pisa, known for its stylish, finely finished Akhir line of motoryachts. But the Kaitos, an Arabic name for a constellation, is no motoryacht. She’s a big, open express—a runabout on steroids—with a reported top speed of 55 knots. That alone probably would have made her the talk of the show, but she also was rumored to have an unusual, ingenious interior.
I made an appointment to tour her on the show’s preview day, before all the beautiful people got aboard. Due to her locked-in location, however, I was unable to do a sea trial, so I arranged for our European editor, Alan Harper, to get aboard the 76 later. (See “A Matter of Degrees,” this story.)
As I approached the 76 on a bright fall morning, I wasn’t exactly blown away by her.
Don’t get me wrong: As you can see, she’s beautiful. But her outward appearance isn’t really unusual. This is your typical European play boat, on which the lucky owner gets to zip from utterly beautiful, painfully quaint Mediterranean port to utterly beautiful, painfully quaint Mediterranean port, while sipping champagne in a large, sun-washed, teak-sole cockpit, complete with dining table and expansive sunpad for the attendant nymphets. For stops along the way, he can avail himself of the tender (here a Nautica RIB with Yamaha 80) hidden beneath the sunpad in the requisite garage for a quick jaunt into town.
It’s all well done on the Kaitos, including an efficient helm complete with networked Furuno electronics and three four-way-adjustable Besenzoni pedestal seats that provide plenty of comfort and good sightlines at rest. Whether you drive, sunbathe, or sip Moet up here, there’s a surfeit of sun for everyone. A bimini top is available, but it’s warranted to only 30 knots. If your inclination is to more speed and fewer rays, a closed-bridge version is available. Either way, it’s no sweat for those at the helm, as air conditioning here is standard.
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.