One of the most innovative boats launched in many years, the Wider 42, conceived by Tilli Antonelli, formerly the head of Pershing, is truly one of a kind. Its most unique aspect is that the amidships topsides open out at rest, doubling the size of the cockpit into a floating sports or entertainment center. Small floats extend out underneath to maintain a stable platform. With twin Yanmars, the lightweight, stepped hull reaches 50-knot speeds. And using Formula 1 technology, all gauges and controls are fitted into the steering-wheel hub. We applaud Antonelli as a visionary and thank him for making our job so fun.
Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories.
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