Photography by Charlie Clark
Smart design choices might just make the Ferretti 57 Flybridge Motoryacht future-proof.
An impressive display of bold styling and state-of-the-art construction, the Ferretti 57 was a benchmark against which other European production motoryachts of her era were measured,” wrote Ed McKnew, author of the 2017 PowerBoat Guide and a yacht broker, to describe one of the noteworthy Italian builder’s popular motoryachts.
Generally speaking, the model in question is the Ferretti 57 Flybridge Motoryacht. More specifically, the yacht in question is Annabelle, from the model year 2000. Ferretti Yachts built this model for roughly six years before replacing it with a newer design—the Ferretti 590 Flybridge Motoryacht. I found the F57 listing posted by Atlantic Yacht & Ship, although it was very likely listed with several other large brokers.
Long, lean, and low, the F57 exhibits the design lines typical of those promulgated by long-time Ferretti partner Zuccon International Project, a yacht-design and architecture firm with offices in Rome, Italy. A quick look at the F57 reveals a long and low, sweptback profile reminiscent of jet aircraft, particularly in the area of the deckhouse forward. Forward and side deckhouse windows were typical of the sizes found on European designs of the day, as were the opening ports in the hull sides.
There’s a nearly flat line on deck springing up just gradually to the bow, to facilitate drainage of spray, and the fusion of a modest flare at the bow and a raked, convex stem, along with a full-length chine running above the waterline forward, speaks of the speed this design is intended to run. The beam is carried well forward to increase living space. Pictures of the F57 planing indicate at least one pair of lifting strakes flanking a deep-V shape forward, warping to a modified-V bottom shape aft that ends with a 15-degree transom deadrise to promote better speed and side-to-side stability than some sharper angles might produce.
Wide side decks allow easy passage from the cockpit to the foredeck and are well protected by a significant toerail and good handholds along the deckhouse side and atop the gunwales. I particularly like the placement of cleats beneath the gunwale rails, minimizing the chance of foot injury, and the molded steps in the cockpit leading to the side decks.
The flybridge begins just about amidships, with a forward helm and a long stretch aft that ends with a low radar arch. This is not a boat deck, per se, because Ferretti has made other arrangements for transporting small craft below. To begin with, the hull runs seamlessly under the fixed swim platform, and is hollow and deep enough to open and store some PWC models beneath its flush top. A passarelle on the centerline was a useful feature, perfect for boarding and disembarking when tied stern-to, but also could be used as the lift for a RIB that would be stored in chocks on top of the swim platform for a long passage.
Propulsion on Annabelle is provided by twin 600-horsepower Caterpillar 3406E, four-cycle marine diesels, although that engine is rated to produce between 450 and 800 horsepower during the years that the F57 was produced. Engines are mounted well aft by using V-drives, keeping the weight where it should be for a planing hull. MAN diesels were also available, and McKnew states that the yacht could produce a fast cruise of 27 knots and a top end of 31 knots—depending on the usual array of drag-inducing factors.
The large aft deck has only one transom gate, and is equipped with stern mooring winches for stern-to tieups, which are hidden beneath hinged covers along with the stern mooring cleats—a clean design solution that is also safer than having the stern mooring gear exposed. The transom bench is split in two by the step to the passarelle, meaning owners could not have a fixed aft-deck table, but the logical solution would be a pair of folding teak tables, along with folding deck chairs, to maximize seating and entertaining possibilities.
The aft bulkhead door slides away to starboard, and the upper window of the bulkhead swings up and locks, opening the saloon to the aft deck. On Annabelle, there’s a large hinged hatch that melds beautifully with the teak aft deck, and it opens wide to expose the engine room. A ladder leads down to the center walkway between the engines, and all maintenance points are along the centerline. Although it’s not standing headroom, the engine room is wide and deep, leaving lots of room to work around the motors or the genset, which is forward.
The only access to the flybridge is via the teak-tread-and-stainless ladder to starboard on the aft deck. This leads up to a very spacious flybridge that has curvaceous seating and a table aft, a large sunpad to port, and another smaller sunpad forward, just to port of the helm console, which is set to starboard—making it easier to dock from the starboard side. The flybridge is well enclosed with safety rails, and the ladder opening is equipped with a lockable hatch for safety in a rough seaway. An outdoor galley is set to starboard just abaft the helm bench, and its cover opens to protect the helm from spatters produced on the electric grill. A stainless refrigerator is set into the galley console.
A custom steering wheel with the Ferretti logo stands out at the helm, but the clever feature is an instrument dash that pops up when in use, or stows to hide the equipment mounted there. Engine and thruster controls are mounted side by side to the left of the wheel, and the autopilot control head is mounted in a clear-plastic-covered alcove, for safety underway if for nothing else.
The saloon is wide open from the aft bulkhead door to the windscreen, with stylish seating on both sides aft. The dining table and lounge, and the lower helm, are both located on a raised platform for good views forward. Both levels feature side windows located at the proper levels creating clear views for seated passengers and crew. The striking look of parallel lines running fore and aft in the overhead panels is repeated in the teak-and-holly flooring, adding to the theme of speed first seen in the profile. Beautiful cherry wood paneling, and birdseye maple inserts, meticulously finished in glossy varnish, add luxury, warmth, and contrast throughout the living areas of the yacht.
A sunken galley amidships and to starboard is one of the most unusual features in the saloon layout, but it’s a great idea for those who might employ a chef for entertaining large groups aboard. On the same level and to port, there’s a small cabin with bunk berths and a separate head compartment—just in case you want to take the chef along for a weekend cruise.
On the accommodations deck, the master stateroom is located forward and has its own private en suite head to starboard. Both of the guest staterooms are aft closer to amidships, which should make them stable and quiet whether docked or underway.
It is important to say that every Ferretti yacht is designed, engineered, and constructed to CE Category A–Ocean specifications, able to handle winds to Beaufort Force 8 (over 40 knots) and wave heights above 13 feet (but excluding hurricanes). This is key to the desirability of the Ferretti 57 Flybridge Motoryacht for serious owners. But the excellent fit and finish, and the satisfying performance across a wide range of typical cruising conditions, make this yacht a most interesting brokerage buy.
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- Builder: Ferretti
- Model: Ferretti 57 Flybridge Motoryacht
- LOA: 58'3"
- Draft: 5'3"
- Beam: 16'2"
- Displacement: 63,725 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 898 gal.
- Water Capacity: 185 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/600-hp CAT 3406 diesels
- YEARS BUILT: 1999 to 2005
- PRICE RANGE: $495
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.