October 21st 2011. By Diane Byrne.

Ferretti Custom Line 124: Flagship with a Twist

The flagship of Ferretti Custom Line offers familiar features along with custom design options.

The Ferretti Group created the Custom Line division to offer customers yachts exceeding Ferretti’s 88-foot model limit. Years later, Custom Line continues to grow its offerings, with the Custom Line 124 as the current flagship.

Ferretti’s Custom Line 124 will cruise at 22 knots with the standard MTU powerplants.

An evolution of the line, the 124 preserves some family familiarity that will no doubt please repeat customers. She also allows customization, as do other Custom Lines, in terms of non-structural changes (decor, room arrangements). Best of all, the Custom Line 124 has a personality all her own.

As important as aesthetics are, a yacht isn’t worth buying if you can’t get where you want to go and be comfortable in the process. The Custom Line 124 has a good turn of speed, cruising at 22 knots with standard MTU power. A higher-horsepower MTU option kicks it to 23.5 knots. Furthermore, as is Ferretti Group routine, the yacht bears four Mitsubishi ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro) stabilizers, proven to reduce rolling by more than 50 percent.

The main deck saloon area benefits from light sources across the full beam of the yacht.

The novelties come into play in the layout and design features of the Custom Line 124. Typically, yachts this size place the saloon and formal dining area one after the other on the main deck, with a deliberate lack of bulkheads to keep an airy feel. Custom Line provides this layout, but also lets owners move the dining area up one deck, to make the main deck a large lounging space. If you choose that, a painting on the forward bulkhead cleverly conceals a TV. You can, of course, request a traditional pop-up television outboard and aft, but the forward location might be a better choice. The TV would partly block the view out the sliding doors to the balcony.

That balcony—there are actually two balconies, flanking the saloon—is one of the touches that distinguish the Custom Line 124 from her smaller sisters. They fold down electro-hydraulically, turning into nice spots to enjoy the views or simply maximize the fresh air blowing through the yacht. Further, whether the sliding doors are open or closed, the way the extra sunlight highlights the walnut furnishings and bleached-oak soles is most welcome.

Buyers will appreciate having the master forward on the main deck and the four guest staterooms belowdecks open to varying configurations. The owner of the Custom Line 124 Al Mohammady, for example, which was exhibited at September’s Monaco Yacht Show, has a pocket door separating the master office from the bedroom. He also chose two twins with Pullmans and two VIPs for guests. But other owners are considering making the office a breakfast/coffee area, and having the belowdecks accommodations include just three staterooms, accompanied by a gym.

The space adjoining the bedroom area in the master suite can be configured in different ways.

Back to the master stateroom: Due to the styling of the Custom Line 124, the hull sides rise up as the lines flow forward. Ordinarily, this could obstruct the views out the side windows in the master suite. To prevent that, Custom Line cut rectangular sections out of each hull side and inserted glass panels.

More good attention is paid to owner and guest comfort on board, particularly in the wide-body skylounge, plus the sunbathing and alfresco dining spots both on the bow and up on the sundeck.
There’s also a healthy focus on the crew’s ability to do their jobs. Take the galley layout. There’s a growing—and not entirely popular—trend among some shipyards these days to move the galley belowdecks, since it’s a work space. This means that dumbwaiters do all the moving of platters up and down, and stews in turn race up and down steps to meet them at their destinations, then serve them. On a relatively “small” megayacht of this LOA, it’s not necessarily a chore, but it’s also not necessary, period. Custom Line wisely realizes that keeping the galley on the main deck does no harm to either the relaxation areas aft or the master suite forward. In fact, if an owner wishes to have a fresh pot of coffee waiting upon waking up, the stews need only walk a few paces forward, not up a flight. Furthermore, the galley can be configured with a dining nook, complementing the crew mess belowdecks, or extra counter space and an extra refrigerator.

Custom Line 124 specificationsStorage is always at a premium aboard yachts, but Custom Line comes up with creative solutions. Linen lockers and extra lockers for suitcases and oversize items are off the guest staterooms’ lobby, but there’s also a terrific hidden stowage area beneath the stairs. A curved door reveals that the space is full-depth. It’s ideal for bulky items, even the extra luggage that overpacking friends and family always seem to have in tow.

Sometimes flagships of semi-custom lineups are just larger versions of the same. But not the Custom Line 124. She deftly blends things buyers expect to see with ones they don’t, making them feel this flagship is her own ship.

For more information, visit Custom Line.

Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.