June 4th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Ferretti Yachts 870: How Italy Does Yachts

Big and bold, the Ferretti 870 embraces new looks both inside and out for this famed Italian brand.

When it comes to stylish boats, Ferretti Yachts is certainly a leader. The Italian shipyard regularly updates the looks of its yachts and megayachts, and these days, Ferretti Yachts is particularly focused on bringing the outside indoors.

With the Ferretti 870, which debuted for the American market at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami, Ferretti Yachts presented a forceful new exterior styling. But it also upped the ante in terms of how the interior of its yachts—and European-built yachts in general—can better suit the needs of American buyers and their guests.

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Even a quick look at the profile of the Ferretti 870 leaves you with a bold impression. The stand-out features are certainly the larger-than-usual ports lining the main deck and the oversized ports below decks. While the latter have appeared on previous Ferrettis, the main-deck treatment is new. Note, too, how the gunwale is lower amidships. This was done to maximize the views while inside.

 

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You can better appreciate the effect of the lower gunwales aboard the Ferretti 870 while standing here in the combination dining area and saloon. Between them and the sliding-glass doors fully aft, abundant natural light flows through the open floor-plan. The use of wood soles and a combination of satin-finished wood and lacquered surfaces creates a casual, almost beach-house-like feel.

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A number of European builders offering megayachts have started placing the galley below decks, in the crew area. But the Ferretti 870 situates the galley on the main deck, in both the European and U.S. versions. Americans will appreciate it, as it’s in keeping with the more family-oriented view that they take of crew. Furthermore, while the arrangement isn’t visible in this image, the galley on the U.S. version of the Ferretti 870 is open to the helm.

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Remember the large ports below decks in the Ferretti 870’s profile? This is the effect they create in the megayacht’s master stateroom. Once again, the goal is to make the most of the views, particularly when the yacht is anchored in a secluded spot. The lounge lining the ports serves as an ideal spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea.

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In this larger, overall view of the master stateroom, you get another sense of how the multi-paneled ports bring plenty of natural light inside the Ferretti 870. There are five panes in all, and they’re to both sides of the stateroom. The stateroom is also full-beam, so even though it’s below decks rather than on the main deck, it doesn’t make you feel slighted.

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There are three guest staterooms aboard the Ferretti 870, including this fixed-berth twin cabin. Though it’s tough to see with the shade drawn, the stateroom also has a three-panel port. The same window arrangement is in the other twin stateroom across the hallway. And that stateroom allows the beds to be pushed together, to form a queen berth when wanted.

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Even among megayachts in this Ferretti’s 87-foot size range, inside helms are increasingly being replaced by main-deck master suites. Having a traditional pilothouse isn’t just practical, it’s also well suited to the American way of chatting with the captain. Note the observation settee tucked to port. Remember, too, that the U.S. version of the Ferretti 870 has the helm open to the galley, so it makes for a more convivial atmosphere all around.

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Of course, ask any captain (or even owner-operator) where he or she likes to drive the yacht, and the answer is nearly always “outside.” The Ferretti 870’s upper-deck helm has a comfortable bench-seat for two (driving lessons, anyone?). For times when the yacht is at anchor for a few days, the raised section of the helm can retract.

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What would an Italian-built yacht be without abundant space devoted to the great outdoors? The teak-lined upper deck has a sunpad adjacent to the hot tub (covered in this photo), plus a handy pull-out shower in the base of the hot tub. There’s also a grill opposite the U-shape seating/dining area.

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When the weather’s good, activate the sliding hardtop to make the flying bridge even more of an enticing spot, especially while the yacht is underway. With twin MTU 12V 2000 M94s, the Ferretti 870 should see a top speed of 30.5 knots and cruise around 27 knots. Range should be 300 nautical miles and 358 nautical miles at those respective speeds.

Specifications: LOA: 87’5” • Beam: 20’6” • Draft: 6’5” • Displacement: 176,370 lbs. • Fuel capacity: 1,955 gal. • Water capacity: 349 gal.

The Ferretti 870 shows that there’s an ongoing evolution of design among the models it offers. While some may find the exterior styling of the yacht (from Ferretti’s longtime collaborator Studio Zuccon International Project) more aggressive, it’s not so aggressive as to be off-putting. Nor is it so trendy that it will look dated before too long. Thankfully, too, the Ferretti 870 shows that the shipyard hasn’t lost sight of what a big base of its buyers wants: boats built around how they like to live while out on the water.

For more information, contact Ferretti Yachts.

 



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.