On average, the christening and launch of a mega-yacht is attended by lots of people. The launch of CRN’s Chopi Chopi, though, was different. There weren’t just a lot of people, there were thousands. Three thousand, to be exact. The craftspeople who did everything from weld her steel hull to install her bridge equipment, their families, the owner and his family, and chief representatives from CRN were all there. So, too, were the mayor of CRN’s home city of Ancona, Italy, and the Chinese ambassador to Italy (CRN’s parent company, the Ferretti Group, is majority-owned by a Chinese firm). Why? Chopi Chopi is the largest megayacht ever launched by CRN.
Chopi Chopi should be delivered by May, in time for the owner and his extensive family to enjoy the key summer cruising season. They’ll have several special areas and features at their disposal. All guests staterooms, for example, are on the main deck, rather than below deck. A sauna and massage room are just down a passageway from the tender garage/beach club. As for the owner, he and his wife have an entire upper deck to themselves, complete with a TV room separate from the bedroom—not to mention a private alfresco area and private access to the touch-and-go helipad.
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.