The 2014 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, which marked the beginning of the new international nautical season, was the perfect stage to announce the next, enthralling chapter of a 45 year business history. It was there, indeed, that Ferretti Yachts presented the project of the Ferretti Yachts 550, the new entry-level yacht in the Ferretti Yachts range – a very important boat that will help the brand and the Ferretti Group as a whole to achieve the growth objectives they are currently pursuing.
“During Cannes Yachting Festival we introduced our global sales network and the Press to our forthcoming ambitious plans for this brand”, explains Stefano De Vivo, Ferretti Group’s Chief Commercial Officer. “And this new entry-level craft is part of a strategy aimed at attracting the interest of many new owners all over the world, for whom this new 55-footer and the forthcoming Ferretti Yachts boats will be a response to their wish to enjoy the sea as never before.”
The Ferretti Yachts 550 is the result of the cooperation between AYT&D, the Group’s research, development and style department, and Studio Zuccon International Project. It is characterised by a brand-new hull, and equally brand-new are the layout of the engine room and that of the main deck, as well as the interior arrangement. In addition to this, special care has been devoted not only to guaranteeing maximum production efficiency and effectiveness, but also to optimising the yacht’s weight balance, thereby ensuring great performances even if small, light and low-consumption engines are installed.
The profile of the boat is characterised by sober, streamlined, slender lines, blending together refined elegance and a sporty character. The uninterrupted glazing running across the main deck further enhances the boat’s rakish profile, and is complemented by a large, aerodynamic flybridge. Three large glazed surfaces – the cabins windows – can be found on both sides of the hull. Each has flush frameless fibreglass portholes resulting in very clean lines.
This yacht’s interior spaces and onboard equipment allows it to be on an equal standing with much larger yachts. Many outdoor relaxation areas have been conceived: the forward dinette area, furnished with facing sofas and a table; the large sunpad on the deckhouse; and the cockpit, featuring a large aft sofa and a table. On the flybridge, the storage cabinet and the restyled, small-size pilot station instrument panel allow to extend the relaxation areas – both the sunpad and the comfortable dining area – even more.