Since the Ferretti 60 is semi-custom, you will have significant input into her accommodations plan. It is the 60’s speed and stability that separate her from the rest of the pack. Her Euro-flair, sophistication and luxuries down below make her a very attractive, fully functional yacht.
By BoatTEST.com staff
Boating in the Mediterranean is not like boating in the States. Over there, the modus operendi is to day-trip and then tie up to eat and even sleep ashore. In this country, American boaters are much more utilitarian. We use our boats the their fullest potential, and we demand that the boat be as functional as she is beautiful. In short, she must a working piece of art, and that's exactly what we found in the redesigned Ferretti 60.
The 60 was first introduced in 1993, and her original design catered exclusively to the European market. But when Wes Dickman--president of Ferretti of America--came onto the scene, things started to change. Dickman has been in the marine industry for nearly 40 years, holding posts at such builders as Chris-Craft, Bertram, and Hatteras. So when he became the exclusive U.S. importer of Ferretti yachts, he was able to bring his home-grown experience to the Italian's design table. Much of his input--regarding functionality, ease-of-use, and what Americans want--is now incorporated in the 60.
As you inspect the 60's profile, you'll realize she stands far apart from her European competitors. This is no swoopy, puffed-up Michelin boat. Rather, her exterior lines are straight, angular, even business like. But that's not to imply she's no fun--on the contrary, watersports are a big part of her appeal, and the action starts at the transom.
Way aft there's an enormous swim platform. It's big enough to stow the standard Novarania tender (with steering console and Yamaha 30 outboard) on chocks, and the remote-controlled KIK davit can launch and retrieve it in less than 60 seconds. But looks are deceiving here--this is not a bolt-on swim platform, it's part of the hull. And as such it has a cavernous locker big enough to hole a two-seater personal watercraft and a film crew's worth of diving gear. So much for all-business.
A transom gate with integral steps swings aft for access to the cockpit, and the treatments here include teak decking, twin bench seats for four, a portable stainless-and-glass dining table, and two unique lockers along each inwale. Sternlines run through hawsepipes and are cleated within, and each locker has a cold-water sink. After all, you need a place to wash up before you go inside. While there is also a pull-out transom shower here, I took some exception to it. It's cold water only, and of the type normally found on 25-footers. An upgrade to a real transom shower with hot water would be a welcome addition. But against that, I really appreciated the engineer's utility room to port, reached through a small door in the cockpit. There's a workbench here, along wit a tool chest and direct access to many of the yacht's redundant plumbing systems. For safety, a high-capacity pump can drain any compartment in case a bilge pump fails, and all manifolds and hoses are clearly labeled.
It's two teak-covered steps up to the sidedecks, which at 16 inches wide are exceptionally easy to navigate. They run straight and level up to the bow, and you're kept safely aboard thanks to a 26-inch-high aluminum railing and a six-inch toerail all the way around. (Note that this is the only way to get to bow.)
Once up on the foredeck, the crew will appreciate the Lofrans windlass with capstan and wildcat that's operated with a handheld remote control. Big insole lockers here carry not only the chain, but a raw water washdown hose and enough stowage space for four or five yacht-sized fenders. And a good indication of attention to detail here is found in the deck hatches, which lift easily with gas struts and are fully guttered and self-draining. Then after the crew sets the hook, guests can sprawl out on the huge sunpad that measures eight-feet long by 12-feet wide!
But once the sun has set, the comfort of the 60 rises in her absolutely luxurious interior. It is here that most of Dickman's input is felt, both in the Americanized 60-cycle appliances, and in the functionality of the layout in general. Bear in mind that the 60 has no options--everything, right down to the bone china and silverware--is included, and Dickman is fond of saying "If there's something here that's missing, tell us and we'll get it." But usually, his statement is met with nothing more than head-scratching.
You gain access to the main salon through a stainless-steel rimmed sliding door of smoked glass, but for a really open feel, raise a glass panel to port and the salon is exposed to the aft cockpit. An Italian-leather sofa for eight is to port, across from a loveseat for two and a complete audio/visual entertainment console. The Panasonic TV and Sony four-component sound system are built into a cabinet of mahogany and brierwood, which matches the rest of the yacht's exquisite joinerwork.
It's three steps down to the starboard galley, which features U.S.-bought and warranteed appliances. A full-size GE refrigerator/freezer, convection/microwave oven, and Bosch dishwasher are standard, as are the Italian-granite countertops. While Corian is good, it's not good enough for a Ferretti.
Aft is a utility room with washer, dryer, and deep freezer, and way aft is a small head. While its position makes it inconvenient as a regular "day" head, the chef will appreciate its proximity.
Directly overhead of the galley is a U-shaped dining area across from the L-shaped lower helm station to port. Visibility here is excellent thanks to the elevated helm chair, which sits atop a Raritan ice maker hidden in its base. But the downside is the helm console is not raised to match it. The wheel is between your knees, and it's a big lean forward to reach the twin Hynautic controls. Against that, I liked the dead-ahead location of the 64-mile Furuno radar, flush-mounted right next to the Simrad/Dataline electronic chart. The chart display has a handheld remote control, so it's a simple matter to sit back and plot your course with easy. Convenient access to all of the 60's 24-volt circuit breakers is another big advantage here.
Since the Ferretti 60 is semi-custom, you'll have significant input into her accommodations plan. Our test boat featured a tri-stateroom design, each with a private entrance to an en-suite head and separate shower. The port stateroom is sunken to yield 7'2" headroom, and has an extra-wide single berth plus a standard single. Across the hall to starboard, a second guest stateroom features twin single berths, and either or both of these cabins can be converted to doubles. And fully forward, the master has a queen-sized berth on center, flanked by mahogany shelving, stowage cabinets, and a pair of lockable jewelry boxes on either side of the bed (there's a real ship's safe hidden below decks as well). Another nice touch is found in the his-and-her's vanities against the aft bulkhead.
Luxuries aside, it is the 60's exceptional speed and stability that pull her even further away from the pack. With a pair of 1,000-hp MTUs turning four-blade Radice wheels through V-drives, the 60 hit a top speed of 37.6 mph--amazing, given her full-load displacement of more than 40 tons. Though she is slow to come up to speed and her steering is decidedly bus-like, she goes through--not over--three-foot seas like a freight train, and she feels about as solid as one. Her lateral stability is more like that of a catamaran than a monohull, and she's highly predictable and maneuverable around the docks, thanks in part to her Vetus bow thruster and smooth-shifting ZF gears.
If there's anything to fault, it's up on the flying bridge. Though the area is well equipped for entertaining--with wetbar, refrigerator, and lounge--her helm is placed well aft and to port, negating any protection from the acrylic windshield. That's the bad news. The good news is visibility is unrestricted, and you can see your port quarter when backing into the slip, and distinct advantage over centerline, forward-placed helms.
In sum, the Ferretti 60 is a finely crafted machine, tailor-made to your tastes and equipped with every conceivable amenity. Moreover, she's backed not so much by an Italian office, but by a marine-industry veteran and a team who will go to any length to make sure your floating work of art always runs as well as she looks.
For more information contact Ferretti Of America, Dept. BT.com, 2300 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301. (954) 527-1126. Fax: (954) 527-5809. http://www.ferrettiofamerica.com/