Captain's ReportIt's a little challenging to describe the feeling of going 32 miles an hour on a 112-foot megayacht. That's because there is so little OF it...feeling, I mean. There we were in 20 knots of wind and 3-foot seas, racing along but it felt like we were almost standing still. The engine room is so far away from the Star Treky pilothouse, and the construction is so rock-solid, there was almost no noise at the helm. No pounding or slapping like you'd expect on a 40-footer. No...nothing. Just smooth riding..and that's exactly what Ferretti had in mind when it designed the 112--which is an "express" megayacht if you will--and the largest in the company's Custom Line.The 112 was built for discriminating yachtsmen who understand Italian styling and craftsmanship, AND who want to get to where they're going in a minimum amount of time. Speeds like this are virtually unheard of in the megayacht world, but the 112 can get you to your next port of call in perhaps half the time of a traditional megayacht.Accommodations And AmenitiesAs you'd expect, the 112 comes with just about every imaginable amenity for comfortable cruising, and there are so many items that move electrically, its hard to keep track of all the remote controls.Starting aft, there's an enormous trunk that housed a 12-foot RIB on our test yacht. About the only thing that could be controlled electrically and wasn't was the deployment of this tender, which is manually rolled aft on stainless steel rails where she is then hoisted and lowered by a Bezansoni davit on the flying bridge. There's ample room here for a dive compressor and related gear, and a doorway leads down and aft to the engine compartment below. Other electrically actuated items include a starboard-side, teak-tredded stairway that lowers to perhaps 5 feet underwater to retrieve snorkelers and divers, and a Bezansoni passarelle to port for easy on/off access when Med moored.Stepping aboard, there's a large covered dining area for eight just abaft the curved, stainless-steel rimmed doors leading into the salon. These doors open automatically with a motion sensor, and a flat-panel LCD TV (one of many) flips down from the overhead for alfresco TV/DVD watching in the fresh air.Of course, the 112 is semi-custom so you can get the interior layout and treatments you'd like, but our yacht separated the main salon into two areas. Aft was an L-shaped lounge across from the fully equipped wetbar, and forward was the dining area for 8.Moving forward, a hallway to port leads to the galley, as does a second one to starboard. The galley is in an L-configuration, and seemed to have two of everything. Two dishwashers, two Subzero undercounter refrigerators and freezers, two ovens, plus one regular side-by-side refrigerator. And what megayacht galley would be complete without a wine cooler and Italian marble counter tops.Well to port a small stairway leads down and forward to the crew's quarters, which are luxurious in their own right. The captain gets his own stateroom with ensuite head/shower, as does the first mate/engineer. Up in the forepeak there are two more cabins with upper/lower bunks, plus two more head/shower combos. There's also a small lounge area upon entry with a compact but fully functional galley, and two washer dryers. Clearly, your crew will be well taken care of here.As far as you and your guests go, our yacht had the VIP stateroom just forward of the galley. It ran full beam with his'n'her ensuite facilities and a shared, marble-floored shower stall along with two walk in closets and vanity.If you like to sleep aboard while running, the 112 has great news for you. The master stateroom is amidships and on the lower deck for a super-smooth ride, again with his'n'her ensuite facilities. "Hers" includes a Jacuzzi tub as well, and there's plenty of drawer and closet stowage throughout. Just forward, twin guest staterooms each have their own double berths and ensuite heads with showers, so all together there are 8 staterooms aboard..four for the guests and four for the crew.Flying BridgeYou don't really get a feel for how big the 112 is until you walk up a few steps from the pilothouse and up to the flying bridge. You look waaay aft down a single-level teak deck, past the outside galley, past the hot tub, and back to the aft deck sun lounge which has room for a much larger tender than the one housed in the transom locker. The view forward is equally impressive, and there are also engine controls on the starboard side of the aft deck for easy docking.So is the 112 Custom Line perfect? Well, you might bump your head going down the stairs from the aft deck to the engine room, and the floor of the pilothouse extends down into the galley, cramping overhead space on one of the countertops, but those considerations pale in comparison with the BIG one...you'll have a really hard time trying to find another megayacht that's willing to race you.--Capt. Chris Kelly.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Ferretti Custom Line 112 is 33.7 mph (54.2 kph), burning 275.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 1040.88 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Ferretti Custom Line 112 is 28.6 mph (46 kph), and the boat gets 0.18 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.08 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 847 miles (1363.11 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 2,775-hp DDA/MTU 12V 4000 M90 inboard diesels.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Head: Fixed||Standard 11 of them ...electric|
|Shore Power||Standard Glendinning cable master|
|TV/DVD||Standard Flat panel LCDs thruout|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Coffeemaker||Standard Cappucino, too!|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
|Swim Ladder||Standard Electrically actuated|
|Wet bar||Standard 2--main deck and flying bridge|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Davit||Standard 2 Bezansoni|
|Freezer||Standard 2 Subzero|
|Generator||Standard 2..Kohler 60 watts|
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|
|Oil Change System||Standard|
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