Captain's ReportFerretti 810 RPHIt isn’t often we get the chance to test a big boat in both the calm and the rough water, but I recently had the privilege of testing a Ferretti 810 Raised Pilothouse yacht on the waters just offshore from Ft. Lauderdale’s Quay. She handled with all the finesse and elegance of an Italian design in the calm waters for our helicopter shoot, and rose to the challenge of 6-8 foot seas during our testing runs the next day. While you didn’t want to be topside, even on the flying bridge in these conditions, inside she felt smooth and delivered a good ride. This is an extended cruise yacht that can produce over 30 mph and cruise in the 20’s, but I would enjoy the view and take it easy. Life is too short.SpecsCritical measurements on the 810 are a LOA of 81’4” with a hull length of 78’8” and a waterline length of 70’1”. Her beam width is 20’9” with a deadrise of 15.5 degrees. Draft requirements are 6’3”. This beauty displaces 120,393 lbs. dry and has a full load displacement of 139,577 lbs. Fuel capacity on the 810 is 1,823 gallons and fresh water capacity is 317 gallons. Our test model had a Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper water maker, so even long cruises would not be limited by the fresh water requirements. Our test model was powered by twin 1522-hp MTUs and power generation was by twin Kohler generators situated just aft of the engines. Features This grand Italian design has so many standard and optional features it is hard to decide which ones to tell you about in such a short space. Starting at the bow there are two Bruce anchors on windlasses. A huge sun pad fills the front spaces of the bow outside of the anchor system and walkways. The walkways to the bow are wide and have high safety rails for quickly moving about. Moving to the back, you enter a broad teak floored space for entertaining under the hardtop on the stern. This one was complete with a deep-colored wood table with extension that served a large crescent shaped bench. Behind the bench was a sink under a cover and close to the sliding door was a cabinet with ice maker and storage. The entrance to the swim platform was on the starboard side and it had a sliding post to separate the deck from the step down to the swim platform.Through the hatch and forward is the helm station on the port side. It has an electric motor driven pivot for the instrumentation and an extra wide helm bench seat. Visibility was great from this station, but underway in the heavy seas, it would have been a very wet ride. A large wraparound seating area is to the starboard side of the helm station. Going aft, there is another super-sized tanning station large enough for a dance floor. Duck under the arch and there is access to the davit and dingy storage space on deck.Entry to the crew quarters was behind the aft deck bench seats on the lower deck. Down a short set of steps you enter a common hallway that has a stacked washer and dryer just forward of the captain’s door. The captain’s double berth is on the starboard side and has closet and flat screen television for entertainment. Across the hall forward is the crew’s berth with two single berths stacked, a closet and flat screen TV for their enjoyment. Just aft of the crew cabin is a head with stand up shower and toilet. Going forward from the crew berth, you enter the first mechanical space with all the shut-offs plumbed into this room. A work bench and the water maker are also in this space. Through another door, you enter a spacious engine room. Our test model had twin 12-cylinder diesels, but you can opt for 16-cylinder diesels. Just aft of the engines are two Kohler generators. You can actually get around both sides of the engines on this beauty! Ventilation and mechanical arrangement in this space makes it a comfortable work space.Back topside and through a sliding door, you enter the main salon. If the temperature cooperates, you can swing the port side rear window open to really open this space up. Our boat was outfitted with a large seating pit on the port side and a cabinet housing the entertainment center on the port. The flat panel TV has an electric lift to bring it up when being used and store away neatly when not needed. Stepping up and forward, you enter the dining suite with storage on both sides. To port a cabinet opens up with two drawers designed to handle twelve bottles standing in cut outs each. Continuing forward on the port side, is a galley with full sized refrigerator/freezer, large prep counter with two deep sinks and a stainless steel dish washer. A convection/microwave oven wraps up the cooking galley. Of course, there is lots of storage with nested spaces for cups and dishes as well as drawers for cutlery and utensils. Continuing forward you have a spacious area with table and bench seats on the port side and the interior helm station to the starboard side. All electronics and switches are conveniently arranged and labeled in English and Italian. Rich wood accents make this seem more like a formal library than a helm station. Exits to the side walkways are either behind the helm station or through the galley via electric doors that open and tuck to the stern for easy access with zero effort.A spiral stairway leads from just behind the port side of the helm station to the lower deck. Each suite has its own full head, so there will be no hassles over who gets to shower first. Forward is the guest quarters with a queen bed and its own entertainment center. Down the hall are guest quarters on both sides with two twin beds in each room. Located in the stern is the master suite. It is designed with a dressing table, walk-in closet, queen bed, entertainment center and huge master bath.Perfomance and HandlingAs tested, we had twin 12 cylinder MTU M91’s cranking 1522-hp each. We had a crew of five aboard with 700 gallons of fuel and ¾ tank of water. She handled some pretty impressive 6-8 foot seas that kept nearly everyone in port. While we had a bounce or two at the interior helm station, my crewman down in the engine spaces said he felt safe and comfortable throughout the ride. At 1500 rpm, she was cruising along at 17.9 mph burning 53.5gph for a range of 549 miles. At top end, she was cranking 2350 rpm for a burn rate of 159.7 gph.If you enjoy the opulence of Italian design and have a need for speed, this yacht definitely fits the bill on both counts. She is a fast mover with style and elegance, as well as an impressive top speed. By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Ferretti 810 RPH is 34.0 mph (54.7 kph), burning 159.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 604.46 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Ferretti 810 RPH is 17.9 mph (28.8 kph), and the boat gets .33 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.14 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 549 miles (883.53 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 1522-hp DDA/MTU M91 - Diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|