FERRETTI'S REMARKABLE 3-CABIN 45-FOOTER AT JERSEY AND OCEAN VILLAGE BOAT SHOWS, MAY 2019
The remarkable 3-cabin Ferretti Yachts 450 will be on show for the first time in the UK at the Jersey Boat Show and the South Coast Boat Show in early May.
This amazing 45ft flybridge yacht is about the only boat of her size to have a magnificent full-beam owner's suite amidships as well as a double VIP suite and a 2-berth guest cabin. She truly is an outstanding 6-berth family flybridge yacht.
So what's Ferretti's secret? How do you get two suites and a third cabin in a 45-footer? What gives the Ferretti Yachts 450 so much more interior space than others? The answer is the location of the engines. The 450 has all the advantages of conventional shaft drive, but her engines are several feet further aft than normal, thanks to v-drive gearboxes. This means the engines sit above the propellers instead of some way in front of them. That frees up a lot of extra interior space at the aft end of the lower deck, an extra metre, which is what makes the 3 cabins possible.
Ferretti Yachts 450 - full beam midships owner's suite
It is fair to say that you won't find a nicer owner's suite on a 45-footer than aboard the Ferretti Yachts 450. Full beam owners' suites are normally the preserve of flybridge yachts over 50ft. Located amidships, in the widest part of the boat, the suite on the 450 extends right across the full beam and enjoys a wonderful outlook to right and left through big hull windows – with opening ports for a lovely breath of fresh air. The bed itself is king size.
Ferretti never fails to give their boats an exceptionally classy and luxurious feel, with their meticulous workmanship, immaculate finish and beautiful materials. But it's not just the decor and the furnishings, it's the way they design things to ensure that cruising is a truly delightful and relaxing pleasure. It's certainly evident in the saloon of the 450. This elegant open-plan space is surrounded by deep windows that not only provide great views but also flood the whole area with light. The height of the sills and of the seating is carefully matched to give lovely views when you're sat down, without any of the awkward window framings that can so often spoil the outlook. The galley is in the now popular position at the aft end of the saloon, which is both convivial and convenient for whoever is preparing food or drinks, whether serving inside or on the aft deck.
On deck, Ferretti's mastery of outdoor living is plain to see, making the very best use of every inch of deck area, from the seating and lounging areas on the foredeck, to the bathing platform which raises and lowers at the touch of a button for easy access to the water for swimming and to make light work of launching and recovering the tender.
But it's the overall quality standards that really make the Ferretti Yachts 450 stand out. When it comes to engineering and build quality, Ferretti is the Mercedes of flybridge motor yachts. It's much more robust and consequently a little heavier, but it's also more powerful so performance is unaffected. Build quality of this standard does cost a little more. But if you're the kind of person who would choose a Mercedes over a Ford or a Peugeot, you'll understand the difference and the fact that it is well worth it in the long run.
SEE THE FERRETTI YACHTS 450:
• 4-6 May 2019: Jersey Boat Show, St Helier Marina
• 17-19 May 2019: South Coast Boat Show, Southampton Ocean Village
FERRETTI YACHTS 450 - specifications
Length overall 46 ft 7 in / 14.20 m
Std Engines 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7
Engine power 2 x 480 hp
Max speed* 29 knots
Cruising speed* 25 knots
Range (cruising speed)* 230 nm
Optional Engines 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7
Engine power 2 x 550 hp
Max speed* 31 knots
Cruising speed* 27 knots
Range (cruising speed)* 230 nm
Drive system shaft drive with v-drive gearboxes
Bow thruster 9.3hp
Unladen displacement 17,000 kg
Fuel 1,400 L
Water 600 L
Air conditioning option
Gyroscopic zero-speed stabilisers (ARG) option
Joystick manoeuvring system (JMS) option
Price, std engines (euros ex VAT) €640,000
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