21 December, 2015
Ferretti 550 – Dazzling new beauty
The smallest, youngest and dare we say, most important model in the future fleet of the mighty Ferretti marks an important step in a different direction for this brand best known for flybridge yachts
A couple of months ago Ferretti debuted their new model 550 in Cannes; the smallest of all the current Ferrettis, the 550. This long-awaited flybridge yacht is fresh in every way possible, as if the designers had taken a step back and looked at this project with new eyes. The result of their reflection is a yacht bursting with new, which in a segment limited by dimensions (length and beam) is no mean feat. The aforementioned new begins with the aesthetics. Sporty and rather roomy (even if the flybridge is a little basic), the 550 reminds a lot like one of those Ferretti’s fantastic opens from other brands of the Group. Impression of elegance is emphasized by stylish side windows elongating the already lean and seductive silhouette. What the builders are proud of is the fact that Ferretti 550 is the smallest yacht on the market with a bow cockpit in addition to the stern cockpit and the flybridge; furnished with sofa and sunbeds, equally comfortable and practical. The stern cockpit hides a large storage room easily adapted into a skipper’s cabin, and the cockpit is separated from the interior by conventional sliding glass doors. The 550 also has a sliding stern platform, the new feature on the new Ferretti yachts (standard on all models, including the 650 and the 700). Simple and practical on the outside, the 550 is anything but basic inside. Elegant in a way we’ve come to expect from Ferretti, the interior of this yacht is shiny and dazzling, not even trying to be subtle, but never over the top. Clean lines, curved shapes, cleverly placed accent matte surfaces and minimalistic details take away some of the glitz and give the interior a surprisingly understated elegance. Ferretti opted to connect the spaces visually, using teak for the galley, the saloon and the stern cockpit, but owners can choose from many other flooring options. The open space idea continues on the ceiling, so to speak, as the shiny lacquer and LED lights stretch all over the interior and spill over to the exterior, once again connecting the two.
Our favorite spot on the main deck is the saloon, in equal parts refined and cozy, but our favorite part of the yacht is definitely the lower deck. Available in two layouts, the 550 offers three cabins and either two or three heads, and is attractive both for charter, or as a private yacht. The designers are especially proud of the master cabin, and it is obvious they have every right to be: you’d have to buy a yacht at least 10 feet longer to get a cabin like that. Comfortable, spacious, as beautifully furnished as the saloon, the master cabin is a masterpiece. Every inch of space has been thought through, every element added deliberately. This cabin has large windows without reinforcements (by now usual on a Ferretti), a private salon, a roomy wardrobe, large toilet, lovely nightstands and a king-size bed. The designers pulled off the seemingly impossible and managed to combine light and dark wood, shiny and matte lacquer – even adding some leather into the mix – without making it look heavy-handed. The guest cabin in the bow is rather classical in layout and furnishing, equipped with a queen-size bed, while the third is a double. All heads are spacious as well, giving the 550 the feel of a larger yacht.
The 550 is also available with a layout designed for the Asian market – the ‘Tai He Ban by Ferretti’ special edition replaces some of the lower deck cabins with a conference room. Even before the 550 debuted in Cannes, Ferretti sold four, and during the Salon de Cannes the yacht was probably the most talked and visited model overall – it is no wonder then that Ferretti has reacted quickly and adapted and optimized their production process to built the 550 faster than other models. Powered by two 715-hp Cummins QSM, the 550 reaches top speed of 30 knots at 2,500 rpm, and boasts cruising speed of 26 knots. Priced in Europe at little under 1.2 million euros for basic option, Ferretti 550 has quickly grabbed the attention of all interested in a yacht this size. Jam-packed with fresh solutions and designed by Studio Zuccon and the legendary Italian brand, the smallest Ferretti is bound to be a real hit. Get it while it’s hot, we say. www.ferretti-yachts.com