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Best Of The Best 2006: Ferretti 830

Marilyn M. Mower

To create more U.S.-friendly boats, Ferretti Group, the in­ternational boatbuilding consortium that includes the Ferretti brand, has spent the last 10 years soliciting feedback from its American customers—and from the ones who got away. In addition to making modifications to meet certain U.S. Coast Guard standards and rewiring its vessels for American shore power and appliances, the group, to suit its U.S. clients’ tastes, has improved the boats’ air-conditioning, lengthened bridge deck overhangs, and added railings and swim platforms.

The Ferretti brand incorporated all of those features and amenities into the design of its new 830, which has a 20-foot beam hull made for perfor­mance and steady movement through the water. The $5.9 million boat also showcases Ferretti’s new Anti Rolling Gyro system, which the builder claims reduces wave-induced rolling by 50 percent and works at low speed or at anchor without the noise and vibrations of fin stabilizers. Ferretti offers the yacht with either dual 12-cylinder, 1,522 hp MTUs for a top speed of 33 mph or twin 16-cylinder, 2,030 hp engines that increase the speed to 38 mph.

The flying bridge features a communications arch that casts shade over the seating area while leaving the Jacuzzi (an optional feature) in the sun. The layout can include room aft for a tender and a crane to lift it. A stern garage suitable for a Jet Ski cleverly unfolds into a water-sports platform.

The 830’s main-deck layout has an enclosable galley of more than adequate proportions, a 290-square-foot living/dining room, a discreet day head, and a cozy sitting area next to the indoor helm. Below deck are four staterooms, including a VIP quarters in the bow and identical twin guest cabins, each with a private head with shower. But the owner’s cabin, a full-beam suite, is the boat’s centerpiece. Because the wall between the bath and bedroom is partially glass, the large picture windows port and starboard fill the space with light and provide clear views. The transverse arrangement of the built-in furniture, wherein the bed faces the port-side window, makes the yacht ideal for anchoring out in the bay.

Ferretti Group USA
954.525.4550
www.ferrettigroupusa.com

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