Visiting a superyacht with an owner onboard is a rare experience. Seeing one who just took delivery of his new baby is a singular event. When several writers stepped aboard the new 197-foot Seven by Perini Navi at the Monaco Yacht Show, the shipyard rep shooed us through the main saloon, where owner Ennio Doris was talking excitedly in Italian into his cell phone, thrilled with his new yacht. He was actually beaming.
Doris had good reason. Seven was one of the largest sailing superyachts at the Monaco show and the third launch in Perini’s 60-meter series behind Seahawk and Perseus 3, all with naval architecture by Ron Holland. The ketch-rig yacht is designed for racing and long-distance cruising with a main mast height of 207 feet from the keel to the top, and a total sail area of more than 21,520 square feet. It’s hard to imagine that kind of sail acreage, and the amount of power the sails generate under full load. While racing, the yacht heels over by as much as 30 degrees. While cruising the sideways slope is a gentler 15 degrees. What is even more impressive is that, instead of a large crew hoisting and lowering sails, most of the hard work is automated, done by pushing buttons on the all-glass helm screens and maneuvering joysticks. Belowdecks, hydraulic drums the size of life rafts furl and trim sails much faster than any crew could. Technically, Seven is one of the most advanced sailing superyachts ever built.
Seven is also a beautiful cruising yacht. The interior by Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects is subtle and elegant, defined by light-colored sycamore woodwork and Armani Casa decor. With six staterooms, including two master suites, the owner will be able to accommodate his seven grandchildren (hence, the yacht’s name) and their families on his yacht. Seven has excellent headroom and natural light throughout. Several teak dining tables in the cockpit beneath the flybridge allow for outside gatherings and alfresco, family-style meals. “With this new yacht, our family can all sail together, a passion that unites us and brings us together often,” says Doris.