During the Monaco Yacht Show, Fincantieri Yachts unveiled two exciting new design projects, the Virage 88 and the Fortissimo. The Virage 88 concept has been developed to underline Fincantieri Yachts’ interest in building top quality custom yachts in the 70 to 90 metre range.
For the Virage 88 design project, Fincantieri Yachts joined forces with the legendary Andrew Winch, of Andrew Winch Design. Andrew Winch explains; ”We have created the Virage 88 as the yacht of the future. The elegant combination of flowing lines and soft shapes will create a seamless yacht sculpture – we design our projects as floating works of art. The Virage 88 is a yacht being built by artisans: the latest construction techniques are being employed to ensure her unique profile and futuristic detailing are perfectly crafted. Synonymous with her name, she emulates the soft rolling curves of the waves, while providing a relaxed and calming environment for guests to enjoy.”
For the second design project, Fincantieri turned a blind eye to the current economic crisis, and freed themselves from any self imposed limitations. The yard decided to play with speed, and with the yard's in depth knowlegde in building fast vessels.
In their quest for a futuristic design to match the spirit of the project, the yard recognized in Ken Freivokh the right inspiration. The results of this collaboration is an astonishing 145 metre Yacht, capable of speeds over 35 knots.
Ken Freivokh commented “Fortissimo is a super yacht designed with total flexibility in mind. Essential parts of the superstructure rely on a tremendously rigid spaceframe system which allows large span openings without the need for fashion plates which would prevent full panoramic views. The design concept acknowledges the tremendous power of the turbine installation, and integrates such powerplant as an integral part of the total design. The accommodation remains generous for such a sleek yacht, whilst the owners can enjoy travelling at high speed to reach their destination unusually quickly”.