Perini Navi has completed the first stage of construction on its new-generation 42-metre E-volution sailing yacht last week when the project’s aluminium hull and superstructure was lowered into the waters outside Istanbul in Turkey. The semi-completed vessel will now be prepared and towed to Viareggio where final construction and outfitting will take place. Photo: Perini Navi
Sold to an Italian client last summer, this performance-cruising sailing yacht represents the start of an exciting new era for the renowned Italian brand who recently shifted its product development into a new direction. "E-volution forms part of a new range of products that we’ve been working on over the last year and is reporting notable market success,” commented Perini Chairman and CEO Lamberto Tacoli in 2018. “Innovation has always been one of the main values espoused by Perini Navi and we intend to continue to work on innovation in the years ahead, so we can offer our customers yachts that deliver ever better performance and have a unique style.” Photo: Perini Navi
The project is the design work of Franco Romani while Perini Navi worked with American studio Reichel/Pugh Design on the naval architecture of the platform. “The reason we chose Reichel/Pugh for the naval architecture of the project is that they are a very well known, San Diego-based studio with good contacts in the racing scene not only in Europe but also in America,” explained Sales Manager Vittorio Blengini in a previous interview with SYT. “This is their first aluminium project on this size so it’s a challenge for them but also for us as the project is designed to appeal to clients looking to step up from their current carbon yacht of 80-100 feet. We’re aiming for the best compromise possible: performance and comfort.”
The yacht is developed with an easy-to-handle sail plan with a carbon fibre mast and rigging. A hybrid propulsion system will be installed that offsets the use of the main diesel engine with an eco-friendly electric motor. Photo: Perini Navi
This first unit in the 42-metre E-volution line will be launched next year, while a second model remains under construction in Turkey which will be completed in 2021.