Perini Navi launches its 39th yacht: the 56m ketch Selene

The new year starts for Perini Navi with the launching of project C.2085, henceforth known as Selene, a 56 meter aluminum ketch created by Perini Navi. The launching ceremony was held on Sunday January the 14th at Perini Navi’s Picchiotti facility in Viareggio in the presence of all Perini Navi workers and subcontractors, who gathered to celebrate the “splash” of the new 56m.

Sister ship to SY Burrasca, SY Santa Maria and SY Rosehearty, SY Selene represents the ultimate evolution of the successful 56m-series whose architecture was optimised by Perini Navi in consultation with Ron Holland Design for excellent sailing performance.

Construction of the 56-metre is entirely in aluminium, to assure speed with uncompromised comfort and optimise her 553 tonnes displacement. Stability and windward performance are enhanced by a deep ballasted swing keel set within a shoal ballasted fixed keel. The 58.8m and the 48.26m aluminum masts with carbon fibre in-boom furling carry a sail plan of 1483sqm handled by 13 Perini Navi custom built captive reel winches.

Selene features a very elegant innovation in her transom, which hydraulically opens and reveals a structural stair case ending with a wide swimming platform for guest access to the sea. In addition there is also a swimming platform located on the port side, which provides easy and comfortable access to the spacious lazarette.

The astern machinery space contains 2 main engines (Deutz TBD616V12 924 kW @ 2,235 RPM) allowing the yacht to motor @ 15kt mcr and four generators (two Northern Lights 125 KW 380 50 Hz, one 80KW and one 20 KW emergency generator.

The hull—with shear-line, overhangs, and flying bridge that are hallmarks of Perini Navi’s aesthetic style—support accommodations that include a full beam owners’ suite and four double guest staterooms.

The interior layout presents some differences from her sister ships. On the main deck a lateral corridor, located to port, allows the crew to transit from the aft cockpit to the crew quarters - through the pantry and the wheel house - without interfering with the privacy of the guests. The grand saloon, bar and dining areas are separated by sliding doors. This gives the feeling of being in an open space, but with the comfort and privacy of separate areas.

The Perini Navi Interior Design Department worked very closely with the Owners in order to realize a modern interpretation of Art Déco style. The style is reflected in the use of a wide and rich variety of precious and refined materials. Woods such as ebony, frisé maple, wengè, Myrthus and Bavona briar-roots are beautifully combined with stainless steel, leather, parchment and white Afion marble.

Delivery is foreseen in March 2007.

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