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Superyacht of the Week: Ferretti’s first Custom Line 108 Vardar

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The work of the seamless collaboration between Ferretti’s own in house engineering team together with the design team at Studio Zuccon International Project has resulted in a dynamic and exciting final product that is the Custom Line 108. SYT stepped on board to get the details of this state-of-the-art planning maxi yacht.

The Ferretti Group thought it well to present the latest addition to their planning series at the Cannes Yachting Festival last year. The yacht that essentially replaced two of the most successful models in the series, fits well in between the 97’ and 124’ planning models and is with out exception an entirely new concept than what has been on offer from the Italian yacht builder thus far.

From the yacht’s exhilarating exterior design, functional yet highly ornate guest amenities, and luxurious interior touches, once on board it becomes quite clear that a new level of customisation is available on this model. The high performance spirit has remained however and clients can look forward to cruising not only in comfort and luxury, but doing so at speed.

The yacht exudes a powerful yet sleek look with sharp lines and extended surfaces that gives the illusion of a craft that might well be longer than the suggested 108 feet. The profile is dominated by the sweeping superstructure that blends in again with the flybridge deck. Another visible feature is the amount of glass in relation to the surrounding fibreglass surfaces. Time spent inside the yacht and outside on deck soon blurs into one relaxing experience.

The flybridge stretches over a 36 square metre surface that Ferretti reports is entirely customisable by the client. Vardar, the first hull in the Custom Line 108 series, features a refreshingly open and uncluttered flybridge, and apart from the fixed helm station on port side forward and a comfortable guest seating area and cocktail bar to starboard – all covered underneath a stylish hard top canopy, it is only free standing deck furniture that is here.

A neatly hidden internal staircase leads one down and onto main deck where surprisingly wide side decks invites guests to explore the exterior spaces further. Forward, two oversized sun pads are separated by a central walkway that leads to a sunken dinette, ideal for lazy breakfasts or lounging the afternoon away with a sunset cocktail.

Back on main deck, on the starboard side crew can open a large sea terrace within moments to add yet another dimension to this already feature packed exterior. From here guests can effortlessly move between the comfort of the main salon, and the endless possibilities provided by the various outdoor spaces.

Once inside, one might be excused for not wanting to remove those sunglasses just yet. The extra large windows that span the entire length of the main deck provide incredible amounts of natural light to the main salon and dining area. This, together with the use of white lacquered surfaces, bleach oak flooring, and stylish light furnishings, gives new meaning to the term indoor-outdoor. The prevailing bright scene is cleverly down-toned with rich dark wood accent panels and a dramatic backdrop to the 10-seating dinning area that also serves as storage for the cutlery and crockery.

Moving forward, past the central galley, the wide-body master suite comes into view. A true loft apartment style space, the master cabin is a continuation of the sunlit-inspired main salon, albeit to a slightly more decedent level. Here rich fabrics of suede, texuterd and smooth woods and metal accents puts one at ease in a comforting and relaxing ‘private haven’ as Custom Line describes it. The windows reach down far enough for guests to enjoy the sea vistas from the comfort of the king size bed. The large LCD TV is another marvel to stare at during those unfavourable weather morning spells. The opulence is continued in the forward en suite bathroom that offers a beautiful view from the shower. No surprise there.

Moving below deck down the light oak staircase, the remaining eight guests are treated to the same level of luxury and style as found in the master suite. Two double VIP cabins are located aft with a further two twin cabins forward. Soft touches of welcoming colours and fabrics were used to create the same experience of light and space, in these areas that naturally cover a smaller area as those above deck. Each cabin comes complete with its own en suite.

The Custom Line 108 is fitted with two MY 16V 2000 M94 engines that provide the yacht with enough power to reach a top speed of 26 knots and a cruising speed of 23 knots. When a more reasonable economical cruising speed of 12 knots is maintained, Vardar will be able to reach a range of 1,000 nm. Clients have the choice of installing electro-hydraulic stabilising fins, or as an optional extra, opt for a pair of gyroscopic stabilisers.

By Charl van Rooy

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