Ferretti is making its new entry-level 500, the first in a complete redesign of Ferretti Yachts, and it’s scheduled to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival starting Sept. 8.
The new 500 is the start of a new era the company says, adding “a domestic dimension” to life on board a traditional cruising yacht. The idea is to make living on board feel just like living at home – that is, if you’re living in luxurious home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and extra social areas upstairs, downstairs, on the front porch and out back. Not to mention the swimming pool outside.
And if your home also manages to top out at 30 knots and cruise at 25 knots, powered by twin 550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels. The 500’s range at 25 knots is about 200 nm.
Adding to the homelike setting, the Ferretti comes with two interior options, a light-oak Santorini or a darker Portofino. Either way, the 500 borrows some features from the larger yachts in Ferretti’s fleet.
It has dual staircases leading from the aft deck to the swim platform, for example; the platform itself submerges to make it easier to deploy and retrieve the tender and to enjoy water sports. The cockpit is a social zone of its own with an enormous sofa that reclines, plus a table for ten for al fresco dining.
The aft section of the flybridge is set up as another dining area with a lounge and a table; a large sun pad is forward, opposite the upper helm station. Another social area is on the foredeck; it has sun pads with reclining backrests.
The galley is aft in the salon. A large U-shaped sofa area is forward to port with a table. A two-person lounge is to starboard, just aft of the lower helm.
Below, the amidships master stateroom is full beam with a centered bed and a large owner’s head and shower. The VIP stateroom is forward, with a head and shower that it shares with a guest stateroom on the starboard side.
Specs.: LOA: 50’4”; Beam: 14’1”; Draft: NA; Disp.: 39,683 lbs.; Fuel: 370 gals.; Water: 159 gals.; Power: 2×550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels.