It’s hard to argue with Henry James, at least on the topic of tradition. He once wrote, “It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.” In many respects, it is the aspect of legacy that has always made me a lover of classic yachts and workboats.
Chris-Craft is scheduled to unveil its new Capri 21 at this month’s Cannes Boat Show. The vertical-bow design is the builder’s first to have a new-for-2014 cockpit with updated seating, fabric and diamond-pattern upholstery reminiscent of the 1930s.
“The Capri 21 speaks to the past, but the design appeal is forward thinking and unmistakably Chris-Craft,” company Chairman Stephen Julius stated in a press release.
It was cheers all around at the Ferretti Group marina in Cattolica, Italy, as the first-ever Ferretti 750 launched and prepared for her world debut at this month’s Cannes Boat Show.
The Ferretti 750 is an evolution of the builder’s 720 design and continues the company’s goal of extending its line upwards from 70 feet LOA. The new design was done as a collaboration among Studio Zuccon International Project, Advanced Yacht Technology & Design and Ferretti’s in-house engineers, architects and designers.
Monte Carlo Yachts, following the launch of the 49-foot MC5 this past January, is preparing to unveil a new 43-foot MC4 model at the 2013 Cannes Boat Show.
The MC4 shares the same hull design as the MC5 and comes with the owner’s choice of a 400-hp or 500-hp Volvo IPS propulsion system.
According to Monte Carlo, which is a division of Beneteau, the MC5 will have “a huge flybridge” along with a six-guest salon and two ensuite cabins. The master is aft and spans the full beam, while the VIP cabin is forward.
Here’s something we haven’t seen before: a 77-foot powercatamaran with doors both forward and aft, making it possible for guests to walk from the stern to the bow by going straight through the salon.
That forward door — which spans 107 square feet and lifts hydraulically upward at the front of the deckhouse — is one of the innovative features that designer Frédéric Sarfati and production expert Raphaël Krepser worked together to create on the new Air 77.