Italian Stallions

Three Euro beauties that are sure to turn heads on the docks.

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A recent launch from Ferretti Yachts is the Altura 840, the largest from the Italian builder. The Altura 840 has high overheads, ample amounts of natural light, and a bright color scheme that makes the interior space feel open and airy. Sun-pads for lounging and plentiful outdoor seating on multiple decks makes this vessel well suited for soaking up the sun. She is appointed with twin MTU 12V 2000 units, giving her a company estimated 27 knot cruising speed and 30.5 knot top speed. www.ferretti-yachts.com

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The SportRiva 56, one of the latest launches from Riva, is the first in their foray into "sportfly" vessels - yachts that are designed on the lines of Riva's Open series, combined with a flybridge. Though she was a bit of a stand out when I first saw her tied up on the dock in Miami, her curves certainly carry the lineage of the Riva brand-she has that undeniable Italian sexiness. A walk through the boat showed a well-appointed interior with a pleasing color scheme, though I think I have to experience the feel of her twin 900-hp MAN engines pushing her to a company estimated 32-knot top speed, before I can really start drooling. www.rivaboats.com

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One of the current projects underway at the Morgan Yachts shipyard in Italy is the Morgan 55 Fast Commuter, with an expected launch date of summer 2010. The Fast Commuter 55 is the new entry-level vessel in the Fast Commuter series, which currently consists of 70-, 83-, and 93-foot models designed in the style of the commuter yachts of the early 20th century. The 55 features a U-shaped settee and sun-pad combination on the afterdeck, well suited for alfresco dining and relaxing while on the hook, and her twin 800-hp MAN engines, give the vessel a company estimated cruising speed of 28 knots, with a top speed of 35 knots. www.morganyachts.it