Ready for the Ice

The Perini Navi Group introduces Galileo G, a 55m Picchiotti Ice Class motor yacht from the Vitruvius® series.

August 4, 2011

Galileo G

Perini Navi Group

Just a year after Exuma, the 50m Picchiotti M/Y, was consigned the Perini Navi Group has launched Galileo G, a 55m Picchiotti Ice Class motor yacht from the Vitruvius® series (See Yachting‘s gallery and article about Exuma).

The yacht, launched on July 10th, is the second of three motor yachts sold by the Group. It has been built in collaboration with Vitruvius Ltd and Philippe Briand.

Galileo G, born from the collaboration with Vitruvius Ltd, Philippe Briand and Perini Navi Group, was designed for navigation and exploration in the most remote areas of the world including the Arctic and the Antarctic. Designed for maximum efficiency in total autonomy thanks to the lean, sleek lines of its BOS® Hull, or Briand Optimized Stretched Hull.


Galileo G has been designed and created following Ice Class IB (ABS Ice Class IB) regulations that will permit it to navigate the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Her hull is in steel with a protective ice belt of scantlings all around the waterline- especially in the bow, amidships and in the stern- constructed to make the hull more resistant to possible collisions with ice.

According to the Perini Navi Group, Galileo G is built for maximum efficiency and potential for exploration on top of her structural robustness and powerful propulsion systems for navigation through ice, has the necessary running systems, design characteristics and accessories to obtain Winterization, a denomination that distinguishes vessels that can navigate safely and for long periods of time in ice and at very low temperatures.


The yacht also has a telescopic retractable ice detection system that transmits through a 3D monitor in the pilothouse. This system can detect submerged and semi-submerged obstacles along the vessel’s path at distances over 1km.

Thhe Perini Navi Group also noted that Galileo G comes equipped with various toys including three tenders – a 9.5mt Zodiac Hurricane with a reinforced aluminium hull, another 6.3mt tender and a 4.2mt dedicated rescue tender- two Lasers and four kayaks.

With a fleet of 51 yachts on the water- 50 sailing yachts and one motor yacht- the Perini Navi Group is a leader in the design and construction of large sailing yachts. In 2007 the Group also began to build motor yachts with the brand name Picchiotti and the series name Vitruvius, thus re-launching the historic Picchiotti shipyard acquired in the early 1990’s. The Group is made up of the Perini Navi shipyard in Viareggio, founded in the 1980’s by Fabio Perini who invented and developed a revolutionary automatic sail control system. Another division of the Group is the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia where the Group constructs its motor yachts and concentrates most of it refitting work, and the Perini Istanbul shipyard in Yildiz, Turkey where its hulls and deck structures are produced. Perini Navi USA is a commercial division of the Group through whom owners of Perini Navi Group yachts can arrange charters and which also provides brokerage services for both new and previously owned Perini Navi Group yachts.


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