I would never have thought it possible to be writing this report while heading along the Cotes d'Azure in the South of France in 30 knots of wind and seas up to five feet. But here I am, the ride level and true thanks to the wonders of modern stabilizing systems. There is a complete absence of vibration: I may as well be in my office at home except for the wonderful scenery passing along the coast and the azure blue seas. This is what yachting should be like!
The thing to understand about this new Custom Line design is that it is not just a pretty face but a fully fledged sea-going ship.Navetta means "little ship" in Italian and this yacht certainly fits into that category. At 12 knots I would have expected us to be rolling all over the place in the seas that were running that day, but the Navetta is the perfect mobile office for those who have to work when they are at sea. As a relaxing long-range cruising yacht it is simply brilliant: Comfort for the owner and his guests is given a very high priority in the design.
But it is those stabilizing systems that really transform this yacht into a pleasurable experience that few competitors can match. As far as I know this is the only motor yacht with two stabilizing systems, one for use at anchor or when stopped, and the other for use underway. The Anti-Rolling Gyro, which is a Ferretti specialty, works wonders when stopped. At our exposed mooring in Cannes, the Navetta could lie very quietly with hardly any movement while the yachts alongside were all over the place. Out at sea later on, the gyros were switched off and the Trac fin system took over. Here the ride was level and true, even with the seas on the beam. You do notice a slightly more jerky type of movement, however, as the fins counteract the wave-induced motions.
The real test of the performance of this yacht and its stabilizers came when we turned round and headed into the waves. You do not appreciate the size of waves until you head into them and now they were running at a good six feet high. With the triple flaps down the Navetta went into the waves at a steady 11 knots and while there was copious spray flying about, the ride was very acceptable in these challenging conditions. It is not often that a motoryacht can be tested in this way on a sea trial. This one definitely showed that the Navetta can cope with the rough as well as the smooth.
After this confidence-building demonstration of the Navetta's capabilities in rough seas I would quite happily have taken the interior for granted, but even here there were surprises. Inside it is like an oasis of calm, thanks to the almost complete absence of vibration and noise. The measured noise levels were the lowest I have ever recorded. Thick insulation and sensible engineering in the power department means no annoying rattles. And consider this: because of the level ride, there is no need to stow everything away for a sea passage. Just sit back and relax.
This is the NAVETTA CUSTM LINE 26