Ferretti has earned a reputation for stability. I’m not talking about the boats’ ability to remain on an even keel—although there are no complaints there—but about the shipyard’s brand image. A Ferretti looks like a Ferretti. Resale values are maintained not just through the quality with which the boats are put together, but through the marque’s instant familiarity. You can tell it’s a Ferretti from across the marina. They don’t seem to age. In design terms, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish.
This quiet evolutionary process has been focused on renewing Ferretti’s mid-range yachts over the last few model years, and with the unveiling of the 670, that exercise—for the moment, anyway—is now complete. Somewhat longer, a little wider and considerably heavier, the 670 replaces the 650.
It fell to designer Filippo Salvetti to create something new while respecting the old, to refresh the look without detracting from its familiarity. Frightening the horses was not an option. Compare the two yachts in profile, and everything is different. But by paying attention to certain angles—in the transom and hull windows, for example—and to the proportions and visual weight of the superstructure and flybridge, Salvetti has fulfilled the brief. The new yacht is clearly a member of the same family.
Down on the lower deck you can choose between three-and four-cabin layouts, although if you go for the small fourth single cabin you’ll lose the excellent raised office at the entrance to the midships master suite, which with a desk, a chair, some shelves and a simple handrail along its aft edge, makes a very appealing study area.
Choosing a lower deck layout is one of three big decisions on the 670’s options list. Another is whether or not you select the fixed hardtop or a roll-bar with a bimini, or neither. And the third is whether to just have the 1,000-hp engines, or go the whole nine yards.
The owner of our test boat had made all the right choices, in my opinion. The 1,200-hp MANs provide plenty of power for this quite substantial motoryacht, which tops out at nearly 50 tons with full tanks and could easily accommodate several tons more of gear and equipment.
The high-tech credentials aboard the 670 don’t end there: The three big integrated screens at the lower helm station (two upstairs) are intended to display propulsion info, navigation and vessel monitoring. Taken together, these offer a complete view of the bigger picture, while allowing for every nuance of the yacht’s safe operation to be easily accessed, with just a single new Naviop interface for the owner to learn.
This perhaps encapsulates how Ferretti likes to do things. It is not just with refinements in design, but with new technologies like these that the yacht steps further along its evolutionary line, keeping up with the demands of the modern world. —Alan Harper
Ferretti Group America, 954-600-0369; ferrettigroupamerica.com
Displ.: 87,083 lbs.
Fuel: 1,004 gal.
Water: 264 gal.
Power: 2/1,200-hp MAN V8s