The new course of the Franchini Shipyard is going on with Zoe and Mia
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:00 AM
Massimo Franchini is improving the models of the new course that is ferrying Cantiere Navale Franchini to the 21st century 4.0 (four point zero) yachting. Tense lines, sleek dashboards, generous volumes and a semi-custom modular boat program characterize the first two examples of the series: the open Zoe and the coupé Mia.
With the first two models Zoe, the open boat, and Mia, the closed boat, begins the production of the new course of Cantiere Navale Franchini.
Massimo Franchini defined the concept presented in May, maintaining its formal and conceptual characteristics, defined by taut lines, diamond surfaces and slender dihedral corners that allow for generous volumes and guarantee a high level of liveability, while maintaining a low and slender sheer line.
The concept that is behind the first two models, and which will be the guiding criteria of the whole range, is that of a modular boat. Cantiere Navale Franchini offers a complete and technically flawless ‘base’ on which the customer adds different modules or ‘up-grade’, called ‘UP’ to improve and expand his boat according to his character: they are ‘MORE’ elements, assembled on the basic hull that are added to make the boat that the owner has in mind and wants.
It is a semi-custom customization concept normally applied on larger boats. Massimo Franchini and his team believe that even in dimensions defined today as “medium”, the advanced yachtsman prefer to express his personality in a boat that represents him and reflects his tastes as well as expectations of comfort and performance.
"However - says Massimo Franchini - customize does not mean, 'do what you like!'. What we supply is of the highest quality and we do not accept upheavals but only enrichments of the boat by the customer ".
The basic platform is a hull of 19,20 meters LOA that is offered in an open version, a pure open, a large liveable runabout with windshield and large open spaces of maximum liveability. On this base you can add the various "UP" ranging from simple canvas hood, to a solid T-Top, with various side protecting systems, to a complete superstructure, which forms an open-coupe, to the flybridge on roof of the cabin, which makes up a real fly model.
The interior layouts – conceived by architect Marco Veglia – are equally modular: two, three, four cabins with or without crew cabin. The décor is equally modular, based on the articulated and flexible proposal of the yard.
The denominators are:
• Hull with diamond surfaces
• Intensive and reasoned use of advanced materials and technologies (carbon fibre,
nanotechnology, domotics, servosystems)
• Structures and technical parts in sight
• Glass-covered superstructures also in blind areas
• Garage without heavy and complicated hydraulic doors
• Retractable anchor in receptacle
• Arrangement for inflatable ‘toys’
• Can-bus electric systems
• Multiple charging and generation systems with renewable and variable speed generators
• Volvo IPS engines with joystick for easy manoeuvring and docking
• Particularly roomy interiors with flexible layouts, highly customizable
• New upholstery materials and furnishing solutions inspired by the most dynamic design
The yacht is available to innumerable colour and graphic customizations. The design has been conceived and designed to favour this aspect.
"It remains imperative the principle - specifies Massimo Franchini - that the boat must remain 'a boat' with clearly nautical - naval elements: the hull, the deckhouse, the bow, the stern remain separate but perfectly homogeneous elements, without concessions to graphic elements ends in themselves, such as strange windows, odd shapes, etc. There is also a maniacal attention to the functionality and safety on-board and to the atmospheres that must remain 'marine' also as a function of active safety, because who is on board must always be aware that he is on the sea and must behave accordingly. The bow is not only a concession to the 'trend', but responds to the need to exploit the LOA without sacrificing performance, providing to the yacht a strong character and enhancing the identifying logo of the whole range".
The power train, consisting of the Volvo Penta IPS system, comes in two options: IPS 750 and IPS 900.
The hull is the result of Naos company, led by the Trieste-based naval architect Roberto Prevel, who developed water lines for a smooth and safe navigation with performances in the order of 35/38 knots of maximum speed, following extensive CFD studies. Naos Ship and Boat design is a leading European company in the field of marine engineering, specializing in hydrodynamics, structural design and stability. With its headquarters in Trieste, it includes subsidiaries in Sweden, Spain and Croatia.
The price list reflects the semi-custom path. It starts from the base price of the open runabout with three cabins and adds the various "UP", T-Top, Cabin, Fly, which, in turn, support packages to be implemented. The "UP" catalogue will be very broad, as in the best automotive brands, to allow the widest customization of the yacht, including the ‘toys’, the inflatables, the Sups, the fishing, diving and swimming gears, as well as all the accessories and internal equipment for comfort, entertainment, well-being.
The first two hulls will be in built at Adria Sail of Maurizio Testuzza, who has been appointed for the construction of the hull for the next America’s Cup challenge by the Imperia-based consortium Columbus 2021.
We’ll gradually communicate further definitions and enrichments during the building of the first two hulls that will start in autumn 2018, with presentation in spring 2019.