Custom Line 120: the new Planing Yacht by Paszkowski Design
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:07 PM
2016 is a truly memorable year for Custom Line, which celebrated its 20th anniversary booking important successes and presenting models and projects that have won the appreciation and interest of ship owners.
The last, but only in order of time, is the Custom Line 120’, the new jewel of the series and the first Custom Line planing yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design.
A collaboration between the Milanese architect’s studio, the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee and Engineering Department, was presented at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Custom Line 120’ will be constructed in the Group’s plants in La Spezia and will conquer the seas starting next summer.
The maxi yacht is the extraordinary result of a creative process that transfers the language of the sea and styles of other universal designs, in which Italy has always been a unique landmark.
The Custom Line 120’ reimagines and combines many stylistic elements, even from automotive design and residential architecture, adding thorough research to bring out shapes and volumes, through layout choices in line with the most recent trends in contemporary living.
As is tradition, everything is personalized to the owner’s wishes, because a Custom Line yacht represents those who live onboard.
Totally new is the design of the hull shapes and lines, which will be realized by infusing and assembling the built structures together, to ensure maximum strength and lightness, thanks to the use of carbon.
The project proposes an aesthetic standard with maximum formal simplicity that creates a unique example of the exterior design and interior settings. The profile is sleek and powerful: strong lines running from bow to stern, giving life to an exciting scene of alternating materials and colors of structural materials and the dark tinted windows; to the cockpit cover and the hardtop, both in metallic gray, give a more aggressive and dynamic look even while in port or at anchor.
The windows in the hull are large and generous, while on deck the windows are floor to ceiling and create direct contact with the sea thanks to the pulpits which replace traditional gunwales.
MAIN DECK INTERIOR
The cockpit design is striking with its contemporary style, thanks to the innovative large window that is divided in two sections and can be opened separately. Developed in collaboration with a company active in the aviation industry, it has an inclination that draws inspiration of the screen of a tablet. Over the window, the area is set up as a “lounge” decorated with teak and furnished to the stylistic code the interior with a sofa by the adjustable backrest. The TV, coming down from the ceiling can rotate 180°.
Another prominent innovation is the elevation of the superstructure. This height difference, compared to the bridge, allows for an unparalleled view from the raised salon. The side windows, which are slightly curved, enhance the feeling of living close to the sea.
The concept is inspired by the luxury language of residential furnishing designs, offering:
- The support columns, which include lighting systems, audio and air conditioning;
- A single open space decorated with curtains;
- The large central living room, with large windows for panoramic views.
Besides accessing the formal dining area, the lobby exits on the walkway, where you can go below deck or continue to the Master suite. On the opposite side, you enter the pantry also accessible from the outside and then in the galley, from which you can go down in the crew area.
From the pantry, you can go up in the wheel house, which is furnished with sofas and a stern hatch to access the flybridge.
The wide body Master suite, with large windows, has a double bed on the left and a seating area on the starboard side. The bathroom has two sinks, double toilets and a central shower.
There are 4 guest cabins: 2 aft doubles feature a spectacular arrangement of beds, aimed at the side to enhance the view through the large hull windows. The 2 forward cabins have single beds to which you can add a pullman bed. All are equipped with an en-suite bathroom with separate shower.
The crew area at bow is fitted with a large dinette, captain’s cabin with desk and private bathroom, hostess cabin and two double cabins for sailors, all with private bath and separate shower.
The comforts of a flybridge and the sportiness of a coupe blend admirably on the upper deck, with the panoramic bridge for livability in total privacy. The protection offered by the side windows is integrated in the hard top with a sky light above the cocktail area, the lounge and helm station. The relaxation area, with hot tub and freestanding furniture, can be sheltered from the sun by a retractable bimini hard top supported by two poles integrated in the superstructure.
EXTERNAL BOW AND STERN AREAS
The patented DMT - Dual Mode Transom is implemented by the installation of two scuttles that when sailing, cover the rise to the cockpit steps allowing for maximum clean lines to the stern. As the ship comes to a halt, they disappear in the central part of the stern, allowing guests to access on board. From the garage down in the water, an up to 18 feet tender and a personal watercraft with three seats can be placed.
Another generous space in the bow can be accessed by the external stairs to the starboard side or through two doors in the flybridge, in correspondence the maneuver at the side stations.
Two separate sun pads create a walkway that leads to the extreme bow, which is fitted with a large dinette, sofa and table, under which a garage can house a second tender or a jetski.
TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE
Custom Line 120' installs a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines with 2638 mhp, reaching up to 22 knots cruising speed and 25 knots at top speed (preliminary data). Interesting is the speed of the economic cruising at 11 knots, which will provide a range exceeding 1,050 nautical miles (preliminary data). The highest level comfort at anchor is possible thanks to the standard installation of stabilizer fins with electro underway functionality and zero speed, and propeller in the bow thrusters. On request a second propeller at the stern and gyrostabilizers can be installed. Maximum attention is also given to sound proofing and reducing the impact of power units and generators during the stop at anchor: Custom Line 120 'has a floating floor and an additional insulation between bulkheads and ceilings. The integrated bridge was built along with Axon Marine by NAVIOP.
As always, the large technical area is well organized, divided between the engine room and Engine Control Room, that has air conditioning.