MEGAYACHTS | CUSTOM LINE 106
By Paola Bertelli | Ph. by Alberto Cocchi
The latest addition to the new planing series is Custom Line 106, this 32m from Paszkowski Design delivers both a fast hull and plenty of space and comfort. A modern concept that makes an unmistakably striking visual impact.
The picture of power and elegance, the Custom line 106 is a sublime 32.82m superyacht that planes effortlessly at 23 knots. Clothed in strong forms, it exudes a clean, cool beauty. Inside, a luxury home living vibe contrasts with its exuberant performance. Such expert perfection is hardly a surprise, given that the 106 is the product of a meeting of minds between Francesco Paszkowski and the Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee and Engineering Division.
The Florentine designer is renowned for his passion for ultra-dynamic lines that imbue the yachts they clothe with edgy movement, even at anchor. The effect is even more striking when a superyacht of these dimensions goes on plane. Particularly as Paszkowski is also known for the extreme balance, harmony and cool cleanness of his forms.
The Custom line 106 sports a severe chiaroscuro livery with long ribbons of window lightening its carved out and solid sections. A sleek sharp bow is backed by a compact, subtle superstructure and a more rounded transom.
Custom Line wanted 106 owners to be fully immersed in the seafaring experience and so the emphasis is on the exterior areas and their usability in particular. Aside from the dimensions (the exteriors have a surface area of 220 square metres) of the aforementioned, the thoughtfully planned traffic flows are also impressively fluid and circular with passages simplifying the interaction between the main deck and the flybridge. Port walkways lead from the fly to the foredeck and from there a starboard stairs leads back down to the cockpit. From whence, of course, a port stairs leads back up to the fly again! The foredeck is wonderfully expansive and scenic, while the stern is functional and impeccably clean.
The foredeck has different levels: the raised lounge is separated by two sun pads with fabulous sea views. The stern, on the other hand, is very versatile with two sliding doors, giving it a spare elegance underway, but once the yacht is moored or at anchor, these slide away to reveal the stairs.
The interiors are modern with some superb contemporary art by the likes of Mario Arlati, Fernando Botero, Enzo Fiore and Igor Mitoraj adding an interesting personal touch. The materials, colours and finishes have all been selected with the utmost taste. The warmth of flamed oak is matched by lacquered ceilings which create a sense of space and enhance the light. Blonde Travertine marble, leather and metal add to the sense of smooth sophistication. Most of the furnishings were supplied by Italian companies with Minotti and Flexform being cases in point, but others are custom-made for the 106, not least the dining table by Cantori, which has a black lacquered metal structure and a bronze back-painted glass top, and the ebony side tables in the master suite.
On the main deck the open-plan saloon offers first a living area and then a dining one. Floor-to-sole windows add a rhythm to the layout and are divided up by leather-trimmed columns integrating the audio and a/c systems. The glass itself is slightly curved, and this enhances the sense of contact with the sea. The end wall with its two bronzed mirrored side doors helps to create a sense of greater depth and also acts leads to the lobby, galley and main suite. Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s sculpture I ballerini (“The Dancers”) is displayed in a polished ebony niche in the wall too. In the forward-leading corridor, Igor Mitoraj’s Eros pietrificato con mano (Eros Petrified with Hand, 2014) serves as the introduction to the full-beam master suite which has its own fold-out balcony, study and two dressing rooms. The sleeping quarters have a very solid, uniform aesthetic. The two VIP and two twin guest staterooms on the lower deck have the same colours, curved lines and modern, understated styling as the main. Works by Mario Arlati and Enzo Fiore adorn the walls.
Exterior Design | Francesco Paszkowski Design
The new 106 Custom Line is the second yacht in the planing range we were asked to restyle. The range started with the Custom Line 120.
Our firm was put in charge of the whole design and worked on the interiors in collaboration with the architect Margherita Casprini. Collaborating with the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee and Engineering Department was essential to helping us to tackle the major challenge of combining the new elements we were asked to introduce with the successful design, functionality and technical features the brand is renowned for.
Continuity was important in restyling the range, and so certain distinctive characteristics from previous successful models were enhanced and combined with new recurring design motifs. The overall design focused on enhancing contact with the sea and attempting to break down the boundaries between the exterior and interior.
Another noteworthy fact is that the new technical solutions and the new overall exterior look are so inextricably linked. Indeed, they are like different parts of a one-piece architectural mosaic.
We also incorporated styling cues from other industries. These include the automotive and residential architecture sectors, but we also conducted in-depth research to bring out shapes and volumes.
We wanted to make the profile appear sleeker and more powerful. We achieved this by creating one long window on the main and lower decks. The strong lines run from bow to stern, adding life to the curves and carved-out sections, soft and sporty lines, the alternating materials and colours of the structural materials and dark-tinted windows.
Particular attention was also paid to the size of alfresco areas, a Custom Line signature, which in this instance are all interconnected and can be sheltered by bimini tops or canopies.
Interior Design | Francesco Paszkowski Design in cooperation with Margherita Casprini
The brief was for a homey yet elegant interior. This is in line with the key to the whole design, i.e. breaking down the boundaries between exterior and interior, the interior is open to the outside.
The décor choices reflect the most up-to-date lifestyle and were inspired by luxury residential furnishing designs. We focused on the colours and the finishes of the materials we used – flamed sanded wood for the floor, polished ebony for the furniture along the bulwarks, bronze Travertino marble for the bathrooms, transparent bronzed glass for the wardrobe exterior, hard leather and fabrics to make it contemporary and to achieve the desired result. The combination of different colours is an important part of the onboard design. Colours range from bright hues to darker touches, creating a balanced sequence which starts from cream for the sofas in the living ranging all the way to clay for the leather of the headboard in the master’s, light grey for the polished ceiling of the dining area, bronze for the coffee table tops in the living, the brown hues of the leather used for the steps stairway, walls and ceiling in the lobby up to black for the leather of the wheelhouse and the polished ebony of the furniture. The metal details and the polished finishes of the ceilings make the interior even brighter, just like the bronze finishes of the lamps by Contardi.
The layout offers a full-beam master suite on the main deck with a fold-out balcony on the starboard side. Four cabins on the lower deck, all en suite, provide accommodation for guests, with two VIPs aft featuring a fabulous bed arrangement in front of the huge side windows. The two twins forward each have a Pullman berth.
Shipyard representative | Stefano De Vivo, CCO Ferretti Group and Wally General Manager
In 2016 Custom Line launched a new era for its planing line with Francesco Paszkowski Design, who worked with the Strategic Product Committee and Engineering Division to create the first in the series, the Custom Line 120’. The arrival of the Custom Line 106’ is simply the natural evolution of this new planing line.
It is a yacht with a functional design, the perfect melding of aesthetics and innovation, and delivers the ultimate in terms of comfort, space, safety and navigability. It is designed so that its entire interior fit-out and decorative element are completely personalisable to suit the owner’s tastes and requirements. It’s sporty because its dynamic, rational lines are the signatures of the new generation Custom Line planing series. Thanks to an innovative planing hull, performances are superb and fuel consumption low to the extent that it is best-in-class in its category.
The most distinctive spaces aboard include the 36 sqm al fresco space forward, an area divided into three separate and independent sections. Another element is the balcony which in the first version is in the master suite – it folds out over the sea. Interesting from a technological as well as an aesthetic point of view is the evolved version of the patented DMT – Dual Mode Transom: two sliding doors that cover the stairs underway for an absolutely clean look. When the yacht is at a standstill, they slide into the hatch to allow guests go up. Lastly, the entertainment system was created in partnership C.N.Sat. It is installed in the main deck saloon and can be controlled via iPad, which completely replaces the remote controls for the various devices. This feature can be extended to all the yacht’s spaces and can also be integrated with the owner’s personal devices.