A real “renaissance” has been taking place at Cerri Cantieri Navali for some time now, beginning in 2011 when the shipyard became part of the Gavio Group, alongside the historic Baglietto brand. As part of this process, the yard recently presented its new corporate identity and logo. Thanks to its dynamic, hugely experienced and highly motivated new management, supporting the shipyard’s founder and current chairman, businessman Carlo Cerri, the renewed Italian shipyard is now successfully pursuing a new market strategy. It’s a strategy based on the intelligent use of flexibility in production, successfully meeting on a diversified basis the various requirements of a clientele with rapidly changing, complex needs. With this clear objective in mind, the shipyard now has the capability to build a wide range of motor yachts at its modern facilities in Carrara-Avenza in Tuscany, using a construction system based on metal or composite. All this amounts to an innovative, contemporary, modern range of proposals specially designed to take on the constant challenges of an increasingly global market, offered in numerous different models and variants that can be built in lengths of up to 36 metres, or 118 feet. This new product range has been considerably expanded and in addition to the restyled Flyingsport 102 model in composite, it also currently includes the all-new “Phileas” Expedition Yachts series in steel and aluminium.
A world preview of this new series was presented by CCN at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach last year. Since then, CCN has presented another all-new series, this time featuring small mega yachts in steel and aluminium with lengths varying from 27 to 35 metres, or 80 to 115 feet, designed by the renowned Italian design firm Design Studio Spadolini. It’s a wave of renewal and revamping for the shipyard, which was established nearly 20 years ago with the construction of a small 28’, increasing to an intermediate 35’. Its popularity with the public was then definitively confirmed with a stunning 52’. A major step up then took place in terms of size in the form of the Flyingsport 86, which catapulted the Italian shipyard to the top of the range and made the construction of the first Flyingsport 102 series possible, exceeding the fateful 100-foot limit.
“With our new market strategy,” says Diego Michele Deprati, CEO of CCN, “we have breathed new life into Cerri’s historic designs such as the 102’ Flyingsport and in just two months we have introduced two new product lines, the Explorer and the Navetta. This little mega yacht in particular represents another step in CCN’s growth, making us an increasingly more important player on the international market.” Diego Michele Deprati added: “I believe our flexibility, combined with the variety of our new product range, is our real competitive advantage in a more and more demanding market. It’s a challenge that we are facing with enthusiasm, but also plenty of humility.” The designer of the new CCN series, Tommaso Spadolini, also talked about a “challenge” when defining the starting point underlying the project concept for the flagship of this series, the 35M.
The challenge in question was to overcome the lack of definition inherent in a “concept” and thence to successfully develop a tangible, achievable design ready for the construction of what Spadolini describes, with great satisfaction, as “a small mega yacht”. By this, he was referring to the rather ambitious idea of a yacht with relatively limited dimensions (for easier management), but at the same time, one with distinctly generous onboard spaces to make it as comfortable as a much larger vessel. It was a demanding challenge but one which was met in dazzling style in every respect, as the spaciousness of the social and private spaces and the functional nature of the separate guest and crew access routes clearly demonstrate. Confirming the fact that the end result of the design flawlessly meets the initial objective, the 35M has layout solutions that bring to mind those of yachts in a higher size class. These include the main deck, where in addition to the usual owner’s suite, which is laid out over two staggered levels on this yacht, there are also two VIP staterooms occupying a privileged position. Then there is the lower deck, where the main tender garage has a hatch in the side, allowing the whole of the stern section to be used exclusively as a beach club. Other characteristics of the project also testify to the close analogy between the “small” Navetta 35M and “large” super yachts and mega yachts. These include the addition of a skylight that spectacularly creates the effect of a vertical cascade of natural light from the sun deck down through the sky lounge on the upper deck to the main deck salon. The sun deck, with its usable area of over 35 m2, is also extensive compared to the average for this market segment, and offers all the space needed for a sunbathing area with sun pads, a relaxation area with sofas, a bar area with a grill and barbecue, and an optional swimming pool area with a hydromassage tub. Naturally there is also a large hard top to offer suitable protection from direct sunlight. The sky lounge is also entirely in harmony with the extraordinary spaciousness of the areas mentioned above, with a usable area of over 40 m2, featuring a conversation area with sofas and a dining area with a table for ten, while the external space alongside has an al fresco dining area for eight, covered by the overhanging deck above. Together with the huge sky lounge, the upper deck also has a large pantry and a practical day head, as well as the captain’s cabin next to the wheelhouse. Similarly, in addition to the master stateroom and the two VIP staterooms, the main deck features the salon, fully reflecting the generous availability of space throughout the yacht, as well as a large pantry and a practical day head. Finally, on the lower deck, another two VIP staterooms are positioned amidships while the crew quarters are forward, featuring the galley, crew mess, laundry, cold room and two crew cabins.
CCN 35M technical specifications
|Hull||High tensile steel|
|LOA||36.20 m / 119’ ft|
|Lenght between perpendicular||31 m / 102’ ft|
|Beam||8.10 m / 26’ ft|
|Full load draft||2.20 m / 7’ ft|
|Displacement full load||270 t|
|Gross tonnage||330 GRT|
|Top speed||15 knots|
|Cruising speed||12 knots|
|Range at cruising speed||4,000 nm|
|Main engines||2 x CAT C32 ACERT|
|Rating||2 x 1,193 kW (1,622 HP) @ 2,300 rpm|
|Fuel||50,000 litres / 13,208 US gallons|
|Fresh water||10,000 litres / 2,641 US gallons|
|Grey & Black Water||6,000 litres / 1,585 US gallons|
|Design||Design Studio Spadolini|
|Builder||CCN Cerri Cantieri Navali S.p.A.