CCN Explorer Phileas 35M

by CCN-Cerri Cantieri Navali with Andrea Vallicelli & C.

A wind of change is blowing for CCN-Cerri Cantieri Navali this year. In 2011, the shipyard became part of the Gavio Group through a strategic acquisition, and consequently now benefits from the management and coordination achieved in synergy with the historic Baglietto shipyard, which is also part of the same strong investment group. Then at the start of this year, CCN-Cerri Cantieri Navali, which has a modern facility at Avenza in Carrara, presented the new product range for this brand which is now available on the international market with a broader commercial offering. Having initially specialised in the construction of fibreglass composite vessels with a planing hull, of which the stunning 52’ and the innovative 86’ are memorable examples, the Italian shipyard has now adopted a different production strategy under the guidance of the new management team, who are not only highly motivated but also have sound experience and professional skill in the production of metal motor yachts with displacement hulls. That’s why, in addition to updating the Flyingsport line in fibreglass composite with a restyling of the line’s flagship products, the 86’ and the 102’, the new range launched by the shipyard features two brand new series of motor yachts built in steel and aluminium or all aluminium. With these two entirely new designs, the Italian shipyard is setting out its stall in new sectors of the world market beyond the sector where it began at the end of the 1990s, expanding what it has to offer in terms of both construction materials and design type. “This is another important step in the constant process of growing the Cerri brand, which is increasingly making us genuinely significant players on the international market,” says Diego Michele Deprati, CEO of CCN. “We have breathed new life into an existing Cerri project, the 102’ Flyingsport, and in just two months we have introduced two new product lines: Explorer and Navetta. I believe our flexibility, combined with the variety of what we have to offer, is our real competitive advantage in an ever more demanding market. It’s a challenge that we are facing with enthusiasm, but also with humility.” As the yard’s CEO says, the range’s two new recently launched products are the Navetta line and the Explorer line, and in addition to the difference in materials and type, these naturally come with an increase in size – an entirely inevitable development against the backdrop of the increasingly exacting needs of a global clientele with constantly growing purchasing power. The Navetta line, designed by the Italian firm Spadolini, is currently offered in two lengths, 24/27 metres and 35 metres, based on a “small mega yacht” design philosophy that successfully packs volumes and spaces normally found on much larger yachts into a compact wide body vessel. Similarly, the Explorer Line, designed by Italian firm Vallicelli, is currently offered in lengths from 30 to 35 metres and is presented with the name “Phileas”, after Phileas Fogg, the main character in Jules Verne’s novel Around The World in Eighty Days. It’s a name that’s all the more appropriate, since it suggests the vessel’s transcontinental vocation, with a new course set for CCN with its official world preview at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Florida. “We are passionate about this new project, and the new course that our shipyard is embarking upon in general,” CCN CEO Diego Michele Deprati said at the event. “Our objective is to offer a very versatile new product. Phileas is part of the explorer vessel niche but its small size and simplicity of form make it unique. For anyone who still remembers the classics, the name “Phileas” also evokes a world of exploration, long voyages, adventures and life at sea. It’s exactly the same philosophy that has prompted us, working with Vallicelli, to create this undeniably appealing project.” Renowned, well established designer Andrea Vallicelli & C. devised both the exterior design and the interior design of this new project for the Italian shipyard, while the naval architecture and naval engineering were developed by the Cerri Cantieri Navali in-house technical team. For this all-metal motor yacht, to be built with a high tensile steel hull and light aluminium alloy superstructure, the design philosophy is essentially based on seven key words that sum up the basic criteria of the vessel concept: simplicity, lightness, modularity, flexibility, versatility, functionality and rationality. These cornerstone ideas summarise the main characteristics underlying this project, or what in car industry jargon would be called “project content”, with the following meanings for the CCN Explorer Phileas. Simplicity: deliberately avoiding the unnecessary complications that overly elaborate stylistic solutions sometimes adopt in order to make a modern motor yacht stand out at any price, Phileas has an aesthetic that can be described as contemporary, but has a timeless look with clean, essential lines that form an innovative blend of the features unique to explorer vessels and specialist working vessels in general. Lightness: careful expert design combined with a cunning lighting system allow Phileas to offer the owner and guests spacious interiors on board with an unusual abundance of natural light and an incomparable panoramic view, achieved by deploying numerous floor to ceiling windows, underlining the fact that the yacht has been expressly designed for a lifestyle of constant direct contact with the marine environment. Modularity: the design of the spaces on board Phileas makes use of cutting edge experience to offer the most effective possible exploitation of the maximum available space. It has particularly positive results partly thanks to the exclusive, innovative modular aluminium superstructure that allows easy adaptation to the latest specifications sought by a very varied clientele plus the option of modifications and adjustments that would be impossible with traditional systems. Flexibility: in addition to the modular system, other characteristics of Phileas, such as the almost upright sides and the placement of the crew quarters amidships, allow an individual client to choose from numerous alternatives for the configuration of the ideal layout. The main versions of the layout are available with three, four or even five staterooms, which can be modified on request and tailored to properly meet a variety of individual requirements. Versatility: Phileas has fundamentally been created to be an extremely versatile vessel, able to fully adapt to the differing usage conditions required by the owner’s personal needs for both long, demanding ocean crossings and calm coastal cruises. As if that were not enough, the Italian shipyard also offers special fittings on request, such as the ice class steel hull option and the hybrid propulsion system option. Functionality: cutting edge technology is crucial in both the naval architecture and the naval engineering in order to optimise navigation and seakeeping, providing both hull and engine efficiency and ensuring that Phileas has a generous range. This is also partly thanks to the high capacity of the fuel tanks and waste water tanks, which allow for long periods without the need to stop in difficult ports or stay in crowded marinas. Rationality: no compromises are made with the extravagances of superficial originality, which when put to the test reveal errors that can’t be fixed; instead every stage of the design process has been guided solely by rational criteria leading to tangible results. Everywhere on board Phileas guest access routes enjoy complete privacy as they have been kept carefully separate from the crew’s well planned work routes, while the technical spaces have been carefully thought out to ensure complete operating safety and optimally simplified maintenance to guarantee mobility even when far from assistance.


Jacob Herzog

CCN Explorer Phileas 35M technical specifications

HullHigh tensile steel
LOA34.80 m / 118’ ft
Length between perpendicular34.50 m / 117’ ft
Beam moulded7.60 m / 25’ ft
Full load draft 2.40 m / 8’ ft
Displacement full load260 t
Gross tonnage298 GRT
Top speed 14 knots
Cruising speed 12 knots
Range at cruising speed 4,000 nm
Main engines2 x MTU 8V 2000 M72
Rating2 x 720 kW (965 HP) @ 2.250 rpm *
Fuel50,000 litres / 13,208 US gallons
Fresh water10,000 litres / 2,641 US gallons
Grey & Black water6,000 litres / 1,585 US gallons
Exterior designA. Vallicelli & C. Yacht Design
Interior designA. Vallicelli & C. Yacht Design
ShipyardCCN-Cerri Cantieri Navali S.p.A.
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