Chopi Chopi

by CRN with Zuccon International Project and Laura Sessa

A perfect union of beauty and pragmatism, Chopi Chopi is a yacht whose style can be defined as classic/modern, where functionality becomes aesthetics and art is a detail that enhances colour, softening the scientific tradition of the technology. The special naval features of this yacht reflect the guiding principles of Ancona-based

Italian shipyard CRN, where it is the fleet flagship and the 129th vessel built, as well as those of the Ferretti Group to which the shipyard belongs. Its naval architecture is the work of CRN Engineering, with external lines and compartmentation by Zuccon International Project, which approached the design of this star of the nautical scene with an almost urban vision, giving each detail its own role.

Devised as a residence for a large family, the yacht has 6 decks, one of which is for the Owner’s use only, with large interior spaces and private exterior spaces. The whole of the main deck is available to guests or other family members. The accommodation for the 31 crew members and the staff occupies most of the lower deck, and they also have working areas connected by staircases and lifts on every deck.

As you would expect from a grand residence like this, service and food storage areas fulfil a crucial role throughout the under lower deck, including cold storage facilities featuring a 6,000 litre unit, a 30,000 litre storage room, a laundry with 5 washing machines, a drying room, ironing room, etc. A highly unusual feature is the round control room, as on cruise ships – this enhances the idea of beauty and functionality, a concept that the entire vessel seems to take its inspiration from. If, as Berlin-based artist Christian Jankowski said, “the yacht is the perfect sculpture, a perfect self- contained vessel of information”, then Chopi Chopi is a prime example. Its shape is not born ex nihilo, but rather, as architect Gianni Zuccon says, “it is the result of a process of synthesis taking into consideration every parameter of design, and expressing certain information based on considerations that come from focusing on people’s lives. This great yacht marks the conclusion of a design experience with CRN that began 13 years ago, and the beginning of a new phase of research and development on specific themes. Wellbeing and comfort, understood as the possibility and extension of a qualitative living situation, are first amongst these”.

In the interiors, the relationship between space and natural light follows the current trend in opening out to the sea and an increased relationship with nature, although without indulging in excesses such as a vertiginous increase in transparent surfaces or planes of glass. “The boat must have a soft shape, fully expressing its movement through the water and the air, as if it might need to defend itself against them or challenge them by controlling them, not by opposing them or by being exposed to them like a building on land”. Perhaps for this reason, Chopi Chopi does not just have huge windows, walls that fold down to become terraces over the sea, sliding glass doors to make the interior and the exterior a single space, but also a variety of snug corners – comfortable, protected spaces in the open like those on ships of the past, whose relationship with the sea was guided by a more respectful love.

Each deck is a different world and an important link in the whole chain, and all are connected by a wide spiral staircase. This staircase is perhaps a little unbalanced in terms of size compared to the rest, but highly effective, almost symbolising the family unit – the predominant force and spirit of the ship.

From the beach club to the upper deck, family harmony and designer comforts

Designed as a timeless vessel, Chopi Chopi looks almost simple in its visual impact, which is harmonious and deliberately not glamorous, but if, as Zuccon emphasises, we stop to look, we note that as you glance upwards, the boat’s shapes become more and more sculptural and complex. This discreteness and elegance of line is rare in ships of this size and is anything but easy to achieve. It’s no accident that the yacht’s name means cuddles. It is a gentle giant that prefers to glide over the sea, to dialogue and dance with it, rather than dominate it with its power.

On the lower deck, the beach club embodies this approach well, opening onto the water with an area of more than 70 m2 and featuring every comfort. This theme continues inside among the worked alabaster of a spa with sauna and hammam. Designer Oregon pine slats, intermittently alternating with others in white lacquer, lead to the massage room, while a walkway in teak threaded with polished steel leads to the gym, whose mirror walls create a sensation of much greater space. Its unique feature, however, is the staircase that leads to the centre of the main deck salon, from which you can glimpse the reflected shimmering of the sea. [...]


Chopi Chopi Technical Specifications

Yard IDNumber CRN 129
Construction materialSteel / Aluminum
TypeDisplacement hull
L.O.A.80.00 m / 262’466’’ ft
L.B.P.71.40 m / 234’2513’’ ft
Moulded beam13.50 m / 44’2912’’ ft
Draft3.40 m / 10’8267’’ ft
Moulded depth6.60 m / 21’6534’’ ft
Full load displacement1,800 tons (approximately)
Gross tonnage2363 GRT
Hull colorEggshell
Superstructure colorSnow White
Fuel tank300,000 litres / 79,251.62 US gallons
Fresh water tank45,000 litres / 11,887.74 US gallons
Engines2 x Caterpillar 3516B-C 1640 kW@1600 rpm
Maximum speed (half load)Luca Dini Design16 knots
Cruising speed15 knots
Cruising range (@ 12 knots)6,000 nautical miles
Generators Caterpillar C18 (2 x 275 kW),
Caterpillar C9 (1 x 175 kW e 1 x 150 kW emergency)
Bow ThrusterSchottel + EAS electric engine and electronic control
HelipadSuitable for helicopters up to 3,000 kg
Lifts2, serving the six decks of the vessel
Electrical cablesApproximately 100 km, 1 km of which fibre optics

3 tenders (Dariel Limo 9.5 m, Dariel Ribo 7 m, Riva Iseo 8.5 m) + 1 rescue boat (Solas Narwhal 4.2 m)
VIP interior areas1067 sq m
Owner deck area190 sq m
VIP & Owner outdoor areas770 sq m
Crew interior areas419 sq m
Galley51 sq m
Guests12 people (5 double cabins + 1 Owner suite)
Crew + Staff31 people
Classification YACHTLloyd’s Register of Shipping LR ✠ 100 – A1 – SSC – YACHT
(P), MONO, G6, ✠ LMC, UMS MCA LY2 compliance
Workers employed for ship building80 people / day on average
Worked hours660,000 hours
Value More than € 80 million
Naval architecture CRN Engineering
Exterior design Zuccon International Project
Interior designLaura Sessa
Shipyard CRN S.p.A. (Ferretti Group)
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