Last year saw the renowned shipyard Custom Line, part of the Ferretti Group alongside six other famous brands, reach its 20th continuous year in business, with growing success on the global market. The Italian shipyard’s year was punctuated by major launch ceremonies and a presence at international shows, with numerous official presentations of both recently launched vessels and new designs that are now coming off the drawing board and about to become a reality. Of these projects, the most recent is the Custom Line 120’, unveiled to the public at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016, which is the first hull in the completely revamped Custom Line planing series. After completion of the build at the Group’s facilities in La Spezia, on the border between Liguria and Tuscany – two of the great historic enclaves of world yachting – the exclusive new motor yacht to be adorned with the prestigious Custom Line logo will make her debut next summer. In the increasingly competitive current market, the Custom Line 120’ has some very interesting technical features, starting with the new design of the hull lines, optimised for high efficiency. Then there is the new type of infusion hull build, using structures built and assembled in a sandwich format to ensure maximum solidity and lightness, in part through the use of carbon fibre. In addition to the bow thruster, upon request it will be possible to install a further aft thruster but most importantly, both when in motion and at anchor, the comfort level will benefit from an electro-hydraulically controlled fin stabiliser system with both an under way function and a zero speed function, as well as an alternative option for the installation of gyroscopic stabilisers. The comfort level is increased even further by advanced soundproofing achieved through noise-reduction and vibration-absorption systems, which dramatically reduce the effects of propulsion engines during navigation and generator motors when the yacht has stopped. One example of this is the use of floating floors, while another is the installation of additional insulation in the bulkheads and ceilings. The design complexity of the new Custom Line 120’ required the direct involvement of both the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee and the Ferretti Group Engineering Division, in close collaboration with Italian designers Francesco Paszkowski Design, who were brought in for the very first time to design a motor yacht built by Custom Line. When it came to creating the furnishings and decoration for the project, Margherita Casprini joined the professional team to provide her expertise alongside the versatility of Francesco Paszkowski. The lines of the Custom Line 120’ clearly bear the unique, unmistakable aesthetic fingerprint of Francesco Paszkowski’s design theory and practice. Paszkowski reworks and recombines stylistic and design elements drawn from automobile design and residential architecture, allied to careful research focused on enhancing shapes and volumes through furnishing choices aligned with the very latest trends in contemporary living, to create a unique combination of exterior and interior design.

With his trusty drawing pencil close to hand as ever, Paszkowski confirms: “Renewal and continuity: these are the concepts underlying the design philosophy of the new Custom Line 120’.”

The Italian designer continues: “As an evolution of the successful line that preceded it, the design for the new Custom Line 120’ emphasises some of the distinctive features of the brand and introduces new stylistic elements in a synthesis focused on breaking down barriers between the exterior and the interior, and this can be seen at several different points. It is also worth underlining that the new aesthetic and technical innovations introduced on board the yacht are strongly interlinked – different tiles in a single architectural mosaic.”

One example is the difference in height introduced between the level of the wheelhouse and the floor of the salon. This means that the salon is now in a raised position and offers a better panoramic view, something that is also partly due to the synergy achieved with the absence of structural gunwales and the presence of floor-to-ceiling windows.

It all contributes to the feeling of being in a villa directly facing the sea, as the designer himself commented: “In terms of the project’s technical content, placing some of the systems below the ‘floor’ of the main deck made it possible to create floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, transforming the salon into a large terrace facing the sea. The unusual ceiling opening system for the aft windows further emphasises the desire to bring the exterior and interior together, expressed in the absence of the gunwale and the comprehensive study of the windows. It also transforms the aft section of the living area, which is usually not heavily used, into a space that can be enjoyed whether the doors are closed or open, thanks to the sofa and chair on both sides.”

The innovative window separating the wheelhouse from the salon, described here by Francesco Paszkowski, is divided into two sections that fold open independently, and was designed and developed especially for the new Custom Line 120’ jointly with a specialist company from the aeronautical sector.

However, it was not just the aft exterior area to benefit from a significant improvement, as the designer explains. “The open-air bow living spaces have also been further expanded. This is a feature that has been present on board Custom Line vessels for some time and is highly valued by buyers who choose Custom Line.”

In the case of the Custom Line 120’, this space features a divided sunbathing area with sunpads and a lounge section with a sofa and table. However, it is the upper deck first and foremost that shows the greatest care in the design of the exterior areas, as it was devised as a truly panoramic deck entirely in the open air, able to flawlessly combine the usual convenience of a large sun deck and the sportiness typical of a versatile flybridge. It forms a terrace suspended between the water and the sky, designed to be used in complete privacy with a sunbathing area for relaxation with sunbeds and a hydromassage pool that can be protected from the sun with a retractable bimini top, as well as a cocktail lounge and an alfresco dining area, both served by a bar and protected by side windows and the hard top, which has a built-in skylight. This hard top and the overhanging aileron above the wheelhouse are some of the most characteristic elements of the innovative profile of the Custom Line 120’, which has an extremely powerful, dynamic and aggressive look, evoked by the juxtaposition of materials and colours, which is in turn achieved through the geometric composition of light metal surfaces and dark glass surfaces. Francesco Paszkowski concludes: “The soaring line of the yacht was reinforced by the single band of windows in the hull and on the main deck, while the absence of the gunwale and the comprehensive study of the ‘expanded’ windows effectively underline the desire to emphasise comfort on board through closer contact with the sea.” The fact that the new Custom Line motor yacht is a linear design based on an aesthetic canon inspired by the utmost cleanliness of line is apparent in the unusually expressive elegance that unites the whole design and is clearly identifiable in every individual detail.

For example, the sophisticated technique of the patented DMT (dual mode transom) system means that the two side staircases next to the transom can be hidden behind two hatches during navigation to keep the aesthetic beauty of the motor yacht unchanged. At anchor, they disappear into the central section of the transom to allow guests to use the steps to the wheelhouse and therefore to access the salon. In the salon entrance area, a link lounge has been laid out with teak cladding and a small sofa leading to the salon. This last is designed as an extensive open space with a living area and a dining area separated only by curtains and a low-lying unit. The full-beam Owner’s suite on the main deck and the four guest cabins located on the lower deck amidships will also have extremely generous dimensions.

Flaviano Perelli

CUSTOM LINE 120' technical specifications

TypeMotor Yacht
Hull typeSemi Displacement
Number of decks 3
LOA38.36 m / 125’10’’ ft
LWL31.79 m / 104’3’’ ft
Beam7.61 m / 24’11’’ ft
Max draught2.13 m / 6’11’’ ft
Displacement164.00 tons
Max speed25.00 knots
Cruising speed 22.00 knots
Range1050.00 nm @ 11.00 knots
Fuel capacity16000.00 litres / 4226.75 US gallons
Water capacity 3000.00 litres / 792.52 US gallons
Engines2 MTU 16V2000 M94 Diesel, Power 5276.00 hp
Accommodation Guests: 10
Passenger Rooms: 5
Master Rooms 1
Double Rooms: 2
Twin Rooms: 2
Exterior DesignerFrancesco Paszkowski
Interior DesignerFrancesco Paszkowski
Builder Ferretti Custom Line (Ferretti Group)

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