One hundred and eighty-five feet of steel, aluminium and mahogany, created especially to impress and convey a sense of wealth and good taste. This is the spirit of Romance, built using advanced naval technologies by CRN, a Ferretti Group brand. CRN, aka “Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali”, based in Ancona, has been building custom yachts since 1963. Its fleet includes more than 125 luxury yachts ranging from 43 to 85 metres.
Romance was launched in April 2008, after 2 years of work. Fittingly, arias from the Puccini opera “Turandot” were chosen as background music for her launch, underlining her monumental aspect and romanticism. She has the classic external styling typical of this family of boats, designed by Studio Zuccon: 4 decks, a high, well sheltered bow, the topside of the superstructure featuring soft, rounded lines.
Two glazed tiers at the navigation end, and a slightly larger funnel than that of her sister ships, located at frames 42/43, thus slightly set back in relation to amidships. The starboard topside of the hull features the accommodation ladder, slanting forward; for boarding and disembarking it swings outwards and rotates by 180 degrees. The equally imposing stern slopes down gently from the decks above. Above the bow stands the small mast for the forward masthead light in compliance with the COLREG regulations (Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea) for vessels of over 50-metre. The result is a compact yacht whose lines are softened by her two open, forward-thrusting decks, and convey power, safety and skill while underway. As always, we’ll be focusing on the specific features of the boat. We’ll leave the description to the photos, and to readers’ own research.
In order to give an idea of the excellent handling – much praised by those who have captained this family of yachts – we’ll start our report from the keel. The keel, weight distribution and the engines are the main factors when it comes to ease and stability of cruising. Made from steel, this bottom was created in the tank as an extension of that of her smaller sisters, Ability and Maraya, both tried and tested bottoms, making optimal use of the centre of the bottom and the bulbous shape. The length at waterline has been extended through the transom alone, without penalising speed or range. So much so, in fact, that this yacht reaches a top speed of 17 knots and has a range of 4000 nautical miles at her cruising speed, which is around 14 knots. What’s more, as we’ll see, the owners wanted to set aside the aft area on the lower deck for relaxation and swimming, meaning that this space becomes a detached part of the bottom. This results in an extension of the yacht’s length without affecting handling or buoyancy, despite the difference in the length-beam ratio. The design also includes a bulkhead between the engine room and the tender garage, which can be dismantled in the rare event of having to unload the engines. [...]