Sybaris 70

by Perini Navi in consultation with Philippe Briand, interiors by PH Design

Sybaris, the first vessel in Perini Navi’s 70-m series, is now in the final stages of construction, delivery for beginning 2016. She is the largest sailing boat ever built by the Italian shipyard apart from The Maltese Falcon – the 88-metre clipper that has made the front pages since her launch due to her uniquely advanced technological content. The shipyard’s experience in creating vessels at the cutting edge of technology is very much to the fore in Sybaris, and makes its presence felt in many areas of this complex project. The aluminium hull and superstructure were built in Turkey, with fitting now under way at the Picchiotti yard in La Spezia, from which this sailing yacht will take to the water independently with her Owner, Bill Duker.

This first hull in Perini Navi’s 70-m line has the characteristics typical of all the yachts built by the Italian shipyard – the highest levels of build quality, uncompromising comfort and complete safety. These aspects are the essentials on every yacht – sailing and motor yachts alike – produced by the Perini Navi Group, which also includes the Picchiotti shipyard.

Although the style of Perini Navi’s new 70-m vessel is typically Perini in terms of design solutions and choices, it is sleeker and more dynamic. This outcome is of course partly the result of a greater length overall, but it also stems from a specific request by the Owner, who wanted to create a sailing yacht that was unique in her category, but also placed the emphasis on three key themes: friendship, passion and sculpture. Since the beginning, the Owner has made it clear he is keen to create the most beautiful sailing boat ever built, giving the task to Perini Navi and a large team of surveyors, technicians, designers and specialists known to Bill Duker personally, with whom he maintains friendly relationships. The Owner has close ties with Perini Navi and its people, and has built up relationships with them for more than 20 years. These are relationships that he himself describes as high-quality, built on the capacity for dialogue of the parties involved and hence the capacity to transform a vision into a sailing reality. From the very beginning, Duker has undoubtedly had a clear idea of the process that has led from design through to the final stages of construction, soon to be followed by the launch of this skilfully designed, high-tech sailing yacht. Friendship, one of the principles of the triptych that underpins his vision of the ideal ship, is something that has permeated the process from the very first talks that then went on to lead to the development of the project with everyone at Perini Navi and the professionals. This principle is naturally also apparent in the management of external and internal areas of the ship, where it’s all a matter of sharing space and experiences at sea. Passion is a concept that each of us can express in so many different ways and areas of life, but when it comes to a ship, and Sybaris in particular, it is strongly apparent in the decision to build a 70-metre ketch with high sail performance, which can therefore offer the joy of sailing in close contact with the sea and the wind, in spite of the vessel’s size. The last of the three principles in Duker’s vision is sculpture, understood as the desire to create a true seagoing work of art, a ship that surpasses her functional purpose from an aesthetic standpoint to be admired and appreciated as an art object in her own right.

Art is always a union of creativity and technique, the capacity to give form to ideas, and in this case it must also follow certain functional requirements that are obviously non-negotiable on a ship. It’s a complicated exercise, but by no means impossible – as Sybaris proves. Beyond all the visible, tangible aspects, there are also numerous technical aspects that merit analysis, starting with the waterlines and the entire design developed by the Italian shipyard and optimised by Philippe Briand to attain the maximum possible performance from the sail plan and the hull.

The result is a ketch-rigged vessel with two carbon masts produced by Dutch firm Rondal, a 72-metre main mast and a 62-metre mizzen mast, which support more than 3,000 m2 of sailcloth between them.

The yacht has a retractable keel allowing the draught to be varied from 4.54 m to 11.74 m, which makes it easier to sail in shallow waters and improves performance under sail. Managing such a powerful sail plan and appurtenances is certainly not a simple matter, but with an innovative system for handling manoeuvring, the crew can work in safety to adjust the sails and achieve the performance that this ship should always be able to deliver. The sails developed by North Sails are of the 3DL type, whose capabilities have been tested extensively on numerous large sailing yachts where their performance has led to them being adopted very successfully, to the satisfaction of owners and crews alike. However, that’s not all – the technological innovations on Sybaris could fill a book – but we certainly cannot fail to highlight the new captive winch systems developed by Perini Navi for this project, together with new sail furlers, which make manoeuvring quicker and more fluid. One important aspect comes from the desire to limit upward mass by using carbon masts from Rondal and stays also in carbon, this time by Carbo-Link. This decision has also made it possible to limit mass at a lower level, in the keel. The result is a relatively low overall weight, meaning that even in light winds, the sail performance is worthy of a vessel that brooks no compromise.

We mentioned at the beginning that the design for Sybaris takes on numerous technological challenges that are worth highlighting. These certainly include energy consumption, with rationalisation of both the amount of energy consumed and the loads required from the generators. In practice, the electricity generated on board the yacht never exceeds the actual requirements for charging the batteries and keeping all the on-board devices in operation. This condition varies continuously, meaning that an increase in energy requirements corresponds to an increase in production by the generators and the reverse is also true. Energy losses are minimised and the energy accumulated in the batteries can be used so as to sail with zero emissions. It is a modern, efficient system using variable rpm generators managed via DC BUS, which adapt continuously to the actual energy requirements on board so that only the energy that is actually needed is consumed.

This system was used for the first time on board a Perini sailing yacht, and is based on the use of three variable speed generators coupled to lithium polymer accumulator packs to store energy. With this system, Sybaris never produces energy that will not be used, and a reduction in consumption has therefore been achieved that is associated with a 25% drop in CO2 production. These aspects would be enough on their own to merit appreciation for the technological work of the system’s designers, but in addition they have also achieved a reduction in maintenance work and weight. During the design phase, the electrical system for the entire ship was analysed with a view to optimising the quantity of electric cables. Here again, the reduction achieved represents major savings in terms of both money and weight. The quality of the direct current produced by the power generation system is also worthy of a final note, due to the fact that it does not require AC filters as it is perfectly stabilised at source. The efficiency achieved with all of Perini’s technological developments on Sybaris is certainly an important goal, especially when it comes to the total dimensions of the ship.

Sybaris also has the unmissable element that is now a trademark of Perini Navi: the sun deck on the deckhouse roof, which has been echoed by so many others over time. However, on this ship, design constants are present in tandem with countless technological innovations to improve comfort, safety and performance. For example, new construction techniques make it possible to achieve extraordinary levels of silence and vibration reduction. In terms of on-board systems as well, Sybaris has cutting-edge technological solutions to ensure minimum energy consumption with complete reliability and comfort.

Looking at the interiors of this magnificent sailing yacht, as mentioned at the beginning, the three guiding principles are friendship, passion and sculpture. The social areas are therefore a clear expression of this desire to share large spaces fitted out to allow guests to get together in the utmost comfort, even if there are large numbers of them. The sun deck, or fly bridge if you like, has large aft sun pads as well as an open air dining area with a round table, two large sofas in parallel with the line of the ship, one facing the other, small sofas facing forward and of course the open air control station from which the crew can control and manage all systems and manoeuvres.

In the forward section of the main deck, the two tenders, approximately 7 metres in length, are stored in special housings which ensure that the deck plan is left free of any impediment while underway. Inside the superstructure, in addition to the covered bridge there is also a service area to aft, followed by a formal dining area linked to the large salon, which faces the wheelhouse. This area is protected by the overhanging superstructure and features an open air breakfast area with a round table, as well as a relaxation area with a sofa, small tables and chairs.

These two areas are decked with the same materials and provide a continuum between the interiors and the exteriors, further extending the spaces and the ways they can be experienced.

The lower deck clearly expresses the Owner’s desire to ensure that the crew’s time on board is always comfortable and pleasant, regardless of the legislation in force, which has different requirements for ships of a similar tonnage than it did in the past. The size of the six cabins, each with en suite bathroom, as well as the living spaces such as the dinette and the relaxation area, is clearly focused on the wellbeing of personnel who may be on board for very long periods.

There are five double guest cabins, all very large, but given the size of the yacht you would not expect anything else.

The really stunning feature is the Owner’s suite, located amidships, which covers the full beam of the yacht and is deliberately not broken up by any kind of longitudinal partition. The result is a substantial space with a double bed in a central position, a living area with sofas and chairs to starboard and an office corner with a desk, chair and sofa to portside.

The suite has two bathrooms, a dressing area and a walk-in wardrobe. Aft of the modern engine room there is a garage for the water toys, which can be accessed both from the stern and from a side platform to portside.

Sybaris is a vessel that undeniably sets new standards in sailing yacht design, and she is a source of real Italian pride, brought into being thanks to an enlightened Owner and a shipyard that surpasses itself once again when you could have been forgiven for thinking they had already achieved all that was possible.

Angelo Colombo


Sybaris 70 Technical Specifications

L.O.A70 m / 229’ ft
Waterline length design62.70 m / 203’ ft
Beam13.24 m / 39’36’’ ft
Draugth (keeel up)4.54 m / 13’12 ft’’
Draugth (keel down)11.7 m / 36’08’’ ft
Engines2 x 1.440 kW MTU 16V 2000 M72
Displacement full load927.00 T
Gross Tonnageapprox 890 GRT
Speed at maximum power17.50 knots
Cruising speed12.5 knots
Range5,000 Nautical miles @ 12.5 knots
Fuel capacity73,000 litres
Fresh water 126,000 litres
Main mast heigth above DWL72 m / 236’ ft
Mizzen mast heigth above DWL62 m / 203’ ft
Accommodations12 Guest persons
14 Crew beds
ClassificationABS - Malta Cross Commercial Yachting Service, Malta Cross
Interior designPH Design
Naval architecturePerini Navi with consulting from Philippe Briand
BuilderPerini Navi
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