The CCN Freedom 28 metres, from Carrara-based yard’s Fuoriserie series, is a yacht that is right off the charts. It belongs to the fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, who created it and came up with every detail together with his friend, the architect Tommaso Spadolini
by Luca Sordelli, photo by Giovanni Malgarini
In the list of expressions that generally crop up whenever people want to describe a yacht that seeks to be truly unique, completely custom-built, one of the most popular is “tailor-made”, in its various forms and suggestions, such as having been sewn to fit its owner, and so on. It is nearly always used wrongly.
The Cambridge Dictionary says that “custom” is “used before another word to mean ‘specially designed for a particular person or purpose’”. So now we get “custom-built software” or, on a larger scale, a “custom-built yacht”.
What is the perfect example of this? The Freedom 28-metre Fuoriserie by CCN. This aluminium yacht by Cerri brings together all the characteristics implied by a custom build. Why? Because it is the direct product of the design, and the desires, of an owner – Roberto Cavalli – who has nearly fifty years’ experience in tailoring. It is also because, in creating it, he had Tommaso Spadolini at his side, a designer who is also a personal friend and thus knows his needs well.
So, he was able to shape the aluminium to him better than anybody else. And there was also the Carrara-based yard, which has a deep commitment to fully custom projects. CCN’s output combines the traditional fibreglass Flyingsport line with projects in the Firma collection, born from a partnership with important names from design and naval architecture, “small mega yachts” of 30 and 35 metres in steel and aluminium, and also has projects from the Fuoriserie collection, which Freedom belongs to, where there is even greater focus on its ability to meet the most specific owner needs.
Finally, and this is unquestionably the most convincing reason, it is because you just have to set foot on the boat to realise that it is made to measure to the taste of a specific man who knows exactly, precisely, what he wants.
The two starting requests were: to have direct contact with the sea and to enjoy complete privacy. In reality, these are two design inputs that are something of a constant in a large number of boats of over 24 metres produced over the past five years. The difference lies in how that goal is achieved.
On the CCN Freedom’s main deck there are, on the same level running from stern to bow, the central living room, the master cabin and the wheelhouse. It is an unusual and intriguing solution for a boat of this size, which creates a living space in which the terrace/cockpit and the main living room are a single space (only separated by an awning that folds away in the flybridge) and it is only a matter of a few centimetres to get to the water from here. To ensure that there are no obstructions, there is no garage, nor even a stern platform for the tender, which is instead housed and launched from the bow.
A door leads to the owner’s suite, which is enormous and uses every inch of thenotable beam, 7.10 metres maximum, and is directly connected to the bridge – which is something else that comes from the specific request of the owner/tailor, who wants to steer CCN Freedom himself.
Then there is a staircase that leads up to the flybridge, which is actually an intimate small terrace, an escape into the sunlight, which has been deliberately designed to be discreet, and to not weigh down the boat’s lines.
From the central living room, you go down to the lower deck and leave the owner’s private realm. Here we find a large galley and the guest cabins, a double one and a twin one. On the same deck, the crew have the entire stern area to themselves.
CCN Freedom is also unique in its furniture and decor, both in the living room and in the cabins. They were personally chosen by Roberto Cavalli, who selected fabrics and finishes as well as furniture and accessories. The walls, which have rear-lit decorative panels, feature photos taken by the owner on his travels.
The furniture has been personalised with details and materials from the Roberto Cavalli Home collection: colourful, with animal prints and motifs inspired by nature. All very personal, and very powerful.
Finally, we get to the power system. Those who dare, those who feel the push to be modern, often choose – in place of the “old” shaft lines – multiple IPS motorisation. But that wasn’t enough on the Freedom. It is powered by three Rolls-Royce water jets, each driven by a MAN diesel engine. Top speed is 40 knots, cruising speed is 34. So it is like repeating that on board, from the least-seen part of the hull to the highest antenna:
“I am the tailor. I am my boat”.
HULL: LOA 28.00 m • Waterline length 22.00 m • Maximum beam 7.10 m • Deaft 1.35 m • Half load displacement 80 tons • Fuel tank volume 14,000 l • Water tank volume 2,000 l • Building material aluminium
MAIN PROPULSION: 3 x MAN (1900 hp) • Propulsion: 3 x Rolls-Royce Hydrojet • Maximum speed 40 knots • Cruising speed 34 knots
Viale Zaccagna, 6
Marina di Carrara
(Massa Carrara, Italy)
+39 0585 856684
(CCN Freedom, I am the tailor. I am my boat – Barchemagazine.com – Maggio 2019)