Paszkowski’s second design for Custom Line is a medium-sized yacht with all the features and style of a large luxury model
by Maria Roberta Morso – photo by Alberto Cocchi
The CL106 is the second model in Custom Line’s cruising range to be designed by Francesco Paszkowski. It shares the CL120’s external appearance and style, and the interiors are again the work of Margherita Casprini from the Paszkowski design studio. The naval engineering, developed by the group’s engineering division, has produced a hull with reduced drag, giving the yacht, with a displacement of almost 150 tonnes, a maximum speed of 23 knots with two MTU 16V 2000 M86 engines.
From the outside, when seen in profile, the yacht has a sporty appearance, well balanced in its proportions. By pairing sinuous lines with bold shapes, like the wide side windows on both the main and upper deck, or the trapezoidal hole in the gunwale more or less at midship by the saloon, Paszkowski has created a fresh and innovative design without ever straying too far from the brand’s family feel. In daylight, the boat’s profile is dominated by the dark, sparkling strips of the windows, which look like a single surface and whose horizontal direction gives the design a slender feel overall. At night, with all the lights switched on, you fully appreciate the number and size of the windows, which offer light, panoramic views and extremely close contact with the sea.
Once on board, the care that has gone into designing the layout is instantly apparent – it is easy to get around each deck or between one deck and another.
Heading down the outside starboard corridor from the cockpit, you reach a staircase that leads to a large lounge area at the bow. The same area can also be reached from the flying bridge via an outside corridor on the port side. Spread across two decks, the outdoor areas are extensive and very well put together. The shipyard gives their surface area as 220 m², but more important than the precise figure is the perception of the amount of space available, and we can assure you that one gets the sensation of being in an expansive and highly comfortable environment.
The cockpit, covered in its entirety by the overhanging flying bridge, is equipped with a sitting/dining area with a stylish folding table and beautiful Zenith armchairs by Royal Botania. Large, fully opening doors that fold away by the port stairwell provide wonderful continuity between the exterior and interior.
During our visit, accompanied by the project manager and interior architect from Custom Line, who gave us the tour, the theme of ‘private and shared areas’ arose frequently. «This is a design that offers clients many options», they explained. «You are spoilt for choice, whether you want company or privacy. The communal areas, designed for conversation, entertainment and dining, are located both on the main deck and the flying bridge, and are laid out and decorated in different ways, either formal or informal, depending on their location».
The outdoor areas are, naturally, much less formal, although the layout has been meticulously designed, as has the furniture, which basically comprises items chosen by the owners. On the yacht we visited, the flying bridge has been furnished with sofas, pouffes and coffee tables from the Minotti Quadrado range, which can be arranged in various ways to create areas for chatting, relaxing or sunbathing.
There is no pool or dining table on the flying bridge on this boat, but this was undoubtedly the owner’s choice, as the shipyard offers great scope for customisation. Custom Line provides each client with a team of professionals tasked with coming up with the design and functional solutions that best meet the owner’s needs and tastes. The shipyard’s showroom is a real treasure trove, where you can choose items of furniture and various materials, timber and finishes, including marble, leather, floors and carpets, to complete your bespoke design.
Returning to the flying bridge, a fully equipped bar is positioned on the starboard side, symmetrical to the outside helmsman’s station on the port side. In between, a staircase leads to a half deck, where the steering gear is located. Around half of the 53 m2 flybridge is covered by a durable hard top with two skylights providing the maximum amount of natural light for the entire deck, while two side windows, broken up by large beams with both a structural and aesthetic purpose, offer wind protection and create a pleasant open veranda at the stern. Tanning fanatics can sunbathe here, or they can head to the area fore of the steering gear, equipped with sofas and extremely luxurious sun loungers. Those who prefer to bask in the sun after a swim can stay on the spacious stern platform at sea level, accessible from the cockpit.
The CL106 features an updated version of the Dual Mode Transom System, developed and patented by the Ferretti Group’s Advanced Yacht Technology (AYT) department. It’s worth recalling how it works: before the tender is launched from its garage at the stern, the door lifts up and the central section of the beach platform sinks down below the water level, giving the tender a gentle descent into the water.
At this point, the ingenious electro-hydraulic system, using the same pair of pistons, closes the door and then allows it to fold down, becoming a large swimming platform next to the garage compartment which, once vacant, is covered by a teak floor. In just a few, simple steps, the stern area thus becomes a pleasant, well-equipped area for guests, who can enjoy themselves in comfort, either lying in the sun or in the shade inside the beach club.
Those tired of being outdoors can seek refuge in the welcoming indoor areas which, thanks to the expansive glass surfaces, maintain visual contact with the outside space. Margherita Casprini has designed sophisticated, rather traditional interiors. The saloon provides guests with a cosy and refined atmosphere, which, in spite of its linear design, is by no means informal. Here too the design is highly varied and suited to a range of uses, depending on the circumstances.
You can accommodate family or friends in a completely relaxed environment outdoors, but, once inside, a change of outfit for dinner is essential. The colour choices make repeated use of contrasts between the light hues of the fabrics and the dark, or very dark, furniture and details. One example of this is the ceilings, where shiny, dark strips around the edges create the effect of increased headspace. On the boat we visited, various items of furniture and details are made of ebony, while the walls are made of rift oak.
A television with a flip-down mechanism is installed on the ceiling on the starboard side of the living area. Casprini and Paszkowski have also added several artworks by renowned contemporary artists to their furnishings, including pieces by Fernando Botero, Enzo Fiore, Mario Arlati and Igor Mitoraj, and have chosen furniture made by leading Italian brands. The sofas in the sitting area are from the Minotti Anderson collection, and the armchairs are also by Minotti, this time from the Creed range.
The roughly 40m2 saloon contains a traditional formal dining area, where a custom-made table by Cantori with a metal leg and a glass surface, back-painted in a bronze colour, can accommodate ten diners. The bulkhead that separates it from the bow area houses a sculpture by Botero, with sliding doors made of brown glass on either side, leading respectively to the service area, pantry, galley and from there to the crew’s quarters on the lower deck, and to the owner’s apartment. The designer has used several structural elements, like the window uprights, to install lights, speakers and air conditioning units, while dishes, glasses etc. are kept in ‘invisible’ pieces of furniture within the bulkhead at the bottom of the dining room. This solution maintains the boat’s stylistic purity, without compromising on functionality.
The owner’s suite has been constructed in the bow section of the main deck, taking advantage of the wide-body configuration of this part of the superstructure, with a maximum width of 6.50 m. On CL106 mark 1 the owner has chosen to install a fold-down balcony on the starboard side of the cabin, while CL106 mark 2 has two large symmetrical windows. Both solutions offer light and a stunning view. On the first boat the owner opted for a more spacious bathroom area, with two independent entrances and a symmetrical layout, with a shower in the centre and bathroom on either side. The second boat, meanwhile, has a smaller bathroom, but with a larger wardrobe instead. On the boat we visited, the bathroom is clad in Bronze Travertine marble, which matches the colour scheme in the owner’s cabin perfectly.
Heading below deck, it is immediately apparent that light and airiness are not the sole preserve of the upper decks. The four guest cabins – two doubles with the bed positioned along the beam, and two twin rooms – are spacious and well lit, and furnished with the same care and elegance as the owner’s suite.
The CL106, designed to sail with ten guests, five crew members and, when fully loaded, a displacement of around 146 tonnes, can achieve a maximum speed of 26 knots, or a cruising speed of 22 knots. ABT-TRAC 370 stabilisers ensure optimal comfort, dealing excellently with both pitch and roll, although gyro stabilisers can be added for those particularly susceptible to seasickness.
Custom Line/Ferretti Group
Via Enrico Mattei, 26
I-60125 – Ancona, Italia
T. +39 071 5011111
Via Ansaldo, 7
I – 47122 Forlì (FC) – Italia
T.+39 0543 787511
PROJECT: Francesco Paszkowski Design (Exterior Design) • Margherita Casprini/Francesco Paszkowski Design (Interior Design) • Ferretti Group Technical Department (Naval architecture and engineering)
HULL: Building material Composite (VTR + carbon fiber) • LOA 32.82m • Beam 7.30m • Draft 2.03m • Full mass displacement 146 t • Gross Tonnage 210GT • Fuel tank volume 14,700 l • Water tank volume 3,000 l
MAIN PROPULSION 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M86 • 217cv/1630kW at 2450/min • 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L 2638cv/1939kW at 2450/min • Maximum speed 23 knots/26 knots • Cruising speed 20 knots /22 knots
CERTIFICATIONS RINA Class Pleasure Yachts, C Malta Cross Hull, MACH, Y, Unrestricted navigation
(Custom Line 106’, strong personality – Barchemagazine.com – January 2020)