The new series of planning yachts by Custom Line features very bold geometric shapes where a clever interplay of colours hides generous volumes: the Custom Line 120 is the perfect example of this philosphy
by Francesco Michienzi – photo by Alberto Cocchi
“Architects do not satisfy demands, they generate desires”. These are the words with which Louis Khan, the 20th century Armenian-born architect who lived in the United States, defined the holistic approach to design.
The Custom Line 120 is not a dream, but rather a real yacht expressing her strong personality from the very first glance. Designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design, she is at once a calm and energetic tale. Pure lines and edgy shapes to underline the fact that we are talking about a planning pleasure yacht with a total of 5276 hp moving about 175 tonnes at a speed of 25 knots.
The profile is sleek and powerful, taut lines run from stern to bow and give life to an exciting alternation of matter and colour as well as of light structural surfaces and dark tinted windows. «Custom Line entrusted us with the entire project and the interiors were created in collaboration with Margherita Casprini. I was aware that it was going to be a delicate endeavour, after the success of the projects we had already created and which determined the brand’s success. When we restyled the line, we maintained the continuity of the brand and enhanced some distinctive elements, such as the open-air spaces, which was a very characteristic feature that was already quite strong in the previous models. We increased the contact with the sea trying to eliminate every possible boundary between the exterior and the interior. The project includes several original technical solutions. These solutions are closely linked to the entire project of the external lines as parts of one single architectural set-up», as architect Paszkowski explained to us.
There are many novelties, starting from the design of the hull where they extended the quickwork towards the bow to renew the bottom lines. This choice is the result of a careful analysis aimed at reducing the resistance to guarantee an outstanding performance considering the volume and displacement of the boat.
The Custom Line 120 hull design was inspired by technologies used for racing power yachts, with particular care and attention paid to the creation of the structures to ensure maximum strength and lightness. Furthermore, the use of carbon in the superstructure gave rise to an elegant design of the part of the flybridge that extends towards the bow without the need for supporting props in the cockpit.
This project represents a union between past and future, the tradition of the brand and the introduction of stylistic traits from other design universes, such as the automotive industry or residential architecture, the exaltation of shapes and volumes by means of design choices that are in line with the most current trends in contemporary living.
Paszkowski goes on to tell us that «The support of the Strategic Product Committee and the Engineering Department of the Ferretti Group have been fundamental in this process in order to combine the new proposals with the style, functionality, and technical value that have determined the success of Custom Line up to today».
The most particular element introduced is no doubt on the stern of the main deck, an example of the union between technology and design creativity. Boats usually feature sliding doors to separate the lounge from the cockpit. On board the Custom Line 120 there’s a large glass door divided into two sections which, in addition to sliding in the traditional manner one over the other, also open separately thanks to a tilting mechanism at a 45o angle and disappear entirely into the ceiling.
The goal was to create a large outdoor-indoor area conceived as a “crystal lounge” and covered in teak. The entire area has been decorated according to the tenets of the interiors, with a sofa with swivelling backrest or a bar area, as in this case.
«The boundaries between outdoor and indoor space have been broken down, the doors disappear when you don’t need them and prefer one single remarkably large space that extends over most of the main deck and thus becomes a wide open terrace overlooking the sea. The glass surface is extremely extensive and the work of Ferretti Engineering was crucial to help us reach the aesthetical result we were looking for».
The lounge floor was elevated and made in floating panels, thus allowing the shipyard to use the space underneath for higher acoustic comfort and to gain more space for the technical equipment and installations. Floor-to-ceiling side windows transform the lounge into a panoramic terrace offering an unparalleled view with their slightly curved shape.
The gunwale in front of the lounge was eliminated and replaced by steel pulpits similar to the ones on sail boats. In the master suite on the bow this design choice enhances the feeling of being in even closer contact with the sea. The same concept was repeated in the double guest cabins on the lower deck, where the bed was placed facing the windows.
You are constantly in contact with the sea, in the living room, the bed, and the small lounge in the master suite. The layout is inspired by the tenets of luxury residential interior design, such as for instance the supporting columns, which are at once aesthetical and functional elements and have been conceived to host lighting, audio, and air-conditioning systems, as well as the single open space area on the main deck, enriched with curtains to enhance the volumes and create a partition without separating the spaces too abruptly.
An accurate combination of wood and lacquered panels gives the décor a contemporary and welcoming touch, which combines iconic brands with custom-made furniture, leather upholsteries, glass and steel. The choice of materials in the elegant interiors has a decidedly contemporary imprint and the number of materials employed has deliberately been kept low. The selected materials have been applied coherently and harmoniously in all on-board environments: Canaletto walnut for the walls and floors, for the custom-made furniture, the lacquered panels on the ceiling, for some walls and the doors on the lower deck, marbles in the bathrooms (travertino bronze for walls and sink countertops) and calacatta stone for the tops of the custom-made night stands.
The décor is based on a balance between the dark tones provided by the wood and the light tones obtained with the lacquering. Leather, steel and glass were used for the details. The leather covers some of the walls in the 38 sqm master suite, as well as the headboards of the beds in VIP and guest cabins. Wallpaper lacquered with a particular finish to create an antiqued mirror effect was used for the walls behind the night stands next to the beds.
The large windows highlight the continuity between the exterior and interior space, which is one of the key aspects of the entire design project, and increase the flow of natural light indoors. This is also true for the guest cabins, especially the two amidships, where the beds face the bulwark to make the most of the view from the large hull windows.
On board the Custom Line 120 particular attention was dedicated to the exterior areas, which have always been one of the brand’s distinctive traits. Especially on the bow, where an additional common area was created that can be accessed from the external starboard stairs or from two retractable doors on the flybridge located on the bulwark manoeuvring stations. Two separate sun pads make up the walkway that leads to the foredeck, which features a large dinette, a forward-facing sofa and a table, under which a garage can host a second tender or a jetski.
The comfort of a flybridge and the sportiness of a coupé also blend perfectly on the sun deck. The side windows offer protection, which is completed by the hard top with sky light above the cocktail area, the lounge, and the monkey bridge, which allow you to look outside while you are sitting down. The relaxation area with whirlpool tub and free-standing furniture can be protected from the sun thanks to a retractable bimini in the hard top, which finds support astern thanks to two poles in the superstructure.
CUSTOM LINE 120
PROJECT: Francesco Paszkowski (interiors and exterior) • Margherita Casprini (interiors) • Ferretti Group – Product Strategy Committee
HULL: LOA 38.36 m • Maximum beam 7.65 m • Draft 2.13 m • Displacment (at half load) 175 t • Fuel tank volume 16,30 l • Water tank volume 3,000 l • Building material Gpr • Range 360 nm at maximum speed, 420 nm at cruising speed.
MAIN PROPULSION 2 x Mtu 16 V 2000 M96L • 16 cilinders 90°V-shaped • 2,638 hp each
CERTIFICATION: RINA Class Certificate for Pleasure Yachts, C X HULL, • MACH, Y, Unrestricted Navigation
Via Ansaldo, 7
I – 47120 Forlì (FC)
+39 0543 787511
(CUSTOM LINE 120 – Ottobre 2018)