Federico Fiorentino has redesigned everything above the water line in the new MIG ranges, taking into account style trends and current safety requirements
by Angelo Colombo
MIG IS A BRAND THAT IS WELL KNOWN TO BOAT FANS IN THE ROME AREA AS ONE OF THE BOATYARDS that have grown up on the shores of the Tiber where several other significant nautical manufacturing ideas were born. Even its name carries with it the history of a lively working atmosphere, which was reflected in a competition, which took the boats from the calm waters of Rome’s river to a sea battle waged in terms of knots.
As everyone knows, MIG is the name of a series of combat aircraft produced in the former USSR: MIG is an acronym derived from Mikoyan I (“I” means “and” in Russian) Gurevich, who designed the planes. During the 1980s there was another historic boatyard on the shores of the Tiber, which had the same name – Tornado – as the sweep-wing multipurpose fighter produced jointly by West Germany, the UK, and Italy. The yard management at that time sought to stress this competition by choosing the name MIG, just like the Tornado’s counterpart on the other side of the Wall. It would be a shame if these boatyard stories disappeared, and an enthusiast of fast motorboats has taken everything good in the MIG project and propelled it into a new future.
The MIG 45 will be fitted with Volvo Penta IPS transmissions to ensure that fuel consumption is minimised, while performance levels are in line with yachts of this size.
He has taken over the designs, molds, and equipment needed to start production of the new MIGs based on current concepts and safety. To succeed in this ambitious plan, the yard uses a team of designers and engineers who have redesigned everything apart from the water lines, which have always shown themselves to be worthy in terms of performance and sea holding, to such an extent that in the past they were used by Adriano Panatta, who is famous not only for his great success in international tennis but also for his passion for offshore racing. Panatta came second overall, and first in class, in the Venice-Montecarlo race with a MIG 38. The yard is currently going through a period of renewal not just with the projects it is handling, but also in terms of the mid and long-term view, with boats that can once again appeal to a wider group that is enthusiastic about high-quality open Mediterranean boats.
The architect Federico Fiorentino has redesigned everything above the water line in the new MIG ranges, taking into account style trends and current safety requirements. That is why the sides are higher and the gangways are wider. The new design also has a movable stern platform, sides that can fold down to extend the swimming platform, and has also used cutting-edge techniques and materials. The yard has already got some new models on the way, variations that suit various tastes and requirements. That is why the new MIG open boats will also be available with hardtops, and the 35-foot T-Rib (officially classed as a 10-meter natante boat) will be introduced.
The first of the boats that will be launched next year and presented at the 2022 Genoa Boat Show, is the 45-footer. A modern yacht with pleasing lines that has both open and covered spaces that have been carefully designed, as well as aspects that break with the past, such as the large side windows, the walk-around deck, and a very large windscreen which helps to give the design character. As far as the production of the hull and deck is concerned, MIG relies on tried and trusted third-party companies with a quality that has been proven by the number of boats produced over many years for celebrated Italian boatyards, while the fittings and set-up have been done by the people who work inside the MIG yard in Sabaudia (province of Latina), who also have considerable experience at other well-known yards behind them.
The new MIG 45 that we are waiting to see, and above all to try out on the water, will be fitted with Volvo Penta IPS transmissions to ensure that performance levels are in line with yachts of this size. Furthermore, thanks to the electronic management system that the Swedish firm offers with its transmission packages, even a first-time owner will be able to handle the boat safely and without stress. If we add the fact that MIG boats have been conceived from the very start as having a large beam to length, the consequence is that the deck and inside areas will benefit from large spaces that have required a new approach in design terms.
(MIG Marine, back to the future – Barchemagazine.com – October 2021)