Italian designer Marco Ferrari has introduced a new superyacht concept, a result of numerous studies over an extensive period of time. At 65m, Ferrari has created something which toys with being futuristic, yet remains within the realms of reality, something at the heart of Ferrari’s values when it comes his superyacht concept, which is a more unusual approach to conceptual design.

Ferrari’s 65m displacement yacht has been designed to accommodate 12 guests across six cabins, but the primary emphasis has been made on the outdoor areas of the vessel – after all, this is where guests are likely to spend the majority of their time. Ferrari has chosen to include two large pools, the larger of which is situated on the sun deck, which is an uncommon placement of the main swimming pool.

“The sun deck is probably the most used area of the yacht, so positioning [the larger] swimming pool here is likely to be very useful,” says Ferrari. “Having the pool on the sun deck is also offers more privacy in comparison to the aft pool, especially when in ports.” Further to the swimming pool on the 22m sun deck, Ferrari has also created an extensive sun lounge area, and an enclosed section with a gym and bar.

A dark colour scheme has been specifically selected to create a more wholesome project, without looking disjointed between hull and superstructure. “The black cut in the middle of the superstructure is one of the main features of the concept, and conditions the choice of this dark colour,” explains Ferrari. “I didn’t want to divide the hull and superstructure of the yacht, and the dark colour scheme helps to keep the yacht as one piece.”

An axe bow has also been implemented to ensure a softer ride, cutting through the waves, unlike a classic bow which typically rides over them. The result is significantly reduced pitching and a lower fuel consumption. Ferrari also explains that the axe bow configuration has a bigger internal volume, which enables a larger owner’s cabin, measuring 90 square metres.

Ferrari’s approach to conceptual design lies firmly within the realms of reality; by creating something more achievable, designers are offering something much more useful than creating something simply for the sake of being futuristic. “I like designers who have new ideas, but these must be realistic,” Ferrari explains. “I don’t like it when someone tries to design a very strange boat, only to be in a magazine for a period of time, then forgotten.”

This modern yet realistic approach to conceptual design derives from Ferrari’s more practical beginnings. “I have been on ships for 15 years with my father, who was captain on commercial ships. I know very well how a ship or boat should be inside and outside, and that’s what influences me, while other people try to design something a little stranger.”

This project is the product of a various stages of design, which have steadily evolved to arrive at the final version of the F65, which, I think, is a great looking project. While the concept is modern in its design, it is certainly not a wild and overly futuristic, which so many concepts are.