Accompanied by the owner's favourite 'Star Wars' soundtrack, the 74m custom superyacht Cloud 9 was launched on schedule – and in spectacular style – by CRN on 21 January.
With engineering by CRN’s in-house team and exterior design by Zuccon International, hull #131 was originally commissioned by a Turkish client, who sadly passed away after construction had started. Burgess brokered the resale to an experienced Australian owner and Winch Design was brought in to develop the interior styling. Andrew Winch also designed the owner’s previous yacht, a 60m of the same name built by CMN and sold by Burgess in 2015.
“The clients’ knowledge, along with that of Captain Colin Boyle’s, has been exceptional throughout the design process,” says Andrew Winch. “Burgess brought a wealth of technological capability and understanding, resulting in a yacht that is not only beautifully designed, but also exceptionally well built for purpose.”
“It is my belief that great companies and great creations are built by the people who put them together and I would like to acknowlege that,” said the owner, addressing the CRN workforce. “My family and friends are going to have a great deal of enjoyment and it’s all thanks to your contribution working every day for the last four years, Many thanks!”
“We are really thrilled to have been involved in the construction of this extraordinary yacht, which was a new and exciting challenge for CRN,” says Alberto Galassi, CRN Chairman and CEO of the Ferretti Group. “The result is a cutting-edge yacht that perfectly combines state-of-the-art technology, astonishing design and the best CRN features.” The launch came just days after a series of tremors were felt in Ancona and during his address Galassi also spared a thought for the people of the Abruzzo region in the wake of the devastating earthquakes and recent avalanche.
As the owner’s representative, Burgess Technical Services has been responsible for developing and agreeing the technical specifications with the owner and CRN, technical review and acceptance, project management, on-site supervision and the coordination of consultants.
With five decks and a beam of 13.5m, Cloud 9 comfortably accommodates up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, VIP suite and six guest cabins, in addition to 22 crew members in 13 cabins, plus berths for four staff in two cabins. The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar 3516C (2,000 kW @1600 rpm) engines, delivering a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.
Ed Beckett, Naval Architect with Burgess Technical Services, believes the yacht sets a benchmark, “Not only in terms of immediate appearance to her owners and guests, but also from the perspective of seakeeping and comfort, the arrangement of her engineering systems, the quality of the paintwork, and attention to detail throughout whether visible or invisible.”
Cloud 9 is due for delivery in April after completing her fitting out and sea trails. Also in build at CRN is 79m hull #135, 62m hull #137, and the new 50m Superconero. The facility in Ancona is home to the Ferretti Group’s Superyacht Division, which in addition to CRN includes the Pershing and Custom Line Navetta brands, as well as the superyacht projects in the Riva range.
Images 1-4 by Justin Ratcliffe. Image 5 courtesy of CRN