The 73m Picchiotti flagship Grace E from the Perini Navi Group’s line of Vitruvius motoryachts has successfully completed her sea trials, according to ABB’s area sales manager for propulsion products George Franssen, who contacted SuperyachtNews.com to provide an update.

Franssen said that all of the vessel’s technical systems performed excellently and the noise and vibration levels, which the builder had paid particularly close attention to, “especially pleased the technicians aboard.”

Commenting on ABB’s Azipod propulsion system, Grace E’s captain, Eddie Cooney said the lack of noise was impressive: “Recent sea trials have confirmed that the use of electrical Azipods for the propulsion of Grace E has made for exceptional quietness and comfort while navigating”, he explained.

"This result is due to the fact that the yacht does not have traditional shafts but a system that does not create propeller noise. There is little evidence that the boat is underway unless you are looking out the windows and actually witnessing the changing landscape. We expect that this will be a very much appreciated asset to guests cruising aboard.” Cooney also praised the control afforded by the vessel’s dynamic positioning system.

Grace E‘s exterior spaces are spread over five decks. The upper deck, or ‘Wellness Deck’, is entirely dedicated to pampering, and is equipped with a gym, sauna and hydrotherapy equipment. The interiors, designed by Remi Tessier, are defined by their creator as ‘elegant with strong contemporary accents.’



The Superyacht Report's European editor, Justin Ratcliffe has produced a special report on Grace E, which can be found in Issue 152.

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