Details of the new 56m motoryacht have not been released, but she clearly follows the style language of 50m Exuma, 55m Galileo G and 73m Grace E, the Vitruvius series of yachts all designed by French naval architect Philippe Briand.
The sale comes at a critical time for Perini Navi, which had been struggling to reposition its products in the challenging market for super sailing yachts, and follows the announcement last May that Fenix Srl (the holding company of the Tabacchi family) had entered the group as a 49.99% stakeholder. Accompanied by a €27 million capital injection, the investment saw the arrival of Lamberto Tacoli as chairman and CEO and Edoardo Tabacchi as joint deputy chairman.
It appears the restructuring has already started to have the desired effect. Presenting his first international press conference in his new role during the Monaco Yacht Show, Tacoli (pictured) announced that just hours before a new contract had been signed for a sister ship of Seven, the 60m ketch making her debut at the show, along with a Letter of Intent for a 42m sailing yacht.
“The life of a company can change with just two or three products,” he told the audience. “That is why we have to be extremely focussed on what we are doing, trying to be in the right place at the right moment to meet the needs of our clients.”
During the same press conference, Tacoli announced a further development:
“When I was outside the company and I was trying to understand the brand, I noticed some confusion between Perini Navi and Picchiotti,” he said. “So we started thinking with Fabio Perini, the shareholders and the management team, and we arrived at a simple decision: from today and into the future we will have one brand, Perini Navi, for both sailing yachts and motoryachts.”
Perini Navi has two other motoryachts in build: a 25m and a 53m (the latter from the Perini Navi Voyager class by Vitruvius Ltd). Again, details of these projects are not available, but prior to the decision to bring Picchiotti under the Perini Navi label it had been working with other designers on its motoryacht series, including Nauta Design and Zuccon International Project. In Monaco, Franco Romani, head of Perini Navi's design department, also revealed a tempting glimpse of its updated sailing yacht fleet, developed in-house, that ranges from 42m to 90m and beyond.
“[This 56m] confirms the effectiveness of the path we have chosen and the value of the process of focusing on our products and the quality that distinguishes them,” says Tacoli. “The market is starting to grow again and Perini Navi is, and wants to continue to be, among the key players worldwide. This is possible not only by virtue of our company’s reputation, but also due to the recognition of our yachts at a global level.”
Credit: image of Lamberto Tacoli by Justin Ratcliffe