Perini Navi has introduced 70m Sybaris to the industry, with a technical launch in La Spezia. The Italian shipyard has announced that she is the ‘largest and most advanced sailing project since the Maltese Falcon’ – a powerful statement, which suggests that, upon completion, this new 70m sailing yacht is set to be a masterpiece.

Whilst the quality, comfort and safety elements of Sybaris have been built to the same uncompromising level of the Perini Navi fleet, the shipyard has stated that the design and engineering of the 70m ketch has been taken to the next level.

In order to achieve such high standards on board, the group has relentlessly researched a variety of new technical solutions and had a considerable level of input from the experienced owner from the very beginning. The distinction of the project is partly due to Sybaris’ greater length and volume.

The design itself has changed quite considerably from when it was first developed and underwent significant upgrades to finesse the yacht in order to ensure that the most advanced technical and stylistic attributes were included.

Perini Navi’s Technical and Design office is responsible for the exterior design, as well as the owner’s team, which had a large involvement in the project. The result is a well proportioned and well balanced exterior with a timeless design. Philippe Briand, who was called in to optimise the naval architecture and sail plan, was fundamental in integrating high performance with luxurious comfort at sea.

Performance under sail is the key element to Sybaris, according to the yard. Therefore, carbon fibre spars and Carbo-Link standing rigging - supplied by Rondal - are equipped as well as an advanced motoring system that provides constant feedback on rig loads via a series of sensors.

“As Perini Navi’s second largest sailing yacht launch to date, Sybaris raised numerous technical and aesthetic challenges,” says Burak Akgul, Managing Director of Sales, Marketing & Design at Perini Navi. “But where there’s a will there’s a way, and the result is a uniquely beautiful sailing yacht that pushes the boundaries of design in every conceivable way.”

For the interiors, PH design created an open-plan layout with custom furniture, using only the highest quality materials. The result is a contemporary style which acts as a muted backdrop to the owner’s extensive art collection.

At the 2015 edition of SuperyachtDESIGN Week, the 70m was discussed with the owner and two members of the PH Design team during a riveting keynote speech, where the palpable passion behind building this sailing yacht was conveyed to the audience.

Perini Navi will deliver Sybaris this year after the final stage of outfitting and the final structural details have been completed.

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