December 22, 2007

Boat Review: Ferretti 510

Presentation
Making it's first official presentation debut during the Cannes Boat Show of this year, the new Ferretti 510 evolves the Zuccon designed line to new ambitions. Following on the exterior lines of the much praised 630 model, the new 510 has the difficult task of replacing 2 Ferretti models in one, the 500 and Ferretti's most successful model to date the 53, 530 which has been in production for 10 years, and sold around 100 models.
Accommodation
The 510 follows much of the innovation the 630 model offered, not only outside in the window design but also inside. The saloon of the 510 features the much praised aft looking galley which becomes part of a spacious entertaining area thanks to Ferretti's renowned folding window system. Another important news and much asked feature is the full beam owner's cabin which surely feels of a much bigger boat then the 16 metres we have here. It also does not compromise space in the other cabins, with no bunk or squeezed in third cabin and VIP cabin forward, which is also a spacious affair.
Outside the 510 continues on the huge spaces which this builder has got us used to, like a spacious cockpit but also one of the most spacious flybridge area which is not disturbed by any radar arch as this is located aft at the tip of the fly area, in order to make the best use of space up top.
Performance
Ferretti Yachts have always what I call a better performing quality ride which is among the best in its size and style of yacht. It's variable deep vee of 14.6 degrees aft is Ferretti evolving hull design giving the best cruising speeds at 25 knots plus, a target which most owners found satisfactory, especially for the long 100 miles plus trips. She is also one of the heaviest boat in this size, with a loaded weight of 28 tons but still performs well with not so big MAN engines giving a top speed of 32 knots and cruising speeds of 28 knots. Rather good considering the 2 x 800 HP and the weight of this craft.
Positive
Galley
Master Cabin
Flybridge layout
Negative
Interior dining area
Competition
Ferretti have always been up on top, of the wish list for most buyers in this size and I am sure the new 510 will continue this tradition. When choosing the competition, in this highly competitive size and type of flybridge 15/16 metres yacht, we added the full beam owners cabin, which is becoming so much sought for in this size of craft. This is the competition you should have a look for:
Astondoa A 52 GLX - modern design, bunk third cabin, sleek flybridge
Horizon 54 Elegance - third cabin aft, feels spacious outside, semi-planning hull
Intermare 50 - hybrid fly open model, small fly and bunk third cabin
Princess 50 mk.3 - revamped with full beam cabin, galley down & dining area forward
Rodman 54 Muse - no bunk, spacious yacht but is also a bit bigger
Sealine T 50 - as all Sealine it feels and is big, bunk third cabin
Sunseeker 52 Manhattan - new model, galley down for more saloon space
Uniesse 53 MY - quality construction ride, 2 layouts full beam or no
WILD CARD: Riva 54 SportRiva - hybrid sport fly, 3 cabins no mid-ship full beam
Conclusion
The Ferretti 510 does score where it is needed and as most models from the Forli Italian shipyard does tend to become a class leader in it's size dimension. You will definitely like the Ferretti for it's light inside, thanks to the huge windows but also for the use of light colored oak wood. Feretti's have in our opinion one of the best quality standards at this size with a spotless caring design of form and function which does feel reassuring and is not just stylish, it works perfect and in harmony.
Technical Data
LOA. 16.02 metres (52.7ft)
Length. 15.67 metres
LWL. 13.73 metres
Beam. 4.94 metres
Draft. 1.44 metre (full load)
Displacement. 28 t loaded, 23.4 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity. 2040 litres
Water Capacity. 710 litres
Person Capacity. 14 persons
Accommodation. 3 cabins 6 berths, 1 crew cabin aft (optional)
Engines: 2 x MAN R6CR 730hp, R6CR 800hp
Speed. 32 knots max, 28 knots cruising with bigger MAN 800hp
Construction. Mulitglass Fiberglass
Designer. Zuccon Internatioal Project
Certification. CE Category A
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