October 29, 2010

New Model: Ferretti 500

A model this of the Ferretti 500, which is a further development of the 470. Unlike the also new 620, which is developed on the 592, the 500 is more subtle in its changes, having Ferretti increased the aft deck thanks to a one foot and a half extension of the length, and for adding four large hull windows to cater for the owners suite, and the two guest midship rooms. For the rest the 500 builds on the nice touches of the 470 like the astern galley, which is still the best place to locate the kitchen especially if you cruise in the Mediterranean or hot climate spots. Although fair to say Ferretti do loose the small dinette they used to give in there previews saloon layouts. Power also remains the same of twin 600hp Cummins, which will loose a one knot of max and cruise speed versus the 470 even tough preliminary displacement weights are quoted as the same. Personally I think that Ferretti with the 500 missed a chance to make it more competitive and interesting versus what the competition is offering, but then may be that's another story of economics as is to start the line at quite a large size of fifty feet.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.11 m (49.7ft)
Hull Length - 14.84 m
Waterline Length - 12.90 m
Beam - 4.34 m
Draft - 1.31 m loaded
Displacement - 19.3 t dry, 22.8 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 624 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths + 1 crew
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC8.3 600hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Range - 210 nm at cruise speed (estimate)
Hull - warped Vee shape with 13.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - multi axial hand laid fiberglass
Project - Zuccon lines and interior, Ferretti AYT hull shape propulsion
Certification - CE A, Standard ISO8666

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