April 9, 2015

Project: Raffaelli 56 Maestrale

It is model name return; Maestrale is Italian translation to North-West a prevailing wind of the Mediterranean sea which Raffaelli give for the second time coming a tribute.  In 1994 Raffaelli presented a project for a 52 Maestrale, designed by growing in demand architects Nuvolari Lenard from Venice.  It was a historical success and the 52 Maestrale will stay in production for over a decade selling over one hundred units. Twenty years later to the launch of the 52, Raffaelli present an another important project for a new 56 Maestrale. Designed by Classstudio of Antonello Lucio Pontevolpe, the architect behind recent successful Raffaelli models from the Shamal, Meltemi, to the Calima.  For the new 56 Maestrale, Pontevolpe went for a very low profile upper structure flybridge and a nice sportster type wrap around windscreen. If this rendering will be true to the original from the distance the 56 Maestrale may look as a sport yacht. Details are so far little for this new important project but on the paper side Raffaelli seems to be challenging the market for a full return as is the desire of owner Giampiero Raffaelli.