October 15, 2009

New Model: Itama Fifty

After close to two years of waiting the new Itama Fifty is finally launched. The Fifty is the fifth model to come from Itama since 2004 owners Ferretti Group took over the brand. Trusting again the job to Rome designer Marco Casali who has now all the new Itama's to his name, the Fifty represented a big challenge as it replaces the classic 45, 46 and 50 models in a new format. Actually the Fifty manages to replace these past models superbly but still keeping in with the tradition they represent like the VIP double cabin aft, and central position of the engines. The Casali designed Fifty but goes further to this by improving the standards in the accommodation spaces of the three double cabins now all with flat berths unlike the previous bunk guest berths of the classic models, and also having three en suite heads all of big dimensions. It also adds space outside in the cockpit always a big feature of the Itama's but here practically being only slightly smaller in size to that of the latest Fifty Five, and the bathing platform which can now also take a jet bike comfortably. Powered by twin MAN 800hp the Fifty reached a top speed of 34 knots in light load format in its sea trials, which is less one knot to the 35 expected. Surely not slow but a bit less to the close forty knot mark usually associated by the blue white hulls.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.14 m (52.9ft)
Hull Length - 15.25 m
Beam - 4.61 m
Draft - 1.55 m full load
Displacement - 20.9 t dry unloaded, 25.6 loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN 800hp
Propulsion - direct in line shaft
Speed - 34 knots max
Design - Marco Casali
Construction - infusion resin glass fibre
Certification - CE 94/25 A, safeties for six persons

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