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Sep 2005

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Article by
Fabio Petrone


The story of Francesco Guidetti commences from the Roman wish "ad maiora" (for improvement, for growing). Wish or omen? Either one seems to apply to this successful entrepreneur and to his highly appreciated range of megayachts. Last year, when the new flagship Maiora 38 was launched, she was greatly acclaimed.

This new model represents, from the technical and stylistic points of view, what the yard or, rather, the FIPA Group succeeds in creating in the amazing world of fiberglass yachts: the boat's interior layout as well as outside line were exclusively designed by the yard.


Loa 38.00 meters (125 feet)
Beam 7.60 meters (25 feet)
Maximum draft 1.90 meters (6 ft 1 in)
Light displacement 135 tons (275,625 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 35,000 liters (132,475 lbs.)
Freshwater capacity 4,000 liters (15,140 lbs.)
Engines 2 X 3,650 hp inboard TD MTU
Range at 27 knots 1,000 miles
Maximum speed 32 knots

For further information contact FIPA Group: via Sarzanese Z.I.; 55054 Massarosa (Lucca, Italy); tel. +39 0584 93353; fax +39 0584 93118; website

This article shall describe the second Maiora 38 which, just like her sister boat, can be easily recognized as a Maiora with the twinkling of an eye. The shape of her stern, bow and deckhouse cannot hide the similarities with the other Maiora models, particularly the larger ones. The superstructure on deck reveals ample spaces, which nevertheless are slightly concealed and rendered "lightweight" by ample and thin windows combined together by black stripes. Let us describe this thirty-eight meter long yacht starting from the fittings on deck. The flying bridge is protected by a fully integrated windshield and surmounted by a roll bar, which may be used for antennas and for the Bimini top. Under the shade of the unfolded Bimini top there is the dining area with a round table fitted near the far-aft sunning area. Forward, in addition to the pilot settee to starboard and to the symmetrical one to port, there is a long sitting area along the flying bridge port side. A galley with barbecue, bar counter, sink, ice-maker and refrigerator are fitted to starboard.

The cockpit of this Maiora 38 is connected by means of two ladders to the underlying aft platform where, in this yacht, a tender is stored; in the standard version, the tender would be stored in the aft garage. The cockpit includes a dining table seating ten - some of the guests shall sit on a settee fitted aft of the table. From here, through a sliding tempered glass door, one can access to the enclosed bar fitted on the main deck to port, ideally positioned for serving both the cockpit as well as the enclosed salon amidships. The salon includes three sofas with relative coffee tables and a large plasma screen that may be concealed in a suitable cabinet when not in use, separating the living room from the dining room where there is a big table seating ten with round rattan-core armchairs. Forward, there is the large galley, conceived for long cruises with much storing space and fully fitted for professional cooks. The Maiora 38 offers maximum privacy with 5 cabins in the lower deck. Astern there are two comfortable VIP staterooms of the same size, with en suite bathroom and separate shower stall. Forward there are two twin-bed cabins with en suite bathrooms and, near the bow, there is the master stateroom, covering the whole width of the hull, with en suite bathroom, walk-in closet, small sofa and vanity. The crew quarters are in the bow area and include four cabins and two bathrooms. Access is by way of the galley and the comfortable crew dinette on the main deck. The enclosed wheel station, fitted with the most modern equipment and electronics, is amidships, on an intermediate deck between the main deck and the flying bridge. From here the view is excellent.

On this 38-meter yacht, good use has been made of space as we are accustomed to see on all Maiora yachts. Special attention has been paid to privacy but much has also been made in terms of comfort and well being, features that may be easily perceived by those on board. For this aim, all cabins were built with a sort of "floating technique" using sandwich panels made of lead and cork paste to sound insulate them as much as possible from engine noise and vibrations; such panels also provide stiffness.

Interior décor and woodwork is in mat-finished tulipwood, which very well combines with the fresh and bright linen fabrics. The crème-lacquered ceiling stands out against the dark wengé-wood flooring and venetian blinds.

The yacht was built in compliance with the necessary standards for RINA and Malta Cross 100-A-1.1 classification.