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Spring 2006

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article and photos by Martino Motti


Cerri, Carlo Cerri, is the owner of the shipyards of the same name in Milan. Talking with him you note a certain restlessness, an innate desire to press forward, beyond the traditional schemes of naval architecture and aesthetics. All of this is immediately reflected in his latest creation: the 86 foot flyingsport. Flyingsport? What is it?


LOA: 26.30 m
Beam: 6.35 m
Draft: 1.30 m
Displacement: 54 t
Fuel tank: 7000 litres
Water tank: 1500 litres
Engines: 2 x 2030 HP MTU M91 16 V
Twin Disk Inverters MG 6620 A
Transmission: Ameson ASD 16 with surface screws
Maximum speed: 42 knots
Range at cruising speed: 350 miles.

For further information contact Cerri Cantieri Navali SPA - - Milan Showroom: Viale Bianca Maria 41 - tel +39 02 76394484; fax +39 02 76394421 - Shipyard: Marina di Carrara Avenza, Viale Zaccagna 6, tel +39 0585 856684; fax +39 0585 50287; web site:; e-mail - Business Office: Santa Margherita Ligure (GE) Calata del Porto 9, tel +39 0185 285592; fax +39 0185 285777; sito web; e-mail

This 86' is particularly innovative, so much so as to deserve a new vessel category, the "flyingsport" to be precise. What Cerri had in mind was a boat different from the others: not a flying bridge yacht, meaning with a very large upper deck; it wasn't even a sports yacht, very aggressive and without a flying bridge. His was a blend of the two: sporty and aggressive in the general lines, but with a reduced size flying bridge harmoniously set in the general context of the vessel. But why this architectonic and aesthetic choice? Because the idea was to give the best in terms of airiness and lighting to the interiors, which are high and with uncommon glazing. So seen from the outside the 86 has a very flowing and harmonious line where the main outstanding elements are the great, very elongated Osiris eye window, the double sundeck of the aft and flying bridge dinettes, and the forward area with a huge sundeck and space for a table. But let's take a detailed look. The aft bridge is completely floored in teak (as are all the external decks). It is of a good size and there is space for a small table with deckchairs for an aperitif at sea. It can house, on stands, a 4.5 metre tender (which may be a super-accessory luxury one) and can also be used for launching the 3.5 metre tender or the jet ski which are kept in the garage beneath the dinette covering. As well as the sundeck, faced in fabric by the American company Sunbrella (as are the other sundecks and external sofas on the yacht), there is a four-seater sofa. The dinette also has a low item of furniture with icemaker and storage space for tableware. A height-adjustable and extendable table in teak, and a suspended Unopiù awning mean that a comfortable breakfast or lunch area for 6/8 people can be set up. Two broad gangways lead forward where there is a sundeck on the deckhouse and a dining area with a removable table and sunshade. Three lamps can be mounted to light the table for dinner, in the privacy provided by the position in the bow. On the flying bridge, whose access stairway is from the internal saloon entrance gallery, there is a sundeck and the outdoor bridge. Let's go inside now: the special architecture amazes immediately. The level of the external deck is halfway between the main saloon below and the dining area/galley/command bridge deck above. So an architectonic dynamism is created that arouses well- being in those who experience those spaces. A wooden stairway leads to the saloon which is very airy with great side windows. Here the idea was to play on warm, comfortable materials such as dark ebony for the furniture, and wenge, another dark wood, for the borders, cornices, banisters, stairs and certain small items of furniture. The walls are done in sectioned and darkened bamboo and the floors are covered with special moquette made of bamboo fillets mounted on fabric. The effect is like a warm and welcoming embrace. The owner's choice of decoration was ethnic, now particularly fashionable. The day toilet, accessible from the saloon, has a washbasin surface in wenge with the walls in Vienna straw framed by fillets in the same wood. All the bathrooms have teak floors with stainless steel edging. The upper saloon features windows on all sides and also a ceiling where a slightly smoked glass roof, occupying almost the whole beam, gives the environment airiness and light. A dining table with rounded sofas can seat 12 people in a privileged and panoramic position also with regard to the exterior. Forward, by way of a boiserie work ebony bulkhead, there is the galley and, curiously, also the bridge. The galley is in metallic silver grey lacquered wood, with Boffi appliances and work surfaces in Corian synthetic marble. This naturally well-lit galley has also been designed to isolate cooking smells from the dining room: when the two doors and the central opening are closed, two skylights are opened and the powerful Gaggenau aspiration hood is switched on, no cooking smells emerge from the galley. The rationally designed and spacious bridge includes a round half- foldable table for the skipper's meals. As for the cabins, there are 5 plus the crew's cabin, sleeping a total of 14. The guests and owner are at lower saloon level while the VIP and skipper's cabins are on an even lower level. All cabins have a private bathroom and all rooms have portholes (the yacht has a total of 20). The cabin walls and furnishings - excepting the skipper's which are in wenge - are all in pickled oak of a light honey colour, with light-coloured moquette and lacquered ceilings. The bathrooms are in the same material with selected marble surfaces and washbasins designed by Philippe Starck. The engine room, painted white throughout, is a single, fairly large environment with space around the apparatus. From a technological viewpoint the yacht has audio, video and hi-fi systems everywhere indoors and also outside, in separated areas, and LCD TV in every room. Important from a design point of view is the fact that the cabins are separated from each other by bathrooms, for increased privacy. Another important thing is that the owner can choose the types of wood, marble, fabrics, leather, curtains and moquette, as well as the colours of the ceilings, the finishes, door handles, bathroom accessories, electrical grid systems, mirrors and the external fascias of the hull and deckhouse. But we still haven't said anything about performance, which is wholly respectable for a vessel of this size: the two 2030 HP MTU M91 16 V engines shift this 54 ton fibreglass hull - with biaxial glass and isophtalic and vinylester resins with Kevlar reinforcement - at a speed of no less than 42 knots, with a cruising speed of 35 knots.