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Autumn 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 by
Fabio Petrone


Understood as the ability to excite. For her owner a boat - and especially a boat like a superyacht - probably represents one thing above all: an object that can arouse also in him, who is so accustomed to having almost everything, those powerful sensations that bring joy.


Construction: CRN 119
hull: steel
superstructure: aluminium
bottom: displacement with bulb
LOA: 54.20 m
beam: 10.20 m
draught: 3.00 m
full load displacement: 730 t
guest beds: 12
crew beds: 10
fuel capacity: 125.000 litres
water capacity: 24.000 litres
engines: 2 x 1.796 HP Cat 3512B (1340 Kw @ 1785 rpm)
generators: 2 x 160 Kw Cat 380V 50 Hz
emergency generators: 1 x 60 Kw Cat 380V 50 Hz
top speed: (at « load) 15 knots
cruising speed: (@ 85% of power) 14 knots
range at 12 knots: 4200 NM
helipad suitable for craft of 1500 kilos
marine architecture: CRN Engineering
exterior and interior design: Zuccon International Project
class: LR X 100-A1 -SSC -"Y", MONO, G6, X LMC, UMS, MCA compliance.

For information: CRN S.p.A., Via Enrico Mattei 26 - 60125 Ancona (AN) Italy - tel. +39 071 5011111 - fax +39 071 200008 - website - email

Thus, moved and happy - they undoubtedly had good reason to be - we saw the owner and his family at the launching of their 54 metre ship Ability, put into the water last December in Ancona at the CRN shipyard where she was built. A steel hull with aluminium superstructure, seen on the slipway there was tangible proof of her imposing construction, but once she had slid into the sea the image was proportioned and fairly integrated with the stylistic elements employed on other recent CRN models. She was designed by the prolific studio Zuccon International Project, to say the least an affectionate partner of the Ferretti Group to which CRN belongs. The studio designed both exterior and interior and would also do the layouts for another two big yachts built by CRN this year: Ability's twin sister, 54 metres, and the bigger 60 metre "GiVi", launched in July in Ancona.

As for the interior layout, this superyacht has a vast main deck, much of it occupied by the saloon whose most striking feature is indubitably a Steinway grand piano next to the living area which consists of facing sofas in dark contrasting colours that also contrast with the light coloured nuances of the furnishings in myrtle root and with the upholstery. There's also a bar on the left. The dining room furniture is in dark walnut root with maple inserts. There's an oval table and 12 chairs. Forward on the port side there's a great galley with central island where the use of steel is not merely functional. Custom designed by Ernesto Meda with backup from the yard, it is chock-a-block with accessories. On the starboard side there is a lobby personalised by black and white marble flooring bearing the logo of the owner's company. This leads on to the owner's area. Centrally placed in the lobby there is a glass lift, also personalised with the logo, which takes you to the other decks. The owner's suite, which is preceded by a study, overlooks an actual terrace to starboard, evocatively open to the sea. This, also in design and construction terms, makes the whole area customised and exclusive. The furnishings are extremely rich: we are struck by armchairs in crocodile skin, by mink, fox and rabbit fur cushions, but also by the antiqued leather inserts on the doors. On the left, a Philippe Stark chaise longue decorates an indoor relaxation area. Farther forward, running the full width of the beam like the suite, the bathroom is dominated by splendid black and white marble with, at the centre, a great tub which practically separates two distinct his and hers areas, each with its own services.

The guests' night zone is on the lower deck. Four cabins, two with obliquely positioned double beds and two with twin beds, each with private bathroom and all very richly decorated. Forward, the crew's quarters occupy a clearly distinct area with its own access. It can sleep 12 in six cabins, comfortable and with bathroom, plus the crew mess with dinette, a professional type laundry with plenty of dry storage and cold room space on the sub-deck below.

The sixth guest cabin, for VIPs, is on the upper deck which also houses the captain's cabin, the latter next to the radio room and the bridge where there is no lack of hi-tech accessories. The sky lounge in the area aft of the bridge is furnished with an L-shaped sofa with seats in crocodile skin and leather. This is a very bright zone in the daytime, due to the large windows, and at night when Versace lamps light up even more the reflections of the steel in the area. Outside there's a dining area with an oval table for 12, protected by the sundeck above. There is also an open air zone forward where oval sofas provide a relaxation area. Still on the subject of exteriors, the yacht offers a sundeck of considerable size: 130 square metres of sea terrace with dining area, bar, swimming pool and, at the stern, a sunbathing area with cushions and sun-beds. The platform can be converted for use as a heliport.

We conclude our visit aboard Ability with the beach deck aft, a sort of grand finale, given the originality of the solution and the impact of the area on guests. In this case too the concept is a terrace on the sea, created on the lower deck with access from the bathing platform and the main deck. With a huge glass frontage overlooking the sea there is an actual wellness zone of 19 square metres with a gym (designed in collaboration with Technogym staff) a sauna and a Turkish bath. The 6.80 metre tender is housed in a hangar set athwartship forward of the beach deck, with side opening and accessible from the engine room. The latter, complete with separate control room, houses the two Caterpillar 3512B engines that give the vessel a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum of 15.