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Spring 2007

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Corradino Corbò

CRN 60 "GiVi"

CRN 60 GiVi

A vessel created and developed as a small floating town where you can lead a refined lifestyle and let yourself be spoilt by a highly privileged crew.


Design: CRN Engineering / Zuccon International
Shipbuilder: CRN, Via E. Mattei 26, 60125 Ancona (An). Tel. +39 071 5011111; Fax +39 071 200008. Website; email
LOA 60.00 m.
Beam: 11.20 m.
Draft: 3.20 m.
Full load displacement: 950 t.
Passenger cabins: 1 owner's suite; 5 VIP with double bed; 2 twin;
Crew cabins: 11 twin
Engines: Caterpillar 3516B 2 x 2.450 HP
Maximum speed: 16.5 knots
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Fuel tanks: 180.000 litres
Water tanks: 35.000 litres
Generators: 2 Genset Caterpillar 200 kW each; 2 Caterpillar 80 kW emergency generators
Classification: LR 100-A1 - SSC - "Y", Mono, G6, LMC MCA Compliance.

For further information: CRN, via E. Mattei, 26; 60125 Ancona (AN) Italy; tel. +39 071 5011111; fax +39 071 200008; website; e-mail

They say that beauty's an abstract and at the same time subjective concept. Yet there does exists an 'experimental' datum, so to speak, by which we acknowledge an aesthetic common denominator, even among cultures that are very distant in time and space. This is why, when we see the celebrated bust of queen Nefertiti in Berlin, we are just as enchanted today as people must have been three thousand years ago when they admired the freshly completed work in the Amarna sculptor's studio. The game of examples could go on ad infinitum, arousing the inevitable jumble of opinions about what offers delight to the eye and spirit. But we'll stop here because this reference to the beautiful was made only to introduce a work which we feel everyone is likely to agree about. We're talking about the motoryacht "GiVi" from the Ancona shipyard CRN: a 60 metre superyacht that amazes for a number of reasons. One of these is grandeur - very often illusionistic - but it's certainly not the most important. This is the Ancona yard's hull N° 120, built to a complex, absolutely custom design developed by the in-house engineering department with the collaboration of Zuccon International. It's a displacement hull in steel and light alloy with an impressive range of more than 10.000 miles: which is to say enough for a round trip Atlantic crossing without having to take on fuel. But as good practice requires, this range is only one of the factors that contribute to the vessel's high level of overall independence from shore-based resources of any kind. In point of fact, "GiVi" was conceived as a small floating town where diversification of environments, richness of facilities/equipment and leisure areas contribute decisively to stimulating a desire to stay aboard and limiting any nostalgia for shore life. In other words, it was decided to go far beyond the classic set-up in which maximum comfort is concentrated in the private spaces while the degree of exploitation of the shared areas is left to personal initiative more than anything else. Here the leading part is played by volume, prompter of activities, exquisite host. So the gym isn't just a container for the sports equipment - which by the way was selected with technical consultancy from Technogym - but rather an actual wellness centre with massage rooms and Turkish bath. The galley, designed by Ernesto Meda and equipped with Rational professional cookers and Gaggenau appliances, is a haute cuisine laboratory capable of delighting up to 70 diners. Intimate and secluded, the aft saloon is the perfect relaxation area for evening life aboard, since it is equipped with a plasma screen and can also be used as an actual cinema.

It's evident at once that the crew's quarters on the lower deck are part of this repertoire of elements fundamental to the quality of shipboard life. In fact the owner's absolutely commendable opinion is that the well-being and satisfaction of personnel (20 when fully manned) is fundamental to ensuring maximum well-being for the twelve guests. So there's a spacious crew mess and a rationalised relaxation area - finished with extremely good taste - which constitute the shared spaces of a vaster zone which is divided into eight double cabins with private bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The crew's service areas occupy the sub deck and include a laundry and a refrigerated pantry whose side opening facilitates taking on provisions. The captain's cabin is on the upper deck, immediately adjacent to the bridge.

Well, so far the background, the layout and the philosophy. Because the foregoing description is the interpretative key to understanding the architectonic choices that make this vessel a rare example of perfect balance between rationality and timeless elegance. In describing the style of its creation the yard hints at a faint harking back to the past, to Old England atmospheres recreated through well defined forms which, very tastefully indeed, blend in with current trends and reveal the owner's intention to furnish his yacht with sober elegance and high functionality. On all four of "GiVi's" decks the furnishings - by Zago - have the warm tones of mahogany, standing out against the blond oak flooring. The same goes for the boiserie, highlighted by precious raw silks in green-mauve, selected with extreme care at Jim Thompson's celebrated Surawong Road atelier in the heart of Bangkok.

Lighting throughout the vessel is supplied by the gentle transparencies of appliqués created by the master glassmakers of La Murrina. Exclusive forms - like the shell-shaped lights in pink mother-of-pearl - exalt the traditional values of Murano glass: lightness and luminosity.

The panoramic saloon with its vast windows is a natural continuation of the outdoor area. Its stylistic lightness is underlined with furnishings inspired by an original sense of naturalness which is given largely by the Smania sofas in rattan, handmade and embellished with ivory and sand coloured linens.

A completely different tone reigns in the formal dining room amidships, dominated by a table in precious wood with the wind rose inlaid in marble. Access is by way of a sophisticated bar which - aided also by the play of colours - closely recalls the typical conversation areas on the great Italian transatlantic liners, where wealthy passengers would consume their 'appetisers' while awaiting a sumptuous dinner.

The most private section of the yacht is the forward half of the main deck. The entrance is a charming lobby featuring a great stairway with engraved treads that leads to the upper levels. From the lobby, a corridor runs along the longitudinal axis of the deck - actually more of a gallery, with numerous works of art - giving onto five VIP cabins (there are another two twin cabins on the lower deck) and with the owner's suite at the end. Each guest cabin is identified by the colour of the quilted silk headboard, boiserie and bedspread, and each has a bathroom in antiqued marble with floors decorated in Genoese style.

Dulcis in fundo, the owner's suite. Extending the full width of the 11 metre beam, this sumptuous stateroom is split into two distinct spaces: a vast night zone with central double bed, breakfast corner, two walk-in wardrobes and a great bathroom with twin entrances, double facilities and a spectacular shower in the middle; the other space is an elegant study with access from both the cabin and the corridor.

Lastly, a word about the tenders. The large side-access garage houses a 9.5 metre Riva, based on the design of the Sunriva line and suitably adapted to its current use, and a Riva Rivale of no less than 52 feet for more demanding trips. Sorry if all this isn't enough.