Canados 888 Evo review: Italian at first sight
The builder from Ostia is best known for timeless design and impeccable quality of every hand-made, customizable piece
Ever since they opened for business in the 1940s, Canados shipyard have stuck to the same philosophy: what makes a good ship is the experience and knowledge amassed during centuries of maritime tradition, and endlessly customizable quality. Canados 888 Evo is a perfect example of what happens when you spend seven decades sticking to your philosophy and honing your skills: Italian at first sight, timelessly elegant, with hot blood boiling just below the surface.
The yacht may be an entry level model, but she shares with her bigger sisters all the distinctive features that make them stand out in any port – gently swaying structure lines, discreet air vents, large, tear-shaped windows. The Canados 888 Evo impresses immediately, as soon as you realize you have just stepped onto the largest aft platform in this class. Large enough to serve as a comfortable dining room, the aft is connected to the deck via two symmetrical staircases.
Enjoying the view
The staircase on the right opens, hiding behind the hydraulics-powered door a garage for a 3,85-meter tender safely tucked in on a fully submersible platform. The main deck salon is protected from curious eyes by accordion doors and minimalist in spirit; placing accent on quality instead of quantity – carefully selected ebony and walnut wood, Rubelli fabrics and glossy lacquer make the salon as classy as a high-rise loft ideal for hosting society parties.
The bow part of the salon is connected to the command post by glass doors, and surrounded by see-through surfaces on all sides, so no matter whether you just lay back on the large corner sofa, or sit at the dining table and enjoy a delicious meal, you can do it while enjoying the view of the surroundings.
The galley is large, separated from the salon – but connected if needed, by a hydraulics-powered indoor window – and furnished by Boffi. Canados take pride in manufacturing almost everything that goes into a yacht themselves, so every detail is worth noticing and complimenting – we were particularly impressed by the curvy wooden staircase railing carved from a single piece of ebony. The four cabins on the lower deck are magnificent in every way.
Interesting fly bridge
The owner’s cabin is well worthy of the name, if for nothing else, than for the king-size bed with a leather canopy fit for a royal. The cabin is located in the very middle of the lower deck and there is enough space for private heads and a walk-in closet. Down the same corridor there are two guest cabins and the VIP cabin, just barely less luxurious than the owner’s cabin.
Glossy ebony and cedar furniture and decorative elements, leather cushions and details, and furniture by popular Italian brands like Poltrona Frau give all the cabins a classy, yet cozy atmosphere. The fly bridge is one of the most interesting parts of Canados 888 Evo.
Luxurious enough for even the most experienced and demanding hedonists, the fly is divided into the command post and – everything else. There is a large sun bed, a large dining table just behind the skipper’s chair, a really large sofa in the corner and a bimini top to hide you from the sun.
Although Canados 888 plans fatser than any other yacht in her class, we spent majority of our test cruising around, impressed by the behavior of the yacht at relaxed 27 knots. Still, the stepped hull made from lightweight Kevlar/Armat piqued our curiosity and we sped up to 30 knots (top speed is 32 knots) – the thrill was such that we almost cried when we realized the owner of the unit was waiting for us at the dock.
Classical in design, but modern in spirit, Canados 888 is an exquisite example of well-guided evolution. The long tradition the yard pours into every one of their models is still abundant in the 888, but the recent face-lift of the builder’s catalog has erased the last bits of imperfection. Style, class and impressive performance capabilities make Canados 888 Evo a true collector’s piece, a yacht well worth buying that will stand the test of time – a true future icon that will grow old in style, just like her classy owner with impeccable taste.
Text Filip Bubalo Photos by Canados