Canados Is Building 52 Knots 29 Meter Gladiator 961 Speed

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The iconic Roman shipyard Canados continues the development of its Gladiator line of fast open yachts and is currently building the first Gladiator 961 Speed, a 52 Knots – 29.22-meter.

The Gladiator 961 Speed – despite its performance level, 42 knots cruising and 52 top – is an in-house design with hyper luxury interiors by world’s famous Cristiano Gatto Design firm from Venezia.

Canados Gladiator 961 Speed exterior

In addition to its unique construction quality, the Gladiator 961 features a perfectly integrated sport-fly offering the best of both worlds, astonishing performances and extended social areas.

Capitalizing on over seven decades of luxury yacht building, Canados started producing the Gladiator line of boats aiming at bringing to the market the quality, the flexibility and customization levels that were so far only available on large yachts.

Despite the numerous constraints linked to performances, Canados’ engineers prioritized comfort and ease of moving onboard, inside and outside. The aft deck offers a lounge area for 12 people with direct access to a wet bar with grill, ice maker and fridge. At night, two carbon fiber poles will take place at each aft corner of the sun pad to install a 1,60 x 2,80 m screen which will turn the entire aft deck into an outdoor cinema.  The foredeck is coming with a lounge with two gigantic sofas and an ergonomic sun pad.

Canados Gladiator 961 Speed salon

The fly-bridge, commonly called a sport-fly on such boat, is, here too, bare none the largest in the category and the only one offering a true wind protection when underway.

The main deck interior is designed with two face-to-face sofas with full height side windows offering unobstructed views of the water. Further fore, the round dining table is separated from the wheelhouse by a floor to ceiling totem equipped with a mirror TV wall.

Down below, the boat is offered either with three cabins and a home cinema or four cabins. Hull number one will be a 4-Cabin layout with the full beam master in the center of the boat, two twins on each side and the VIP at the bow.

Canados Gladiator 961 Speed master suite

The client, an experienced boater who always self-operated his previous boats, insisted since the genesis of the project, that he wanted to be able to team up with the captain to run the boat himself when wished.

Interior designer Cristiano Gatto was not assigned an easy task. He had to comply with a strict road book and specification from the builder to remain in the acceptable weights and balance of the masses and at the same time was asked to fulfill all clients wishes in terms of décor.


It had to be modern, fresh and elegant. Client’s directions were somehow clear. The décor was to be welcoming, easy to maintain and timeless. It was to be original, high quality but not pretentious. A family man, attached to the comfort of his kids and friends, the couple was as much concerned by the comfort of the guests than by their own comfort.

Canados Gladiator 961 Speed vip suite

For the main deck, Gatto opted for a mixture of natural materials such as Poltrona Frau white and taupe leather for the walls, lacquered wood for the ceilings, linen for the sofas with decorative inserts in gun powder color metal while natural panels will be made of satin blond ash wood. The floor is made of Esthec styled teakdecking to give the feeling of a natural extension of the aft deck inside.

In opposition to the very natural colors and materials, the side cupboards are made of varnished carbon fiber to remind that the Gladiator 961 Speed, despite its luxury interiors, is first and foremost a piece of advanced engineering and technology.

The lower deck is no different in terms of atmosphere except for the floors dressed with wood parquet and custom made carpet with some walls dressed with custom embossed leather created for Canados by Marine Leather from Naples.

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The Gladiator 961 Speed is available with three different power packages: twin MAN 2000 HP with U-Drives and propeller shafts for clients looking for speeds in the region of 38 knots, twin MTU 16V 2000M96L delivering 2600 HP and triple MAN® V12 – 2000 HP for the most speed addicted clients.

Canados Gladiator 961 Speed will be launched next spring 2023 and will be unveiled to the general public at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival. She will be, for now, the Gladiator line flagship.

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