Custom Line 106 review: Flying villa
Custom Line 106 is another hit for her Italian builder. Attractive design, smart livability solutions and modern looks: this floating villa may not actually be able to fly, but the way she glides across the water sure makes it feel that way
Last year in Cannes we tested the new Custom Line 106, a model that had debuted several months earlier in Venice and attracted plenty of attention due to her meticulous design. Ferretti have hired a designer whose fresh ideas and unmistakable style (slightly reminiscent of the current Riva lineup) were just what the series needed. Francesco Paszkowski, who needs no introduction, designed the exterior, while colleague Margerita Casperini took care of the interior.
The new Custom Line style
The new Custom Line style brings together sporty feel, large volumes and unbelievably light interiors. The hull is dotted with long portlights, some of them slightly receding into the hull to give it dimension. The wide-body model feels like a sporty yacht despite her size (7.3 m width), showing some curves only at the bow. Visually attractive, the 106 is smart to boot – especially when it comes to livability. Impeccably connected, spaces work together as a unit, or stay separated if needed – for example, the bow and the aft cockpits are connected, as is the bow cockpit and the upper deck, all seamlessly and in style. The glass wall between the aft cockpit and the main deck disappears when not needed, opening the salon toward the sea, while the aft bench turns into a sun bed.
Custom Line 106 has a DMT transom that can easily be transformed into a beach club platform, and hold a Williams Diesel Jet 505 and one jet ski. On the other unit we saw, the interior was slightly different than on the prototype, which proves again how much finesse the Ancona yard demonstrates in pleasing the client. The unit we took for a spin in Cannes had light interiors decorated and furnished in light wood, with oak floors, lots of teak and glossy lacquered surfaces for a warm atmosphere.
The new Custom Line 106 lacks nothing in terms of luxury details, or quality of materials used throughout the exterior and interior, while several sexy details add a special touch and make her recognizable and memorable
The most impressive detail are the large side window panes, three on each side in the salon. Slightly angled toward the outside, they add a bit to the feeling of spaciousness. The front window can be opened, and leads to a small terrace. The salon is furnished with designer pieces, and has an eating table that seats ten, whose glass surface reflects natural light. All spaces enjoy impressive ceiling height of 2.1 meters, which even on its own would create the feeling of spaciousness.
Four guest cabins
The master cabin is as wide as the hull on that part of the yacht (6.5 meters), located on the main deck, and has two large portholes that open into private terraces (optional). On the lower deck, there are four guest cabins: two VIPs aft and two smaller guest rooms in the bow. Once again, in the VIP cabins smart creations lead to more comfort: beds are turned toward the sea, with the wall behind them. We were particularly delighted with the staircase connecting the main and lower decks.
The exterior usable space stretches over 220 sq.m. of well connected areas, which speaks volumes about the designer’s skills. On the bow, there is a large sun bed and a full-sized secondary cockpit, right in front of the command post. Below the cockpit, another garage hides an additional tender (those of us who remember older Mangusta or Maiora models will have seen this solution), and is connected with the upper deck by a port-side passage.
Smart Ferretti engineering
The upper deck covers 53 sq.m., part of which are protected by a hard top with two skylights, and is large enough to be considered a third deck. It is connected to the aft cockpit by a brilliantly positioned staircase. The new 106 lacks nothing in terms of luxury details, or quality of materials used throughout the exterior and interior, while several sexy details add a special touch and make her recognizable and memorable, like the three-dimensional shapes breaking her massive sides into visually smaller pieces.
Ferretti engineering somehow managed to give the 106 the same performance abilities as were given to her 8 tonnes lighter predecessor, the 108. Powered by two MTU 16V 2639hp engines, Custom Line 106 reaches top speed of 26 knots, and spends 170 l/h of fuel at 12 knots of speed. In addition to all the fresh design and naval solutions, the 106 is equipped with some truly impressive systems, like the Naviop-Simrad navigation system or the one-remote control entertainment system.
If you pass by a 106 somewhere, make sure you take a closer look, say we – and says her designer, Francesco Paszkowski: ‘In the design of the new 106, a number of the brand’s distinctive features have been emphasized and new stylistic traits have been introduced. As is plain to see in various places, efforts have been made to break down the boundaries between the exterior and the interior. The new technical solutions and all of the aspects of the exterior and interior lines are closely interlinked, as they are all parts of a single architectural arrangement with perfect balance between the forms and functions.’
Text Darko Šupuk
Photos Custom Line