Trending Yachts: Luxury on the Fly

By Diane M. Byrne

Ferretti Yachts expands its flying-bridge cruiser range with the 850, showcasing fine design inside and out.


Comfortable accommodations and plenty of alfresco areas have long topped yacht buyers’ shopping lists. They are also features that Ferretti Yachts has long prioritized in its vessels. But the Italian builder also strives to incorporate elements of surprise, as is evident in the new Ferretti 850, which looks like its flying-bridge-equipped sisters, but makes you—and your crew—feel even more at home.

One of the latest trends in yacht design involves bringing the outdoors inside via large windows. The Ferretti 850, which made its U.S. premiere at the Miami International Boat Show in February, certainly lets you enjoy the view when you’re in the saloon. Picture-window ports sit to each side, and partial cutouts along the side decks allow for a better appreciation of the anchorages. Below decks, you’ll find oversize ports in the full-beam master stateroom and the two VIP staterooms.

Open floor plans are also trending these days, and the Ferretti 850, like many yachts in its size range, features a seamless transition between the saloon and the dining area. However, Ferretti still wanted to lend privacy to guests when dining, and to those moving about in the foyer forward, so it created a bookcase made of brushed-metal frames and fitted with smoked-glass compartments, which divides the spaces yet preserves visual continuity.

The galley is also noteworthy: Not only is it situated forward on the main deck, its skylight-esque windows, white-lacquer cabinetry and bright atmosphere might tempt you to take over the cooking. Now that would be quite the surprise, wouldn’t it?

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