This is not the usual Ice, expect something very different,” Marco Malgara, owner of Ice Yachts, tells us as we dinghy sail from Rapallo harbor to the boat that has already gone out to sea. On the horizon the new Ice 70, a design by Umberto Felci, is sailing under Code Zero, and indeed as soon as we get under board we realize that this is certainly a different boat than those the Salvirola shipyard has accustomed us to so far.
Indeed, it is no mystery that Ice is now, alongside the boats that have made the brand famous, i.e., the sporty custom-built boats, flanking projects and models that are more distinctly dedicated to cruising, though without forgetting how important performance is.
And this is the path that the Ice 70 wants to take, whose first model was commissioned by an owner who had specific demands: a very comfortable boat, equipped with every comfort, that could guarantee interior volumes suitable for spending long time on board, a blue water from long sailings capable of sailing well despite the large amount of accessories and wood for the precious furniture inside.
One of the keys to the design is the new design of the deckhouse, in raised saloon style with uninterrupted continuous fenestration.
This choice goes hand in hand with that of the dinette, which has been raised slightly above the rest of the interior precisely to be able to take full advantage of the brightness and outward vision effect that such a deckhouse design offers.
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