This is how Perini Navi, a historic Italian brand, is reborn

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Following its acquisition by The Italian Sea Group, Perini Navi, the Viareggio-based shipyard of maxi yachts you can maneuver yourself, unveils its new fleet of 48-, 56- and 77-meter sailing ships. The fleet, named “Genesis,” confirms Perini Navi’s ultra-high-level positioning as a global player in large sailing yachts.

The new 56-meter ketch in Perini Navi's
The new 56-meter ketch in Perini Navi’s “Genesis” fleet

Perini Navi from crisis to revival

The shipyard, founded in 1983 by the genius of Fabio Perini, an entrepreneur from Lucca who made a fortune by inventing modern machines to produce toilet paper, has established itself over the years as one of the excellences of Italian boating in the world.

Known for bringingeasy sailing to megayachts through innovations such as reel captive winches-a system of automatic winches, driven by electronically controlled electric motors, that allow large boats to be produced that can be managed by a small crew-
in 2018 enters a crisis
. After the bankruptcy, declared by the Court of Lucca on January 28, 2021, Italian shipyards in La Spezia and Viareggio and the Perini Navi brand are acquired for 80 million euros at auction by The Italian Sea Group, a listed company administered by John Constantine and whose partners include Giorgio Armani.

Elegance and restraint with a modern twist

The project stems from the goal of creating a line of sailing ships with the characteristic and iconic elements of Perini Navi, world-famous for elegance and sobriety, revisited in a modern key by focusing on large spaces, brightness and sailing comfort.

The exteriors of Perini Navi's new
The exteriors of Perini Navi’s new “Falcon” (77 meters)

The exterior lines of the “Genesis” fleet are clean and blend harmoniously with elongated and continuous curvilinear trends. Glazed surfaces expand to diffuse natural and welcoming light into the interior. The stern opens to the sea, becoming a true relaxation area as on large motor yachts. By analogy, interiors also tend to be spacious and fluid; a blue leather handrail aspires to become a distinctive element of the future Perini Navi world.

I am very proud of the new Perini Navi fleet and the journey so far over the past year,” – commented Giovanni Costantino, Founder & CEO of The Italian Sea Group.- “By transferring the comfort of motor yachts to sailing yachts, we were able to create a harmonious synergy through our already strong expertise expanded through the Perini Navi acquisition.”

The “Genesis” Fleet

The new 48-meter will be offered in two versions: regatta and cruise. The new generation naval architecture will allow even more comfortable sailing while the open stern will facilitate access to the sea offering great comfort especially at anchorage. Management of the sail system will continue to be concentrated in the two control consoles, with a series of joysticks facilitating safe control without the need for dedicated crew.

The deckhouse, re-styled, will retain Perini Navi’s signature styles: side epaulet, round of glass providing great light, and enclosed aft cockpit to offer more privacy. The new 48-meter vessel will have new hull lines to offer limited heeling angles, double rudders, and movable drift to minimize draft and facilitate access to remote harbors and bays. With a view to sustainability, it will also be possible to install solar panels.

With a view to sustainability, solar panels can be installed on the deckhouse on the Genesis 48 meters
With a view to sustainability, solar panels can be installed on the deckhouse on the Genesis 48 meters

The 56-meter, Perini Navi’s most iconic sailboat, will be revisited through a collaboration with Malcom McKeon Yacht Design, which, with a strong focus on sailing performance, will develop the ship platform and sail system, as well as contribute to the styling of the exterior. The new sail plan, with carbon masts, will ensure sailing comfort and performance through the use of Perini Navi’s “sail handling system,” with concentrated and power-assisted sail maneuvering control in the two command stations on the flybridge.

Malcom McKeon Yacht Design helped styling the exterior of Genesis 56 meters, Perini Navi's most iconic sailboat
Malcom McKeon Yacht Design helped styling the exterior of Genesis 56 meters, Perini Navi’s most iconic sailboat

The 77-meter will be the platform on which to install the FALCON RIG, the innovative sail plan, created for the Maltese Falcon, which once the sails are unfurled optimizes propulsive thrust by rotating the masts. The sailing ship will have two masts, free of shrouds, which will give great advantages in navigation and safety. With the electro-hydraulic mast-sail management system, sailing will be extremely easy. The new sailing yacht will be the first platform to have a true spa-beach club with fold-down terraces connected to the aft beach.

James Barbaro

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