The technical launch of the 70-metre Sybaris has taken place at the Perini Navi yard – the yard's biggest and most technically challenging sailing yacht since the iconic Maltese Falcon.
The owner’s team introduced a dynamic, wave-like design of the steps on both sides of the cockpit to create a flowing connection with the open aft deck, while the overhang of the superstructure brow above the windows has also been eliminated to present a flush surface. Two carbon fibre tenders (a Limo and a Sport version) were custom-built by Cockwells of Falmouth, and these – along with a 4.5 Zodiac rescue tender – live in the recessed foredeck.
The Perini Navi Sybaris has a centreboard keel with a variable draught of between 4.5 and 11.7 metres. Her battery banks offer the advantage of a ‘silent running’ mode at anchor and while sailing. The owner brought in PH Design to create the refined interior design and décor, but their brief also extended to the open-air living areas. The Miami-based studio introduced the sculpted railings and other fixtures milled from solid titanium that appear throughout the yacht. The lustrous alloy is notoriously difficult to work and Perini Navi had to seek out specialist craftsmen accustomed to working on components for Formula 1 racing cars.
The open-plan layout, clean lines and custom-designed furniture provide a crisp and contemporary style that acts as a muted backdrop to the bold works of art from the owner’s private collection. Inside there is an open-plan, full-beam owner’s suite flanked by a study space and day lounge. Sybaris is named after the ancient Greek settlement in southern Italy whose population was renowned for its pursuit of life’s pleasures.
“As Perini Navi’s second largest sailing yacht launch to date, Sybaris raised numerous technical and aesthetic challenges,” says Burak Akgul, Perini Navi’s managing director of sales, marketing & design. “But where there’s a will there’s a way, and the result is a uniquely beautiful sailing yacht that pushes the boundaries of design in every conceivable way.”