This well-crafted, midrange cruiser is a keystone in the venerable Ferretti line.
Ferretti’s latest motoryacht reins in the youthful exuberance of some of the yard’s other recent designs, and instead treads a more conventional path. Its rakish and up-to-the-minute exterior might give little of that away, but inside, the layout has a formality intended to appeal to the more experienced yachtsman.
With her enclosed galley and separate wheelhouse, and aft crew’s quarters with separate access, the Ferretti 870 is designed to allow the staff to run the yacht in the traditional way, without disturbing the guests. The space-efficient, right-angled layout makes the best use of the sizable area available on the main deck. The cockpit is big and has its own bar. The dining table is amidships, close to the galley. Those windows are even bigger than they look: daylight floods in and the views out from the saloon are spectacular.
The full-beam master stateroom features a shower and head compartment and walk-in wardrobe laid out along the aft bulkhead. Two double cabins could each vie for the honour of being the yacht’s VIP suite, although the one to port has a berth than can be conveniently divided into two. The fourth cabin is a twin-berth en suite.
The Ferretti 870 is a substantial and spacious family cruising yacht, with plenty of stowage space and minimum headroom throughout of 6 feet 6 inches, and often more.
Construction is in multiaxial glass, and the medium-V hull, designed as a workable compromise between responsiveness and seakeeping, has a transom deadrise of 12 degrees. The fuel tanks are mounted across the forward bulkhead of the engine room to provide impenetrable sound insulation. With the generators installed in their own separate compartment, the engine room is roomy and practical, and engineered to a very high standard. The engines are mounted level, on down-angle gearboxes.
In a mildly choppy sea the Ferretti 870 acquitted herself with great style. Craft like this are seldom reckoned to be driver’s boats, but with nearly 4,000 horsepower available the yacht provided a remarkably fun ride, helped no doubt by the installation of ZF’s innovative electronic SteerCommand system, which allows the shipyard’s engineers to computer-tune each rudder individually, to optimize helm response and handling.
We managed a top speed of just over 31 knots—slightly more than Ferretti claims—and the yacht proved content to cruise comfortably at all speeds between about 18 and 28 knots. Punching through the chop and dashing the spray aside, the Ferretti 870 displayed the imperturbable air of a truly competent cruising boat.