Since the company’s founding in 1963, Italy’s CRN Yachts have dedicated themselves to realising their customer’s dreams. A builder of fully custom superyachts, and capable of completing designs over 300 feet in length, CRN involves the buyer at every stage of the manufacturing process, from initial concept to interior finish, in order to deliver visionary and entirely unique yachts for customers all over the world. With over 200 of their original creations currently at sea, and no two designs quite the same, a CRN yacht is truly a one-a-of-kind purchase.
It was Sanzio Nicolini who began CRN Yachts, or Construzioni e Riparazioni Navali, back in 1963 with a bold ambition: to craft fully-custom steel and aluminum yachts for a discerning and select clientele. Starting his business in the charming port town of Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Nicolini never compromised on his initial vision, and to this day the company delivers made-to-order and entirely unique luxury yachts to customers around the world. CRN’s initial designs were rather modest relative to the more impressive models they have produced in recent decades, starting with a 30-foot luxury yacht named the Galatea.
Yet by the 1970s and the addition of designer Carlo Riva to the team, the company was creating 125 feet long vessels that were some of the most acclaimed craft around at the time. In 1978 CRN entered the world of the megayacht, building its first yacht in excess of 150 feet for an Emir in the Middle East. Further large yachts were built for high profile clients throughout the 80s and 90s, including the pioneering and much emulated F100 for Italian business icon Gianni Agnelli, owner of the Fiat car company and Italy’s most famous soccer club, Juventus.
CRN Yachts was acquired by the Ferretti Group in 1999, though this change in ownership did not alter the firm’s commitment to crafting the very finest customer-led bespoke yachts. In fact, the increased resources that CRN could now access allowed the company to purchase an adjacent shipyard belonging to Mario Morini. This new combined shipyard in Ancona became one of Europe’s largest yacht production facilities and today stands at 860,000 square feet. This advanced shipyard is geared towards meeting the discerning client’s every need, and includes a large, dedicated hardstanding area, an elite research and development team, and 380 full-time employees with enough space to allow the engineering and design crew to work simultaneously on 15 different yachts.
CRN Yachts typically feature classic Italian style and craftsmanship interpreted in a sleek, modern manner, for a finished product that is effortlessly elegant. Due to CRN’s focus on building custom yachts to the buyer’s specification, it is no surprise that the company employs some of the world’s best designers to furnish and finish their vessels. Down the years CRN has collaborated with designers and naval architects such as Nuvolari & Lenard, Zucconi International, Gilles & Boissier, Studio Scanu, Gerhard Gilgenast and Paola Smith among others. CRN’s dynamic use of different design firms allows their customers increased latitude to pursue their dreams and construct original yachts like no other.
Vessels belonging to the CRN fleet have been admired by yacht aficionados the world over and have garnered awards from a diverse range of industry bodies and yachting experts. In 2014 the firm as a whole was awarded the “Most Achieved Trophy” for megayachts at the annual World Yachts Trophies held in Cannes, while in 2016 the M/Y Atlante, a 180-foot-long superyacht, won Robb Report’s coveted “Best of the Best” award.
CRN New Sunrise
This yacht was built in 2000 to a design by Paolo Scanu and launched as the Nvmptia before being renamed just a year later by its new owners. This 200-foot-long superyacht is a nod back to the classic designs of the 50s and 60s, but at a much larger scale and with all modern amenities. Francois Zuretti interiors feature cherry wood wall panelling, parquet floors, onyx surrounds and lavishly intricate use of fabric for a sumptuous, stately-home feel. Varnished teak decks, including a spacious upper sun deck, boast an extra-large jacuzzi, fitted sofas with a nautical color scheme, and a sheltered aft deck that is the ideal space for late night cocktails. A steel hull and aluminum superstructure ensures this yacht has a sturdy yet lightweight presence in the water, while dual Caterpillar engines generate more than 2000 horsepower and cruising speeds of almost 14 knots.
Named after CRN’s groundbreaking Superconero yacht from the late 1960s, the new Superconero model is a more than worthy inheritor of a classic name. A 164-foot yacht with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the Superconero offers 5 levels of unparalleled luxury living space kitted out in vintage mid-century modern style. Yet there is nothing vintage about the amenities on offer here. A flooding rear tender garage has plenty of space for the next generation of water toys, while dramatic raised decks boast space for jacuzzi, an aft deck beach club with paddling pool, fold-out terrace, outdoor wet bar and a modular living space to the bow. Performance is just as impressive, with Caterpillar engines powering this vessel to a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of 3,800 miles.
CRN Cloud 9
Perhaps the clue is in the name. This megayacht some 242 feet in length represents the very highest of yachting aspirations, and was painstakingly designed by the CRN team to the demanding brief specified by its owner. A real dream of a boat, the Cloud 9 boasts an incredible 5 rear sun decks, from the extendable beach club at lower level and 10,000 litre spa pool on the aft deck, to a soaring fly bridge at the yacht’s lofty pinnacle. A bold aluminum superstructure of swooping lines signals this yacht’s unmatched style to onlookers, while interior spaces courtesy of Winch Designs utilise beach tones, azure blues, seaside shell and reef-coral to evoke the perfect marine atmosphere. Staterooms take on a more subdued feel, with limed oak and Douglas fir lining the floors and walls. A central, glass-encased yacht elevator is sure to catch the eye, while the yacht also has enough space for indoor and outdoor gyms, a floating tender garage and a helipad. Twin Caterpillar 3516C engines roar this yacht on to top speeds of 16.5 knots and an impressive range of 6,000 nautical miles. Certain to be talked about for years to come, CRN have absolutely scaled new and dramatic heights with Cloud 9.
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