The Ferretti 57 MY is a 57-foot motor yacht with a flybridge that was launched by the iconic Italian yacht-building firm Ferretti back in 2000. This model was so popular with the discerning Ferretti clientele that production continued all the way through to 2014, making this boat a best-seller for well over a decade. Classic good looks, fine craftsmanship, sedate living areas with an Italian design flair, still-swift engines and what were at the time a range of innovative design features make the 57 Flybridge an enduring fixture on the used and charter markets to this day.
A steel and teak ladder leads to the fully open-air flybridge with a structural Bimini soft-top to protect from the sun’s glare on those hot summer days spent cruising. There is a sprawling Ultraleather-lined seating area to port that hugs a cocktail table, and this sits alongside a wet-bar station with an Isotherm fridge and an electric grill where you can mix sophisticated cocktails and barbecue the day’s catch. At the front of the bridge, you will discover a fully equipped upper helm station with excellent visibility, bench-style helm seating lined in comfortable cushions and a cocoon-style forward double sunpad.
Up to two guests can enjoy soaking up on the sun out on the foredeck, where a modular sunpad with headrests points towards the bow. At the rear, meanwhile, there is a large, teak-lined aft-deck that is spacious enough to host an outdoor dining table and boasts a pair of transom loveseats either side of an extending timber passarelle. Side steps lead down to a full-beam, fixed bathing platform that is sturdy enough to host a modern water toy, while a centrally positioned tender davit facilitates convenient lifting and stowage.
While fully retractable sliding glass doors are all the rage these days, the garden-style angled doors that separate the aft-deck from the internal salon on this model were a major innovation back in 2000. Not only does the main door slide out of view but a side window can be easily winched up to provide a seamless connection between the aft-deck and the galley. This walk-in kitchen features pine or pale oak surfaces, Corian or granite counter tops, a Bosch combination oven and 4-burner hob, a GE fridge-freezer, a wine-cooler and wood-effect flooring. Directly ahead of this there are a pair of plush leather sofas, one that is paired with a cherrywood breakfast table and one that is flanked by a pair of side tables. An alternative main-deck lay-out that has proven popular with European buyers sees the galley moved to a sunken mezzanine level to open up room for a greatly expanded seating area, though you may find this galley set-up somewhat compact. At the front of the main deck sits a port-side lower helm station that comes equipped with Side Power bow and stern thrusters, trim tab controls, Furuno Nav-Net, Garmin display screens, iCom VHF radio and full analogue instrumentation.
Three en-suite cabins on the lower deck offer comfortable rest and relaxation space for up to six overnight guests. A VIP forward to the bow features a queen-sized bed and a bathroom lined in Corian, while a port-side twin cabin enjoys port-hole views to the sea, a hanging locker and a bathroom with a full shower. The main attraction on this level, however, has to be the full-beam amidship owner’s stateroom, where you will be greeted by a queen-sized bed, a reading couch, mullioned hull windows, a pair of hanging lockers, bedside cabinets, an integrated HD-TV unit and a marble-lined bathroom with a vanity mirror and a timber-clad shower stall with a bench.
A pair of MAN D2848 900MHP diesel engines or twin Caterpillar 3406E engines offer full-throttle speeds of up to 31 knots with swift cruising at 27 knots a joy to behold. Ferretti's are known for their performance. An original planing hull with a modified V-bottom aft, a 15-degree transom deadrise and a pair of strakes proves to be well balanced on the turn and efficient at higher speeds, while a fuel tank holding 898 US gallons offers plenty in reserve for long-range cruising.