FORT LAUDERDALE — Celebrating its 85 birthday, Pininfarina — the Italian design firm that has made Ferarri, Alfa Romeo and Maserati automobiles synonymous with high styling — unveiled drawings for the 279-foot, or 85-meter yacht Ottantacinque (85 in Italian) on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
A collaboration with the Italian builder Fincantieri Yachts, Ottantacinque is a melding of technology, aerodynamics, ergonomics, comfort and beauty, said Paolo Trevisan, Pininfarina’s design chief, who works from offices in Coral Gables, Fla., the company’s headquarters for the Americas.
“We’ve tried to create an equilibrium of sculpture and functionality,” he said.
The yacht has a beam of 15 meters and five decks and is laid out to provide spectacular sea views in all directions.
Twin pools on the main deck have adjustable bottoms that can change the pools’ depth and glass walls through which light filters into the spa on the deck below. The spa is part of a 170-square-meter beach club that opens onto the water through a stern that opens and becomes a spacious sunbathing and swim platform near the water level. Four smaller platforms open out from the sides of the boat near the water level to provide more sunbathing and “beach” space.
Entry to the yacht is amidships via a circular staircase to a guest lounge.
The yacht has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, a helicopter pad, seven cabins for the owner and guests and another 11 cabins for its 33 crew. It is powered by twin 2,350 Kw diesel engines and has a 6,000-nautical-mile range.
The design has not been sold to an owner, but when it is it will take three years to build. Trevisan said the yacht is a complex piece of engineering and technology, yet the design is “simple like an oriental sentence — three words.”
Pininfarina is involved in design projects that include yachts, automobiles, architecture and marinas, and public transportation, graphics and branding.
“We’re the crazy ones who do all kinds of design,” he said.