Back in the 1970s, Ferretti built a 42-foot motorsailer that it called Altura, the Italian word for “deep sea.” The model was a hit, so much so that the line expanded to include 46- and 49-foot models that you can still find in European marinas today. Ferretti then watched as the motoryacht market overpowered demand for motorsailers, and discontinued the line until 2005, when it launched the Altura 690. It’s an aft-cabin motoryacht that, while reminiscent of the earlier designs, was wholeheartedly modern in terms of styling and features.
This week, at the Festival International de la Plaisance in Cannes, France, Ferretti again built on the line’s heritage by premiering the new Altura 840. She’s not the flagship Ferretti in size (that distinction remains with the Ferretti 881), but the new 84-footer is the flagship of the Altura line, which aims to bring the builder’s stylish, go-fast reputation into a new segment of the motoryacht market.
Unlike the Ferretti 881, which is an express cruiser design, the Altura 840 is built with medium- and long-range cruising in mind. Ferretti states quite frankly that it is going after a more “mature” audience, aiming straight for boaters who want to cruise for a week or longer with family or friends.
To that end, there is an enclosed helm station in the main saloon as well as a flying bridge helm station for outdoor piloting on good-weather days. There are indoor and outdoor seating and dining areas, too, plus three guest cabins with private bathrooms in addition to the master. The builder’s Mitsubishi Anti Rolling Gyro stabilizers are standard equipment, as well, for added cruising comfort.
To my eye, the Altura 840 meets the Ferretti standard for good looks inside and out, with a contemporary, minimalist interior that is bright and airy. Will she appeal to folks who have shopped for large, long-range, trawler-style motoryachts in the past? Time will tell. For now, it’s nice to see Ferretti reaching beyond its primary designs, offering a stylish new option for a different kind of cruising.