The first motor yacht from legendary builder of sailing boats, Perini Navi, was the star of the Monaco Yacht Show 2010. We showcase the magnificent, all-titanium 50m hull that is Exuma.


In the world of sailing yachts, Perini Navi is known as the builder of not only the biggest, but also the most luxurious and technologically advanced. The largest sailing yacht in the world, Maltese Falcon, is part of its fleet, as is the Foster + Partners-designed Panthalassa, and the John Pawson-designed Baracuda. So when Perini Navi announced that it was creating a new brand, Picchiotti, that would build motor yachts, the industry took notice.

Exuma is what they were waiting for. Revealed at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show, the 50m all-titanium hull of Exuma drew gasps from the crowd of brokers, buyers and captains. Designed by Philippe Briand, the naval architect naturally looked to Perini Navi’s heritage for inspiration and used the same streamlined principles of sailboat hulls in his creation. It is at once strikingly contemporary yet also utterly classic.

The first Picchiotti is conceived as a yacht with a strong aptitude for exploration. Indeed, it allows for a range of 5,500 miles at a speed of 12 knots. More importantly, it is filled with an unusual number of “toys” as they call them in the business: tenders, rescue boats, jet skis, all of which can be launched by cranes from several points of Exuma.

Inside, Exuma is pure Armani showroom – that is, earthy tones, natural materials, clean lines, a touch of Asian influence, utterly chic yet understated, but no actual Armani furniture. Teak decks are flush with large outdoor living areas, wrap round windows maximize the views, and privacy is given new importance with the addition of a separate staircase and corridor for crew, as well as their own quarters. High quality craftsmanship abounds and in the master stateroom, one wall is partially constructed from an antique Japanese screen.

Exuma is confirmation that Picchiotti is not just a name to watch but is already one of the superyacht industry’s most important builders. The order book speaks for itself: Exuma was just the first in a fleet that will soon include yachts of 73m, 55m and 44m.

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