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Six great yachts at sixty feet.

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If you are going to walk on the Mediterranean Sea, the «60 plus» is the first serious size. To make your choice easier, we've selected the six best sixty foot boats: two outdoor cruisers, two indoor and two flybridges. A full clip, and not a single shot past.
Text by Nicolas Bouvier; Photo by the shipyards.

Place in the sun
Itama Sixty

These boats are not to be confused with anything - the brand has a truly individual, memorable style. At 60 feet, the Itama shows off in the most harmonious way: a spacious cockpit that occupies more than half the length of the cockpit; its signature windshield "hugging", tilted and smoothly descending towards the stern; a wide bathing platform; minimalist design interiors and hi-tech control cabin with a chic carbon fiber steering wheel. The open Itama Sixty is designed to communicate with the gentle Mediterranean sun without any intermediaries, and in the event of bad weather, a folding fabric awning can be quickly raised above deck.

Hull type - open express cruiser
Length total -18.82 m
Number of cabins -3
Fuel reserve -3 250 l
Engines are -2 x MAN 1550 hp.
Speed -48 knots

Large-calibre bullet
Magnum 60' Furia

The Magnum Shipyard is one of the legends of water sports in America, along with brands such as Cigarette and Chris Craft. But unlike all other shipyards operating in this size, Magnum is famous not only for its luxury boats but also for its patrol boats. This symbiosis means the latest military technology and the special strength and lightness of the hulls. The exterior design of the yard's boats is made by the famous Italian bureau Pininfarina. The interior of the first «»Magnum sixties, released in 2001, was designed by Roberto Cavalli - and the owner of the boat is rock musician Lenny Kravitz, who uses his 60' Furia to get from the coast of Florida to his «cottage» in the Bahamas. Since then the boat has been restyled and facelifted several times (last in 2009), but has always remained the most popular model of the shipyard - and the fastest production 60' Furia in the world. Two CAT or MTU diesel engines, each rated from 1600 to 1925 hp, equipped with standard Arneson semi-submersible drives, accelerate the 30-tonne bolide to 55-58 knots - while, thanks to its excellent hull, the boat, even in the strong ocean waves, is stable and smooth, cutting the wave like an army knife - a turkey pie.

Hull type - open express cruiser
Length total - 18.28 m
Number of cabins - 2 + 1 for crew
Fuel reserve - 3 800 l
Engines - 2 x CAT or MTU 1600-1925 hp.
Speed - 55-58 knots

Master Brush Etude
Sealine T60 Aura

Every new model of this British shipyard is, at least, a pleasant surprise. This was also the case with AURA when last year the popular 60-foot hull, the flagship of the Sealine range, was completely restyled by Studio Conran. To understand who it is, imagine the British version of the Frenchman Philip Stark. Terence Conran, born in 1931 and who opened his own studio in 1956, managed to make a mark in almost all areas of industrial design, from mugs to cars, and even earned a knighthood in this field. Among his creations are the interior of the legendary Concorde liner and the brand of fashionable furniture stores Habitat. Now, a 60-foot Sealine will be on the top of the list. From the characteristic windows of unusual shape to the laconic and functional interiors made of light natural oak, everything in this boat is as if painted with a light, rapid brush. With a master brush.

Hull type - flybridge
Length total - 18.68 m
The number of cabins is 3.
Fuel reserve - 3 140 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta 900 hp.
Speed - 33 knots

Spaces for excitement
Jeanneau Prestige 60

The new model of the French shipyard, barely opened to the world in the halls of Dusseldorf, on the contrary, earned the «European Powerboat of the Year 2010»award. If you know that Fairline Squadron 65, Sessa C68 and Absolute 64 are «overboard» in this category, it is clear that we have a very difficult copy. The victory of the boat was ensured by excellent build quality, convenience and comfort inside, as well as excellent sailing characteristics. Equipped with two Volvo IPS 900 with forward facing screws, the Prestige 60 achieves a speed of 31 knots. In a very strong, technologically advanced GRP hull, created by a modern method of infusion on the design of Michael Peters fit spacious, bright interior from Vittorio Garroni. The main salon is huge, ¬ executed on one level and with wide panoramic glazing - functional and fresh. Below there are three cabins, including a comfortable master suite located across the width of the boat. Upstairs there is a large flybridge with a duplicate control station and everything you need for outdoor relaxation.

Hull type - flybridge
Length total - 19.5 m
The number of cabins is 3.
Fuel reserve - 2 x 800 l
Engines - 2 x 900 hp.
Speed - 31 knots

A princess with a sporty character.
Princess V62

Another winner of the «European Powerboat of the Year» in his category is «sports cruisers over 45 feet». As if the Princess name alone wasn't enough on board! After all, even before the award was received, this «Princess was known to have» the best dynamic performance among boats of this size and class. The sporty character of the boat is evident from her muscular shapes and her signature vertical portholes along the sides, reminiscent of the gills of a shark. Inside, it is as comfortable and spacious as on other flybridges. The main deck saloon is stylishly furnished with modern furniture, large sofas and connected to the large open cockpit by three sliding glass doors. This versatile entertainment area features a large seat, bar, barbecue and central sunbed above the aft tender or jet ski garage. The yacht's facilities include a large master suite with en-suite bath, as well as a forward VIP suite and a large starboard double cabin.

Hull type - sports cruiser with hardtop.
Length total - 19.14 m
The number of cabins is 3.
Fuel reserve - 3 400 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 1 200 hp.
Speed - 34-36 knots

Exquisite rocket
Sarnico 60gt

Luigi Foresti, one of the shipyard's brothers and a famous Italian water racer and bonvivan, gave this model an active, easy to climb character, and designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard gave a touch of aggressiveness and refinement in the decoration. The result is an almost perfect boat in the Italian spirit: excitingly fast and incredibly stylish. The creators have not forgotten about comfort and practicality: wide aisles allow to move freely on the boat even at a decent speed, and the engine room in the middle gives stability on the move. The gt version differs from the basic model in that it has glass sliding doors between the saloon and cockpit and is thus designed for year-round navigation.

Hull type - sports cruiser with hardtop.

Length total - 18.57 m
The number of cabins is 3.
Fuel reserve - 2 500 l
Engines - 2 x MAN 900-1100 hp.
Speed - 35-38 knots

Published in YACHTS magazine #32.

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