As we approach the tail-end of winter in Australia, they’re also counting the days until the end of summer in that other, warmer hemisphere.
But spring in Europe means just one thing for nautical types – Boat Show Season – that time when eccentric naval architects begin unveiling their latest experimental designs on the docks.
Fitting right into this niche is a 60-foot (18.3m) flybridge motoryacht from Francesco Guida and Cetera shipyard, dubbed the Cetera 60.
Looks-wise, the Cetera 60 slots in somewhere between a long-range trawler and a flybridge sportsyacht, but Guida and Cetera have named their baby the world’s first ‘multispace’ yacht.
Justification for this lies in the delivery of 146m2 of usable floorspace within an 18m vessel, including three guest cabins, twin crew bunks, a tender garage, aft cockpit, bow lounge and flybridge galley/dining area.
By ‘vertically repositioning’ the accommodation spaces, Cetera’s innovative layout leaves space for a dedicated lower crew deck – common enough on superyachts, but virtually unheard of on a 60-footer.
The owners’ cabin and two guest cabins (one double, one twin) with three ensuites are on the central deck and include full-height windows.
This main deck also has the saloon forward, just aft of the panoramic bow lounge which is protected by bulwarks and a windscreen for privacy even when in port.
This radical reorganisation of available space from bow to stern results in what Cetera call ‘stretched liveability’.
While not quite as painful as it might sound, this concept not only makes life on board a more comfortable and pleasant experience, but also allows a streamlined and more efficient construction process, according to the boatbuilder.
Propulsion is delivered via twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 pods for manoeuvrability and control, while also minimising machinery space in the engine room.
The Cetera 60 boasts top speeds around 23 knots and will deliver a fast cruise of 20 knots through the joystick-controlled IPS drives.
The flybridge helm deck has an opening roof which encloses a large open-plan galley and dining table for eight guests, just aft of the helm station.
Stairs descend from here to the aft beach club-style cockpit. This offers water-level access and a retractable swimplatform.
Nearby, the inviting sunbed cleverly conceals not just a davit crane for the tender, but in fact, a whole tender garage.
No one can argue that Cetera have certainly packed a whole lot of yacht into one 60-foot hull and there will no doubt be legions of eager boat enthusiasts clamouring to explore the multispace later this month when this launch hits the European show circuit.
LENGTH: 18.28m (60ft)
ENGINES: 2x Volvo Penta IPS 600