It’s name is Grace E and it is the latest gem to be built by the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, part of the Perini Navi Group, the third in the Vitruvius line, and once again designed by the architect Philippe Briand. Grace E, like its predecessors, Exuma and Galileo G, is part of a project to help relaunch the mega yacht sector of the Picchiotti Group.

A sophisticated vessel, with all the comforts and “perfectly stable” as declared by Briand, therefore perfect for any sea and for long cruises. With its 73-meter length and 13.2 meter width (a total of 1200 m2) it is certainly a yacht that doesn’t skimp on volume, exterior and interior space.

The basic principle of the Vitruvius line is low fuel consumption, in this case 6 litres per mile at 12 knots. Grace E, claims the architect, consumes 15% less in fuel compared to another luxury yacht of the same size. The vessel also stands out due to its diesel-electric propulsion system, and is propelled by an Azipod unit (electrically powered propellers mounted to a support called a pod) and can reach a maximum speed of 16.5 knots.

Eddie Cooney, captain of the vessel, as noted on the Perini website, commented on the test run, “Grace E confirmed that the choice of using Azipod propellers was the best one for silence and comfortable navigation. This result is due to the fact that there are none of the classic axis lines, which makes it so the passengers do not feel the ship moving.”

Remi Tessier is the designer who furnished the interior, defining it beach-house-casual, in one word: contemporary. His interior design did not go unobserved, and was awarded the Baccarat prize at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014. The exterior space covers 5 decks. For the best sensory experience go to the top deck, the Wellness deck, including a gym with a sea view, a sauna, hammam and hydro-therapy. Grace E can hold 16 guests and has an owners’ suite 92 m2 in size.

The Perini Navi Group has 56 ships at sea, 54 sailboats and 2 motor boats. In 2007 it entered the motor yacht sector under the name Picchiotti, thereby relaunching the historic brand which they purchased at the beginning of the Nineties.

Photography by Giuliano Sargentini

2 February 2015