80m M/Y: A Jewel of the Italian Boating Industry
The Chopi Chopi, CRN’s hull # 129, is the largest megayacht ever built by the Shipyard in its over-50-year history, featuring all CRN distinctive features and, for the first time ever, an entire deck for the Owner.
Boasting an overall length of 80 metres and a beam of 13.50 m, megayacht Chopi Chopi by CRN, the Italian shipyard and Ferretti Group brand specialising in the construction and sale of fully-customised displacement megayachts in steel and aluminium, ranging from 40 to 90 m in length.
M/Y Chopi Chopi, a displacement megayacht entirely built in the Ancona shipyard and one of the largest ever built in Italy. It is the 129th hull built by CRN, which in 2013 has celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a historic milestone: this yacht has indeed broken the previous record of 72 metres set by the “Azteca”, which had held the title of CRN’s flagship since its launch in 2010.
Built in steel and aluminium, the yacht develops over five decks (lower deck, main deck, upper deck, Owner’s deck, sun deck) plus a sub lower deck which is used as a technical area. It can comfortably accommodate 12 guests –in six VIP cabins and the Owner’s apartment– and 31 crew members, including 23 sailors and 8 members of the Owner’s personal staff.
The new flagship is the outcome of the integration of different skills and the fruitful cooperation between the CRN Engineering team, in charge of naval architecture, and Studio Zuccon International Project, the design firm that developed the vessel’s exterior lines and interior layout.
Upon specific request by the Owner, the interior concept and all furniture and furnishings have been designed by interior designer Laura Sessa. The vessel was sold also thanks to the precious support of Alain Maraoui, Head of Ferretti Group’s dealer Sea Pros.
Conceived as a family house, the Chopi Chopi epitomises and develops the distinctive features, innovative character and soul of CRN yachts, and stands out for its immense spaciousness, a light, airy environment, streamlined and soft lines, a painstaking care for details and onboard wellbeing, light effects and, last but not least, a direct visual contact with the sea.
The final result is a perfect balance of classic and contemporary style, elegance and refinement, with the unmistakable, original touch added by the use of various precious materials (wood, marble, leather, metal) and the selection of extraordinary colour shades, ranging from the pastel colours of the exterior all the way to the bright, cheerful colours found indoor, harmoniously enhanced by natural light and artificial lighting solutions.
Taking into consideration Chopi Chopi’s considerable size -this yacht has an indoor floor area of 1,000 sq m and an outdoor area of 800 sq m- interior designer Laura Sessa chose to design the yacht’s interiors so as to ensure the utmost comfort and functionality not only for the Owner, but also for the crew. Like all other CRN vessels, the new flagship is the maximum expression of all the Shipyard’s main strengths, offering the Owner new ways of enjoying the sea to the fullest: balconies, open terraces in the guest cabins, the beach club, and extensive glazing. Moreover, solutions that were so far unprecedented in the CRN fleet have been applied on the Chopi Chopi to meet the Owner’s and the Captain’s specific needs.
The great care devoted to ensuring that all guests are welcomed to unprecedented comfort and luxury can immediately be perceived when stepping onboard. The main access to the Chopi Chopi is from the very large cockpit on the main deck, which welcomes guests as they board the yacht from the quay and is arranged as a wide living room, almost an extension of the indoor salon. In this area –just like everywhere else outdoor, except on the sun deck– the main shades are white and the chocolate brown of the scratched oak furniture, it has two armchairs and the three large built-in sofas by Glyn Peter Machin. Indoor, the main deck is entirely devoted to guests and features a day area and a night area, ideally divided by the central lobby. Leaving the cockpit behind, a glazed door leads into the main salon, a pleasant, incredibly bright and spacious room furnished with four small armchairs by designer Eero Saarinen and four custom-made sofas symmetrically arranged along the longitudinal axis. The wide side glazing lets through plenty of natural light, while the four sculpture-lamps designed by Hervé Van der Straeten add an artistic touch to artificial lighting. The 103” Panasonic plasma TV is pre-set for 3D vision.
In the central part of the yacht is a large, modern-style circular lobby which connects all decks thanks to a spacious glass lift and a stylish, imposing spiral staircase fitted with led zenith lights and a backlit ergonomic handrail. The night area is located towards the bow and includes six double or twin ensuite VIP cabins plus a business room.
“Wellbeing” for both the Owners and their guests is the key-word on the lower deck, where the extreme aft area is entirely devoted to wellness and fitness. One of the most distinctive innovations, largely appreciated by the Owners of all CRN steel and aluminium vessels, can be found in this area: the beach club. The hydraulically-operated stern hatch opens up to be converted into a large beach by the water, fitted with tables, loungers, and a shower. The pursuit of the utmost wellbeing continues indoor, where a small gym and a spa with sauna and massage room can be found. The spa features a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath and a shower. The sub-lower deck consists of technical rooms, including storage areas, the laundry, and cold stores.
Common areas devoted to social life onboard can be found on the upper deck. At the stern, a large cockpit furnished with comfortable armchairs and a coffee table ensures the utmost relaxation for all guests, while appetisers and pleasant outdoor meals can be organised thanks to two round tables sitting up to 20 people. The dining area, flooded by natural light thanks to the side glazing, is furnished with two large round tables.
With its 80 sq m area, the Chopi Chopi’s pilot house is truly unique and innovative, and features fully-integrated systems thanks to an I-Chart touch screen table specifically designed by Team Italia with CRN’s support. This is a highly sophisticated, state-of-theart integrated pilot station equipped with a 42” touch screen display, an interactive system making this display a true professional tablet that allows to access all navigation instruments and onboard equipment, besides ensuring an efficient Internet connection.
This system also manages all integrated systems and functions such as the radar, chart-plotter, monitoring functions, VHC, engine data conning through a touch screen menu, a complex and yet user-friendly technology allowing one single person to effectively manage the whole yacht. This exclusive device is not only a brand-new application for CRN, but also an absolute world premiere.
Chopi Chopi is not only the most magnificent vessel ever produced by CRN, a jewel of technology and design, but, first and foremost, a megayacht that strikes for the innovations it features onboard.
The master stateroom is in a classical location, at the extreme bow, offering a panoramic view on the sea. It opens onto an external deck fitted with a large Jacuzzi, sun pads, sun loungers, and a table to enjoy pleasant, intimate breakfasts. Everything is by Glyn Peter Machin. The megayacht is powered by two 3516B-C Caterpillar engines pushing it to a cruising speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed of 16 knots. The cruising range at a speed of 12 knots is 6,000 nautical miles.
2x Caterpillar 3516B-C 1640 Kw@1600 rpm
Text: CRN ± Photo: luchfordapm