Mr. Fabio Perini is famous Italian inventor and his passion is transferred into yacht industry via his company Perini Navi. Take a look at his Salute.
Family yacht Salute youEdward Green ▼ Friday May 9, 2008 3:50AM ET
Mr. Fabio Perini lives two lives. It is a bit unusual, but it is astonishing that he is so successful in both of them. Since we are all defined in our childhood, it was natural for Mr. Perini to enter the paper industry for it was all around him. Following the footsteps of his fellow countryman Leonardo, Mr. Perini invented an automatic system for paper machines and made a small revolution in the paper industry. Based on that invention, his company became one the largest in the industry, but Mr. Perini lead a parallel life.
We'll never know when the idea was born, maybe it was always there, maybe a sound of waves awaked it, but Mr. Perini had a vision of large yacht for the blue sea. It was not so long time ago, somewhere in 1980's, but large yachts were expensive to handle and they required a big crew like they needed in the glory days of 18th century. It took three years to bring the idea to life, and in 1983 his company Perini Navi was founded to follow his dream.
From the first moment the goal was to design and build a large yacht that behaves nicely under the command of just one person. Large yachts in this case means 20 - 60 meters, and Mr. Perini succeeded to design another revolution, this time in the yachting industry. The revolutionary control systems cut the number of crew so the expenses were lower and owner's joy was bigger. The main design of Perini Navi was ketch, but its new yacht is sloop, 56m cutter named Salute.
It is a luxury yacht and sister ship of well-known SY Burrasca, SY Santa Maria, SY Rosehearty and SY Selene. Perini Navi joined forces with Ron Holland Design and they together achieved excellent sailing performance. Salute has one 75 metre aluminium mast which is, correct me if I'm wrong, the tallest aluminium mast in the world. It is designed by Perini Navi's Mast Division whose engineers used Finite Element Analysis, a complex mathematical tools that cut the design expenses and increase safety. Those great guys also designed new deck equipment and a special winch for the mainsail halyard, the giga-winch, with two power drums and one rope storage drum.
The new Navi has modified keel and rudder lines which means that, thanks to centre of gravity because of tall mast, her stability is improved. Her length overall is 56 meters (184 ft), beam is 11.51 m, and draught is 4 m if keel is up or 9.83 meters with keel down. Her hull is made of aluminium, maximum displacement is 535 tonnes, and it is powered with two engines of 720 kW. She can achieve 16.6 knots and she can reach a distant beach 3,600 nm away.
The interior by Rémi Tessier is inspired with Japan so the owner gets warm and luxurious minimalism. The ideal interior for people that are close such as family or friends.
Salute of Perini Navi is an outstanding yacht, very large and luxurious, yet the yacht with a soul. If you don't like hundreds of people on board and need a time for you and family, take Salute into serious consideration. ■