An Italian yacht builder is out to create a whole new category of yacht with the Cetera 60.
Cetera Yachts is a new name on the yacht-building scene, but its heritage stretches back almost 60 years. Cetera is a brand of Fiart Mare, which has been building boats since 1960, so a lot of boat-building knowledge—Fiart is working in conjunction with other Italian yacht industry luminaries — has been brought to bear in the soon-tolaunch Cetera 60.
What the team has done is change the use of space on board in a process it calls vertical repositioning. What that means in the case of the Cetera 60 is simple: salon and three en suite staterooms on the main deck; dining, galley and helm on the top deck; and crew and technical spaces belowdecks. Yep, three staterooms are all on the main deck — two VIPs and a guest cabin with twin beds. A companionway runs through the middle and leads to a forward salon that opens to the bow cockpit.
The upper deck, accessed via an interior staircase immediately inside the aft door, includes an L-shaped galley, an eight-person dining table — four people on a settee, four more in chairs — and a helm with twin captain’s chairs and a portside companion sofa. The space is enclosed, but side and aft windows can be opened, as can skylights overhead, to create an alfresco feel inside.
Outside, two cockpits bookend the new yacht. Forward is a huge settee that, from above, looks like a D with a section of the straight side removed to allow access. Aft is a C-shaped settee around a table. The table lowers and filler cushions sit atop it to create a four-person (or more) sun lounge.
Below the aft cockpit sun lounge is a tender garage and a crane. A retractable swim platform folds out of the transom to create a beach that hovers just above the waterline.
The first Cetera 60 will be launched this summer, and with a pair of Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels it should reach a top speed of 23 knots, according to the builder.