Custom Yacht Building with CRN – SuperYacht Times | NutSocia

Written by Francesca Webster

Since its inception in 1963, Italian shipyard CRN has been known for designing and building truly Italian superyachts. The shipyard is part of the world-renowned Ferretti Group and specializes in the manufacture of custom superyachts of 50 meters and over. Every year CRN goes from strength to strength and 2022 was a record year for the yard with three 62m custom superyachts launched and delivered RIO52 meters CIAO and 60.3 meters Comfortably Numb. The success of each of these superyachts has further cemented CRN’s position as the manufacturer of choice for the imaginative and style-conscious superyacht owner. The CRN shipyard, based in Ancona, covers more than 80,000 square meters with state-of-the-art building sheds and the latest generation equipment for the construction and overhaul of superyachts. The shipyard also houses a private marina with 14 berths for yachts between 24 and 100 meters. These superior amenities have prompted the Ferretti Group to name the CRN shipyard Ferretti Group Superyacht Shipyard, where other iconic Ferretti brands also converge, with Riva Superyacht Division, Pershing and Custom Line all metal superyachts being co-manufactured on-site. CRN Project 141 yacht launchPhoto: CRNCustom Creations

Each CRN vessel is custom built in the Ancona shipyard and every journey on a bespoke yacht begins with a blank sheet of paper. Working closely with owners and a selection of the world’s finest designers, CRN works hard to deliver unique and innovative custom yachts. In addition to her extensive facilities, the shipyard is home to a team of project managers, engineers, architects, technicians, building project engineers, a sea trials, testing and yacht delivery team, skilled workers and last but not least craftsmen who are dedicated to giving owners passionate support to build their superyacht Turning vision into reality. Voice yacht under construction From the initial concept to the completion of the general layout, exterior lines and interior finishes, the CRN team has the experience and expertise in-house to handle every phase of yacht design and construction. With an extensive research and development team, the shipyard ensures that each ship is optimized for maximum efficiency and meets the highest technical standards available on the market.

Unlike many superyacht builders, CRN has a large in-house carpentry department with over 110 years of history. These master craftsmen and women are a specialized, all-Italian selection of artisans, and their contribution brings the ultimate in meticulous customization.CRN yacht design studioCRN also works with small and medium sized companies to support the shipyard on any superyacht project and handle the complex and detailed work that other shipyards outsource. This not only increases flexibility during yacht building as all elements of construction and fittings work seamlessly together, but also allows craftsmen to work closely with yacht owners during the building process to complete bespoke elements of the superyacht. The craftsmen work closely with the yacht’s interior designers to produce both the built-in furniture and the bespoke free-standing furniture that really make the yacht feel like home. With the shipyard’s Italian heritage at the heart of CRN, the shipyard prides itself on supporting craftsmanship at the highest level, especially as many artisanal skills are lost through the use of automated manufacturing. Yacht building at the CRN shipyardContinued Care

While construction and design are the most important parts of the custom yacht project, it is of course the launch and delivery that every yacht owner looks forward to the most. However, at CRN, the project does not end when the ship is launched and the company has a carefully planned after-care structure. Not only does the yard welcome their yachts for warranty work every year, the yard is also known for their refit projects, the first of which were completed in 2015.Voice yacht under construction Look to the future

Following the delivery of the last 60m CRN 14 in December 2022, CRN enters 2023 with four superyacht projects under construction, a testament to the yard’s reputation and the ever increasing demand for Italian built superyachts. With spans ranging from 60 to 85 metres, the latter of which will be the yard’s new flagship when she hits the water in 2026, the yachts under construction will set the standard for the next generation of superyachts.Exterior design of the Maranello project While many details of the yachts have remained classified, some information about Hull 143, known as the Project Maranello, and Hull 139 were shared with industry. What little is known about the yachts tells us that they are both examples of the CRN superyacht ethos of building stylish, elegant and technologically innovative yachts.

For example, Hull 143, which features an exterior design by Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard, reflects the owner’s desire to create a sustainability-focused vessel and as such will be fitted with a state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system for increased energy efficiency and significantly reduced fuel consumption. Hull 139, on the other hand, developed with Vallicelli Design for the exterior lines and with Nuvolari Lenard for the interior, is equipped with both functional and design features to achieve a sophisticated overall balance; This yacht offers ample indoor and outdoor living space for the owner’s family. The succinct style of the build is accentuated by the flowing lines that give the design an elegant aesthetic and is expected to make a splash when it debuts later in 2023.


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