(Cover photo source: italiayachts.it)
It seems like the demand for small and fast performance cruising sailing yachts is still in trend. The proof comes from Italia Yachts from Chioggia, Italy where their latest model Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie was one of the five nominees for prestigious annual reward The European Yacht of the Year. Initiated by German Yacht magazine its jury includes representatives of the most prominent European yacht magazines such as Yacht World, Voiles et Voiliers, Waterkampionen, Yachtrevue and other. The final decision on this year’s winner took place after test sailings in La Rochelle and Santa Margherita Ligure while the ceremony takes place at Boot Düsseldorf in January 2016. The winner was Solaris 50, but Italia 9.98 is still an extraordinary boat, just as it name says.
Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie is designed by Italia Yachts chief architect Matteo Polli, while her interior design is signed by Kristian Macchiut. The concept of Italia 9.98 Furoiserie is so trendy on the market lately – a fast cruiser very easy to control. In addition, this yacht is specially adapted for ORC and IRC handicapped competitions which makes her very interesting not only for hobbyists. The hull is completely made out of two layers of plastic and PVC foam, in a compact sandwich; with some carbon reinforcements on strategic points.
Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie measures as much as 10.30 m of LOA (the hull is 9.98 m long), the beam of 3.54 m and 1.90 m of draft. The interior is divided into two cabins, one head and central saloon. Quite enough for performance cruiser of that size… Mainsail is meant to measure 38 m2 with a 32 m2 flock and a 90 m2 spinnaker.
The manufacturer leaves the purchaser a lot of customization to choose while I do not doubt at all the results on the racecourse. The reason to be optimistic about that is the fact that Matteo Polli had designed the legendary M37, one of the most successful yachts in the history of ORC format. In addition, the design of Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie was severely analyzed with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and VPP (Velocity Prediction Program); and under the supervision by Matteo Ledri, one of the rare Italians to participate the last America’s Cup, who gave his expertise on optimization and underwater section of the hull. Last but not least, you can add this vessel to your fleet for just some 120.000 €.
I wish you a calm sea, fair winds and a strong mast!