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Hong Kong Penthouse On Water? Almost.

Ferretti's Latest Tai He Ban Edition Wows In Asia

Since the buzz is still ongoing with Ferretti Yacht's 50th birthday batch in Venice, we thought we'd take a closer look at one of its latest yachts, the FY 920 Tai He Ban, which made its Asian debut recently at the 2018 Ferretti Group Itinerary Show in Hong Kong last 25th May to 3rd June. The near 24-metre cruiser got a lot of positive reviews at the spectacle for its innovative design, especially since Ferretti's 920 model line, is also relatively new. And of course, in its Tai He Ban edition, it has an interior that is quite honestly, similar to having a penthouse on water.

This recreational craft is quite the looker to begin with, thanks to its dynamic exterior profile which follows through with the same stylistic design features that we have been seeing on Ferretti's newer Italian beauties from recent years. One of the main differences in this 920 Tai He Ban is in its raised bow height, which gives it this imposing presence on water. The raised height also means that there are some new trinkets lodged inside the Italian beauty, such as a entertaining room right on the main deck. 

On first impressions, the exterior spaces seem to offer an impressive amount of relaxation areas, which look luxuriously furnished. Famous Italian fitting company, Roda, who specialise in outdoor furniture, were roped into the design side of things. Furthermore, the space located forward, in particular, is the largest ever seen on a Ferretti vessel of this size. The sun pad on the bridge house leads into a dinette fitted with two forward-facing sofas - divided by a passageway - and a pair of sofas with adjustable backrests along the bulwark. This creates a large lounge, complete with coffee tables, which can be protected and shaded by sun canopies upon request.

The cockpit area features a multipurpose sofa which can become quite useful as a sun pad or even as a seat for the odd outdoor dining table when the evening hits a romantic mood. The stern area on the other hand, features the Submersible Hatch, a now famous system used to move the garage door and swimming platform, which then allows guests the ensuing comfort of a spacious beach club. It also allows the on-board crew to handle a tender measuring up to 4-metres in length with much ease.

The highlight of the 920 in terms of the exterior is of course, on the flybridge, with its panoramic deck that has been specifically designed for a more relaxed theme, especially amidships and in the stern. It is covered by a special blacked-out window situated over the dining area and outdoor helm station. The bar unit beneath, which can be configured to suit the specific needs of each owner, features a Teppanyaki plate, grill Gaggenau. sink, icemaker and fridge, all an Asian approach to things, which play a huge part to its Tai He Ban edition aim.

Inside the Ferretti Yachts 920 Tai He Ban, Italian design comes to life in its full splendour. For one, the salon, with its anthracite-oak wood parquet flooring, is panelled almost entirely in exquisite walnut wood with chocolate tones, alternating with lacquered accents in different colours and metal finishings. These elements, with the built-in furniture upholstered in grey rock leather by Mastrotto, serves to complement the lounge's furnishings as a whole, all of which are by Minotti and give the boat a sporty feeling. The leather upholstered Powell sofa and Creed armchairs by Minotti coordinate well with the Molteni wooden coffee table, whose finishing blend elegantly with the rest of the room's red appointments. In the dining area you will find a large rounded table in wood still by Minotti, along with 8 Poltrona Frau cream-colored chairs in leather.

Over at the bow of the yacht, the earlier-mentioned entertainment room is the main highlight, an area which enjoys magnificent natural light thanks to double-glazed windows with integrated flush portholes. Chocolate walnut toned furnishings are mingled very nicely the Minotti L-shaped sofa in aspen-torba leather, Zimmer and Rhode decorative cushions and Poltrona Frau Calacatta gold marble and leather coffee tables.
At the starboard side, an elegant lounge sofa by Minotti in Tufo Nabuk fine leather upholstery sits very smartly as well. The decorative bow wall in Slim Spears mosaic by Mutaforma has been fitted to change the optical properties of the space, thereby increasing the experience thanks to the reflection of the light on its glass nanometric particles. With its large wood sliding top, the bar puts the final touch on this impressive space that includes ensuite day toilet and storage areas.

Below deck, we find the same chocolate-tone walnut wood, lacquered accents and metal finishing, alternating with fine leather and customisable upholstery. Inclusive of a full-beam cabin with ensuite bathroom dominated by wood flooring and a big shower in Petra Shake Jacana marble mosaic, and two comfortable guest cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. Minotti, Zimmer & Rhode, Dedar and Casamance fabrics, cushions and furniture provide luxurious soft added comfort.

Even great attention is paid to the on-board crew. In addition to a dinette with laundry area, the captain can enjoy his/her very own private en-suite cabin, while the crew can relax in two double cabins with a shared bathroom fitted with a separate shower. And it goes without saying, the pilot house is a typically futuristic place that is a Ferretti special. The captain can run the entire yacht from here, thanks to a large control station equipped with a next-gen steering system and multiple touchscreen displays that fully integrate all of the on-board monitoring systems and navigation instruments. 

It's from here as well that the captain and his crew make the best of the Ferretti Yachts 920 Tai He Ban's two 16V, 2000 M96L engines that generate 1,948 MHP, also allowing the yacht to reach a cruising speed of 23 knots and a maximum speed of 26,5 knots based on preliminary data. While that might be called slow for a yacht of its size, you cant contest the fact that you wouldnt mind sacrificing some speed for the stunning luxury one can afford with this 920 Tai He Ban.