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Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is best known for his unforgettable parties, flamboyant animal print collections and his lavish yachts. He joined forces with CCN and Tomaso Spadolini to created a new fashion icon, M/Y Freedom
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is here for a good time, and at 79 years old, it would appear that he’s here for a long time, too.
Not exactly the shy and retiring type, Cavalli is renowned for his iconic shapes and exotic patterns, often using animal prints to good effect.
Although best known for his collections that span men, women, kids and home ranges, the Florence-born designer has also taken his unique style to the oceans. Firstly with the 41-metre Baglietto named RC, which he had painted in a chromaflair colourway (which changes colour depending on light source) and now, a slightly more subtle 28-metre CCN named Freedom.
Freedom is the third model in CCN’s Fuoriserie range, a series of one-off, fully custom-built projects that have included the 50-metre Elsea and the 41-metre Kanga – all very different yachts. For his latest sportster, Cavalli cooperated with yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini and together they created one of the most distinctive and personal yachts on
The exterior design reflects Cavalli’s strong personality, with a silhouette dominated by a single swooping curve that leads from the top of the windscreen to the cockpit gunwales.
It’s a sleek, aggressive design that sits low on the water — a requirement of Cavalli, who wanted Freedom to have maximum contact with the sea, while ensuring the utmost privacy.
Cavalli’s wish for a closeness with the ocean also shaped Freedom’s somewhat unconventional interior layout. Up top, there is a subtle flybridge with an aft row of sunloungers and a small table with four chairs – nothing out of the ordinary there, but head down the staircase and you come to the main deck foyer.
Aft is the cosy main salon which features a bar, table and a pair of chairs and sofas. This leads seamlessly to the cockpit – here the teak deck is completely flat and comes complete with a large RC logo. Of course, this is where you get the first taste of Cavalli’s extravagant style, with the subtle light blue of the walls and ceiling of the main salon blown away by the leopard print chairs, sofa cushions and napkins. Even the place mats are furry, and if you’re not keen on animal prints, then best stay in the cockpit, as heading forward to Cavalli’s bedroom is not for the faint hearted.
Entering through the central door, you step through into a minimalist jungle dominated by a king-size bed draped in Cavalli’s tiger- and leopard-print bedding. It’s not particularly subtle, but it is very RC. Behind the headboard is a mirrored bulkhead that reflects the backlit cityscape covering the doors to the foyer and bathroom. Here in the bathroom, the green colourway is a subtle and refreshing contrast to the wildness of the bedroom, especially so the marble sink, which has one of the most delectable patterns that we’ve come across.
The stairs to the lower deck are located through the main salon’s port side door. Taking them leads not to the usual foyer and four cabin layout but to a lounge with an L-shaped, buttoned sofa and a table. Opposite is a cleanly designed Miele-equipped galley that features an African skyscape. This carries along the bulkhead into the lounge area, creating a far calmer ambience than the rest of the yacht.
With the lounge and galley taking up two cabin spaces, Freedom’s guests are limited to a single cabin to port and a VIP to starboard. Forward is the crew area, with the captain’s cabin to starboard. A staircase leads up from the crew foyer to the wheelhouse, adding to Cavalli’s privacy.
To match her big cat print cushions, seats and linen, Freedom also has the performance of a cheetah, reaching a top speed of 42 knots courtesy of her exotic powertrain. Here, three massive V12 MAN turbo diesels power a trio of Rolls-Royce Kamewa A3 waterjets, which exploit the efficient planing hull to the maximum.
CCN is really making a mark in the industry with its Fuoriserie collection. So far, the Carrara-based boat builder has produced three very different yachts, with Freedom, the most adventurous. In fact, with Cavalli working alongside Spadolini, Freedom is one of the most distinctive yachts on the water, and that’s not even taking the décor into account, which is something else. Very few yachts have ever mixed triple MAN/ Rolls-Royce water jets with crocodile skin cabinets and zebra-print main salon windows.
Cavalli has built Freedom to his exact tastes, from the generous 7-metre beam, to the logo’d skylight over his bed, it’s what he wanted and thanks to CCN, that what he’s got.
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