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Floating Life Charter & Brokerage teams-up with Cerri Cantieri Navali for the construction of 40m M/Y K40 Light Ice Class

Floating Life Charter & Brokerage is pleased to announce their choice of CCN - Cerri Cantieri Navali as the builder of the new M/Y K40 - a 40 meter Light Ice Class expedition yacht. Construction to begin this January 2016. The project was developed by the Studio Sculli of Sarzana ( for an American client.

11 January 2016

Floating Life CEO Andrea Pezzini, contract manager of the project, illustrates the reasons behind this decision: “The choice of CCN - Cerri Cantieri Navali is the result of a selection process involving ten yards worldwide. What tipped the scales was not only an excellent quality to price ratio, but above all the yard's willingness to examine a completely custom project created to be able to undertake a voyage around the world. Similarly, the decision to award the design to the Studio Sculli is a result of twenty years of trust and collaboration, with the complete harmony of Sculli's design characteristics to the desires of the client.” Pezzini continues: “The union between trust and confirmed collaboration gave us the possibility to work in a completely custom mode, concentrating all the acquired experience of Floating Life in managing the development of a new project, including the structural aspects considered essential over the years that would give the yacht a longer lifespan.”

The project was developed by the Studio Sculli of Sarzana ( for an American client.
The M/Y K40 was designed to undertake lengthy voyages, in the Mediterranean and the ocean, and to include trips to colder seas.

During the design process the primary guidelines were determined, based on the owner’s specific requests. These have resulted in an almost 41 meter yacht with a maximum beam of 9 meters. The hull will be made of steel, reinforced to meet Light Ice Class requirements, while the superstructure will be in aluminum.

The hull was designed using a sophisticated fluid dynamics computer program, followed by tank testing in the Göteborg facilities (SSPA), where the design choices were confirmed.

An aerodynamic analysis of the superstructure will also be completed before the cutting of the aluminum sheets begins, identifying the level of protection through the exposed areas at cruising speed.

Hull and superstructure design style is modern minimalist with a few traditional overtones. The vertical elements will be completed with abundant use of glass surfaces, in line with present day architectural trends.

Requests for a fourth deck for the exclusive use of the owner, complete with spacious interior and exterior areas, a galley and storage zones similar to those of a 50 meter vessel, a midships tender garage for an almost 7 meter long tender, have made it necessary to find the proper balance between hull size, superstructure and the design of the whole. All this in under 500 gross tons.

To best satisfy efficiency of the construction progress, hull lines, technical elements, engine rooms and power plants are all complying with this vessel's special performance requests. Everything was examined in depth along with Vannini-Oleggini Naval Design/Engineering Studio of La Spezia during the project's preliminary design period.

Interiors will be sober with well lit luminous spaces; a balance of wood trim, lacquer and cloth. Keeping in mind the objective of lengthy voyages, special attention was paid to the design of the crew and galley areas. Each deck has its own service pantry, while a beach area with theater, locker rooms and diving equipment area, open air dining and sunbathing areas, BBQ and bar on the sun deck complete the comfort elements of this 40 meter yacht.

Diego Michele Deprati, CEO of CCN: “I'm really very happy that Floating Life Charter & Brokerage decided to choose us from among the many international yards considered for this kermess. This new challenge enables us to exploit our expertise in mega-yacht construction and to demonstrate the unique characteristics of flexibility and quality of our yard in a completely custom project with demanding design requirements.”