This Classic 97-Foot Italian Yacht Brings ‘La Dolce Vita’ to the High Seas

Soft ride in rough seas with Swedish Humphree stabilizing systems

 

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“You almost expect to see Italian screen siren Sophia Loren sashaying around the elegant teak decks, all flowing kaftan and over-size shades. Or a bronzed and buff Giorgio Armani piloting from the flybridge helm.When it comes to classic Italian yacht design, nothing screams bella macchina more than this 97-foot fast navetta from the famed Cantiere De Cesari shipyard south of Ravenna on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Built in 2006 for well-known Italian jeweler Carlo Traglio—he owns the Vhernier chain of jewelry boutiques—the yacht took an incredible 19,000 hours to construct using De Cesari’s famed cold-molded mahogany boat-building techniques.Today she’s owned by a Swedish wooden-boat-loving family who bought the formerly named Ardis II in 2017, renamed her Atali and have spent the past four summers cruising every corner of the  Mediterranean and the Bahamas, clocking up over 14,000 miles.

“She’s been a true labor love for us. Nothing has been overlooked to keep her in this remarkable condition,” Atali’s 29-year-old skipper, Captain Omar Lambroni told Robb Report during an exclusive tour at last month’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Just before the show, the yacht had spent five months out of the water having her brightwork professionally re-varnished, her engines and generators serviced and bottom painted. Designed in-house at Cantiere De Cesari, Atali is the second-largest yacht the Italian yard has built in its half-century history. In contrast to today’s typical fiberglass construction, De Cesari uses a crossed laminate structure comprising layers of mahogany planking impregnated with West System epoxy resin.

“The hull is roughly two inches thick, immensely strong, impervious to moisture and rot, and is virtually indestructible,” said Lambroni. “We have taken her everywhere in the Med, in some of the most challenging seas, yet she always feels safe.” She’s fast too. Powered by twin German-made MTU turbo-diesels packing around 1,500-horsepower apiece, Atali has a screaming top speed of 30 mph and cruises effortlessly at 22 mph. Throttle back to a relaxed 15 mph and her 5,500-gallon tanks will give her a range of 1,000 nautical miles.

Swedish Humphree zero-speed electric fin stabilizers and trim tabs give a soft ride in rough seas. “For a photo shoot just before the show, we were out in six- to eight-foot Atlantic swells doing 20 knots, and she just brushed them off,” says Lambroni.

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