Saturday, January 12, in Ancona, Italy, saw the launch of the new CRN Shipyard flagship, the CRN 129 motor yacht “Chopi Chopi”, marked by amazing celebrations, involving 3,000 people, comprising institutional representatives, VIPs, the Shipyard’s employees, the entire Management of the Ferretti Group, as well as plenty of citizens (to whom the Shipyard was exceptionally open). Boasting 80 metres of steel and aluminium, the impressive Chopi Chopi superyacht represents the largest pleasure vessel ever constructed by CRN and one of the biggest ones ever produced in Italy.
CRN is the Ferretti Group’s Shipyard specialising in the construction and sale of fully-custom and semi-custom megayachts in steel, aluminium and fibreglass ranging between 40 and 90 metres in length.
Luxury yacht Chopi Chopi is a megayacht, entirely built at the Ancona Shipyard, whose value exceeds 80 million Euros. She is the 129th pleasure vessel built by CRN, which in 2013 will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and is thus celebrating a really historic moment: this yacht has indeed broken the previous record of 72 metres set by superyacht “Azteca”, which was launched in 2009 and, until yesterday, was the largest yacht built so far by CRN.
The building of mega yacht Chopi Chopi required approximately 660 thousand working hours. A large number of local suppliers was resorted to for its construction. Both the architectural firm in charge of the yacht’s exterior lines and interior layout – Studio Zuccon International Project – and the one that took care of interior design and furnishings – Studio Laura Sessa – are Italian, confirming the value of this megayacht and its being a world-class, entirely made-in-Italy product, bound to represent Italy’s outstanding shipbuilding industry all over the world.
The launching ceremony, open to the whole city of Ancona, was attended by CRN’s Chairman and CEO, Lamberto Tacoli, the Chairman of the Ferretti Group and the Weichai Group, Tan Xuguang, and the Ferretti Group’s CEO, Ferruccio Rossi, as well as by several public authorities including the Chinese Ambassador in Italy, Ding Wei, the President of the Marche Region Council, Gian Mario Spacca, Ancona’s Mayor, Fiorello Gramillano, and many leading Italian industrialists and entrepreneurs, headed by the President of Ucina-Confidustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association), Anton Francesco Albertoni.
According to Lamberto Tacoli, CRN’s Chairman and CEO, “Today’s launch should make proud not only our Company and its employees, but the whole Italian boating sector and the Italian Industry in its entirety. The building of a truly ‘unique piece’ like the Chopi Chopi is a tangible example of how creativity, design, technology and craftsmanship can harmoniously ‘contaminate’ each other to achieve absolute excellence. It is products like these that will preserve Italy’s world leadership in this sector”.
“CRN is already looking ahead at more goals and intends to keep focusing on two key aspects that have always been vital for the Company – the Customer and the product -, in order to be able to grow further and maintain its position in the élite of the world’s shipbuilding industry. We have never failed at proving our commitment and passion, and the launch of the Chopi Chopi will certainly represent a milestone in hour history, but will by no means be an endpoint in our development.
Several important events are expecting us over the next few months, including our fiftieth anniversary, two more launches (of a 60-metre and a 43-metre yacht), and – above all – the Monaco Boat Show in September, where we will present the Chopi Chopi together with the 60-metre J’Ade. Because of all this, we are extremely proud and very optimistic about the future”, concluded Mr Tacoli.
After the launch Chopi Chopi yacht will remain at the Shipyard: over the next few months sea trials will be performed and onboard fitting-out operations will be completed. Final delivery to the Owner is scheduled by May, and the vessel’s first cruise will be in the Adriatic Sea.
8 pleasure vessels are currently being built under the CRN brand at the Ancona shipyard: six megayachts in steel and aluminium – 60-metre CRN 125 “J’Ade”, 80-metre CRN 129 “Chopi Chopi”, 74-metre yacht CRN 131 (all designed by Zuccon International Project), 73-metre CRN 132 (designed by Omega Architects), 60-metre CRN 133 (designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design), 55-metre CRN 134 (designed by Nuvolari & Lenard) – and two 43 metres long fibreglass CRN Navetta 43, also designed by Zuccon International Project.
The 60-metre superyacht J’Ade, launched in November 2012, has confirmed the success of the previous megayachts built with a 10.20 metres wide naval platform which allowed for the construction of vessels like charter yacht Ability, charter yacht Maraya, Romance, Blue Eyes, Mimtee, and Darlings Danama.
Besides the CRN vessels listed above, five megayachts under the Custom Line brand (two CL 124’, two CL Navetta 33 Crescendo and a CL 112’ Next) and the Riva 122’ superyacht Mythos in aluminium are currently under construction at Ancona.
CRN 129 80-metre “Chopi Chopi”yacht
Super yacht Chopi Chopi is a steel and aluminium displacement hull yacht developing over 5 (+1) decks: lower deck (crew, engine room, and garage), main deck (guests), upper deck (living area and bar), owner deck, sun deck, and a sub lower deck, which is essentially a technical area featuring systems and equipment.
The new flagship is the outcome of a perfect blend of complementary skills and the fruitful cooperation between the CRN Engineering team, in charge of naval architecture, and Studio Zuccon International Project, that developed the yacht’s exterior lines and interior layout. Upon specific request by the Owner, indoor furniture and furnishings have been designed by interior designer Laura Sessa and built by Zago, the Ferretti Group’s company specialising in woodwork on megayachts.
Chopi Chopi yacht stands out for her great spaciousness, airy environments, streamlined and yet soft lines, painstaking care for details and onboard wellbeing, light effects and, last but not least, a direct contact with the sea.
Similar features are not easily found on a vessel of this size and have been achieved through the implementation of ad-hoc solutions like the aft beach club, characterised by a door that can collapse down to the water surface, and the large glazing ensuring incredible brightness in all interiors while offering a constant ‘eye-contact’ with the sea.
CRN’s latest mega yacht Chopi Chopi, which fully embodies all the main strengths of the brand, has been developed to meet all the Owner’s specific needs – an ad-hoc project aimed at welcoming guests in the best possible way in six suites with a balcony and several terraces overlooking the sea on the main deck and offering the Owner an exclusive ‘nest’ thanks to a fully-dedicated deck where, among other things, a helicopter can easily land in the utmost privacy.
At the stern of the lower deck of this true pearl of naval architecture is the more-than-100 square metres wide “beach club”, whose door can be converted into a large swimming platform at the water level. The relaxation area continues indoor, with a fitness area and a spa with a sauna, a Turkish bath and a massage area.
This pleasure vessel can host 23 crew members + 10 staff members, while up to 12 guests can be accommodated in 5 (double and twin) cabins and 1 master stateroom.
CRN 129 yacht Chopi Chopi is powered by two Caterpillar 3516B-C engines that push her to a cruising speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed of 16 knots. The cruising range at a speed of 12 knots is 6,000 nautical miles.
Main Characteristics of the newly launched CRN 129 superyacht Chopi Chopi:
SHIPYARD CRN S.p.A. (Ferretti Group)
YARD ID NUMBER CRN 129
CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL Steel / Aluminum
TYPE Displacement hull
L.O.A. 80.00 m
L.B.P. 71.40 m
MOULDED BEAM 13.50 m
DRAFT 3.30 m
MOULDED DEPTH 6.60 m
FULL LOAD DISPLACEMENT Approximately 1,700 tons
GROSS TONNAGE 2365 GRT
GUESTS 12 people (5 double cabins + 1 Owner suite)
CREW + STAFF 33 people
FUEL TANK 250,000 litres
FRESH WATER TANK 45,000 litres
FRESH WATER PRODUCTION 50,000 litres / day
ENGINES 2xCaterpillar 3516B-C 1640 Kw@1600 rpm
MAXIMUM SPEED (half load) 16 knots
CRUISING SPEED 15 knots
CRUISING RANGE (@ 12 knots) 6,000 nautical miles
HELIPAD Suitable for helicopters up to 3,000 kg
NAVAL ARCHITECTURE CRN Engineering
EXTERIOR DESIGN Zuccon International Project
INTERIOR DESIGN Laura Sessa Romboli
WORKERS EMPLOYED FOR SHIP BUILDING 80 people / day on average
WORKED HOURS 660,000 hours
VALUE More than € 80 million
LIFTS 2, serving the six decks of the vessel
ELECTRICAL CABLES Approximately 100 km, 1 km of which fibre optics
VIP INTERIOR AREAS 1067 sq m
OWNER DECK AREA 190 sq m
VIP & OWNER OUTDOOR AREAS 770 sq m
CREW INTERIOR AREAS 419 sq m
GALLEY 51 sq m
TENDERS 3 tenders + 1 rescue boat
Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by CRN Shipyard.