The Ferretti 510 does score where it is needed and as most models from the Forli Italian shipyard does tend to become a class leader in it’s size dimension. You will definitely like the Ferretti for it’s light inside, thanks to the huge windows but also for the use of light colored oak wood. Feretti’s have in our opinion one of the best quality standards at this size with a spotless caring design of form and function which does feel reassuring and is not just stylish, it works perfect and in harmony.
The 510 follows much of the innovation the 630 model offered, not only outside in the window design but also inside. The saloon of the 510 features the much praised aft looking galley which becomes part of a spacious entertaining area thanks to Ferretti’s renowned folding window system. Another important news and much asked feature is the full beam owner’s cabin which surely feels of a much bigger boat then the 16 metres we have here. It also does not compromise space in the other cabins, with no bunk or squeezed in third cabin and VIP cabin forward, which is also a spacious affair.
Outside the 510 continues on the huge spaces which this builder has got us used to, like a spacious cockpit but also one of the most spacious flybridge area which is not disturbed by any radar arch as this is located aft at the tip of the fly area, in order to make the best use of space up top.
Ferretti Yachts have always what I call a better performing quality ride which is among the best in its size and style of yacht. It’s variable deep vee of 14.6 degrees aft is Ferretti evolving hull design giving the best cruising speeds at 25 knots plus, a target which most owners found satisfactory, especially for the long 100 miles plus trips. She is also one of the heaviest boat in this size, with a loaded weight of 28 tons but still performs well with not so big MAN engines giving a top speed of 32 knots and cruising speeds of 28 knots. Rather good considering the 2 x 800 HP and the weight of this craft.
With the new 510 the Ferretti designers have come up with an approach that places the galley at aft end of the saloon on the starboard side. This is prime real estate, and may sound like a recipe for wasted space. But it works brilliantly: The galley has been styled mainly in teak to match the saloon decor and has a bar counter for serving. Located here, it is convenient to the saloon table, but do you see the window at the aft end? Watch closely. It can be hinged upwards to allow the galley to connect with a second serving counter in the cockpit.
With the galley here your meals can be served equally conveniently whether you feel like dining in the saloon or the cockpit. And, of course, as the galley also doubles up as the bar for both areas, cocktail hour just became a lot easier and more elegant. The execution is up to Ferretti’s high standards: Not only does it work well but it also looks good, and an overhead hatch gives ventilation.