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January 20, 2013

Largest Ever Yacht for CRN: Chopi Chopi

By Chris Boyle

Chopi Chopi

Last week, Italian shipyard CRN launched the 262-foot (80-meter) superyacht ‘Chopi Chopi’, the largest yacht built by CRN in its 50-year history and one of the largest built in Italy.

Three thousand people attended the ceremony in Ancona, Italy, including CRN employees, VIPs and members of the public. The yacht was sold to an unnamed Lebanese billionaire for approximately $110 million.

Designed by Italian architecture firm Studio Zuccon International Project, Chopi Chopi is the 129th pleasure vessel produced by CRN and took 660,000 working hours to build. The interior will be completed in the coming months based on a design by Studio Laura Sessa Romboli. The finished yacht will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, along with CRN’s 197-foot (60-meter) J'Ade.

Attending the launch was CRN Chairman and CEO, Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman of the Ferretti Group and the Weichai Group, Tan Xuguang, Ferretti Group CEO, Ferruccio Rossi, and Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Ding Wei.

Tacoli said: “The launch of Chopi Chopi should not only make our company and employees proud, but the whole Italian boating sector and Italian industry in its entirety. It’s products like these that will preserve Italy’s position as the world leader in this sector”.

Chopi Chopi is a steel and aluminium displacement hull yacht with 5 (+1) decks: lower deck (crew, engine room, and garage), main deck (guests), upper deck (living area and bar), owners deck, sun deck, and a sub lower deck (a technical area for systems and equipment). The yacht can host up to 12 guests in six guest suites, as well as a crew of 23 and ten staff members.

Unique features include an indoor fitness area, a spa with sauna, Turkish bath and massage area, and the ‘beach club’, a collapsible door folding on to the water surface that converts into a 1,000-square-foot swimming platform. Large glazing throughout exposes the interiors to maximum daylight and offers passengers generous surrounding views. The owner’s exclusive ‘nest’ provides privacy and easy access to the helicopter pad. The cruising range at a speed of 12 knots is 6,000 nautical miles and the maximum speed is 16 knots.

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