I shot this photograph while kneeling on the bench seat next to the helm aboard the Ferretti Altura 840 at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. I took the photo because I wanted to capture the unusual sense of spaciousness I felt at the time. It’s not often—if ever, really—that I find a spot aboard a yacht in this size range that feels as airy as an open, two-story loft in a home. Ferretti has succeeded in creating that sensation, and then some, in this new flagship of the company’s Altura line.


The main salon feels "as airy as an open, two-story loft in a home."


Her cream-color hull stood out amid the sea of white fiberglass on Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue, almost as if the 840 were specially dressed for her coming-out party. She was docked stern-to the quay, which gave me a first look at one of her nifty features: a large, rectangular window that sits a few feet above the waterline in her stern. From inside, I would learn, this is the headboard space above the king-size bed in the aft cabin. Early-morning views of the water don’t get much better, or more private.


With a cruising speed of 27 knots and a range of 350 nautical miles, performance got as much attention as creature comforts during the 840’s design phase.

Another interesting feature within the accommodations is the design of the queen-size bed in the guest cabin forward to starboard. When I walked into the cabin, I was surprised to see how deeply the bed was sunken, with the top of the mattress about even with my shoes on the companionway sole. Had there not been a sign asking visitors to keep off the furniture, I would have laid right down. The feeling of spaciousness and headroom must be incredible for a yacht this size.

Ferretti’s specs indicate that performance got as much attention as creature comforts during the 840’s design phase. She has a top speed of 30.5 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots with a range of 350 nautical miles, according to the builder. Her 6-foot, 3-inch draft makes most cruising locales accessible, and she carries a solid 1,849 gallons of fuel plus 412 gallons of water.

Tons more photographs and complete technical data are available at the Ferretti website.

kim_kavin-headshotEditor's Note: Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of six books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com, and writes the blog at www.BrokerageBoss.com.