Franchini’s idea: a boat worth four


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One boat that, like a Matryoshka doll, multiplies into four boats. It took Massimo Franchini, one of the “masters” of Italian boating, to conceive this project that coincides with the new life of the historic shipyard that bears his name. With the entry of new partners, the historic Franchini shipyard is reborn with a 17.80 m long “base” boat (19.20 overall) that reaches, with two Volvo IPS of 625 each, 28 knots of top speed and 24 knots of cruising. From here, with a wise work of optimization and design, four models were born: from the “Zoe” series that are open boats that privilege deck space to those called “Mia” that Franchini calls closed, where covered space increases, without penalizing open spaces too much. Thanks to this wide possiiblity of choice Franchini is able to offer great customization, so as to meet the needs of each individual owner, customizing the boat decisively.

“However, ” Massimo Franchini points out. Personalizing does not mean, ‘do whatever you like!’ What we provide is of the highest quality, and we do not accept distortion but only enrichment of the boat by the customer.”

Franchini: here’s a pure open

The basic platform is this 19.20-meter hull overall, a pure open, large runabout habitable with windshields and large open spaces of maximum livability. On this can be added the various ‘UPs’ ranging from the simple canvas canopy, to the T-Top, with various closing systems, both towards the bow and on the sides, to the full cabin, which forms an open-coupe, to the flybridge on the cabin roof, which makes up a true fly model. The interior layouts, designed by architect Marco Veglia, are equally modular: two, three, four cabins with or without a crew cabin. And equally modular are the décor, on articulated and flexible proposal of the shipyard. The hull is the result of the Naos study, which developed water lines for smooth and safe sailing with performance in the range of 35/38 knots maximum speed, following extensive CFD studies. The first two examples are being built by Maurizio Testuzza’s Adria Sail, recently contracted to build the boat for the upcoming America’s Cup challenge by the Columbus 2021 consortium from Imperia.


Franchini’s Zoe and Mia numbers.

LH: 17.80 m

LOA: 19.20 m

B max: 5.24 m

Displ: 23 ton

Max speed 28 knt (Volvo IPS 2×625)

Cruise speed: 24 knt

Range: 400 nm (tank 3,000 lt)

Water tank: 1,000 lt





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