This yacht has the luxury and styling found in the better-built boats in this class. Essentially, this yacht is focused on the couple that wants to entertain. Starting with a large flybridge for sun bathing and afternoon lunch, leading down to a covered cockpit for evening cocktails and al fresco dining, then on to the large salon inside that can double for dining. The galley is up and located next to the sliding doors to the cockpit. Forward to starboard is the lower helm. Heading below, there’s a master suite, VIP suite and a guest cabin to accommodate up to six overnight people.
- • Swim platform/tender lift combo
- • Available with two or three staterooms
- • Large flybridge with sun deck and outdoor dining
- • Dual helm stations
- • Retractable sun canopy
The choice of two different cabin configurations adorned with glazed surfaces, lacquered wood finishes and leather upholstery sets the styling for this yacht. Cruising with three couples is comfortable with the privacy of a third, optional separate stateroom. Both the twin and triple cabin models have two heads.
One of the attractive aspects of the Ferretti 450 is the ability to select either a twin or triple layout below. People with large families will probably select the triple cabin layout, which is remarkably functional, given that this is only a 45’ (13.72 m) boat. The door to the third cabin is at the foot of the beds and there is a slightly larger place in this cabin which provides just enough room for guests to change clothes. It also has a hanging locker and minimal storage.
Two Cabin Layout. Owners who plan to go cruising with another couple will likely choose the twin cabin arrangement because it has so much extra room for the guests. The VIP forward is larger than in the tri-cabin design, and has a vanity or work station to starboard. In addition, it has a separate shower stall in the VIP head. To port there is a space for storage or for a stacked washer and dryer. People planning on doing some serious cruising will opt for the laundry room.
We like the twin cabin layout for gracious cruising because of the privacy it affords. Families with children or grandchildren will relish the three-cabin layout.
The main cabin has a large salon that includes plush seating for four people around a U-shaped settee and glass table. The table raises and lowers so that the space can be used for cocktails or for dining. Opposite are two large sofa seats that create a fairly large conversational area for a boat this size.
A flat screen TV rises up from its base, to starboard, behind the double sofa seat. This arrangement permits six people to sit in the salon, something that is not always possible on a 45’ (13.72 m) yacht.
Importantly, the windows in the cabin are relatively low, which means that people sitting can see out.
By placing the galley aft it is handy both to the aft deck, the ladder to the flying bridge, and also to the salon. The galley has a refrigerator and freezer and stovetop, a single deep sink and counter space both inboard of the sink and across to port. Nevertheless, the galley space is a bit on the small side. Every boat is a compromise, and Ferretti has taken some space from the galley to make a slightly larger salon.
That is a wise trade-off for an owner who plans on doing lots of entertaining and wants to handle as many guests as possible. In such a situation, the galley is more of a wet bar for serving cocktails and a place to fix lunch and heat up hors d’oeuvres. Large dinners are more appropriate ashore.
The Lower Helm
The flying bridge of the Ferretti 450 should be considered very much a “sunbridge” with a helm. To starboard is a large sun pad that stretches forward and is a major focus of the bridge. The helm is to port, which is helpful when making a port-to-docking, and is an alternative to the starboard lower helm.
Aft is a large J-shaped bench seat that wraps around a table. Here, guests will have a terrific vantage point and it will be one of the most popular places on the vessel both underway and at anchor.
The flying bridge of the Ferretti 450 is of the style that we often find on European-designed yachts in class. The concept is to keep the top hamper low so as not to disrupt the sleek lines of the vessel, and typically the bulwarks are no higher than 18” (0.46 m). The ergonomics of the human body mean that even in the sitting position, one’s head rises to from 45’ (13.72 m) to 50’ (15.24 m) above the deck level. Yet, Ferretti has done a good job of making the bridge both functional and sleek-looking by using acrylic windscreens and stainless steel rails around the periphery of the flying bridge.
There are two power options: both are Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel engines with the standard power being the 480 Mhp, upgradable to 550 Mhp.
We have not tested the Ferretti 450, but the folks at the factory have. They tell us that the boat powered with the pair of 480 engines had a cruise speed of 25 knots/28.8 mph with a top speed of 29 knots/33.4 mph. The upgraded 550 engine package cruised, they say, at 27 knots/31.1 mph and hit a top speed of 31 knots/35.7 mph.
Ride and Handling
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- • Joystick control
- • Engine horsepower upgrade
- • Choice of two different cabin layouts
The Ferretti 450 can be a welcome step up from a smaller express for someone wanting more room for entertaining and, perhaps, has designs on more adventurous cruising. Also, we can picture this boat for an owner who may be stepping down from a much larger yacht who doesn’t want the hassle of a fulltime captain. Other advantages of this size yacht would be lower operation cost and a wider variety of marinas that could accommodate her, all without having to give up the luxury accustomed to.
Standard and Optional Features
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