BY Ryan Swift on 9 Dec 2022

The new Custom Line 140 offers megayacht touches with excellent crew and servicing design

The Custom Line 140, the new 42.6-metre flagship from the brand’s planing series, offers plenty of speed and power, and a brilliant interior styling. The first of the models was sold to a Hong Kong client, so Asia-Pacific yacht owners will no doubt be catching sight of this beauty on the water after she arrives in early 2024.

The new superyacht made her debut at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show after a private viewing arranged by Ferretti Group.

The new Custom Line 140 is the third design collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski Design, which handled both the exteriors and the interiors. The Italian design agency has been in business for over 20 years and does the styling for some of the biggest names in Italian yachting. The firm worked with Margherita Casprini and the Custom Line Atelier on the interiors of the 140.

The sporty exterior befits a flagship of the planing yacht series, with tight, angular lines and a classically raked windscreen. The lines hide a generous interior volume and exterior deck area, which only becomes apparent once aboard the yacht.

The 140’s interiors cover over 300 square metres over four decks, with over 200 square metres of outdoor deck space. On each deck, owner and guests are separated from crew, which have their own walkways and staircases for access and service.

Owners may also be pleasantly surprised at the 140’s prospects as a charter yacht, with a rating for up to 22 people on board and well-planned service areas.

Owners may also be pleasantly surprised at the 140’s prospects as a charter yacht, with a rating for up to 22 people on board

On the interior, light is the main design ingredient, and the design team clearly wanted a yacht that took full advantage of the sun and the outdoors. Bold colours and refined textures combine to give the appearance of a luxurious beach house.

Main deck

The main deck aft glass doors open completely to create a giant, continuous space that runs from the dining area amidships to the aft-most settees in the aft cockpit. The main saloon is 45 square metres, so guests will have a huge area to move around, find their spot and enjoy the sea breeze.

There are four giant windows in the main saloon area, one of which can be opened to let in more sea breeze. The dining room has seating for up to ten guests.

Forward of the dining area on the main deck is the 44-square metre, full beam master stateroom. Here, an owner can enjoy wide-open, breezy luxury. In keeping with the theme of light and openness on the Custom Line 140, the designers have created a starboard side window in the master that can house an optional, hydraulically operated, fold-down private terrace. For owners wanting a private moment in the morning with a cup of coffee at a new anchorage, this little haven is tough to beat.

The main deck is rounded out by the beach club aft. This stern platform has the latest generation electro-hydraulic system that transforms the aft deck into a water’s edge terrace.

The accommodation is rounded out on the lower deck, where there are three VIP cabins and a guest cabin with twin beds. All cabins are ensuite.

The ceilings and custom furniture are upholstered in suede, while the walls are clad in “sand flamed” oak

The details in the design below decks are immaculate, as you’d expect with a Ferretti Group product. The ceilings and custom furniture are upholstered in suede, while the walls are clad in “sand flamed” oak.

Upper and Sun decks

The upper deck on the Custom Line 140 is where guests and a happy owner will spend most of their time.

The upper deck has a 25-square metre interior lounge amidships that doubles as a cinema, with a huge TV screen and comfortable settees. The aft doors have a hinge mechanism that lets them open completely to create a single space with the aft cockpit dining area, a 42-square metre space that serves up to 10 guests.

The upper deck has direct access via walkways to the bow area. The starboard walkway is dedicated to guest use and the port side walkway is exclusively for crew use.

The bow features an extensive lounge and dining area. This is unusual for most planing yachts, which would normally have a sun pad area at best. Here, guests and owners can enjoy a full meal service at the bow, taking in the view at anchor at sundown while enjoying some privacy thanks to high bulwarks that extend right to the bow.

Up top, the 140’s sundeck covers 70 square metres, a huge space that can keep guests happy for the whole day. There is no helm station on the sun deck, but there is a crew staircase forward that connects the bar and grill station work area to the service area below.

The grill station and bar forward are paired with loungers, settees and chairs, along with a hydromassage tub, all sheltered under the hard top.

Crew and service capability

Service is key to a great yachting experience, particularly if an owner has plans to put a yacht on the charter market. In this, the Custom Line 140 excels, with crew areas and services access kept separate from guests. This is a feat that one would normally find a larger yacht.

On the main deck, there is a professional-standard kitchen connected to all decks by internal staircase and service lift, letting the crew reach all the lounging areas on the yacht without intruding on guests. The kitchen is big enough to serve a small restaurant, and it has the storage space to match.

The kitchen is big enough to serve a small restaurant, and it has the storage space to match

The bow area below deck is reserved for crew accommodation, which includes three double ensuite cabins accommodating six, while the captain’s cabin with ensuite is next to the bridge on the upper deck.

The designers of the Custom Line 140 have found plenty of space for toys. The aft garage has space for a jet ski and a Williams SportJet 525 tender, which seats up to seven people and has a hair-raising top speed of over 40 knots. These are deployed and recovered via a ramp-sled system.

Performance standards

The Custom Line 140 is fitted with a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines rated 2,638 mhp each. IMO Tier III certification, which requires the reduction of NOx emissions, is an option. Floating floors and additional insulation between bulkheads and ceilings dampen engineering or motoring noise for guests. Naiad 525 stabilising fins reduce motion at sea and buyers have the option of adding three Seakeeper NG18 gyroscopic stabilisers.

The bridge has the I-Bridge® Integrated Bridge Solution, integrates all the functions of the ship in an easy interface made up of four touchscreen monitors.

While this yacht is part of Custom Line’s Planing Series, it is described by Ferretti Group as having a fast displacement hull built in carbon fibre and composite. The 140, with a gross tonnage of just under 400 GT, has a top speed of 21.5 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots – faster than full displacement yachts of a comparable size.

In short, Custom Line has developed a remarkable superyacht that enjoys the touches of a megayacht while still offering an open and welcoming environment.

Technical Specifications – Custom Line 140

LOA: 42.6m
LWL: 36.3m
Beam (max): 8.5m
Draught: 2.35m
Displacement (unladen): 225t
Displacement (full laden): 265t
Fuel: 29,000 lts
People on board: 22
Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L
Speed (cruise): 18 kts
Range: 680nm
Cabins: 5
Crew: 6 plus captain