Designer Umberto Felci unveils the concept of the new Ice 80
With the new Ice 80, Umberto Felci has forged a design work that changes with light, depending on whether it is day or night, dawn or twilight. But the concept that Mr. Felci has handed over to Ice Yachts offers much more than its aesthetic side.
Of course, the essential and clean lines, which combine the elegance of the RS with the sumptuousness of bluewater cruisers, are eye-catching and seductive. But, in addition to an ultra-modern hull that seems to be modeled by reflections, the Ice 80 boats many other qualities, starting with the retractable numerically controlled keel that transfers the power of the sail plain to an artefact that will be made entirely of carbon and built according to the highest engineering criteria. This translates into an important advantage for the owner, who therefore will have the opportunity to steer a versatile boat and feel at sea both in the cruising and the racing mode thanks to the race set-up.
The new rudder columns guarantee a total control of the boat from this position, as well as maximum pleasure at the helm. Every safety and control system is, in fact, activated from there, even in the most demanding conditions.
The Ice 80 is also equipped with retractable bow and a stern thrusters for easier and faster mooring maneuvers.
The sail plan is performing and simple at the same time: the mainsail can be rolled up in the boom, the bow sails are furling and the genoa rail is self-tacking for easier management and trimming even with small crew. This configuration, also thanks to the vast experience of the Italian shipyard and his designer, makes the Ice 80 a powerful boat, suitable for both offshore races and quieter cruises where, due to her beauty, is certainly destined to catch everyone’s eye.
Functional and futuristic exteriors, extraordinarily comfortable interiors
The exterior layout is distinguished by sleek and futuristic lines, designed to be functional without leaving nothing to chance. From the cockpit benches covered with solid teak to the carbon table, from the cleats integrated into the gunwale to the light sockets on the deck, passing through the most hidden details: all this is part of a vast and organic project, where safety and efficiency are two essential requirements.
The same requirements can be found in the elegant interiors, where the abundant brightness coming from the deckhouse side windows and from the oblong windows of the sides, enhances their impeccable symmetry.
The exclusive configuration of the master cabin, with a king-sized bed oriented towards the bow, allows to enjoy the luxury experience of a suite with sea view. The VIP cabins offer privacy and comfort, each equipped with air-conditioning, head, separate shower, Wi-Fi system and folding TV screens.
The galley, the captain’s cabin and the engine room are equally designed in a pragmatic way, while the clear, natural and high quality materials make the lower deck, with its super habitable volumes, a real floating apartment.
The LED projectors, placed both on deck and inside, give life to unprecedented scenarios, differianting their intensity and colours thanks to the new automation systems which, featuring uncompromised design, make use of top-level components.
” Externally, I wanted to draw a few lines in the name of essentiality and purety; internally, instead, while respecting a minimal profile, I paid particular attention to comfort which should be essential but exhaustive at the same time on board. In short, few things, few weights but at the right point – designer Umberto Felci explains – The Ice 80 is therefore a highly performing boat, suitable for both racing and cruising”.
Ice 80: Technical Specs
|MAX Beam||6.20 m|
|Sail Plan||330 m2|
|Project||Felci Yacht Design|