Category Archives: Thrilling Designs

SACS Abarth 695 – Tributo Ferrari Tender


As a long time Abarth enthusiast, and the happy driver of a 695, I couldn’t help but to introduce you to the exciting SACS Marine’s “Abarth 695 – Tributo Ferrari” tender limited edition. If you like sensation and design at sea as I do, then I believe this is the perfect tender for you.

SACS "Abarth 695 - Tributo Ferrari" tender is inspired by the legendary car
SACS “Abarth 695 – Tributo Ferrari” tender is inspired by the legendary car with the same name – ©Sacs Marine

Built by SACS Marine, in Italy. Only 199 pieces will be available, in a choice of 4 colours, just like the actual Abarth car range. With its sharp design and Hydrojet engine (the propeller is inside a tunnel integrated in the hull), the SACS Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari can reach a speed over 40 knots, and is said to be as reactiv as a jet ski…

Sacs Marine Tender " Abarth 695" Tribute to Ferrari
The wild design of the “Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari” by SACS Marine – ©Sacs Marine

Imagine yourself, embarking on this machine after a windy day sailing along the Amalfi Coast, and heading towards Capri for a dinner in town. Now that would be sensational cruising.

Abarth 695 Tender - Sacs Marine tribute to Ferrari
Abarth 695 Tender – Sacs Marine tribute to Ferrari. ©Sacs Marine

I hope we’ll see more of those kind of tribute, and remarkable designs, and really supports such initiatives. If you want to learn more, you can check the rest of the Sacs Marine special editions on

I wish I could say more about it’s character but unfortunately I have not been able to steer one for now, but I’ll keep looking for the occasion !

Project: SACS
Design: Christian Grande DesignWorks
Lenght Overall: 3,26 mt
Beam max: 1,7 mt
Beam without tube: 1,25 mt
To steering wheel: 0,9 mt
Fuel tank capacity: 38 lt
CE Class: C
Weight with engine: 330 Kg
Max n° of person permitted: 4
Engine type: Gasoline
Maximum speed: over 40 knts
Weber MPE 750 NA 61 kW
Weber MPE 750 TC 76 kW

Thanks for reading !


Best Utility Bike Ever, by IDEO & Rock lobster CC


Answering a contest launched by Oregon Manifest, a non-profit that claims  bikes can make the world a better place, Ideo, the famous innovation company partnered with Rock Lobster Custom Cycles (Paul Sadoff) to design and build a bike with an integrated electric hub motor, lithium-ion battery pack, and custom cycle computer for seamless electric pedal assist when desired.

The name of this amazing utility bike is Faraday, and it is already possible to pre-order it on Faraday Bicycles. It features steam-bent wood fenders and a classic leather saddle and all the electronics and electric stuff is integrated and does not affect the design of this stylish bicycle. At the time I’m writing, the price is set to 3.500$ for pre-orders.

Utility Bike by Ideo and Rock Lobster Custom Cycles

The least I can say is that the result is…AWESOME !!! The type of utility bike that makes its owner proud for a long time and makes people want to ride bicycles again.

Ideo bike, Rock Lobster Custom Cycles

Both companies involved are great ! The bike looks incredible, with a timeless style and great material.

Clearly, the bike does not fit in a 50 footer like our Aureus XV, or any sailing yacht under 60′, but I simply couldn’t help but talk about it… If one day we design our own 80′ sailing yacht, then I believe two of those amazing bikes should find a nice place on board.

If you want to learn more, check out the ideo’s website, or If you want to understand how an innovation company works, you can start with books by Thomas Kelley, from…Ideo. I recommend “The art of innovation“.


Finot-Conq want to build the fastest 100 ft cruiser


“Building the fastest 100 ft cruiser ever”. The French naval architecture office ( has been chosen to design this extraordinary, yet pretty simply stated, project.

Finot conq 100 feet carbon cruiser - built by Maxidolphin in Italy
This 100 ft carbon cruiser is a very wide “open” design by Finot-Conq

The modern design of this very wide “Open” sailing yacht is remarkable (literally). Featuring a lifting keel, a 46m high Mast, full carbon, a square-top mainsail, this yacht will be, without any doubt a provider of strong sailing sensations. It’s described as a cruising yacht, suggesting there will be a lot of comfort and design inside.

Let’s hope we’ll see it soon under sails.

This 100 ft carbon cruiser will be built by Maxi Dolphin, in Italy.

Finot Conq 100 ft carbon cruiser's sailsFinot Conq superyacht 100 ft carbon interior layoutMaxidolphin 100 ft carbon cruiser, by Finot-ConqFinot Conq 100 ft Carbon cruiser "Open"Superyacht - 100 feet Sailing yacht full carbon by Finot-ConqFinot Conq 100 ft Maxi Sailing yacht deck layout


Architect: Finot-conq – Renderings : NCDesign