Gladiator Speed 961 underway

Roman shipyard Canados is expanding its Gladiator line, with the Gladiator 961 Speed currently under construction.

12 May 2022


With a cruising speed of 42 knots and a top speed of 52 knots, the 29-metre Gladiator 961 Speed by Canados has been designed in-house, with luxury interiors by design firm Cristiano Gatto Design in Venezia.

In addition to its unique construction quality, the Gladiator 961 features a perfectly integrated sport-fly, offering astonishing performances and extended social areas.

The yacht’s hull is made of E-Glass and Vinylester resin lamination using an infusion process, while the deck and superstructure are made of vacuum bagged carbon fibre.

All floors are structural and made of vacuum bagged E-Glass with an Airex® coring to reduce weight, increase rigidity and minimise noise. Furthermore, all cleats are made of titanium and forged carbon fibre, with structural fuel tanks made of composites.

Interior furniture has been produced in house and made of lightweight cored material such as high-density polyurethane foam or composite and aluminium honeycomb.


The Gladiator 961 Speed is available in three different power packages: Twin MAN® 2,000 hp with U-Drives and propeller shafts; Twin MTU® 16V 2000M96L delivering 2600 hp; Triple MAN® V12 – 2000 hp.

In the latter two packages, engines are coupled to JDM® Surface Drives equipped with JDM® Auto-Trim and Auto-Flaps, allowing the yacht to reach the best tabs and trim settings for optimising fuel burn.

Hull #1 will be based in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and is currently being built in the triple engine configuration. It’s been completed and faired, with all structural floors already glassed-in, bulkheads installed, lower deck piping and structural tanks completed.

The carbon-fibre deck is still under way and planned to be installed in June, with engines being installed in July.

The large transom sun pad hides a 3.80-metre jet tender, which can be launched with a hidden crane.

The laminated glass windows recessed on the swimming platform are located above the propellers for easy visual inspection of the transmissions.

A heavy-duty camera can be installed, recessed in the transom underneath the swimming platform, relaying images of the three 5-Blade surface propellers to onboard television screens.

The aft deck offers a lounge area that can accommodate up to 12 people, with direct access to a wet bar with grill, ice maker and fridge. At night, the area can transform into an outdoor cinema.

The foredeck also features a lounge with two large sofas and an ergonomic sun pad. Side bulwarks allow guests to comfortably walk around the boat to access both decks.

The main deck interior is designed with two sofas and full height windows, offering unobstructed views of the water. Further, the dining area is separated from the wheelhouse by a floor to ceiling totem equipped with a mirror television wall.

The helmsman will be seated in the centre line, with visibility from the wheelhouse increased by the structureless single glass panel windshield.

The lower deck cabins access stairwell is located to port of the wheelhouse while. An independent stairwell aft leads to the Boffi® galley, crew quarters for four and the engine room.

Down below, the boat offers either with three cabins and a home cinema or four cabins. Hull number one will be a four-cabin layout with the full beam master in the centre of the boat, two twins on each side and the VIP at the bow.

As part of Canados standard, the Gladiator 961 speed will be entirely painted in Awlgrip® HDT offering phenomenal gloss and depth.

The boat will also be equipped with a manoeuvring joystick coupled to transmissions, bow and stern thrusters and 360-degree cameras.

Interior designer Cristiano Gatto had to comply with strict specifications from the builder to remain in the acceptable weight and balance of the masses and at the same time was asked to fulfill all client wishes in terms of décor.

For the main deck, Gatto opted for a mixture of natural materials such as Poltrona Frau® white and taupe leather for the walls, lacquered wood for the ceilings, linen for the sofas with decorative inserts in gunpowder metal, while natural panels will be made of satin blond ash wood. The floor is made of Esthec® styled teakdecking.

In contrast to the natural colours and materials, the side cupboards are made of varnished carbon fibre.

The lower deck comprises wood parquet and custom-made carpet, with some walls dressed with custom-embossed leather created for Canados by Marine Leather® from Naples.

The Gladiator 961 Speed will launch next spring at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival.



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