PY Heritage: Building on a Legend

The first collaboration between Zuccon International Project and Picchiotti pays homage to late yacht designer Gerhard Gilgenast.

19 April 2017


Rome-based designer Zuccon International Project has released the first glimpse of its new concept for Picchiotti Yachts, the 45-metre version of the PY Heritage. The concept is a tribute to eminent late yacht designer Gerhard Gilgenast, who worked with Picchiotti during his illustrious career. The concept borrows key elements from Gilgenast’s design legacy, while lending a contemporary twist.

The 45-metre, full displacement PY Heritage is the first collaboration between the two Italian companies, and is intended either to be used as a standalone expedition superyacht, or a support vessel for another yacht, such as a Perini Navi sailing yacht.

The exterior profile of the yacht is robust and clean, with an enormous foredeck allowing space for two jetskis, a nine-metre tender and sailing boat of the same length, alongside various lounging and seating areas. When the tender and sailing yacht are launched in the water, this leaves a vast space on the foredeck for guest entertainment.


The PY Heritage’s sundeck features equally generous seating, dining and lounging areas, alongside a skylight to the saloon below, and the aft cockpit on the main deck offers a spectacular shaded setting for soaking up the surroundings or alfresco dining.

The PY Heritage’s generous interior design is modern and masculine, with a cool palette of greys and browns. The main saloon and dining area features large floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors to emphasise the sense of space, alongside a remarkable three metres of headroom.

Owner and guest accommodation is concentrated on the lower deck, with the owner’s suite located to the aft of the boat. As the larger tenders and toys are stowed on the foredeck, the space usually allocated to these is given over to sea-level aft terrace for the owner.

I can’t help but feel extremely honoured by this new collaboration. Picchiotti doesn’t need any introduction because it has written an important chapter in yachting history both in Italy and worldwide. Setting out along this path is a source of pride for our firm, particularly as we are doing so with a project that is both experimental and extremely fascinating, as well as one that wants to pay tribute to an architect that has made an important contribution to Picchiotti Yachts over the years,” said architect Bernardo Zuccon.

It’s easy to imagine The PY Heritage being equally attractive to an adventurous owner seeking creature comforts while exploring or for a sailing yacht owner looking for some additional entertainment capacity and storage space while cruising. And with a history of building robust, long-range superyachts, Picchiotti Yachts is a reliable choice of builder for such a project.


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