VIDEO: Ferretti 550 from the Cannes Boat Show

The Ferretti 550 comes to market with a striking new look and a host of clever features on board

People expect a lot from boats of this size these days so the Ferretti 550 had to pack plenty of features in its 55ft frame.

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Notable additions include a walk-through bow area with a bench beneath the windscreen, an angled hydraulic bathing platform, which cleverly incorporates steps that lead down to the sea when lowered and an owner’s cabin that manages to maintain full standing headroom all the way around the bed.

The standard layout includes two further guest cabins with a shared bathroom, but there is also a more traditional three-cabin, three-heads option and an Asian version that swaps the cabins for a galley-down layout and a large meeting or karaoke room.

There is no bewildering list of engine options, just a pair of meaty 715hp diesels from Cummins on shafts, which should get the 550 up to 30 knots flat out.