Pininfarina Nautical is collaborating with Carkeek and Persico Marine on the Persico F70 project


Pininfarina Nautical is collaborating with Carkeek

and Persico Marine on the Persico F70 project

28 October 2021Persico Marine, Carkeek Design Partners and Pininfarina Nautical have given an update on the Persico F70 project revealing the concept and more details.

The Persico F70 is a “hyperboat”, a unique project in terms of performance and design: the full foiler is designed and engineered to fly on the water, reaching high performance and speed. It is an ideal regatta racer, also capable of enhancing the role of a daysailer, thanks to the liveability of its interiors and exteriors, design solutions, and sleek lines.

Pininfarina Nauticalhas collaborated with the design consultancy Carkeek Design Partners on the exterior and interior design, with the aim of making this project innovative and groundbreaking among 70-footers, not only for its full-foiling technology — the new frontier of sailing after its performance in America’s Cup — but also for its style and elegance.

Persico F70

“Integrating full-foiling regatta performance, excellence in design and daysailer features is a fascinating challenge, which we have shared with Carkeek Design Partners and Pininfarina, ”Marcello Persico, president of Persico Marine, stated. “And, we are very pleased to collaborate once again with Pininfarina after our successful Wallycento in 2017. Creating a great team is the best lead-in to the market for a boat capable of making history, as the Persico F70 project is proposing to do. A craft of this type requires a design of the highest level, great technology and construction expertise, and the best designers: we have built a solid partnership to attain this ambitious goal.

Persico F70

“The F70 will be a boat without precedent,” Shawn Carkeek, lead designer of Carkeek Design Partners, stressed. “The foils, derived from those on the IMOCA60, will be aided by elevators on the rudder blade, just like those on the AC75s. This way the boat can reach full flight modewith only 10 knots of wind, without resting on the downwind side of the hull. What’s more, the foils will be completely retractable to allow the F70 to dock easily, and the project will avail itself of the same CFD and VPP software used on both the IMOCAs and the AC75s.”

Pininfarina Nautical is collaborating with Carkeek and Persico Marine on the Persico F70 project 11

“For the design of the Persico F70, we wanted to draw inspiration from the AC75s to create a yacht as stylish as it is high-tech. As the F70 is a high-performance boat that flies above the surface of the water, and aerodynamics study was essential to ensure exceptional performance. On the Persico F70, we have combined the hydrodynamic expertise of Carkeek with the aerodynamic know-how we have developed over the last 50 years in our own Wind Tunnel,” Daniele Mazzon, chief yacht designer of Pininfarina Nautical, added. “Indeed, the interiors are open space with a series of structural rings, creating a perspective illusion that emphasizes the length and width of the boat and expresses a dual passion for daysailing and racing performance.”

Persico F70

Persico F70

Announced last March, the new Persico F70 is a project for an ultra-fast, lightweight full-foiling daysailer-racer made of carbon composite, with an innovative design concept offering revolutionary performance with style and comfort. Incorporating the latest research and development, as well as state-of-the-art technology, Persico F70 offers two potential uses: regatta racing and elegant yet comfortable daysailing.


Persico Marine is a well-known family-run business with a large team of highly experienced builders and engineers of carbon racing yachts.

Headquartered in Nembro, Bergamo, Italy, the company has worked on many of the most iconic racing yachts of the last 15 years, including the America’s Cup yachts, TP52s, Volvo 65s/70s and classic racing yachts, such as the IRC72 Momo and Ran, plus more than a dozen high performance yachts between 30 m and 50 m in length.

The new F70 will be constructed at Persico Marine’s purpose-built yacht building facility equipped with the latest technology and machinery for interior work: numerous component ovens, autoclaves, and vacuum tables, in-house CNC machining and prepreg cutting equipment. The Persico Marine design and production teams bring their extensive know-how and many years of race boat building experience to bear on every project they undertake.


Carkeek Design Partners, based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, is a highly creative and fully independent design consultancy, whose success is based on a unique combination of vision and expertise. Its innovative, multi-disciplinary team work on a vast range of projects, varying from initial research and strategy to final production design.

The Carkeek team combines proven production expertise with the unconditioned global talent to excel at what they do. The various team members bring together specialized skills in design, naval architecture, engineering and management. Moreover, the global background of the team enables them to keep in close touch with international client markets.

Carkeek’s approach is oriented towards designing the performance sailing yachts of the future. The first question is always: “Why will this design be successful in the future sailing context?”

Through understanding clients’ needs and gaining insight from experience, Carkeek Design Partners define innovative ideas, beyond the known yachting conventions. With their know-how, the Carkeek team can design and develop ideas into beautiful and feasible products that clients find irresistible and love to use.


Pininfarina is a design house of international repute, an emblem of Italian style in the world for over 90 years, with offices in Italy, Germany, China and the United States. Since the 1980s, Pininfarina has established itself as a world leader in the nautical sector, designing the interiors and exteriors of the most exclusive motor and sailing boats and developing important collaborations through the years with clients like Beneteau, Primatist, Oceanco, Fincantieri, Rossinavi, Wally, Princess and Persico Marine.

Rooted in the automobile industry, where the company can boast of masterpieces created for prestigious brands, such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and BMW, Pininfarina has extended its brand values and its distinctive features to become an all-round design firm.

The firm is engaged in 600 projects in transportation design (yachts, aeroplanes, private jets and people movers), industrial design (electronics, sports equipment, furnishings, machinery and equipment, consumer goods, graphic design and packaging), architecture and interiors (residential projects; accommodation, sports and commercial building projects), customer experience design and user interface design.

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