We have always admired Ferretti yachts not only for their handsome lines, but more because the company’s boats are well-built. They are designed and engineered by people (starting with Norberto Ferretti, himself, then going on with Advanced Yacht Technology, which is the name of a group of Ferretti engineers, and finally Giovanni Zuccon and his team at Studio Zuccon International Project. This is a huge amount of input from a lot of people who do a lot of cruising. They know what looks good on paper, but is impractical in actual use. They know that their boats will be used in all conditions imaginable, and therefore they must build a boat that has extraordinary sea-keeping abilities. Because they are Italian, they also want a boat that is exceedingly stylish and which goes very fast. We split company with Ferretti on the last point, but perhaps we’re too old-fashioned or too tight with a fuel buck. Certainly, curing in the Western Mediterranean is different than in the U.S. In any case, when you are spending $3.5 million (+/-) for a new Ferretti 681 you will have the option of going either fast or slow in a boat built for a wide variety of activities.