Zoo was built by one of the oldest and most reputable shipyards in Italy, Cantieri di Pisa, and was part of its legendary Akhir series. Akhir doesn't sound Italian at all, and that's because it's the name of the brightest star in the Eridanus constellation. The legendary motor yacht series launched in the 1960s was named after this star, which became the symbol of Cantieri di Pisa, and each original model in the series got the name of one of the Eridanus stars.
This 2008 model is an Akhir 105S, built with a GRP hull and superstructure. It was styled inside and out by Cantieri di Pisa, which makes it a truly representative design for the Italian brand. However, it also underwent several refits throughout the years, which brought slight modifications to its original style, in addition to technical and mechanical upgrades. The most recent refit was completed in 2022.
The main deck is spacious enough to include a large interior area for formal dining and a wide area for al-fresco dining. In addition to an elegant main salon lounge, Zoo also reveals a classic-style office that doubles as a modern media/TV room. The sundeck is beautifully equipped for outdoor entertainment and dining, including a grill setup, a TV, and a modern electric bimini for proper shade when needed.
Onboard guests also have access to a surprisingly large beach club for direct access to the water. Like any charter yacht today, Zoo is packed with a variety of water toys (stored in the spacious tender garage at the stern) and a premium 3.35 meters (10.8 feet) tender.
As calming as it is on the inside, this Italian beauty becomes a beast when it's time for fun. Zoo can hit the waves as fast as 25 knots (46 kph), which makes it ideal for adventures at sea and fun-filled trips. Even at cruising speed, Zoo is much faster than many yachts in its size category. It's powered by twin 3,400 HP MTU engines, and it also boasts advanced stabilizers that eliminate the dreaded rolling motion. Following its recent refit, the Italian boat also comes with navigational screens on the flybridge and video surveillance monitors.
Despite both its age and prowess, Zoo apparently was not used extensively. It currently claims to have just 900 engine hours and is in excellent shape thanks to the recent refit and great overall maintenance. With a price tag of just €3,9 million ($4.2 million), Zoo can easily be considered a bargain on the luxury yacht market.
The iconic Italian brand has reinvented its heritage Akhir series, in addition to the brand-new 80 Veloce and the 80 Gran Turismo. Both of these new designs can hit more than 60 knots – a dream come true for all yachting enthusiasts who want speed above all else.
During the initial phase since its relaunch, Cantieri di Pisa has focused on upgrading its facilities and has only taken up refitting projects, but it's gearing up to conquer the world once again. At the same time, yachts from its original series, such as Zoo, continue to be priceless pieces of the brand's heritage.