Italia Yachts 12.98

The Design of the Italia Yachts 12.98


Driven by the collaborative expertise of the Italia Yachts Design Team, Olivari Engineering, KMD Design, and Arbore and Partners Design, the 12.98 embodies both speed and grace, ensuring comfort during a leisurely cruise and intense thrill during a regatta. The design ethos behind the 12.98 was to craft a yacht that excels in various conditions while maintaining an impressive interior space that does not compromise cruising comfort.

Hull Design


The hull of the Italia Yachts 12.98 is streamlined and purposeful. Not only reflecting the unique characteristics of its Italian-influenced design, but the performance focus is evident in every aspect of the yacht's shape. These qualities provide efficient wave cutting, uncompromised safety during high-speed maneuvers, and a careful balance between comfort and speed. Much of the hull form was derived from the immense success of the Italia Yachts 9.98 but with more pronounced overhangs at the bow and stern, further reducing wetted surface areas and drag under certain conditions.

Two Versions, One Philosophy


Available in two versions, the Bellissima and Sport, the Italia 12.98 caters to both the comfort-seeking sailor and the race-oriented enthusiast. The Bellissima version offers luxurious interiors, extensive use of wood, and exquisite upholstery, while the Sport, in its race-oriented spirit, features lightened interiors without sacrificing the yacht's aesthetic appeal.

Luxury Embodied


The Italia Yachts 12.98 Bellissima is a perfect blend of luxury and performance. Retaining the characteristic deckhouse eyebrows of the Italia Yachts lineage, the Bellissima adds a sophisticated flair with a large single window and the distinctive chamfer, typical of the Sport line. Onboard, the Bellissima emphasizes lavishness and comfort. It comes with a teak deck, hull windows, and an array of high-quality accessories, creating an environment that exudes elegance. The interior is sumptuously appointed, with extensive use of wood and exquisite upholstery. The ergonomic design of the cockpit brings all the maneuvers aft of the coaming, freeing up the seating area for complete relaxation. Bellissima's focus is not just on comfort but also on maintaining an optimum level of performance for a seamless sailing experience, whether cruising or racing. The Bellissima variant of Italia Yachts 12.98 is the epitome of Italian luxury and sophistication on the sea.

Bridging Performance and Aesthetics


The Italia Yachts 12.98 Sport is a testament to the exhilarating fusion of racing spirit and aesthetic refinement. Eschewing hull windows and a teak deck for a more streamlined and lightweight design, the Sport embodies the essence of competitive sailing. The design focuses on functionality and performance, as showcased by the traditional winch layout with halyards on the deckhouse, jib sheet on the coaming, and mainsheet on the deck. This race-optimized layout enables quick and efficient maneuverability during high-intensity regattas. While stripped back for the practicalities of racing, the interiors of the Sport still retain an air of elegance and sophistication. The design utilizes lighter materials without compromising aesthetics, creating an environment that is comfortable and conducive to high-performance racing. The Italia Yachts 12.98 Sport is a vessel that truly understands the needs of the competitive sailor, delivering top-notch racing prowess without sacrificing style and comfort.

Sailing Characteristics


The Italia Yachts 12.98 delivers a distinctive sailing experience that combines grace, performance, and comfort. This yacht's unique design promotes a variable waterline length that dynamically adjusts with speed and heel, effectively mitigating pitching and enhancing comfort during cruises. This was made possible through meticulous analysis from the design team to identify the optimal displacement range that could offer a harmonious balance between performance and rating. As a result, a decision was made to employ a reduced maximum width, thereby minimizing hydrodynamic resistance. This thoughtful design process results in a hull that sails smoothly and effortlessly in medium-light conditions. Yet, when confronted with a sustained wind, the Italia Yachts 12.98 shows its true potential, capable of reaching impressive speeds. Whether engaged in a race with stiff competition or cruising leisurely with the wind in your hair, the Italia Yachts 12.98 ensures a consistently exhilarating sail that caters to your desires, offering a thrilling performance and a tranquil cruising experience.

Immersive Italian Design


Italian design has always been synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and an innate sense of style, and these elements are deeply embedded in the DNA of the Italia Yachts 12.98. The exterior presents a harmonious blend of sleek lines and well-balanced proportions, an unmistakable hallmark of Italian yacht design that imparts both visual appeal and performance prowess. The exquisite craftsmanship on the interior can be witnessed in the generous use of high-quality wood, superb upholstery, and meticulous attention to detail that exude Italian luxury. The ergonomic design reflects Italian design's innovative and functional aspects, ensuring a seamless balance between comfort and utility. The yacht's environmental consciousness, manifested through adopting sustainable materials like wicker, cotton, and linen fibers, is an ode to the modern Italian design philosophy of blending tradition with innovation. Thus, the Italia Yachts 12.98 is not just a yacht; it is a testament to Italian design prowess, providing a unique sailing experience that beautifully combines performance, comfort, and timeless elegance.

Italia Yachts 12.98 Specifications

Naval Architect Cossutti Yacht Design
Interior Design Arbore & Partners / Italia Yachts Design Team
Exterior Design Cossutti Yacht Design / Italia Yachts Design Team
Engineering & Structural Cossutti Yacht Design
Length Overall 46' 11" [Bellissima] / 48' 7" [Sport]
Hull Length 43' 2"
Length at Waterline 41' 2" [Bellissima] / 40' 11" [Sport]
Beam 13'
Standard Draft 7' 6" (additional keel options available)
Displacement 20,944 lbs [Bellissima] / 19,731 lbs [Sport]
Mainsail Area 629 sq ft [Bellissima] / 662 sq ft [Sport]
Jib Area 549 sq ft
Spinnaker Area
Gennaker Area 1,916 sq ft [Bellissima] / 2,099 sq ft [Sport]
Standard Engine 50 HP Volvo Penta
Fuel Capacity 55 gal
Water Capacity 92 gal
Certification RINA Category A
Technology and Design Influence


The Italia Yachts 12.98 exemplifies the fusion of advanced technology and innovative design principles, all aimed at delivering an exceptional sailing experience. Beginning with the hydrodynamic simulations and data analysis that shaped the yacht's streamlined hull, a team of professionals ensured optimal performance under various sailing conditions. The design team leveraged fluid-dynamic concepts borrowed from the multi-victorious Italia Yachts 9.98, achieving a perfect balance between speed and comfort. The yacht's shape allows for a variable waterline length, expanding with increasing speed and heel, to deliver smooth sailing and high potential speeds even in medium-light wind conditions. On the interior, the commitment to technological innovation continues. Adopting sustainable materials like wicker, cotton, and linen fibers, coupled with modern design solutions, ensures an elegant and weight-optimized environment. Ergonomic studies guided the interior layout, maximizing habitability and comfort. From its eco-conscious interior to its performance-optimized exterior, the Italia Yachts 12.98 embodies cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking design principles in every aspect of its construction.

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Join THE BOAT SHOW aboard the new Italia Yachts 12.98 Bellissima with Daniel DeTullio, CEO of Italia Yachts for an exclusive look at the philosophy and design features of this exciting new yacht.

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