Wow, just wow. Here’s one you may not have heard of, but, as Q said, ‘Now pay attention 007…’ This is a boat that could very well have starred in a Bond film. (More on that later)…
The Italians add flair to their boats that others seem to miss, and the Breva 35 by Comitti is a stunning example of this truism. Comitti has been crafting spectacular launches since 1956 on the southern shore of Lake Como, just outside Como itself. They still craft a full mahogany runabout, following the tradition of the Riva company in Sarnico, based on the shores of the neighboring Lake Iseo. Comitti Boats are dedicated to delivering sumptuously finished yachts of jewel-like quality. They feature a sharply vee’d monohedral hull to optimize sea-keeping and handling in more broken water—a feature that is sometimes missing in other ‘lake boats.’
Thus, the Comitti Breva 35 not only looks exceptional but also performs exceptionally. Fitted with a pair of light, punchy Mercury 3.0-litre turbo-diesels, she is sprightly and settles into a comfortable cruise in the 20s. Using Mercury’s dynamic SmartCraft and VesselView technology, she can be driven from the Joystick (which independently also controls and vectors the sterndrive thrust, for one-handed intuitive docking) and features the super-useful Skyhook function, which virtually anchors her in the water. The engine installation is also lovely, with a powered hatch aft (under the sprawling after sunpads), offering immediate access to belts, filters, batteries, and pumps. The engines sit on a substantial composite bearer web to spread loading points and anchor the power train into the hull structure. Access to other important areas such as tanks and chargers is also handled competently, with a central lazarette and cockpit lockers providing superb storage and equipment access.
The Breva is all about outdoor living and the dolce vita. Its central horseshoe cockpit is trimmed in exquisite Italian leather (the weight of sunpad cushions proves the point…), featuring a useful fridge drawer and a powered Opac bimini shade to ensure that your Negroni stays chilled in the warmth of summer. A smoked glass windshield is framed by a gloriously sculpted polished stainless frame, and its lean bow is inset with a teak foredeck. A tinted diamond skylight stretches forward to its arrow-point bows—this is one theatrical lady.
The helm position is cocooned in a shell of cappuccino-hued stitched leather, and the main binnacle is unfussily set against a carbon-effect surround. The wheel, throttles, and joystick all fall easily to hand, and a set of clear white-faced instruments are both classy and easy to gauge. A central Axiom MFD handles all navigational data, and a tandem Mercury VesselView instrument shares performance data. So, let’s just say she is fun to drive. Highly poised and beautifully balanced atop that blade of a hull, she is slim and supple through the turn, and her hull banks strongly as more rudder is called for.
Below decks, she is no rambling mansion, nor is she meant to be. The interior is sharp and crisply finished, with joinery executed in subtly varnished sawn oak and a contrasting oak and white pinstriped cabin sole. Warm, recessed LED lighting illuminates the forward space, where a very comfortable leather-trimmed sofa is draped around the hull contour, featuring a centrepiece cockpit table that has to be seen to be believed. The beautiful oak tabletop is inlaid with a precisely sculpted Fabergé egg (à la Octopussy, 007), and there is a neatly concealed fridge to keep your Bollinger on ice, along with a cupboard and a range of lockers to keep things sensible. The heads compartment is very usable, equipped with a shower, electric-flush WC, and porcelain basin—it’s all a work of art. In the aft saloon, an open companionway stair allows easy access to an athwartships double berth, transforming her into a practical weekender. However, this beautiful boat is all about the journey as much as the arrival. Just imagine opening the door of the DB5 at the casino and stepping out—that is the feeling that walking off this beauty instills. Indefinable but just so cool…
“It’s hard not to fall for the Breva’s intoxicating mix of elegant proportions and classic design cues enhanced by the occasional modern twist. It’s what Riva did so well with the Aquariva and Comitti has pulled it off with this boat too.
There is something about an elegantly flared bow, tumblehome stern and reverse sheer transom that tugs at the heartstrings, especially when they’re set off by a lustrous metallic dark blue paint job and lashings of honey-coloured teak (varnished mahogany is an option).
Modern details like the angular kink at the aft end of the stainless steel windscreen frame, the double arrowhead mouldings in the foredeck and the bespoke Comitti-branded cleats add an unexpected twist and prevent it from being too much of a retro pastiche.”