Italia Yachts 12.98

The great history of Italia Yachts evolves and the new IY 12.98 takes up two challenges in one: the prestigious heritage of the Fuoriserie line and the elegance of the Bellissima line. A boat with sporting ambitions, but still usable on a cruise. The project was presented at the Genoa Boat Show 2021.



The exterior design develops the lines of the previous models in a combination of sportiness and elegance. It maintains the characteristic eyebrows on the deckhouse side, merged now with the big single window and the chamfer typical of the Fuoriserie line and of the IY 14.98, the latest model launched by the yard.

Like every Italia Yachts, there is an obsessive attention to the development of the deck plans of both the Bellissima and the Fuoriserie versions. Whatever the version, the deck must remain usable in all wind and sea conditions, and all must work perfectly. For this reason, the path of each line maneuver has been studied in detail, considering the dimensions and ergonomics necessary for its usability, without forgetting to integrate the necessary recesses and supports within the overall design of the deck.

There are two versions of the IY 12.98, the Fuoriserie without the hull windows and the teak deck, and the Bellissima version with all the accessories. But the differences between the two versions go far beyond that. The substantial difference is in fact in the ergonomics of the cockpit: the racing version has a traditional winch layout, with halyards on the deckhouse, jib sheet on the coaming and mainsheet on deck; the Bellissima version, on the other hand, has all the same maneuvers aft of the coaming, leaving the seating area free to enjoy the experience on board in total relaxation.

Italia Yachts 12.98

Naval architecture

Every new boat is a challenge, but the new Italia Yachts 12.98 is in a particular way. In the case of the 14.98 we had talked about a hypothesis of 20% competitive and 80% cruise use, in practice the opposite of the 11.98, and therefore the Fuoriserie and Bellissima versions were conceived accordingly. The new IY 12.98, on the other hand, will be a 50-50% competitive – cruise use. The goal is to be competitive at the top level with the Fuoriserie version (we mean World and National Championships) and, at the same time, in the Bellissima version to have better characteristics for cruise use compared to the current 12.98.

For this reason, at the beginning of the project we made an accurate analysis of the displacement range that could be the best compromise between performance and rating, but at the same time it was fine for a Bellissima version with richer and more complete set-ups. On this basis, having decided on the hull length of 13.16 m, we opted for a reduced maximum width to have a hull that had the least hydrodynamic resistance, that moved easily and therefore agile in medium-light conditions but capable of expressing high potential speeds with sustained wind.

An accurate analysis of the toughest competitors in the B ORC class was the basis for conducting an in-depth CFD fluid dynamics study with the support of the team of Giorgio Provinciali and Simone Bartesaghi (both with experiences in the America’s Cup and high performance boats), comparing the new 12.98 with competitors. We are convinced that the new IY 12.98 will be a performing hull upwind and with rapid acceleration, a fundamental advantage in windward-leeward regattas, allowing optimal downwind navigations both with gennaker or more traditional spinnakers.

The sail plan has several options, with traditional, semi-square or true square top mainsail coupled to the double backstay, standard or long bowsprit to maximize the size of the gennaker, but also the possibility of having a self-tacking jib for a truly easy sailing configuration. For the carbon mast option, Italia Yachts is working with Hall Spars to have a customized profile for our needs. The racing version has a  2.5 m steel keel with lead torpedo. The Bellissima keel has a draft of 2.30 m and it is in full lead with steel structure. There will also be a fixed keel option with reduced draft, especially for the Northern European and US markets.


Like the other Italia Yachts, the 12.98 is also laminated in infusion with multiaxial glass fabrics and glass-carbon hybrids in the most stressed parts. Considering the importance of weight distribution on pitching and overall stiffness, we carried out a series of tests for the mechanical characteristics of the laminates and then optimized the composite part in the best possible way with finite element FEA software, entirely in-house.



The layout of the new Italia Yachts 12.98 derives from that of the current model, with 3 double cabins and one or two heads. In the Fuoriserie version the bow head is optional to limit the weight. One of the improvements is the separate shower in the aft head, along with an optional second fridge for cruising. The interior design, which will be presented, is curated by the architecture studio Arbore & Partners.

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Naval architectureCossutti Yacht Design
Design & StylingItalia Yachts Design Team
Exterior design & renderingCossutti Yacht Design
Engineering & structural designCossutti Yacht Design
Length overall13.16 m / 14.30 m including bowsprit
Hull length13.16 m
Waterline length11.20 m
Max beam3.95 m
Draft2.20 m / 2.46 m (Fuoriserie version)
Displacement8.500 kg
Fuel220 litres
Water330 litres
EngineDiesel 50 Hp
TransmissionSail drive
Main sail area62 sqm approx.
Jib sail area52 sqm approx.
Gennaker sailing area160 sqm approx.
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