As an exciting chapter closes at Benetti's Livorno shipyard, where three remarkable superyachts have been launched in three months, things are hotting up at the Viareggio yard where the 'Classic Season' is underway. Benetti is celebrating the launch of three beautiful classic yachts in the last ten days, a Delfino 95, a Classic Supreme 132 and a Mediterraneo 116.
BD105 M/Y Baya, 29 m Delfino 95
Shortly before Benetti launched its new flagship 108-metre superyacht, the FB275, on the 28th March, it celebrated the delivery in Viareggio of BD105 M/Y Baya, the fifth unit of the elegant and classically styled 29-meter Delfino 95.
The generous and welcoming interiors of the yacht are decorated with innovative combinations of marble, polished brass inserts and ash, eucalyptus and koto (tay) wood, creating interesting juxtapositions of colours and textures. The exteriors designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta introduce light as an element of design, playing with light flooding in through and reflecting off extensive glazed surfaces.
The owner's cabin on BD105 M/Y Baya has a bed adorned with sophisticated leather-upholstered headrests and a spacious bathroom fitted with tub, shower and mini bar. The two 1,000 hp Man V8 engines provide a range of about 2,400 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots. When time is of the essence, the yacht can reach a top speed of 14.5 knots.
The Benetti M/Y Big Five launched last week.
Benetti BS012, 40 m Classic Supreme 132
April 3 then saw the launch of BS012, the twelfth unit of the 40-meter Classic Supreme 132 with exteriors by Stefano Righini. The interiors are by Benetti's Interior Style Department, designed to the owner's instructions and requests. To give the boat more character, they feature leathers with an iridescent metallic finish and richly veined varieties of marble: Port Laurent, Sahara Noir and Rino White.
The complementary light-coloured smoked eucalyptus and the dark matte-finish koto are part of a palette dominated by lighter tones to give the impression of light and space. The yacht has an eclectic, modern feel.
The social side of BS012's character can be seen in the decision to put a teppanyaki griddle in the centre of the table on the Fly Deck. In a first-of-its-kind solution for this model yacht, guests eat their food directly from the griddle on which it is cooked.
Extensive outdoor spaces, particularly on the Sun and Upper Decks, are perfectly reconciled with the yacht's streamlined contours, while the full-height windows on both the Main and Upper Decks translate into brightly-lit interiors. Forward of the Pilot House, a Jacuzzi offers a spectacular vantage point from which to enjoy the sea view.
Benetti M/Y Big Five, 35.5 m Mediterraneo 116
On April 6, the fifth unit of the Mediterraneo 116 model, M/Y Big Five, was launched. The exteriors of the 35.5 m superyacht were designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta. The interior decor combines light-coloured matte-finish woods with other varieties in shades of grey and dark ash, creating a sophisticated and contemporary look. The use of Olimpico Striato and Zebrino Apuano marble contributes to an atmosphere of sophistication.
A huge forward section of the Main Deck is dedicated to the owner, with a private studio secluded from the areas set aside for socialising. The full-beam suite is flooded with natural light through panoramic windows, while the bathroom area, also full-beam, is split into his and hers areas, with a big shower cubicle set off by a marble-clad bench seat.
*Photo credit: Courtesy of Benetti; thumbnail image, Benetti FB277.