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Benetti Delivers 69m Motor Yacht Spectre

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The Italian shipyard, Benetti, is celebrating the delivery of 69m motor yacht 'Spectre' in Livorno, a fully customized superyacht built for American owners John and Jeanette Staluppi.

Taking 750,000 working hours to build, the exterior was designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta while the hull lines and naval architecture were the work of Dutch firm Mulder Design. The end result is a combination of extreme comfort and extraordinary performance for a yacht of her size. 

Spectre is the third Benetti built for the Staluppis in the last decade, experienced owners with a penchant for James Bond and the sports cars of the 50s and 60s, keen to evoke the same feelings onboard as on the racetrack. 

The challenge for Giorgio M. Cassetta was to create a traditional vessel with a sharp bow and extended volumes, and the expertise of Dutch firm, Mulder Design, was hugely important in achieving this. The reduced weight of the 'high speed cruising hull', a term coined by Frank Mulder, facilitates a maximum speed of 21.2 knots, 30% faster than a traditional displacement hull, with a cruising range of 6,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.

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MY Spectre also features Naiad Dynamics Total Ride Control® technology, originally developed for commercial and naval ships, thanks to expert collaboration with Mulder Design. The system's two roll stabilizing fins, two forward pitch control canards and three independently controlled stern interceptor blades ensures a significant increase in stability and comfort.

"We are proud to have participated in the creation of this spectacular 69m motor yacht", said Frank Mulder, who has worked on nine projects for the Staluppis. "Her high speed cruising hull will not only be approximately 30% faster than “normal” displacement yachts with similar power but will also reduce fuel consumption at long range speed. The ground-breaking use of Total Ride Control®, which is a combination of roll reduction and pitch reduction, will greatly improve comfort when cruising at 20 knots”.

Echoing the sentiment Giorgio M. Cassetta said, "I love Spectre: it is a perfect example of a virtuous synthesis between the owners' and the builder's cultures. John and Jeanette Staluppi, with their great experience and energy, have led us to imagine a yacht complete with everything you could wish for boats of this size. Benetti has taken up the challenge and has created a yacht with many technological innovations respecting the highest quality standards".

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A moment from the M/Y Spectre delivery ceremony in Livorno, Italy

The modern interior layout was created by Benetti's Interior Style Department in collaboration with the owners who selected much of the furniture. The atmosphere onboard pays homage to Art Nouveau, with the main salon being inspired by Parisian Déco in every detail from the carpet design to the windows.

Key features include a beach club, a full-beam spa with a gym, hammam and massage room, a swimming pool. No compromises have been made either inside or out with large living spaces and considerable deck space for relaxation and dining.   

Six beautiful cabins accomodate 12 guests, four doubles, a VIP and the owner's suite complete with a private study, two bathrooms, and access to two side terraces on the bow. The owners have also included generous accomodation for the yacht's 14 crew.

Taking approximately 750,000 hours to build, Spectre is a proud achievement for Benetti and all those who collaborated on the project capturing the elegance and true meaning of 'Made in Italy'.

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