Benetti is proud to announce the delivery of the first Diamond 145 unit, the new Class category flagship that at 44 meters in length represents the perfect marriage of tradition and innovation, with exterior lines by Giorgio M. Cassetta matched by spacious and contemporary interiors designed by Benetti’s Interior Style Department.
With a fiberglass hull and gross tonnage of 469 tonnes, Diamond 145 cruises at 11 knots with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. The Diamond 145 accommodates 10 guests in five generous cabins with five further cabins for the captain and eight crew.
Traditional values are interpreted with deep respect for the Benetti family feeling and hallmark style, featuring unprecedented luminosity and comfortable living spaces. Innovation is evident in modern exterior lines echoed in the contemporary interior, and the use of high quality materials designed to stand the test of time.
Exterior lines: grandeur, elegance and light
Diamond 145’s hull sides are high and the reverse sheer line is extremely long. The huge glazed surfaces created by exterior designer Giorgio M. Cassetta further accentuate the yacht’s length and flood the interior with natural light.
“Diamond 145’s size offered the opportunity to develop an imposing vessel with a majestic bearing and highly contemporary detailing, combined with an approach to style that reflects the idea of a timeless yacht”, said Cassetta, one of the youngest and best-known designers on the international yachting scene who has collaborated with the yard since 2013. His work is driven by the desire for a contemporary take on the classic style that has made Benetti yachts famous the world over.
Created for an experienced and demanding owner, Diamond 145's profile is a revisitation of neoclassical style. The relationship between light and dark creates powerful, extended shapes, giving the yacht an air of the majestic at ease with Benetti’s heritage. Teak, steel and glass create the feeling of space typical of larger yachts, while the outdoor stairway on the left climbs seamlessly from the yacht’s point of entry to the sun deck.
Layout: boundless spaces for megayacht-style comfort
The layout takes full advantage of both exterior and interior spaces, ensuring maximum convenience and an unprecedented sense of welcome. Crew and guest flows are devised to ensure maximum privacy. The 102 square metre sun deck, the most spacious in the category, comprises a comfortable sofa and a dining area forward, and a large area for relaxation and sunbathing aft that can be furnished as required by the owner.
The upper deck has a pool in the bow and contains the pilothouse, with the captain’s cabin located next to a bridge featuring an integrated light bridge console, the fruit of the first collaboration between Benetti and Seastema, a leading player in the field of ship automation, navigation and onboard electronics across the marine sector. The result is improved visibility for the captain and crew and greater freedom of movement.
Amidships, a spacious living area with a dining table and a space for relaxing leads to the outdoor area in the stern, which is furnished with a table and a series of sofas.
The expansive full-beam owner’s suite in the bow on the main deck boasts a large bathroom, a roomy walk-in wardrobe and a separate office area leading to the master bedroom. In the central section of this deck, the day area is furnished with a series of sofas and low tables.
The undisputed protagonist is light, which floods the master and salon through the huge glazed surfaces designed by Cassetta, helped by a design feature that also moves the exhaust trunks further forward than usual. This has made it possible to create a big bowed glass salon door that allows the light to enter and create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The outdoor space that opens out behind the living area is furnished for relaxation both at anchor and underway.
Full-width sliding glass doors in the transom open out onto an elegant beach area fully appointed with sofas and a bar, offering direct access to the sea. The only thing separating the indoor and outdoor beach areas is a step just 20 cm high. This space can be furnished and used in different ways, as required. The separate garage area which is positioned on the side to avoid disruption can accommodate a 6m+ tender, two jet skis and a range of water toys.
Four ensuite guest cabins, two with double beds, are situated on the lower deck.
Materials and furnishings: modernity and sophistication
The interior and exterior living spaces are decorated with a combination of light and dark shades of brown, white and grey, including carbon, burnished brass, various types of wood (particularly oak), and a variety of marbles (including Grey Stone and Silk Georgette), leathers and fabrics. In contrast but within the same palette, the futuristic bridge has a polished carbon finish to highlight the innovation at the core of this 'classic of tomorrow'.
The “Obiettivo 50” design culture
The design culture at Benetti has always focused on enjoyment as time passes, giving satisfaction not only to the first but to all future owners.This mindset drives the search for quality solutions that endure, reduce maintenance, and make it easier to refurbish in future years. Benetti recently named this mindset 'Obiettivo 50', describing the desire to create classics of the future that stand the test of time.
Evidence of this ethos is apparent throughout. Silence at sea is achieved via every possible means of reducing noise and vibration, from a transmission system fitted with an elastic coupling and thrust bearings, to floating floor and bulkheads on all decks, the bypass electrovalve fitted to the engine idling exhausts, and soundproofing on the discharge piping in the main onboard spaces.
Superior air quality is achieved via a complex Air Treatment Unit (ATU) which filters dust and water particles to ensure the air throughout the yacht (owner, guest and crew areas) is fresh and clean by changing it six times an hour.
The fiberglass used in the exterior is finished with epoxy fillers and painted white to achieve outstanding levels of gloss and durability. For the same reason, the steel on the deck is all hand polished, piece by piece.
Inside, all decorative wall and ceiling panels are identified by a barcode and applied using the fitlock system, allowing for rapid repairs and easy refurbishment.
Engines and range
The engine room, with a separate engine control room, contains two 1,400 HP Man 12V engines, giving Diamond 145 a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 11 knots, with a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.
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