Benetti Delfino 93
The Delfino 93 brings a classic, big boat look to a more compact package that’s an excellent option for the owner wanting to charter
The first Benetti Delfino was introduced over 40 years ago when the famous Benetti Shipyard in Italy developed its first compact motor yacht to exploit a potential demand for classic displacement motor yachts in smaller sizes. In the intervening years, construction has switched to composites and sizes have increased. But this new Delfino still retains the heritage and experience that has been 40 years in the making. The 93 is the first model in a new range of the Benetti Classics, and it is a remarkable yacht in many ways and a worthy design to take forward the Delfino name.
One of the remarkable things about the 93 is that despite its overall length of 28.5 metres, it still comes in at under the 24-metre category, where the MCA requirements have to be enforced. There can be a considerable saving in costs when you don’t have to meet the MCA requirements but with this new Benetti this does not mean a reduction in quality or seaworthiness. Then again such is the confidence in the design of this yacht that owners are offered the option of upgrading specifications to meet the MCA requirements, which is a bonus for charter operations and possibly insurance premiums.
Benetti was one of the earliest builders to see the potential demand for a more sedate and dignified type of yacht based on a displacement hull and aimed at a market that wanted to do its yachting at a slower space, cruising at speeds between ten and 12 knots. Over 40 years later, the basic concept of slower cruising yachts is being taken up by many builders. In the Delfino, Benetti has refined and developed the concept. This is a quite beautiful motor yacht that matches superyacht standards in its level of outfitting and style, and combines this with excellent seaworthiness.
Part of the success of this new Delfino comes from its wide beam, which is a little over seven metres. This extra width creates a huge internal space and you become aware of this when entering the saloon area, which is one of the largest seen on one of the ‘24 metre’ yachts. Designer Carlo Galeazzi has taken maximum advantage of this to develop an interior that is totally in keeping with the refined concept of the Delfino, a contemporary classic style that is both relaxing and comfortable.
In the lounge area there are settees and armchairs located so that there is a clear view through the large side windows. Bookcase racks on either side add to the club-like ambiance and create a subtle separation between the lounge and the dining areas. The glass dining table offers seating for ten and there are sideboards on either side for the stowage of crockery and cutlery. It is served by the galley located forward on the port side, which is equipped to high standards including an electric hob fitted with fiddles so that cooking can continue even when the yacht is cruising in a lively seaway.