On the dashboard there is a range of displays with the navigation screens taking priority. On the flat section of the dash are the monitoring displays and the auto pilot is incorporated into the port touch screen display. This marks a new level of electronic integration with the whole monitoring and control system being developed by BCS, a subsidiary of gearbox manufacturer Twin Disc. They have also supplied the bow thruster.
A corner settee in the pilothouse allows guests to participate in the navigation action and aft stairs give direct access to the flybridge where the controls are more conventional with an independent autopilot at the port side helm. There is no navigation display here but that was the owner’s choice. The helm is set high on the port side to allow a view forward and there is a matching seat on the starboard side for guests.
In the aft area of the flybridge there are all the requirements of open air living including sunbeds, a hot tub, a barbecue cabinet and a bar counter. A full-length fixed Bimini gives sun protection but the aft section can be opened up for allow sun on the hot tub and sunpads.
The cockpit has the usual transom settee and table plus cabinets for a bar. Below this is the tender garage with easy launching and recovery over the swim platform. There is a second sunbed on the forward coachroof just below the pilot house windows and a small settee slots into the forward section of the coachroof. It is some of the smaller details that attract attention on the 93, such as the way the Benetti name is engraved into the drain covers and the mooring bits. There is a pole mast on the flybridge dedicated to the LED navigation lights to ensure that they are unobstructed and the mooring fittings are all designed for easy use.
The profile of the Delfino is powerful and seamanlike, with a raised foredeck adding to the freeboard in the forward section. The hull is moulded in GRP with a full displacement shape that includes a bulbous bow to extend the waterline length and reduce pitching motion. Above the bulb there is the beautiful sweep of the curved bow that sets the style for a yacht that looks both functional and beautiful. The vertical pilot house windows give a practical look to the style and the whole impression is a wonderful combination of sea-going security and classic styling.
Powering this beauty is a pair of Caterpillar diesels with each one rated at 747 Kw. These have direct drive to the shafts and propellers with the propellers contained within the depth of the hull. It looks a bit crowded in the engine compartment, but everything is accessible and of high quality. A small lazerette alongside the engine room access houses the laundry and storage areas.