New launch 61-metre Diamonds Are Forever by Benetti features two owner’s cabins
Published: Sunday, 01 January 2012
Purchased by repeat yacht owner John Staluppi, who is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise, was onhand for the launch. The launch ceremony even included a mock, acrobatic Bond-style fight scene, complete with an Aston Martin getaway car. She is expected to cruise in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and her interiors were designed to make her a successful charter yacht.
Exterior views were critical in the design of the interior. The addition of a top deck above the flybridge was done to create a private panoramic deck 12 metres above sea level. The interior layout includes two panoramic master suites and four guest staterooms, a guest elevator to all decks, a full beam sky lounge and vast open and shaded deck spaces. Of particular note is the additional top deck, located above the sun deck, which is also served by the central elevator. The aft part of the sun-deck also allows touch and go helicopter operations.
The accommodation for up to 12 guests in six cabins, is formed by four cabins located on the lower deck, a split level VIP suite, an owners suite at the front of the main deck and the master owners suite forward on the upper deck, both with a 180° view sea view. The main deck level is complemented by a fitness room and a relaxation and beauty parlour, which can be open to all guests or sectioned off as part of the VIP’s cabin. The magnificent owner’s suite includes a private study, bathroom, separate toilets, walk-thru wardrobe and the plush main bedroom.
The completely custom design furnishings and interior decor are by Evan K. Marshall/Usonia V, a London-based interior specialist who has already designed several yacht interiors for Mr. and Mrs. Staluppi. The sumptuous classic interior uses fine Italian marble, onyx, Madrona burlwood, gold leaf, mother of pearl and Marieux crystal, with great attention paid to every detail to achieve maximum visual impact.
FB253 Diamonds Are Forever has a maximum speed of 16 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots and an oceanic range of 4800 nautical miles at 12 knots.