Benetti Unveils New Displacement Class Model
Published: Monday, 14 September 2015
Italian shipbuilder Benetti has unveiled the newest model of its Displacement Class range: the 35.5-metre Benetti Mediterraneo 116’.
The exterior layout of the new 116', a turning point for the shipyard, is smooth and slender, immediately showing the recognizable Benetti family feel, while at the same time opening a new road in styling.
The main deck promptly shows the first example of the Copernican revolution in design and layout brought to us by the Benetti Mediterraneo 116'. The six meter wide cockpit is quite spacious and allows a panoramic view of the sea right forward with intelligent use of ergonomic spaces.
The Mediterreaneo features two-metre wide crystal doors that give onto the main saloon, which provides a dining area with a table for 12 guests. Two French windows give onto the exterior walkway that, thanks to its width, can also be used as a balcony.
Further forward are the owner's apartments. The owner’s cabin is full beam wide, with two bathrooms.
In keeping with Benetti standards the lower deck of the new Benetti has a classic layout: four twin cabins (the two aftermost are VIP cabins) and two twin cabins with identical berths, each with its own ensuite bathroom.
Benetti has optimised natural illumination and dedicated every possible inch of space for comfort. Each cabin has 1.6m of windows, 70cm from the deck, giving the guest an exceptional sea-level view.
Crew quarters are located forward on the lower deck with three double cabins, plus the captain’s cabin, for a total of seven berths. Stowage space and the audio/visual system are located under the main stairway, completely freeing the guest's wardrobes.
Another special feature of the 116' is how crew movement has been determined, with the crew always available but in an incredibly discrete way. This gives a perfect balance to the owner's privacy and maximum efficiency to the crew's service aboard, all without compromising accessibility and living comfort for the crew.
A fundamental element of the Mediterraneano upper deck is the spacious open area on the foredeck. Standard layout foresees a swimming pool, but this huge area is highly versatile and completely customisable. Forward is the large bridge, while astern there is the sky lounge, a rectangular saloon with a 5m transparent opening facing the cockpit.
An improved layout of the onboard areas for the superyacht offers a complete access to the sea. The sundeck is an exceptional sight with 80sqm, 16m long completely open space, all available to walk upon.
Performance is guaranteed by two Man V-12-1400 developing 1,400hp each, giving the 116' a top speed of 15 knots. At ten knots, project studies give the Mediterraneano 116' a cruising range of 3,000 nautical miles.
“The 116' completes the Gamma Class range while at the same time introduces renewal and modernizing influences to the lines of a few of our most successful models,” says Benetti Chief Commercial Officer Fabio Ermetto. “This is confirmed by the numbers: 18 contracts signed in the last twelve months. In the coming months we expect a significant commercial success, even though the success of the 116' is already confirmed with a signed contract for hull number 1, and with hull number 2 under construction.”