Benetti unveils Now FAST superyachts at Yachts Miami Beach
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017
The 50+m Benetti Now FAST superyachts built from steel and aluminium are unveiled at Yachts Miami Beach (February 16-20).
(Images: Benetti Yachts - BF164')
The Benetti Now FAST superyachts stand out for having the same volume as displacement models of similar length, but with 30% more speed. Each model in the series can be customised in terms of layout, decor and engines.
Benetti Now custom superyachts have aroused interest since their launch at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show and currently they have doubled in number with the addition of the new FAST models.
The FAST project is for all owners who want a superyacht that has the volume and comfort typical of a displacement class yacht, but with a higher speed.
The Benetti Now FAST designs combine elegance with more aggressively sporty lines, offering three different models: BF164’ (50 metres), BF184’ (56 metres) and BF224’ (68 metres). Each model will also have an X variant (BF164’ X, BF 184’ X and BF 224’ X) to indicate the versions with a raised pilothouse.
To create the Benetti Now FAST models, the shipyard put together a team of internationally renowned engineers and designers: Omega Architects created the yacht’s aggressive, dynamic contours; Mulder Design handled the naval architecture, creating a high performance hull to cruise at speed in total comfort, and Team 4 Design – Enrico Gobbi worked on the interior design.
Extensive personalisation potential is offered on three different design levels. Different versions with a closed sundeck or a raised pilothouse, and custom layouts with highly flexible décor are available for the exterior and interior. Buyers can also choose between engines with various levels of performance.
Benetti Now FAST yachts, like their sisters in the Benetti Now project, will be built at Benetti’s Livorno shipyard according to a fast track delivery schedule.
The style of the interiors in all Benetti Now FAST superyachts is contemporary and luxurious while remaining understated, retains the distinctive features of Italian design, and enhances on board liveability. The three models have been designed in different styles, which can be adapted and applied indistinctly to each of the models.
The interiors of the BF164’ 50m use smooth, rounded lines with very few angles that contrast with various geometric elements like tables and nightstands, to create a setting that is warm, harmonious and welcoming. The wood used is light hued oak, creating a contrast with the dark natural walnut used for the C-shaped window structures. The colourways used for the fabrics and furnishings are muted, ranging from beige and brown to dark grey.
The BF184’ 56 m is designed for owners who love contrast, with an interior setting that is formal and edgy. Polished ebony is used as a counterpoint for the light oak walls, while the detailing features shades of light grey.
The BF224’ 68 m comes with a more classical style. The wood varieties are lighter, creating a contrast between the beige oak furniture and the almost white oak of the walls, while the colours are calibrated to work with the yacht’s highly original decor that includes Tiffany blue details.
On the performance front, Mulder Design has created a hull that retains the space and comfort of a displacement yacht, while offering 30% better performance, as well as maintaining stability and reducing noise and vibration, partly as a result of the choice of a steel hull for the bigger models.
Another point of strength of the hull in Benetti Now FAST designs is its reduced draught compared with displacement superyachts, while maintaining good navigation parameters.