Benetti stages two US premieres in Fort Lauderdale
Published: Friday, 03 November 2017
Italian motor yacht builder Benetti presents the US premiere of megayacht Skyler, the third unit in the Benetti Fast 125’ range and the Mediterraneo 116’ Oli at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. During the show, the shipbuilder will also present a preview of four new custom yacht projects in the BNow class developed jointly with RWD.
(Photos: Benetti - Skyler)
Measuring 38m, the Skyler is a semi-wide body yacht (8.3m wide) with four decks and five cabins: the owner’s suite, three double cabins and a cabin with twin bed plus space for a third. The crew accommodation has berths for seven crew members.
The exteriors, designed by Stefano Righini, feature big horizontal glazed surfaces that accentuate the yacht’s streamlined appearance, as well as a central element on one side of the superstructure, which covers the stairway to the Upper Deck.
The interiors by RWD, working with Benetti’s in-house design team, feature loose furniture pieces by design brands including Glyn Peter Machin, Sutherland, Minotti and Meridiani.
The Azipull Carbon 65 propulsion system designed by Rolls Royce specifically for this line is made from carbon fibre that offers manoeuvrability both in transit and in port.
A joystick on the bridge makes mooring a safe operation, while ‘stay on spot’ technology keeps the boat in the position set on the GPS, without mooring or dropping anchor.
Navigation is quiet, as the reduced weight of the Azipull unit means the engine room can be situated closer to the stern, and so further away from the cabins. Top speed is 22 knots.
The first unit in the new Mediterraneo 116’ line, the 35.5m Oli is characterised by light as dominant feature, thanks to its crafted surfaces, 3m long windows, and a big crystal glass door on the main deck. Its exteriors are by Giorgio Maria Cassetta Design.
Luminosity, harmony and continuity are the main features of the interiors, which have four double cabins: two VIP suites aft, plus two more cabins with twin beds. Crew accommodation for a total of seven crew is provided by three double cabins, plus the captain’s cabin on the upper deck.
The interiors are decorated using single wood variety, enriched with polished steel inserts and detailing. The furniture has colour contrasts obtained in particular by using matt finish white statuary and Nero Marquina marble in all the bathrooms.
The two Man V-12-1400 engines deliver 1,400hp each and drive the yacht to a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of about 14 knots. The yacht’s range at 10 knots is 3,000nm.
During the second day of the show, Benetti will hold a press conference to unveil four newly developed models in the BNow class, which offer opportunities for customisation and reduced delivery times.
These new steel and aluminium yachts represent an extension of cooperation between Benetti and the British studio, which was announced during the Cannes Boat show with the reveal of the new 130’ GRP boat Oasis from the Lifestyle range.