Now in the spotlight after the completion of the first stage in the Benetti Giga Season, involving the launch of a remarkable three giga yachts in just 100 days, is the Class category, with Benetti’s Viareggio Shipyard delivering Mediterraneo 116 M/Y “Big Five”, the seventh Delfino 95 unit BD107 M/Y “Aslan”, and the eleventh Classic Supreme 132 unit, BS011. This makes it a particularly lucky summer season for the respective owners of these yachts, who will be able to use them right away.
“Big Five”, the fifth Mediterraneo 116 unit, is a 35.5-meter displacement yacht that has a fiberglass hull and a carbon fiber superstructure, with exteriors that clearly reveal the hand of the designer Giorgio M. Cassetta. BD107, the seventh Delfino unit, surprises with its unprecedented blue hull and red waterline. BS011, Classic Supreme 132 , a 40.24-meter fiberglass displacement yacht, combines onboard comfort with plenty of outdoor and indoor space.
Benetti has delivered M/Y “Big Five”, the fifth Mediterraneo 116 unit, which has exteriors designed with creative flair by Giorgio M. Cassetta. The interiors, featuring light-coloured matt-finish wood accompanied by grey-shaded varieties and dark ashwood, look particularly sophisticated and modern, not least because of the use of Olimpico Striato and Zebrino Apuano marbles, amongst other types.
The yacht’s layout, designed to accommodate 12 passengers and seven crew, has been customised to reflect the needs expressed by the owner, who has a full-beam cabin in the forward section of the Main Deck featuring panoramic windows. Access to the cabin is through a private study, meaning it can be isolated from the social areas. The his and hers bathroom is dominated by a big shower area featuring an entirely marble-clad bench seat. The walk-in wardrobe also has some interesting practical features, including a storage area hidden under the floor for empty bags.
The Lower Deck hosts four cabins: 2 VIP double cabins, 1 Guest cabin with 2 single beds and 1 Guest cabin with a single and a sliding bed. All the Guest cabins are fitted with a Pullman bed.
The Main Deck features the main living area, offering guests an unparalleled view out to sea through the high windows. The dining area has a big oval table seating 10, plus a living area with comfy sofas and a TV. The galley, also on the Main Deck, is fitted with a wine storage unit and fully appointed with high performance appliances.
In addition to the bridge and the captain’s cabin, the Upper Deck contains a skylounge that opens out onto the stern area, offering a teak table seating 12 and a sofa. In the bow area, on the other hand, are a hydromassage pool and a sun lounging area for some uninterrupted rest and relaxation. A second sunbathing space in the stern area on the Sun Deck offers the owner and their guests privacy, as well as doubling up as an area for socialising with the help of a big barbecue and a bar space.
The yacht’s propulsion is provided by two MAN V12-1400 engines rated 1400 hp/1029 kW, offering excellent reliability accompanied by compact size and making engine room work easier to perform.
In Viareggio Benetti also delivered BD107 “Aslan”, a project overseen by Edmiston & Company. “Aslan” is the seventh Delfino 95 unit and her delivery was celebrated by the owner, his family and about 40 guests with a two-day party.
This is the first time a Delfino 95 has ever been designed with a blue hull right from the outset. The simplicity of the colourways and materials used give this unit a highly original sense of elegance. The alternating white, blue and red colours and the use of materials like teak create a link between the yacht’s highly customised style and the world of sailing yachts, which is where the owner has his background.
The interiors are the work of the Benetti Interior Style Department, under the guidance of the owner, and the result is a yacht that puts the emphasis on enjoying the sea, pure and simple. All the spaces are consonant with a contemporary and a remarkably elegant yacht, with references to maritime tradition throughout in the form of teak used in alternation with light-coloured carpeting and Taj Mahal marble.
The Main Deck hosts an elegant living area featuring open bookcases at the owner’s insistence. The dominant colours here are blue and white and the floor is split between carpet and teak with Wengè inserts. The owner’s emphasis on simplicity is also apparent in the fine fabrics used for the sofas and chairs, like those used for the wall inserts by Loro Piana. The yacht’s refinement can also be seen in her sophisticated detailing, such as the decorative lamps in the living area, which are also featured in the cabins. Completing the picture is a rectangular table seating eight. On the same deck, amidships, the galley is so practical that it has a special tap for boiling water, a feature expressly requested by the owner for making tea and one that clearly reveals his British roots. On the Main Deck, we also find the owner’s fully carpeted cabin. The his and hers bathrooms, separated by a big shower area and dominated by bright, light-coloured teak wood, have Taj Mahal marble floors.
The Lower Deck hosts the guest cabins and crew area. In the 2 VIP cabins, one fitted with an open bookcase, and in the 2 Twin cabins, the light-coloured carpet is combined with teak and leather inserts that alternate between blue and cream colourways. The floor of the bathroom is made from teak and the shower tray from Taj Mahal marble. The 2 crew cabins and the captain’s cabin all feature fine materials that ensure continuity with the boat’s styling.
One particularly striking feature of the bow area on the Upper Deck is a full-custom Jacuzzi that is bigger and deeper than the pools normally found on boats of this type. Built in its entirety by a Tuscan artisan, the interior is clad in a fine mosaic that follows the contours of the boat.
In the stern area, the light teak dining table seats 10. Resting on a steel base that is reminiscent of the convertible low tables in the cockpit on the Main Deck, it is paired with director’s chairs in impeccable maritime style. Two comfortable red sofas, embellished with light-coloured cushions and a low table, are an invitation to relax in good company.
In the same period, Benetti has also delivered BS011 to its owner. This Classic Supreme yacht features spacious exteriors designed by Stefano Righini and interiors that are a joint project by Mexican architect Ezequiel Farca and the Benetti Style Department. With its streamlined profile, the boat has full-height windows that flood the interiors with natural light on both the Main and Upper Decks.
The interior layout provides 5 cabins for 10 guests. The owner’s cabin on the Main Deck, entered through a big hallway and a relaxation area, features big communicating his and hers bathrooms. On the Lower Deck are the 4 guests’ cabins, 2 with double beds and 2 with singles, each of which has its own private bathroom. On this deck, in the bow section and separated from the guest area, is accommodation for a seven-member crew with four cabins, a kitchen and a dinette.
In the engine room, a pair of MTU 12V engines provide a top speed of 14.5 knots and a range of 3,200 nautical miles at the yacht’s cruising speed of 11 knots.