BENETTI UNVEILS THE SHIPYARD’S NEW PRODUCTS AT THE CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL 2018

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Yesterday Benetti presented a preview of the shipyard’s new products: Oasis 135’, Diamond 145’ and 4 BNow models.

Oasis 135’ is a yacht designed by RWD based on a new concept that offers a contemporary take on the use of indoor and outdoor spaces, for an owner in search of a distinctly informal relationship with the sea.

Diamond 145’, the flagship of the Class product line fleet, is a yacht with a sophisticated design that represents the ultimate expression of displacement models in the Classic category.

The 4 BNow models are Custom yachts, again designed in collaboration with RWD, created to offer a modern onboard lifestyle by connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. Benetti’s advanced construction technology ensures short delivery times.

At the presentation, the sale of the first steel hull and aluminium superstructure yacht below 500 GT from the new RWD designed BNow concept was announced. The valuable customer from Middle East is a repeat customer of Benetti.

With these new products, Benetti intends to introduce new elements of style while remaining faithful to the fundamental principles that underpin its long history and tradition.

To each his own dream

Oasis 135’: anew lifestyle balanced betweensport andrelaxation

What is an oasis if not a point of refreshment, a dream come true that appears unexpectedly on the horizon? A promise of freshness, relief and relaxation to enjoy in complete comfort: this is the intended message conveyed by Oasis 135’, the new model in Benetti’s Classproduct line. Created to satisfy the needs of an active and sophisticated owner who wants to live his life at sea to the full and across the board, and who has a lifestyle focused on casual elegance, Oasis 135’ is packed with solutions in which close contact with the waterplays a foreground role, as is demonstrated by the spectacular beach area with infinity pooljust steps from the sea. The high ceilings, the unusual layout of the onboard spaces, and the extensive use of natural light confirm and underscore the desire to enter into a symbiotic relationship with the outside world.

This ambitious project, on which Benetti has worked in partnership with UK-based firm RWDand New York design studio Bonetti/Kozerski thathas designed the interiors, revolves around an onboard lifestyle in which sporting activities alternate with periods of total relaxation. Adrian Chisnell, Team Principal at RWD, describes the concept like this: “We’ve revisited the classic concept of onboard life. Today owners don’t use their boats in the same way as in the past. This yacht reflects a new more dynamic and less formal lifestylefor active, curious ownerswho don’t spend much time lying in the sun because they prefer to explore and enjoy the places they’ve just reached on their yacht”.

The interiors, designed by US-based firm Bonetti/Kozerski, are casual-chic in style and reveal a highly sophisticated use of materials, colour combinations and forms of decoration, all underpinned by an elegant sense of understatement. The designers’ choice of materials for the decor includes light color leather and rosewood in light, bright colourways. Taken together, all these details define the setting and the overall effect is that of a spacious loftfeaturing seamless continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, where the multi-purpose settings can be enjoyed at any time of day.

This is how Enrico Bonettiexplains the essence of this project: “The spaces conveya sense of calmand are decorated with materials that exude quality. Classic materials that may not reflect the latest trends, but are certain to retain their beauty over time. This model is characterised by the understated eleganceand quality on which Benetti has built its reputation”.

Sophisticated settings with a classical feel meet a dynamic lifestyle on board Oasis 135’, a 41-meter displacement yacht with a fibreglass hull and superstructure, and a layout extending across four decks.

The Master Suite on the Main Deckoffers the owner a spacious apartment with an elegant marble bathroom. The galley is also situated on this deck, along with a huge day areathat replaces the traditional saloon. Here, the windows around the entire perimeter can be opened to create a unique setting in close contact with the sea, with no barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces. This deck provides access to the beach terrace, which can be made even more spacious by opening the two side platforms. The yacht also has one generous balconyin the owner’s suite.

The pilot househas been designed for the first time as a living space dominated by extensive glazed surfaces, a lounge area with sofas and armchairs, and a carefully arranged workstation, in which the helm console, an area for relaxation and the chart table form a single setting from which to enjoy the cruise from start to finish. The captain’s cabin is located immediately aft of this, while the night area for guests is on the Lower Deck, with two VIP cabins and two cabins with twin beds. Further forward are the crew quarters, with accommodation fornine people.

Cruising speed stands at 14.5 knots, with a top speed of 15 knots, and the yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Diamond 145’. Power and balance.

This 44-meter displacement yacht draws on the core features of the Benetti Displacement Class across its entire history.

Expert ownerswill be struck by a yacht that can be an integral part of their finest moments with unparalleled style, comfort and safety.

The elegant design suggests the proportions and details of a large yacht and conveys a feeling of sturdiness and power. The discreet but tangible sense of refinement will strike a chord with owners who love to combine glamour with credible practicality.

The seamless design of the huge glazed surfaces accentuates the length of the yacht and its brightly-lit interiors. The exterior styling, which stands out for its remarkable continuity of lines and surfaces, is the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta: “The Diamond 145’ represents yet another step in the evolution of the Benetti Class Displacement range. The clean, smooth lines embrace the proportions of a big yacht. The high hull sides and extremely long reverse sheer line suggest leisure cruises in complete safety, while the sculpted masses of the superstructure define a refined and dynamic style. The distribution of the settings and layout is based on meticulous optimization of the available space. My team and I have researched each detail for three years to create a yacht that is both extremely luxurious and immediately practical. The beach club in the stern, located right above the sea surface, is the most obvious novelty on the yacht, offering an independent, highly flexible and visually striking space”.

The interior design is based on roomy, welcoming settings, where the choice of light colour shades underscores the wealth of natural light. In the words of the designer, Achille Salvagni: “I want to sculpt space, giving it character, dignity and strength. I’m looking for curved linesthat come together and flow. The interiors of this yacht are timeless, because they unite vintage concepts with contemporary ideas. True refinement is cosmopolitan, telling stories and recollecting memories. The settings should therefore be interpreted as a story”.

Access to the Main Deckis by two wide stairways in the stern, which are also one of the yacht’s architectural highlights. The main cockpit welcomes guests in a wide and bright setting, and leads seamlessly to the immense, fully glazed main lounge. The full-beam master cabin in the bow has a roomy wardrobe, a full-beam bathroom and a study or office. The galley and service areas are laid out to make best use of the space available, in such a way as to provide high level service on board, without encroaching on guests’ privacy.

The Upper Deckfeatures a big outdoor area in the stern with access to the lounge, which is dominated by extensive glazed surfaces that cover 80%of the perimeter. The extremely spacious piloting area is positioned next to the captain’s cabin for perfect visibility. The bow area is the largeston the market, covering 70 square meters and featuring a remarkable custom spa pool.

The Sun Deck, over 115 square meters of outdoor space and can be furnished according to the owner’s tastes. All life rafts and all functional features are hidden or integrated in the design to avoid contaminating the purity of the yacht’s contours.

The night area for guests is on the Lower Deckand is made up of four double cabins, with the option of a fifth on the upper deck. The crew quarters and laundry are fit in the bow area.

The Beach Areaand Beach Club can be fully customised and can be enjoyed both at sea and at anchor.

The two 1,400 hp Man engines will drive the Diamond 145’ to a top speed of 15 knots and at a speed of 11 knots the yacht will have a range of 3,800 nautical miles.

BNow: maximum comfort with short delivery times.

True luxury, far from mere ostentation, means having our every desire satisfied, no matter how small, and owning something unique and different from all the others, something that answers the most personal needs. This is the philosophy that underpins BNow, the family of displacement yachts with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure in the Custom product line. Featuring streamlined exterior lines and a vertical bow, the yachts in this product family offer well-being and comfort accompanied by much shorter delivery times. With the help of Benetti’s advanced construction technology, all BNow models will be built in less than the standard time recognised by the market.

Four different lengthswill be on offer: 50 meters, 55 meters, 63 meters and 68 meters in length. The result of close collaboration between Benetti and UK-based superyacht designers  RWD, the yachts will have a layout that can be customizedand newly designed exterior contours aligned with specific demands from various owners. In response to the original brief “to create an innovative well-being concept for the maximum comfort, light and use of spaces.” RWD have developed a seamless indoor/outdoor living area with panoramic Pool Lounge as an extension of the aft deck and Beach Club.

The creativity brought to bear by RWD has produced four models that share a unique family feeling and are immediately recognisable, with their sleek, sweeping lines. Their profile stands out for the dynamic union it creates between the decks, which have long windows that act as connecting elements in the creation of a uniquely harmonious whole and represent the main distinctive feature.

All the layouts feature a new and revolutionary concept of onboard lifestyle, because they make innovative use of the spaces from day to night.

As can be seen, this last type of yacht too reflects developments in the yachting market and the needs of a precise type of owner, one looking for a casual and contemporary feel without compromising on the highest levels of comfort and privacy.

 

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FERRETTI GROUP LIGHTS UP THE CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL WITH 5 NEW STARS

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  • The Group arrives in the Côte d’Azur with a fleet of 25 yachts and 5 world premières
  • The brilliant economic and financial results confirm the growth trend, with revenues of 420 M€ in the first 8 months of 2018 (+ 22%)
  • Investments in product development and industrial capacity over the past three years amount to 133 M€
 
Ferretti Group wins the stage of the 41st edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, scheduled from September 11th to 16th, with 5 absolute novelties for the Ferretti Yachts, Custom Line and Riva brands.
The 5 world premières, welcomed successfully by public and professionals, inaugurate the new nautical season of the Group in great style.
 
Together with a majestic fleet of 25 yachts between 8 and 42 meters, the debut was made by:
–          Ferretti Yachts 670
–          Custom Line 120’
–          Custom Line Navetta 42
–          Riva 110’ Dolcevita
–          Riva 66’ Ribelle
 
The Cannes Yachting Festival, the largest international event in the sector, opened as usual with the Group’s annual press conference. Mr Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, together with the Chief Commercial Officer, Stefano de Vivo, presented the main financial results achieved during the first 8 months of 2018, confirming the positive trend that strengthens the Group’s international leadership.
As at August 31st, 2018, Ferretti Group recorded a consolidated order book for serial brands equal to 218 million Euros, in line with the budget estimates for the current financial year.
The Group expects to close the year with a total purchase order for serial brands of 450 million Euros, confirming and consolidating the extraordinary result already achieved in 2017.
 
The Group continued its strong commercial penetration on a global scale. From a geographic point of view, in percentage terms on consolidated order book, as at August 31st, 2018, Europe – Middle East – Africa contributed for 49% of new orders, Americas for 36% and Asia Pacific for 15%.
 

Gulf Craft delivers Majesty 125 M/Y AltaVita to her owner in Europe

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Majesty 125 MY AltaVita.jpgThe latest yacht in the remarkable superyacht series sets a benchmark in luxury, elegance and true sophistication

In line with its vision to evolve as a pioneering shipyard, Gulf Craft ups its game with the evolution of the timeless Majesty 125 superyacht M/Y AltaVita, as it delivers the next level of perfection. A real standout in its class, the latest Majesty 125 is the sixth in the series to be built and the third to be delivered in Europe.

The sale took place in collaboration with Gulf Craft’s exclusive Australian distributor, Australian Superyachts, acting for the buyer.

Set to cruise in the Mediterranean, this latest iteration of Majesty 125 for 2018 boasts a number of first-time design and personalisation features that will take the owner-experience to a new realm of ocean-going extravagance.

Balanced by a striking bow character, stylish triple decks and a beautifully designed exterior, the superyacht features an excellent use of outdoor spaces with entertainment and lounging areas both fore and aft.

AltaVita features a ‘walk-around upper deck’ for that extra level of comfort and privacy. An embodiment of quintessential outdoor lifestyle, Majesty 125’s spacious sundeck features a curved wet bar and Jacuzzi along with a balcony on the side of the main saloon.

Moving to the lower deck, guests are sure to be charmed by the five stunning en-suite staterooms that can accommodate up to twelve people, richly finished in a dark stained natural walnut veneer with Satuatio White & Armani Grey marble and the finest Italianleather. The owner’s stateroom in the forward main deck is opulently designed, fitted with lavish material. It features a 55” Bang and Olufsen TV and an en suite jacuzzi.

Indeed the latest Majesty 125 is the first example in the model series to sport two unique geometric shaped guest cabin windows that add to the vessel’s futuristic look and offers uninterrupted views of the azure waters around for the guests as they relax in the lavish staterooms.

When it comes to the comforts of the operating crew, AltaVita accommodates up to eight crew members in four cabins on the lower deck and a double captain’s cabin behind the wheelhouse.

Another award-winning superyacht by Gulf Craft, the sophisticated Majesty 125 embodies the values of the Majesty Yachts’ brand of superyachts – luxury that is meaningful, customisation without compromise and performance-based sea keeping. Designed for private getaways and effortless entertainment, this powerful triple-deck is powered by twin CAT engines each having 1,925hp giving her top speed of close to 20 knots.

Adding a lot more life to the ocean adventures, the Majesty 125 boasts a stern garage with hydraulic lifting door and crane for watersports equipment and a Castoldi Jet Tender 16 mounted on the swim platform for multiple runs ashore.

“Owning a vessel of this exceptional standard opens up a unique ocean-going lifestyle with undisturbed privacy for the owners and their guests. As the unknown waters beckon, there’s only the blue horizon visible over the bow of the Majesty 125 offering imposing views. Designed to set a new benchmark, she has been customized to further enhance the owner’s experience.” added Notis Menelaou, Vice President of Sales at Gulf Craft.

Certified by Bureau Veritas, the Majesty 125 is built under rigorous class inspection and complies with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) & Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) assuring the ownersthat their new superyacht is fully compliant for charter service in the main charter destinations in the world.

Australian Superyachts’ Managing Director, Richard Morris added, “This fully Cayman Islands LY3 compliant Majesty 125 is perfectly suited to the global superyacht charter market, offering versatility for coastal cruising and extended Mediterranean adventures.  Its spacious layout, optimised for 12 guests and 8 crew members, makes it perfect for private cruising for family and friends, and charter guests alike. We fully expect it to be a huge success on the international charter market.”

The Majesty 125 is a true engineering feat, with technical features like Zero Speed Stabilization, Fuel Purification System and a Fresh Water Treatment System that raise the bar even higher in terms of safety and longer cruising journeys.

The remarkable superyacht M/Y AltaVita will be under the spotlight at the Cannes Yachting Festival that will be held in the French Riviera, Port Vieux, from 11thto 16thSeptember 2018 and at the world’s most internationally acclaimed yachting exhibition – the Monaco Yacht Show that will be held from 26thto 29thSeptember 2018.  M/Y AltaVita will be displayed at the superyacht extension in Cannes, in Monaco it will be displayed at Quai Chicane, Port Hercules.

 

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FERRETTI YACHTS 670: MAKE ROOM FOR BEAUTY

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Ferretti Yachts 670 is the shipyard’s first gift to itself – and the rest of the nautical world – as the brand celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. Officially presented on June 22nd in Venice, this fabulous flybridge elevates even further the standards of style, comfort and performance that have always defined Ferretti Yachts’ DNA. 

Born from the partnership between Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department and its Product Strategy Committee, this is the first Ferretti Yachts creation to boast an exterior designed in collaboration with architect Filippo Salvetti. The interiors, instead, were crafted by the Group’s own architects and designers. As part of an innovative evolution process, Ferretti Yachts 670 combines certain characteristics of the models launched in 2016 and 2017 (Ferretti Yachts 450, 780, 850 and 920) with some significant new features. These include an outstanding optimization of interior and exterior spaces, offering owners and their guests a perfect blend of communality and independence. The Ferretti Yachts 670 measures 67 feet (20.24 metres) but incorporates a number of solutions typically seen on larger vessels. This design approach is plainly evident from the yacht’s layout, available in a standard 3-cabin configuration on the lower deck as well as a version with 4 cabins. The design is essential, rigorous, characterized by clear and stretched lines that provide the yacht with an elegant and sportive look, typical features of all the recent Ferretti Yachts creations. 

EXTERIORS 

On the stern, there is a large swimming platform with an H+B vertical tender lift capable of accommodating a 3.45 m jet tender. Among the distinctive features in this area are two storage compartments: one in the upper part and one in the lower part of the stern sofa. A Seabob can be kept in the latter. 

The outside fore area, instead, presents a fascinating innovation in terms of space optimization, with an ample living area, that can be entirely covered by a bimini top and is formed by three spacious sofas that face one another. On request, along the side sofas it is possible to install two dining tables facing each other, which can in turn be converted into relaxation surfaces so as to transform the whole area into one big sun pad. 

The ample flybridge, which at 24 m. is one of the most spacious in its class, can be fitted with free-standing furniture aft, while in the central area, to the left, is a fully equipped bar that faces an entertainment area with a C-shaped sofa and a dining table. Moving forward, you come to a second control station on the left and then a very large sea-facing sun pad. Ferretti Yachts offers 3 different layouts for this flybridge: the standard open version, a version featuring a roll bar for satellite systems with built-in Bimini top, and finally a hard-top version. 

INTERIOR SPACES and TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

A glass door in the cockpit opens up onto the main deck lounge, with its two beautiful facing sofas, upholstered in Zimmer + Rohde fabric, and centralized coffee tables. Further along, the dining area features an attractive open-plan kitchen and dining table. Beyond the kitchen is the helm station: a cutting-edge technical space equipped with integrated Naviop-Simrad instrumentation, inspired by the innovative solution already adopted on larger models such as Ferretti Yachts 780, 850 and 920. For the first time in this length-class, in fact, the integration of a single innovative multi-display interface makes it possible to monitor all the main functions, not just from the main helm station but also from the fly bridge. 

The state-of-the-art electro-hydraulic steering system, developed in collaboration with XENTA, replicates the one already seen on the Ferretti Yachts 780 model. Among its many benefits is greater steering comfort thanks to the extremely easy handling of the helm and maximum efficiency when turning, in any sea conditions and even at high speeds. The steering system can be integrated with a cutting-edge joystick package, paired with a powerful proportional thruster, which includes the DOCKING and TILLER/CRUISE functions, for an engaging and dynamic sailing experience. An innovative Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) for shaft-line propulsion is also present. 

Moving along, to starboard there is a door that provides direct access to the bridge from an outside walkway. Hidden under the steps to the lower deck is a space that can be used as an additional stowage compartment. 

Below deck, owners can choose either a 3 or 4-cabin layout, which in itself is a testament to the superior use of space achieved with this model. The former offers 3 cabins with the owner’s suite, located amidships, which even includes a spacious study that can double as a private space for the owner, for a total surface of 18 m.. The bed is in the centre of the room, and behind it, towards the stern, are a walk-in closet on the port side and a large bathroom to starboard. This layout offers better soundproofing against the noise from the engine room, which is another significant benefit of the design. 

There is the option of replacing the study next to the owner’s cabin with a fourth cabin or a laundry room. On the starboard side there is a double cabin, while the foredeck is home to the VIP cabin. Both have a bathroom and separate shower. On the lower deck there is also a crew cabin with bathroom. It is at the far end of the stern and has easy access to the cockpit via a built-in ladder. 

For the interiors, the shipyard offers a version inspired by lighter tones and colours as well as a darker version. The style of the first unit is characterized by linear modules and wood strips, with contrasting light and dark hues. Precious woods abound, with opaque surfaces for ceilings and floors and glossy ones for the furniture. Below decks you will find walnut essences on the bulkheads, striped wood furnishings both glossy and opaque, lacquered surfaces and nubuck upholsteries. Beds, drawers and bookshelves present a refined leather effect. 

A number of metallic elements in the lounge and bronze-glass details in the owner’s suite provide a stunning visual impact. Headrooms stand out for the generous use of Calacatta Gold by Florim. Designer luxury brands featured on board also include Lealpell, Dedon, Disenia, Casamance and Perennials. 

Ferretti Yachts 670 will also be available in the exclusive Tai He Ban version, conceived specifically for the Asia Pacific market, which includes a galley below decks and the addition of a rounded table on the main deck. 

ENGINES 

The Ferretti Yachts 670 is fitted with twin MAN engines rated at 1200 mHP, giving it a top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 28 knots (preliminary data). Alternatively, MAN 1000 mhp engines are also available. Available on request, a stabilization package with two gyroscopic Seakeeper stabilizers guarantees the utmost stability while cruising or when docked. 

 

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Build for Adventure – Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid by Studio F. A. Porsche

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By Shereen Shabnam

Dynamiqrecently announced the launch ofthe GTT 115,the avant-garde superyachtdesignedinconjunction with cult Studio F.A.Porsche,worldleadersinproduct,transportation andspace design.

The GTT115is the latestembodiment of the Dynamiqphilosophytodesign andbuild next-generation yachts fordiscerning ownerswith a matchingmindset.

DynamiqstartedinMonaco in2011byexperiencedyacht brokerSergeiDobroserdov,whoassembleda ‘dream team’ ofworldthinkers, yacht designers andnaval architects to turn the GTTconcept into reality. Studio F.A.Porsche was founded in1972byFerdinandAlexander Porsche and is known to representthe perfect symbiosis of form andfunction.

With the expertise of both brands, The GTT115featuresthe latesttechnologyto combine comfortable high-speedcruisingover21knotswith efficient fuel consumption andlong range of more than 3,400nautical miles.

Hence, it is undoubtedlyone of themost advanced superyacht launched recently withherround-bilge hull form,poddedpropulsion, HullVane andexclusivelydevelopedstabilization system with 4fins andinterceptors.

Thebespoke hybrid systemwith 3variable-speedgenerators of the GTT 115 is a tribute to Dynamiq’sstrong belief inthe sustainable future ofyachting.At just 35meters overall, the yacht offers theversatile spacesandfeeling ofa muchlarger vessel.

On top of all this,GTT115is finished to the highest quality and looks supercool in her fashionable RhodiumGrey metallic paintand production will be limited to 7 unitsto make the GTT115a true collector’s item.

Influenced by Studio F.A.Porsche,the GTT 115 takes the spirit of high-performance sportscar styling to the highseas and is designedto appeal to carlovers andforward-thinkingyacht ownerswhoappreciate the advantages of speed,style and thebrand’sphilosophyofintelligentperformance.

 

 

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Heesen is proud to announce the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 metre Steel Class: Omaha!

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YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favourable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.

Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely manoeuvrable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her round bilge steel hull with bulbous bow provides great comfort for the guests, exceptional sea keeping and unparalleled performance. Omaha will soon leave The Netherlands for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea where she will meet her owners.

This 50-metre steel yacht started on speculation under the project name ‘Maia’ and was sold by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, who represented the commercial interests of the owners during the construction, along with the owners’ representative Wayne Foulis.

YN 18350 is the first in Heesen’s newly designed 50 metre Steel Class, whose exterior lines are by Clifford Denn. With a gross tonnage below the 500GT threshold, this 50m modern displacement yacht is the successor of the 47m Steel Class. Clifford Denn spliced the Heesen DNA with lines inspired by classic car design to create a true blue-water yacht with a bold presence on the water. UK based design studio Reymond Langton created a luxurious but welcoming interior with accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the Owner’s stateroom located on the main deck forward and four large guest suites on the lower deck.

Omaha’s sister ship, YN 18850 Project Triton, is currently under construction at the Heesen shipyard in Oss and is available for delivery in February 2020.

 

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BENETTI SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES ITS THIRD DELFINO 95’ UNIT BD103 – M/Y “ZEHRA”

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Launched last June 22 in Viareggio, the third Delfino 95’ unit is a 29 m displacement yacht in the Class product line with a fiberglass hull and exterior styling by Giorgio M. Cassetta.

With the launch of M/Y “Zehra” last June 22, the total number of Delfino 95’ units launched by Benetti is up to three in a little over six months. 29 meters in length and with a beam of 7 meters, this Classic category displacement yacht with streamlined contours has a fiberglass hull and a carbon fiber superstructure.

Extensive glazed surfaces and plays of light, both integral parts of the decor, are distinctive features of the exterior design byGiorgio M. Cassetta, while the interiors offer roomy, welcoming spaces decorated with unprecedented combinations of colours and materials.

The owner’s apartment on the Main Deckis customised with a big bathroom on the port side, which nevertheless leaves room for a spacious walk-in wardrobe and a corner area fitted with a cigar humidor and a fridge. Further astern is the galley area and a main lounge divided into dining and living spaces. A large wine cooler in the Main Foyer can contain up to 178 bottles.

TheLower Deckhas four double cabinsfor guests, two with double beds and two with sliding twin beds, while the forward area is reserved for crew and can sleep up to 5.

Comfortable sofas and one helm station are located on the Sun Deck, while the main helm station and a specially built barbecue can be found on the Upper Deck.

The garage can accommodate a low profile tender up to 4.40 m long. The engines are two Man V8 units rated 1,000 hp each, providing a range of about 2,400 nautical miles at a comfortable cruising speed of 10 knots and a top speed of 14.5 knotswhen time is of the essence.

 

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BENETTI LAUNCHES THE SECOND MEDITERRANEO 116’ BM002

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The storied Viareggio-based shipyard provided the backdrop on August 9 for the launch of the second Mediterraneo 116’ unit, a 35.5-meter fiberglass and carbon fiber yacht in the Class Displacement series that will be ready for delivery next October 30.

 

Like the previous model, the exteriors are designed by Giorgio Maria Cassetta, while the interior design has been developed by the shipyard Interior Style Department in collaboration with the owner’s designer of choice. Sleek, streamlined contours on the outside are matched by interiors offering the ultimate in livability and seamless continuity of space, in which light plays a key role, in part through the use of big glazed surfaces and a crystal glass door.

 

Comfort, luminosity and design were the key concepts when designing the owner and guest spaces. Outside, there are two big dining areas (including one over-6 meters wide in the huge cockpit on the Upper Deck) and various extensive spaces furnished with sunloungers, sofas, deckchairs and armchairs. The sundeck deserves special mention, offering a total area of more than 80 square meters and a continuous walkable surface almost 16 meters long.

 

Inside, the Main Deck stands out for the roomy lounge area, consisting of dining and relaxation spaces, each with three-meter long windows for a sensation of continuity with the world outside. The full beam Master Suite is situated on this deck in the bow, with a studio and cabin that also feature big glazed surfaces, both 3.4 meters long and free of uprights. The four guest cabins on the Lower Deck consist of two facing Vip cabins aft with double beds and two guest cabins with twin beds and pulman beds that allows to host 2 more guests on board.

The crew accommodation for a total of seven people is provided by three cabins, plus the captain’s cabin on the upper deck next to the helm station.

 

The two CAT ACER C32 Rating D (1600hp @ 2300 rpm) 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 3,000 nautical miles, with stabilization at anchor and underway provided by electric fin stabilizer.

 

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INTRODUCING THE NEW EVO CC

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The most innovative brand in the yachting industry makes its debut in the Center Console segment. EVO CC redefines the outboard engines daycruiser category and completes the shipyard’s range of 43-foot open models, without betraying their unmistakable style. Its distinctive features include the outboard engines, the central driving console, and a series of original design solutions to ensure the utmost comfort on board, not least the new convertible sun lounger.

At 13 meters in length (43 feet) and over 4 meters wide, the new Evo Center Console is the latest model from Naples-based shipyard Evo Yachts. It was designed by Valerio Rivellini, who states: “This new center console vessel is without doubt inspired by the previous Evo Yachts models: the real challenge was in fact to be consistent with the brand’s stylistic features and family feeling, while producing a boat that is fast, sporty, functional and targeted specifically at the world of owners attracted by the practicality and performance of outboards”.

The hull’s aggressive, streamlined styling features Rivellini’s signature vertical bow and bold shapes. The bollards, fenders and anchor are all retractable to eliminate any disruption to the muscular sweep of the lines that frame a deck space devoted entirely to comfort. Characterised by smart design solutions that are also aesthetically impeccable and draw on the shipyard’s Form & Function culture, the aft cockpit has a solid teak deck throughout and contains a big new sun lounging pad (2 x 2 m), which can easily accommodate three guests and boasts a 46 cm height above deck level for maximum comfort. The entire structure can be lifted with ease to gain access to the tender compartment. Moving forward, there is a folding table with a maximum width of 140 cm when open, followed by three chairs. All the backrests in this area can be reversed to change the direction in which the seats are facing; the chaise longue backrests can also be reclined, providing three more seats for the table, or can be used as an extra set of cushions. An awning supported by two carbon poles can be used to shade the area.

Even further forward is a central galley work surface made from Corian with induction hobs (or alternatively a grill or a Teppanyaki hot plate), a sink and a fridge. A carbon T-Top offers plenty of shelter from the sun and extends far enough to provide shade for the three central seats facing the helm station, featuring a curved fiberglass panel containing all the onboard instrumentation. In the bow, a second sun lounging pad, which can also be shaded with an awning, extends elegantly towards the anchor compartment, which contains a Bruce type stainless steel anchor and is so easy to access that it is also used as a storage area for the fenders.

Below deck too, where we find a dinette that can be converted into a “cabin”, the leitmotif is functional design. A rising table can be used either as a dining table or a bed (or as a sofa area when lowered) and the bathroom has a full-height shower. The stern area doesn’t feel separate from the rest of the boat and is organised as an open space, from which a bright and comfortable stern cabin can be created (optional). The boat can therefore sleep up to four people.

The outboards are the true novelty of this new model in the Evo Yachts range, which now looks to owners attracted by the practicality and performance of this type of propulsion system. The three options available all feature Mercury Verados outboards: 350 hp (multiplied by three or four engines), or 400 hp with three engines. The speed varies according to the engine arrangement, with a top speed of almost 50 knots possible. Performance is optimized by the hull design, with an 18-degree deadrise that ensures excellent seakeeping and maximum safety even during tight turns or in rough sea.

The owners of Evo Yachts, brothers Alfredo and Rosario Mercuri, describe their many expectations in the presentation of the new design: “Evo CC reflects the evolution of the shipyard and its maturity, offering a motor yacht that has a broad range of possible configurations, but also offers sumptuous comfort right from the basic model. It is a competitive product that reaches out to markets in Europe and America, where we continue to consolidate our presence with the help of our partners in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and California. We strongly believe in this new model, which completes the Evo Yachts range and offers even more choice to our demanding Owners”.

 

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LARSON BOAT GROUP ANNOUNCES SWEEPING MODEL ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2019

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Larson Boat Group is excited to reveal several updates to its four boat brands—Larson Escape, Larson, Larson FX and Striper—for the 2019 model year. These updates range from new aesthetics to improved onboard amenities to performance enhancements and more.

“The 2019 model year is going to be a big one for all of our brands,” said Rob Parmentier, president of Larson Boats. “We’re energized by the changes to our boats that will lead to better performance, increased comfort and more eye-catching designs.”

Larson Escape pontoons’ two series—the RT and TTT—feature dozens of interior and exterior aesthetic changes. For 2019, owners have a new color choice of Anthracite in addition to the existing Red, Blue, White or Black options. The exterior graphics have also changed to enhance the profile lines of both series. To amp up the color palette and attract boaters who might be moving from a runabout to a pontoon, the RT-R features vibrant and bright accent color options (Kiwi, Citrus or Impulse Blue). All three Escape series contain flush-mount electronics for a sleeker console, and the RT and TTT benefit from new Mercury FourStroke power. The interior upholstery materials and designs are new for 2019 with enhanced top-stitching, new armrests, buttresses and built-in headrests (TTT only).

Larson Boats have received vast changes to their graphic color options, adding an extra punch to match their sportboat-like performance. The LX Series comes with three new graphics packages for 2019: Standard, Sport and LSR; and the LXH Series has a new Sport graphics package. The LX’s LSR Package and LXH’s Sport Package offer bold colors with an edgy design that will turn heads on the water.

Larson Boat Group’s two fishing boat brands also have fresh looks and onboard amenities. The Larson FX has new graphics that continue to allow owners to place eight different gel colors in five different locations to create boat that is unique to them. All foredeck storage units come with friction hinges to keep lids open until manually shut, adding onboard convenience for busy fishermen. Striper and Larson FX models will benefit from Mercury’s new FourStroke outboard motor line-up, and Striper now offers an optional ski tow pylon for anglers who want to use their boat for more than just fishing.

“Larson Boat Group has always believed in constantly improving our product,” Parmentier said. “The changes for 2019 reflect the excitement we have for the future of our boat brands, as well as the commitment we have to making our boats ever better for owners.”

 

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