Saturday 9 June saw the launch ceremony for the new Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht Checkmate (hull BV018), taking place in the Darsena Italia Basin, historic home of the Benetti shipyard. With exterior design by Stefano Righini and interior design by Francois Zuretti, the 44m Checkmate superyacht is the 15th vessel constructed in the successful Vision line, as well as the top of the Class range of yachts.
After the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle across her bows, the Benetti superyacht Checkmate slipped smoothly into the Mediterranean from a specially built ramp to the notes of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Và Pensiero”.
Present at the ceremony were the owner (a well known surgeon from Washington, D.C.) and his family, together with all the Benetti staff involved in her almost two year long construction and fitting out.
Named “Checkmate” by her owner, with her imposing yet streamlined profile, her unusual black livery and 44 meters of pure elegance, the latest Vision 145′ catalyzed the attention of all present.
The incomparable experience of Benetti’s highly skilled workers, who have acted as ambassadors of Italian styling and the highest form of
craftmanship excellence for 140 years, have created Checkmate’s interior: both rich and sober, with a combination of cherry and Burr Madrona woods, neoclassical dark inlays enhanced by marble – the definitive confirmation of their skill.
The new Benetti Vision 145′ luxury yacht Checkmate (hull BV018) is almost 44 meters long with a beam of over 9 meters. She is equipped with twin 1,300 HP Caterpillar engines, delivering a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of over 3,500 nautical miles.
CEO of the Mega-yacht division of the the Azimut/Benetti Group, Vincenzo Poerio, declared during the ceremony: “We are particularly proud of our latest launch, the 100th fiberglass yacht built in Viareggio since 1998. This is a further demonstration of Benetti’s ability to listen to the Client and interpret his specific needs; and above all, another example of a perfect blend between timeless design, world class construction, safety and an extremely high quality on-board life, both for the owner and his crew.”
Technical Details of the Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht Checkmate (hull BV018):
Shipyard AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA- Benetti Shipyard, Italy
Construction material GRP
Length Overall (LOA) 43,6 m – 143’ 1’’
Maximum Beam 9,26 m – 30’ 4’’
Maximum Draft 2,72 m – 8’ 11’’
Displacement at Full Load 390 t
Fuel Capacity 60.000 l (15.850 US Gals. apx.)
Water Capacity 9.500 l (2.509 US Gals. apx.)
Propulsion 2 x CAT C32 Acert 1300HP, 970 kW @ 1.800 rpm
Maximum Speed 15 knots
Cruising Speed 14 knots
Cruising Range at 12 knots 3.500 nautical miles
Generators Kohler 2 x 125 kW
Bow Thrusters VT Naiad Marine VT 77 77 kW
Stabilizers VT Naiad Marine
Propellers Benetti Design
Electrical system and on board electronics BEST Benetti’s Exclusive Sea Technology
Intergrated navigation systems on the bridge
Styling & External concept Stefano Righini
Interior Design François Zuretti
Guest Berths 10 guests
Crew Berths 9 crew
Classification ABS Malta Cross A1 Yacht servLY2 compl