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Benetti Official Sponsor of Upcoming Asia Superyacht Rendezvous in Phuket

December 01, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Insightful Interview with Benetti Chief Commercial Officer, Fabio Ermetto  leading up to the ASR in Phuket

The renowned and respected Italian luxury yacht builder, Benetti has announced its sponsorship of the upcoming Asia Superyacht Rendezvous to be held in the breath-taking settings of Phuket in Thailand from 16th to 18th December. We have approached Mr Fabio Ermetto, Chief Commercial Officer of Benetti to talk to us about their upcoming sponsorship, their decision to expand to Asia, current trends in yachting on the Asian market, as well as his opinion in regard to the local yacht charter market in the present and in the future.

Mr Fabio Ermetto, Benetti Chief Commercial Officer - ©Ameller

Mr Fabio Ermetto, Benetti Chief Commercial Officer – ©Ameller

Benetti has a very important position when it comes to the European market and as a brand, it is well known throughout the worldwide yachting industry. When did the decision to expand to Asia come up and what was the main reason?

We set up our office in Asia since 2010. It is estimated that only 4% of super yachts are based in Asia where we have 2/3 of world’s population living and probably 2/3 of world’s wealth so market penetration is very low. Typical profile of a yacht owner is a centa-millionaire entrepreneur, who has other luxurious assets several expensive homes, a private jet and someone who likes the sea and sea sports. Also they tend to be family oriented persons with more than an average large family. Singapore for example is the region’s established base for luxury yachts, but limited cruising opportunities have seen interest spreading to neighboring countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia that have more potential because of pretty islands, yacht clubs, strong tourism industry as well as a strong expat community with a history of yachting. Andaman Sea around Phuket, Phuket-Krabi area, Indonesia’s 17000 islands, Burmese islands are all yachting jewels yet to be discovered by Asian and ROW clients.

Of course China is our strategic market in the region, we make Hong Kong as our regional headquarter since it is Asia’s financial hub, as much as NYC and London are for the American and European market. We have sold 16 superyachts in Asia of which majority was sold to Chinese clients. Benetti is very optimistic about the Chinese market for a plethora of reasons, of which two are unique to China: one is that China has overtaken the USA in the number of billionaires, and Beijing has also overtaken New York City as the city with most billionaires.

Above all, we see very good potential for us to develop market in Asia.

What was the motivation behind Benetti’s decision to sponsor the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous event?

The decision to sponsor the Rendezvous is a reflection of Benetti’s commitment to bring the authentic superyacht lifestyle and culture to Asia. This is one of the few regattas in the world that allows both motor and sailing yachts (75’ and longer) to participate alongside each other, with sailing superyachts racing on a course marked by power superyachts. Along with the organizers, Benetti will present a magnificent selection of superyachts to fans from the across the region.

There are numerous outstanding superyachts taking part in the race, are there any Benetti yachts participating in the event?

We haven’t confirmed the participation of the Benetti yachts as the owners are committed to other occasions since it’s holiday season. However, they appreciated the kind invite.

What do you expect from the ASR?

The Rendezvous is one of the most exclusive events in the world superyacht sector. With the increasing popularity of yachting in Asia, Benetti will be available at Rendezvous to speak and advise attending partners and boating enthusiasts.

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous racing

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous racing

How do you see the Asian luxury yachting scene developing over the next five to ten years?

Superyacht ownership is a relatively new area of interest for Asian billionaires and mega wealthy, after villas, sports cars and private jets. China has now surpassed America as the country with the most billionaires in the world, and that an increasing number of wealthy individuals in Asia are now pursing an ocean lifestyle through the use of superyachts.

Despite the positive outlook, there are also some critical challenges confronting the industry’s continued growth and development. There are not enough marinas and piers for superyachts to anchor in Asia overall. Moreover, Asians regard superyachts as a tool for business, more than they do a leisure product, which indicates Asians are still not used to a yacht lifestyle. The lack of qualified and experienced skippers and sailors, along with an underlying culture of diligence and frugality, also hinder the wider popularity of superyachts.
Reflecting on these issues, we believe this situation is slowly changing, as the next generation of Asian wealthy come through with a more willing attitude to accept a superyacht lifestyle.

We need to work closely with our agents in different markets to cultivate the yachting lifestyle and culture in Asia as well getting closer to our customers to meet their needs. For example, Asian wealthy care more about the interior of a superyacht, as opposed to the outdoor activities. We also help to work with regulators and sector participants to improve the environment and conditions for super yachting in Asia in terms of infrastructures and talent development.

56m Benetti Motor Yacht Lady Candy - credits Jeff Brown

56m Benetti Motor Yacht Lady Candy – credits Jeff Brown

From your experience, are Asian yacht owners willing to offer their yachts for charter or are they more inclined to keeping their vessels for private use only?

Asian yacht owners are more inclined to keep their boat for private use or corporate functions. Owning a yacht is a status symbol, yacht is the most luxurious of assets and used not only for leisure and family, but also for corporate entertainment use. You can choose destinations, crew is yours, and basically it is your asset and you can dispose with it as you decide.

Charter market is also at embryonic stage and destinations are not promoted as they should by major brokerage companies. We don’t have exact figures for Asian charter market but an educated guess would be that it is a minuscule 1% of the worlds charter market. Stricter rules apply to commercial yachts than yachts that are used privately. Private yachts are used solely for the recreational purposes of their owners and guests, while commercial yachts are intended to carry for reward a maximum 12 to 36 passengers, the number depends upon the registry, and are subject to stricter safety requirements. Moreover, commercial superyachts must be in Class and comply with Commercial Yacht Code Regulations, in accordance with the chosen registry, and International Conventions and Regulations (ie SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line, STCW 1995, ISM…..) and minimum safe manning requirements. Owners of such commercial yachts navigating in European waters would also need to appoint Fiscal representative or agent in the several countries where the yachts start their charters. As an owner you can change your mind but it will be more costly than at the outset of the building process.

About Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

Organised by Asia Pacific Superyachts‘ General Manager Gordon Fernandes and former superyacht Captain Charles Dwyer the event will be hosted by SALA Phuket Resort and Spa offering luxurious accommodation and services for the attending guests with swimming pools in 63 out of 79 villas and suites. The invitation-only event will start on Dec. 16th with an ‘Opening Night Cocktail Party’ for owners and captains aboard the beautiful traditional phinisi-style sailing yacht Dunia Baru. The two-day regatta will culminate with the awarding of the ASR Race Winner’s Cup ceremony at the closing VIP Gala Dinner.


Superyacht in Images: 45M Benetti M/Y DOMANI

November 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

New photos of the 2016-launched motor yacht DOMANI show just how elegant and striking this vessel is. Built by the iconic Italian shipyard BENETTI, DOMANI measures 45metres and has recently seen her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. She is the fifth yacht constructed by Azimut|Benetti for this owner and one of the most noteworthy among the Benetti Custom range.

M/Y DOMANI by Benetti

M/Y DOMANI by Benetti

Spreading through five expansive decks, the vessel boasts exterior design by Benetti, while her smart yet inviting interiors, characterized by the use of precious materials and furnishings, have been created by Carlo Galeazzi in close partnership with the Owner and his design team. The photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Benetti Sells 6th VIVACE 125′ Hull BF106

April 29, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Benetti has announced the sale of the sixth hull of Vivace 125′ with a delivery scheduled for 2017. She is a composite vessel of 38,10 metres with a beam of 8,23 metre, a semi-wide body and three decks plus a sun deck.

BENETTI VIVACE 125' - Photo by Quin BISSET

BENETTI VIVACE 125′ – Photo by Quin BISSET

She was designed by Stefano Righini, boasting sporty lines with large horizontal windows. Her main feature is a large central design element at the sides enclosing the upper deck stair.

The accommodation includes four lovely suites for up to eight guests and the owner’s apartments forward on the main deck – spreading full width of the vessel. Guests will be serviced by a crew of 7, including the Captain.

VIVACE 125′ features a D2P_Displacement Planing® hull with wave piercer and a one-of-a-kind pod propulsion system enabling her to reach higher speed without the engine strain, or to cruise in displacement mode at an economical speed with a much greater range notwithstanding the limited draft.

One unit of this model has already been delivered (IRON MAN) while four other vessels are currently under construction. The contract was developed in collaboration with Arcon Yachts.

New 40M Benetti Superyacht MINGFA To Debut at Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show

April 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

To be held from 29th April to 2nd May, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show is gearing up to showcase one of Benetti’s latest vessels, the Benetti Supreme 132 superyacht MINGFA. The yacht measures 40 metres and will be the largest vessel on display at the show.

Benetti Supreme 132 MINGFA

Benetti Supreme 132 MINGFA

MINGFA represents the fifth Supreme 132 vessel built by the prestigious Italian shipyard, boasting striking exterior lines by Stefano Righini and beautiful luxurious interiors by Francois Zuretti.

Mingfa in Hong Kong

Mingfa in Hong Kong

She was constructed in composite and fitted with twin MTU 12V 2000 M72 diesel engines, that power her up to a top speed of 15,5 knots and allow her to cruise at a comfortable speed of 14,5 knots. She is RINA classed.

Show Layout

Show Layout

Show Opening Hours
30 April /Sat 10 AM – 6 PM
01 May/Sun 11 AM – 6 PM
02 May /Mon 11 AM – 5 PM

The Gold Coast Country & Yacht Club
1 Castle Peak Road, N.T., Hong Kong

C-D Dock

90m Benetti Superyacht FB262 Lionheart Spotted in Livorno, Italy

April 21, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The striking 90-metre Benetti superyacht believed to be called LIONHEART has been spotted in Livorno, Italy this morning. The yacht was designed by Benetti’s in-house team and boasts a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is believed to be the largest vessel ever built by Benetti to date, once delivered.

FB 262 Superyacht at Benetti in Italy  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 Superyacht at Benetti in Italy – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

There is very little information available about her at the moment, however, we know that she will feature three guest and crew elevators by Lift Emotion, in addition to a dumb waiter supplied by the company. Photos of the yacht were taken by Roberto Malfatti.

Luxury vessel FB 262 by Benetti - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury vessel FB 262 by Benetti – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 by Benetti - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 by Benetti – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 detail - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 detail – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Benetti Superyacht FB 262  - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Benetti Superyacht FB 262 – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Benetti FB 262 - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Benetti FB 262 – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 Yacht by Benetti - LIONHEART - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

FB 262 Yacht by Benetti – LIONHEART – Photo by Roberto Malfatti

More About 45m DOMANI Superyacht Launch at Benetti Shipyard

April 05, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yesterday we have reported on the launch of the Benetti FB701 DOMANI superyacht. Today, an official press release has been issued with additional details and photos from the launch of this striking 45-metre vessel, which is due to be delivered to her owner in June, just in time for the summer yachting season.

Superyacht DOMANI launched

Superyacht DOMANI launched

Known under the hull number FB 701, DOMANI is a displacement yacht constructed at the Viareggio Benetti yard for a long standing client. In fact, this latest launch represents if fourth Benetti yacht.

DOMANI hitting the water

DOMANI hitting the water

The owner is an experienced sailor who loves cruising with his family around the globe. His expertise, combined with Benetti’s professional approach resulted in an exceptional superyacht well suited for an intensive use. The collaboration between the client and the shipyard begin with the first sketches until the launch.

DOMANI at launch

DOMANI at launch

Boasting four extensive decks, the exterior design of this steel and aluminium yacht has been created by Benetti’s in-house team while her interiors have been designed by Carlo Galeazzi, in close cooperation with the Ones and his design team. A use of precious materials characterise the interiors of this yacht.

Launching of M/Y DOMANI

Launching of M/Y DOMANI

One of the important features of DOMANI is her efficient use of space. The yacht, under 500GT, was constructed based on the technical platform FB700 in order to allow reduced delivery time.

Launch ceremony of DOMANI at Benetti Shipyard

Launch ceremony of DOMANI at Benetti Shipyard

Her unique design offers a feeling of luminosity and space with particular areas such as the Owner’s suite balcony.

The sky lounge of the upper deck is connected to the outdoor deck area thanks to the massive glazed door of about 8 metres, hull height, full width, allowing for great indoor/outdoor flow. Owner and his guests will find a fabulous al fresco dining area here.

We are unsure if DOMANI will be for charter in the future, however, you can view other fantastic charter yachts by Benetti here or contact us for more information. The shipyard will reveal additional details FB701 later in the year.

Benetti Sells 70M Mega Yacht Project 169 – Hull FB270

February 26, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Italian yacht builder, Benetti has announced the sale of its new custom build: the 70-metre displacement mega yacht FB270, Project 169. The new projects represents the 7th contract signed un the past year for vessels over 50 metres.



At the moment there is no other information available about the Project 169, other than the fact that she has been designed by Benetti’s in-house designers in collaboration with the yacht’s owner and his personal design team.

Popular Charter Yacht SALU Offers Remaining Week from Cannes to Olbia at Special Price

February 24, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Luxury charter yacht SALU is currently offering her remaining weekly charter of June 27th – July 3rd from Cannes to Olbia in Sardinia, Italy with no repositioning fees and a special price! The special is subject to availability, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on this outstanding charter yacht and her precise itinerary.

Benetti SALU Aerial

Benetti SALU Aerial

SALU is a Benetti Classic 100 vessel launched in 2008 and offering great space both on her interiors as well as exteriors. Her inviting, fresh and modern interior design was created by Francois Zuretti providing plenty of areas for entertainment, socialising or formal dining. Her open style saloon is highlighted by the natural light which floods through large panoramic windows on both sides.



The simple and contemporary decor flows through to the guest accommodation, which incorporates one large master stateroom, two double stateroom and one twin cabin. Each stateroom is finished with interesting materials, including river stones in the en suite heads.

Benetti SALU Salon

Benetti SALU Salon

The spacious lower deck provides guest with a fabulous al fresco dining area, while the upped deck had an additional dining area and a large lounging area, as well as a sun deck furnished with sun pads to soak up the warm Mediterranean sun or simply relaxed with a glass of fresh cocktail in hand.

Benetti SALU Master Cabin

Benetti SALU Master Cabin

SALU is equipped with a great range of water toys and is services by an outstanding crew of six. She is available in the Western Mediterranean, with the last week of charter available for a special price of EUR€65,000 per week, no repositioning fees applicable.

Benetti SALU Upper Aft

Benetti SALU Upper Aft

Benetti SALU Toys

Benetti SALU Toys

Motor Yacht SALU

Year:2008   L.O.A.:30.00m (98' 5")  Beam:7.15m (23' 5") 
Max Speed:15 knots  Cruise Speed:12.5 knots  Engines:2 x 1000 hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

2016 ShowBoats Design Awards Winners Announced

February 23, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yesterday, the 22nd of February, saw the winners of the prestigious 2016 ShowBoats Design Awards announced at the K3 KitzKongress in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Double Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Robertson OBE presented the winners with the coveted Golden Neptune awards at the presence of the sell-out audience of superyacht owners, designers and icons of the superyacht industry from around the world.

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

Baltic Yachts’s sailing yacht NIKATA took home four Neptunes, whole Feadship’s motor yacht SAVANNAH received equally impressive three awards. Below is the full list of the winning superyachts:

Tender Design Award Winner:
Hodgdon Yachts’ 11,4-metre Limo Tender for M/Y INFINITY, with naval architecture by Michael Peters, exterior styling and interior design by Michael Peters and Hodgdon Yachts.

Hodgdon Yachts - Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Hodgdon Yachts – Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
49,9-metre motor yacht SIBELLE with exterior styling by AB StudioOmega Architects, constructed by Heesen Yachts.

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts - Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts – Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Exterior Design & Styling – Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:

Superyacht SAVANNAH with exterior styling by CG Design and built by Feadship, De Vries shipyard.

SAVANNAH by Feadship

SAVANNAH by Feadship

Exterior Design & Styling – Styling Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts. Naval architects Judel/Vrolijk.

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail - Photo by Guido Cantini

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail – Photo by Guido Cantini

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Below 500 GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Designs and constructed by Alia Yachts.

47m Heesen RUYA

47m Heesen RUYA

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Above 500 GT Winner:
SAVANNAH, boasting exterior styling by SG Design and constructed by Feadship.

Interior Layout & Design Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design, built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Design and constructed by Alia Yachts.

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:
MADAME KATE constructed by Amels with naval architecture by Amels and Damen Group



Naval Architecture Award – Semi-displacement Motor Yacht Winner:
IRON MAN with naval architecture by Azimut Benetti Spa and constructed by Benetti Shipyard

Fast Displacement IRON MAN - Photo credit Quin BISSET

Fast Displacement IRON MAN – Photo credit Quin BISSET

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
TOPAZ with naval architecture by Andre Hoek to original lines by Frank Paine, constructed by Holland Jachtbouw



Holistic Design Award – Motor Yacht Winner:
SAVANNAH with exterior styling by SG Design built by Feadship

Holistic Design Award – Sailing Yacht Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Young Designer of the Year Award Winner:
CERCHIO by  – a student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 45-metre motor yacht, designed to entertain the guests of a female Italian fashion designer.

Baoxi Xiao - CERCHIO concept

Baoxi Xiao – CERCHIO concept

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Frederik “Frits” De Voogt of Feadship

Seventh Classic Supreme 132 M/Y CHRIMI III splashes at Benetti

February 12, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The seventh Classic Supreme 132 M/Y CHRIMI III (hull BS007) has recently splashed at the leading Italian shipyard, Benetti. The exterior design of this exciting new 40-metre superyacht comes from the drawing board of Stefano Righini, while Alessandro Pulina of Pulina DNA and the yard’s design office were responsible for the interiors.

Benetti Classic Supreme 132 – Photo by Thierry Ameller

Benetti Classic Supreme 132 – Photo by Thierry Ameller

The Classic Supreme 132 provides deluxe accommodation for up to 10 guests in a full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck, fitted with an office, walk in wardrobe and his and hers bathrooms. There are also two en-suite VIP guest cabins and two en-suite twin cabins, all positioned on the lower deck.

More charter yachts built by Benetti.