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Photos of 60m Benetti mega yacht SWAN (ex LYANA) in the Port of Livorno, Italy

August 28, 2013

Luxury motor yacht Swan (ex Lyana) was photographed by yacht spotter, Roberto Malfatti, in the Italy‘s Port of Livorno, yesterday, on August 27. Measuring impressive 60 meters in length, superyacht Swan was launched by the leading Italian builder, Benetti, in 2011. Built under the project name FB248, she bears sophisticated exterior design by Stefano Natucci, while her lovely interior design is by Francois Zuretti.

60m Benetti superyacht Swan (ex Lyana) spotted by Roberto Malfatti in the Port of Livorno, Italy

60m Benetti superyacht Swan (ex Lyana) spotted by Roberto Malfatti in the Port of Livorno, Italy

Accommodation aboard the tri-deck FB248 Swan yacht is divided into 6 beautifully appointed cabins. These include a generous master cabin, along with three double guest cabins and two twin cabins. There is also accommodation for the vessel’s highly trained crew of 15 professionals.

Superyacht Swan anchored in the Port of Livorno

Superyacht Swan anchored in the Port of Livorno - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury yacht Swan by Benetti

Luxury yacht Swan by Benetti - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

ABS classed and MCA compliant, the 60m Benetti custom superyacht Swan (ex Lyana) can reach a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. She is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M60 diesels.

Swan Yacht - aft view

Swan Yacht - aft view - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Luxury motor yacht Swan (ex Lyana)

Luxury motor yacht Swan (ex Lyana) - Photo by Roberto Malfatti

Mega yacht Swan is an outstanding vessel, mixing up modern elegance with timeless style.

US debut for Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht CHECKMATE at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2013

August 27, 2013

The Benetti Vision 145′ charter yacht Checkmate (BV018) is set to make her US debut at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2013. Benetti motor yacht Checkmate represents the 15th yacht built in the successful Vision line, as well as the top of the Class range of yachts.

Benetti Vision 145 superyacht Checkmate (BV018)

Benetti Vision 145 superyacht Checkmate (BV018)

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 yacht’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.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Upper Aft Deck Dining

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Upper Aft Deck Dining

The new Benetti Vision 145′ superyacht Checkmate 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.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Main Salon

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Main Salon

CEO of the Mega-yacht division of the the Azimut/Benetti Group, Vincenzo Poerio, declared: “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”.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Master Stateroom

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Master Stateroom

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′ luxury yacht Checkmate will definitely draw the attention of all FLIBS 2013 public.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. -  Master Bath

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE. - Master Bath



Technical Specifications of the Benetti Vision 145′ charter yacht Checkmate (BV018):

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
Guest Berths 10 guests
Crew Berths 9 crew
Classification ABS Malta Cross A1 Yacht servLY2 compl
Styling & External concept Stefano Righini
Interior Design François Zuretti
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Benetti releases Official Update on FB261 Yacht damaged in fire

August 23, 2013

The leading Italian luxury yacht builder, Benetti, has released an official update on the 56-metre FB261 yacht, damaged in fire at Benetti’s shipyard in Italy’s Livorno, on August 20, 2013.

Benetti superyacht FB261 after the intervention of fire fighters of Livorno - Photo credit to Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Benetti superyacht FB261 after the intervention of fire fighters of Livorno - Photo credit to Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

“The sense of responsibility and the passion of the Benetti team, will make us learning from such an extreme case and reinforce the team commitment, to continue to build as we did in the last 140 years beautiful Benetti’s sailing worldwide,” stated by Vincenzo Poerio Azimut Benetti Megayacht division CEO.

The cause likely depends on three exceptional circumstances:

1. A massive electrical storm affected Tuscany and in particular Livorno’s area that night;

2. The protection against extraordinary electrical shocks, including thunder storms in operation when a yacht is in commissioning, was not yet armed;

3. No one was sleeping on board that night and could hear the alarms.

Benetti has immediately taken drastic measures to avoid any other extreme case like this may happen in the future.

Superyacht FB261 will be taken out of the water and completed in a short time.

New 47m motor yacht PANTHERA (FB502) launched and delivered by Benetti

August 22, 2013

The brand new 47-metre motor yacht Panthera (FB502) has been successfully launched and handed over to her new Owner by the leading Italian shipyard, Benetti. Superyacht Panthera features striking interior design by Benetti and the Owner’s design team.

47m Benetti superyacht Panthera (FB502) with interior design by Rhoades Young

47m Benetti superyacht Panthera (FB502) with interior design by Rhoades Young

All-aluminium luxury yacht Panthera (FB 502) by Benetti boasts a fresh and contemporary interior, using tones of grey and contrasting dark woods.

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Benetti.

Photos of the 56m Benetti superyacht FB261 damaged in fire

August 21, 2013

Below are a few sad images of the 56-metre Benetti superyacht FB261, which caught fire at Benetti‘s shipyard in Livorno yesterday. The most likely cause of the fire, as reported by Benetti, could be the electrical storm that affected Livorno overnight. The fire was extinguished by 5pm and fortunately there were no injuries reported by the Italian yard. FB261 superyacht was close to her completion and almost ready to be launched.

Firefighters extinguishing fire aboard FB261 superyacht by Benetti

Firefighters extinguishing fire aboard FB261 superyacht by Benetti - Photo credit Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Firefighters extinguishing the fire on board 56m Benetti Motor Yacht FB261

Firefighters extinguishing fire on board 56m Benetti Motor Yacht FB261 - Photo credit Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Benetti FB261 superyacht catches fire - Photo credit Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Benetti FB261 superyacht catches fire - Photo credit Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Benetti superyacht FB261 after the intervention of firefighters of Livorno - Photo Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Benetti superyacht FB261 after the intervention of firefighters of Livorno - Photo Vigili del Fuoco Livorno

Update: 54m Benetti superyacht damaged in fire

August 20, 2013

Benetti Shipyard in Livorno has released an official statement related to the fire aboard a 54 m luxury superyacht nearing her completion.

Benetti shipyard informs that this morning, at around 7am at the Morosini wharf, located inside the yard in Via Edda Fagni in Livorno, a Benetti yacht of 54 metres, in the last stages of construction, caught fire for reasons yet unknown.

The internal security teams immediately attended the scene and, after having assessed the situation, have activated the Fire Department of the city of Livorno.

The fire is currently under control and in the phase of being completely extinguished.

There are no injuries reported.

Fire at the Benetti shipyard in Livorno

August 20, 2013

It was brought to our attention that there has been a fire at the Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy, this morning, at around 7:45 am. The yacht that has caught fire was reportedly near her completion and almost ready to be launched. The real cause of fire has not been determined as yet.

There were no injuries reported, as there was no one working on the yacht when the fire broke out. Further information is still to be released.

Scorpion Selene 97 T/T 120ft Benetti Yacht Sea Bluez survives a storm

August 16, 2013

The Scorpion Selene 97 chase boat slipped its tow from its mother ship, the 120-foot Benetti yacht Sea Bluez, in the South Adriatic off the Italian coast near Brindisi. The weather had worsened with SE winds of 30 to 40 knots, the sea state was too rough to return and attempt a safe recovery. The weather remained at gale force winds for a few days, with waves reaching 4 to 5 metres. The Scorpion Selene 97 yacht tender is assumed lost.

Scorpion Selene 97 T/T 120ft Benetti superyacht Sea Bluez

Scorpion Selene 97 T/T 120ft Benetti superyacht Sea Bluez

Four days later nearly 100 miles away, an Albania fishing boat is out after the few days of storms, finds the Scorpion Selene 97 superyacht tender and takes it in to tow. It is lifted ashore, apart from some damage to the bow caused when the fishing boat took it under tow, there is little else, the engine room is completely dry and plans are made to return it to its owners.

Benetti luxury yacht Sea Bluez - Image credit to Ships and Boats in London

Benetti luxury yacht Sea Bluez - Image credit to Ships and Boats in London

Captain Robert Beeke of motor yacht Sea Bluez: “We have had the Scorpion for over four years and it has been invaluable, but to get it back unharmed after such an adventure is incredible and a testament to Scorpions design and build quality.”

72m Benetti-Nauta motor yacht EDGE for Benetti Design Innovation Project

August 09, 2013

The 2012 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show saw the respected Benetti shipyard, part of Italy’s Azimut-Benetti Group, presents its Design Innovation Projects which includes news concepts for Benetti’s custom yachts, ranging from 50 to 90 metres plus (164′ – 295′). One of the exciting new concepts is the 72m Benetti-Nauta motor yacht EDGE 72, with interior styling by Standby/Marijana Radovic. Superyacht EDGE 72 by Nauta Yachts represents a sleek, proportioned, balanced volumes in the Nauta “light” vision, to reinterpret a 140-year history of the Italian shipyard.

Luxury yacht Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 - Beach Club Option 1

Luxury yacht Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 - Beach Club Option 1

Benetti Design Innovation Project

The Benetti Design Innovation project, approached the best yacht designers in the world to gauge their interest in working together. Benetti left styling and interior arrangements up to each creative team to fashion as they wished, as long as the designs were based on the builder’s existing platform range from 50 meters to 90 meters (164 feet to 295 feet respectively) and have set beams and gross-tonnage levels.

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” - Oscar Wilde

Benetti Nauta Motor Yacht EDGE 72 - Beach Club Option 1

Benetti Nauta Motor Yacht EDGE 72 - Beach Club Option 1

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 motoryacht - Beach Club Option 1

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 motoryacht - Beach Club Option 1

“Evolving the design, style and family-feeling imprinted on Benetti yachts by 140 years of history is an ambitious task as well as complicated” – Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Azimut-Benetti’s Megayachts Business Unit, comments – “so we have decided to assign this challenge to the world’s most famous yacht designers. Sixteen firms of architects worked on 27 designs for new yachts, offering possible new directions and interpretations for the future design of our mega-yachts. Their excellence breeds our excellence.”

Mega yacht EDGE 72 by Nauta Yachts for Benetti Yachts

Mega yacht EDGE 72 by Nauta Yachts for Benetti Yachts

Nauta Design chose the 70-metre platform, a size that after the experience of Light 80 and Light 90, respectively 80 and 90 metres, and the largest yacht in the world mega yacht Project Azzam, 180 metres, recently launched at Lürssen, could be considered “medium-small”. Actually it is a size large enough to develop all the concepts that were instilled in the two slightly larger Light projects: extraordinary outdoor spaces, breath-taking views from both inside and out, balance and cleanliness of lines, seamless inside/outside connection and harmony. The blending of these key elements combines elegance and visual lightness that is the essence of the Nauta design style.

Interior of the Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht

Interior of the Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht

The opening transom has folding stairs for easy access to the water, and two side-opening terraces further enhance the contact with the sea and the environment.

This huge and comfortable use of the vast aft area has made possible thanks to the movement of the garage amid ship, where are located two 30’ footer tenders, which can be launched through two gull wing doors, with the help of a sliding crane.

72m Benetti Nauta luxury mega yacht EDGE 72 - Owner's Stateroom

72m Benetti Nauta luxury mega yacht EDGE 72 - Owner's Stateroom

EDGE 72 yacht concept by Nauta Yachts for Benetti - Owner's Suite

EDGE 72 yacht concept by Nauta Yachts for Benetti - Owner's Suite

Luxury mega yacht EDGE 72 by Nauta Yachts - Onwer's Suite

Luxury mega yacht EDGE 72 by Nauta Yachts - Onwer's Suite

Two convenient boarding lobbies are positioned amidships to port and starboard, just forward the garage door, where guests and crew can board tenders without disturbing the guest bathing area aft.

On the upper deck of the 72m Benetti – Nauta EDGE 72 yacht there is the ample owner’s suite of 102 sq. m., that forward of the sleeping room has an observation lounge, sweeping 270º forward view through no less than 20 sq. m. of glass. The suite opens directly to the private 105 sq. m. terrace with a flush pool on the fore deck, the very private wellness area reserved to the owner, well protected by the bulwark and in a secluded part of the yacht.

EDGE 72 superyacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

EDGE 72 superyacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

72m Edge 72 yacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

72m Edge 72 yacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

Aft on the upper deck, panoramic outdoor and indoor lounges allow breath-taking views over the seascape and offer more intimate spaces for meetings and conversation.

One deck above, the pilothouse guarantees that the Captain has the best visibility.

All paths of work on board of 72m Nauta EDGE 72 superyacht concept and their ergonomics are carefully studied so that guests and crew have reciprocal privacy, with separate and independent areas that respect the differences in use that they will make of spaces aboard. Also boarding from tenders, the crew can use the efficient boarding lobby located on port side of the staircase trunk on the lower deck.

Benetti Nauta luxury yacht EDGE 72 - Owner's outdoor lounge

Benetti Nauta luxury yacht EDGE 72 - Owner's outdoor lounge

The effort of Nauta Design has been to match its own conception of a megayacht with the enlightened relationship between exterior and interior,and its “light” philosophy in the double meaning of lightness and brightness, with some Benetti elements, in order to reinterpret in a Nauta key the extraordinary 140-year history of the Viareggio yard.

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 superyacht - Owner's Outdoor Lounge

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 superyacht - Owner's Outdoor Lounge

The architectural element we found is the central leaned forward sort of fashion plate, dividing the wide-bodied volume of the front half hull from the aft half. This element is continuing on the upper deck edge, forming the wing dashboard for the helm station, and underlining this inclined line that cut into two ideal parts the yacht, once again making “lighter” the view of a four-decker yacht.

Benetti Nauta Superyacht EDGE 72 - Owner's Outdoor Lounge

Benetti Nauta Superyacht EDGE 72 - Owner's Outdoor Lounge

Benetti Nauta luxury yacht Edge 72 is a yacht that meets and exceeds the expectations for beauty, comfort and efficiency of today’s superyacht owner not by imposing itself of the surrounding environment, but by blending into it and enveloping owners and guests in the beauty and serenity that they have sought out.

The Benetti Nauta Edge 72 yacht’s  interior styling has been developed in co-operation with Standby/MarijanaRadovic studio that has interpreted the spirit and the “light” philosophy of Nauta Design by creating a space which is open to light and outside environment. Marijana’s aim was to design an elegant and sophisticated interior,but maintaining at the same time the elements of simplicity.

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht - Owner's Indoor Lounge

The interior has been segmented by an innovative use of sliding panels to create flexible spaces, which are easily adaptable to different needs and moods. These divisions are designed and structured to give a feeling of intimacy without excessively fragmenting the space and sacrificing the luxury of space.

The light comes into the interior from all sides by using reflective materials and their combinations and prisms, making natural light a dominant element of the interior. The light is then moderated by special delicate textile roller blinds, fitted to all windows.

72m Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 - Owner's indoor lounge

72m Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 - Owner's indoor lounge

The choice of materials is focused on natural, untreated wood and pleasant fabrics with leather details. The primary colours are neutral beige and brown with teal blue accenting, which acts as a reminder of the outside environment and further reinforces the connection between interior and exterior spaces. The decoration is further accented with custom paintwork on moving panels, which create a feel of sophistication. Nature is moreover invited into the interior by using enclosed plants in a sort of “indoor garden” with prisms on top, which channel natural light to them.

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht - Owner's Bathroom

Benetti Nauta EDGE 72 yacht - Owner's Bathroom

The master cabin showcases the use of geometric shapes and symmetric proportions to segment space in order to create a functional and transformable layout. A modern interpretation of the canopy, simple moving panels, is used to form different space zones thereby avoiding rigid divisions and excessive fragmentation of space. Only light “Japanese style” moving panels transform the master cabin layout in two easy modes, which result in either a very large open space, or in more private separate areas. But even when the different space zones are divided and exist separately, can intimately communicate. By just moving the panels in front of the bed to the side, the Owner can enjoy a full panoramic view from his bed and directly feel the outside environment.

This interior exemplifies Standby/MarijanaRadovic’s and Nauta’s design philosophy and approach to the use of space: clean from unnecessary and irrelevant details, where the atmosphere is flexibly set by the guests who become the creators of their space, open to the exterior and nature and closer to sea.

The intrinsic feature of Benetti Nauta luxury super yacht Edge 72 is her capability to hallmark a new style while maintaining the identity of the brand marks, creating the emotional feelings of an extreme contemporary sophistication.

Captains’ Coating Forum to discuss paint issues through ‘a meeting of minds’

August 01, 2013

Set to be held on September 4 and 5, 2013, the Jotun’s ‘Surface to Surface Captains’ Coating Forum’ will be hosting a number of experts to the stage to discuss the challenges that present themselves during the course of a paint job.

The fabulous French yacht charter destination - Antibes to host Captains' Coating Forum

The fabulous French yacht charter destination - Antibes to host the 1st Captains' Coating Forum

The event will comprise experts covering each element of the process, and ahead of the forum, SuperyachtNews.com spoke to three of the speakers about the benefits of discourse and debate on what is a hotly disputed area of the superyacht industry.

Sandy Kirkwood, director, Safinah: New Build/Refit Project Paint Managements

The time has come for us all to sit down and look at what’s happening to the industry. The superyacht industry as a whole, from our perspective at least, is still very young. And whilst we’re getting there, as the industry grows, so does the complexity. So perhaps the attention to detail is lacking. Not because people don’t want to spend the time but because they haven’t given it due consideration.

The idea of getting the captains, paint companies and contractors in the same room is fantastic because nobody can solve this problem on their own; it’s a meeting of minds.

We believe it’s not just a case of managing the paint, but of managing expectations. If you are paying six or seven hundred million for a vessel you would expect it to be tip-top but there is an issue of what is actually possible. It should be remembered that this is a manual discipline, not an automatic one. We see fantastic finishes on cars that are done by robots. But yachts are still sprayed by men and the job they do is amazing. It’s down to us to tell the owner that, yes, we can deliver, a fantastic job, but they may have to wait a little bit longer. It’s not that it’s impossible; it’s that the time element will increase.

Paint as a discipline is still very much at the back of the queue, despite the obvious quality of the current work. The value placed on a good paint job is great, but the time accommodation is not and it’s about getting people to understand that.

Steve Ellis, projects and development manager, Cathelco: Corrosion and Protection

Cathelco has developed a longstanding partnership with Jotun and we’ve benefited from each other’s expertise. We believe this is now evidenced in the quality of the work we collaborate on. But as well as acting as a means of promoting the partnership, this presentation will also act as an educational process for captains, on the causes of corrosion and the technologies in place to prevent it. People aren’t always aware how damaging corrosion can be to the lifespan of a superyacht.

It’s important to get the message out there – that prevention is better than cure. We have made significant advancements in the technology we employ to prevent lasting damage to a ship’s hull and it is important to relay this to captains, in their capacity as project managers. It is not only desirable [to utilise this technology] from an environmentally conscious perspective, but to meet the ever more stringent regulations that govern our oceans.

Alessandro Gallifuoco, quality manager, Benetti: The Painting Process

I think a presentation on how we – Benetti – ensure coating quality in our production as both a bespoke and semi-custom builder will be very interesting, especially the procedures we use and why we utilise them.

Benetti produces more superyachts in one year than many yards would in 10 years, and it is my intention to share how we achieve this with consistently strong results. I am sure it will not be boring!

The Captains’ Coating Forum is an invitation only event, taking place in Antibes from 4 – 5 September 2013. For more information, or to express an interest in attending, then please contact Emma Tower at The Superyacht Events Agency at emma@thesuperyachtgroup.com. The event is hosted by Jotun, with headline sponsorship from Rolling Stock; and support from Cathelco, MarinTurk Turkuaz and Safinah.