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Benetti announces launch of new Tradition Supreme 108 motor yacht MY PARADIS (BK001)

June 23, 2014

Benetti Shipyard is proud to announce that the all-new BK001 motor yacht ‘My Paradis’ was officially launched, with the Owner in attendance. Superyacht ‘My Paradis’ represents the first of three 108-foot Tradition Supreme vessels, the new entry level tri-deck in the Benetti Class Range Displacement line. She will make her official premiere at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, running from September 9 to 14.

Tradition Supreme 108 motor yacht MY PARADIS (BK001) at launch

Tradition Supreme 108 motor yacht MY PARADIS (BK001) at launch

Important innovations in the engine room: the new My Paradis yacht has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow to navigate, as well as with the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors.

Superyacht My Paradis on the water

Superyacht My Paradis on the water

With the launching of luxury yacht My Paradis, Benetti unveils the new Tradition Supreme 108′, part of the Benetti Class Range Displacement line of composite yachts from 93′-145′. In doing so, Benetti reinforces its leadership position, with the new Tradition Supreme 108′ featuring extremely innovative stylistic and technical elements.

Tradition Supreme 108 super yacht MY PARADIS

Tradition Supreme 108 super yacht MY PARADIS

Tradition Supreme 108 luxury yacht MY PARADIS

Tradition Supreme 108 luxury yacht MY PARADIS

With exteriors by Stefano Righini, My Paradis superyacht includes three decks and a sun deck. The sun deck is this boat’s hallmark feature. Its carbon fibre roll bar, upper section of the superstructure and hard top have been selected to ensure a lightweight structure with enhanced stability. The sun deck is also noteworthy for its circulation. There are two access points, an internal and external one, which provide maximum privacy for the Owner and guests. Indeed, the entire sun deck has been made use of. In addition to the stunning Spa Pool and elegant dining table for 10 in the centre, there is also comfortable sunpad seating towards the stern and a sofa with forward facing storage next to the exterior piloting station.

Luxury yacht MY PARADIS

Luxury yacht MY PARADIS

On the upper deck, there is a skylounge with windows on three sides and a sliding door leading out to the exterior salon for amazing views. It is also equipped with a spectacular Turkish bath complete with skylight so you can lie back and relax, gazing up at the sky.

Motor yacht MY PARADIS

Motor yacht MY PARADIS

The interiors accentuate the sense of space and light using contrasting colours and shadows. The walls are clad with different thickness decking arranged in a random pattern. This makes for a very unusual 3D effect with a play of light and shadow, further accentuated by the large amounts of glazing connecting the interior and exterior spaces. The light-drenched quality of the interiors is also enhanced by the pairing of light oak with darker wood that lets the natural light reflect off the different angled surfaces. The light design also includes strategically located LEDs to recreate the same effect after daylight hours.

The decision to use 3D dynamic walls rather than smooth ones provides a kind of interactive background that actually accommodates a wide range of décor options, offering ample customisation opportunities. On the Tradition Supreme 108′ the Owner can choose from a wide array of furnishing options, depending on their personal style and brand preferences.

MY PARADIS Yacht - Spa Pool

MY PARADIS Yacht - Spa Pool

As a case in point, the main deck of My Paradis yacht has a very interesting custom layout. The area traditionally devoted to the dining area has been integrated with the salon, creating a single open space that includes a lounge and bar area. The room is filled with natural light and enjoys uninterrupted and breathtaking water views thanks to its full-height windows. The designers also took a very innovative approach and lowered the exterior washboard to match the glass height, virtually eliminating any visual barrier between the interiors and the water beyond. The washboard is also “cut back” at the full-height window in the Owner’s cabin, allowing natural light to fill the suite to great effect.

Motor Yacht MY PARADIS

Motor Yacht MY PARADIS

Per Owner request, the crew dinette on My Paradis yacht is located on the main deck instead of the lower deck; in its place is a large refrigeration unit.

My Paradis yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests. There are four VIP cabins on the lower deck. The Owner’s apartment is on the main deck at full beam. There is a sense of drama in the bathrooms, where the same “interactive” finishes have been used, this time in the 100% mosaic showers. Here too there is a play of uneven surfaces, again reinforced by strategically placed LEDs.

MY PARADIS yacht - accommodation

MY PARADIS yacht - accommodation

Important innovations in the engine room too: in accordance with the emerging trends in the market, the yacht has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow you to navigate, as well as the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors connected directly to the regulators / inverters of the main diesel-electric propulsion. The electric motors are powered directly by generators allowing to navigate up to a speed of about 6 knots. Onboard generators are used as the only source of propulsion and power for various devices. This configuration will allow to minimize noise and vibration while maximizing comfort.

Luxury superyacht MY PARADIS

Luxury superyacht MY PARADIS

The electric one is also an auxiliary propulsion in support of the main motor. Just to give an example, the efficiency guaranteed by a low power motor (35 kW) at low speed (6/7 nodes), typical in night transfers, is certainly better than a more powerful engine which can not be used too long in this mode.

To maximise onboard comfort and reduce energy use, the boatyard has equipped My Paradis yacht as well as all Benetti Class models with a CMC Marine electrical fin stabiliser. Compared to traditional systems, the electrical pin stabilisers ensure reduced noise, increased functionality, reduced electricity usage, and ease of maintenance.

Main Characteristics of Benetti BK001 motor yacht My Paradis:

Builder Azimut Benetti Spa – Benetti Shipyard
Naval Architecture Azimut Benetti Spa – Benetti Technical Department
Concept + Exterior Designer Stefano Righini
Interior designer-decorator Ufficio stile Benetti
Class register C X HULL |MACH Y. – COMPLIANCE WITH LARGE YACHT CODE ( LY2 )
Flag of registry: MALTA

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

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

June 16, 2014

The outstanding 59-metre Benetti motor yacht Meamina is using Yacht Carbon Offset’s service to counteract the greenhouse gas impact of all fuel delivered to the yacht. Superyacht Meamina is exploring ways to improve environmental performance in all areas of operation.

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

Meamina yacht has completed another busy luxury yacht charter season in the Caribbean and is back chartering in the Mediterranean for the summer. Meanwhile, Yacht Carbon Offset is matching the greenhouse gas emissions from her engines & generators, tonne for tonne, with equivalent emissions reductions from verified green energy projects.

Steve Barker, Meamina’s Captain commented: “Motor Yacht Meamina is evolving this year, operating in a more environmentally responsible way. Without compromising our very high chartering standards, we will re-evaluate many areas of daily operations, both behind the scenes and in providing greener choices to guests on-board. Though we already do seek to be fuel efficient, the fuel demands of a powerful, luxurious Yacht like Meamina are vast. So it is great we can respond effectively and economically to her greenhouse gas impact with Yacht Carbon Offset.”

Yacht Carbon Offset’s Mark Robinson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Meamina as the latest superyacht to counteract her carbon footprint. This is increasingly important to many owners & charterers, especially those that are high profile or who are concerned about the impact that their lifestyle may have on the climate. Meamina will be using a Gold Standard renewable energy project in Turkey for her initial carbon offset programme. This project is dependent on carbon funding, so Meamina’s action makes a real difference. It is lovely to work with this elegant yacht and we thank all on board for their decision to proceed.”

Yacht Carbon Offset provides a fully-documented service for those that own and enjoy the world’s leading superyachts and has Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification.

New 47m motor yacht ANASTASIA K (FB503) launched by Benetti Yachts

May 22, 2014

Measuring 47 meters in length over all, the brand new motor yacht FB503, presumably called motor yacht ‘Anastasia K’, has been successfully launched by the leading Italian shipyard, Benetti. Below is a photo of her sister ship – FB502 luxury yacht Panthera, launched in 2013. The official information about the launch of superyacht Anastasia K is still expected to be released by the shipyard.

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti - a sister ship to super yacht Anastasia K (FB503)

47m superyacht Panthera (FB502) by Benetti - a sister ship to super yacht Anastasia K (FB503)

The all-aluminium 47-metre superyacht Anastasia K (Project FB503) has been superbly penned by bespoke Stefano Natucci from Italy.

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Benetti.

Launch of Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht LATIKO (BV019)

May 21, 2014

The all-new Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht Latiko, previously known as hull BV019, has recently hit the water at the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. Superyacht Latiko has been beautifully penned by Stefano Righini, with interior design by Francois Zuretti. Her delivery is scheduled for June 2014. Below is a photo of Latiko’s sister ship – BV018 luxury yacht Checkmate, launched in 2012. The official information about the latest Benetti launch is still expected to be released by the shipyard.

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE (BV018) - a sister ship to super yacht LATIKO (BV019)

Motor Yacht CHECKMATE (BV018) - a sister ship to super yacht LATIKO (BV019)

Benetti Hull BV019 luxury yacht Latiko can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests and a crew of 9.

Built in composite, the 145-foot super yacht Latiko (BV019) is powered by twin Caterpillar C32 Acert diesel engines. She is expected to reach a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Benetti.

Adriatic Yacht Holiday aboard 54m Benetti Charter Yacht STARFIRE

May 20, 2014

Escape the everyday life and enjoy a fabulous Adriatic yacht holiday aboard the 54m (178ft) Benetti charter yacht Starfire this summer! An Adriatic yacht charter can be a blissful way to spend a week and it is second to none when it comes to discovering such beautiful Mediterranean countries, as Greece, Montenegro, Croatia or the eastern coast of Italy. Lap up the luxury of some of Europe’s most ancient and inspiring sights, under the heat of the sun as it makes the sea sparkle all around you.

Yacht STARFIRE

Yacht STARFIRE

With so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin. The Adriatic superyacht charter itinerary below should offer some insights and guidance to ensure that a week spent exploring this wonderful region includes beach time, historic sights, fine food and much more.

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - Spa Pool

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - Spa Pool

ADRIATIC SUPERYACHT CHARTER ITINERARY

To guide your next Adriatic charter, Captain Sputh of MY Starfire, a 178′ luxury yacht for charter, gives you his insider’s tips on what to do on an eight day adventure.

Day One:  Corfu

Start your tour at the delightful island of Corfu – a famous Greece yacht holiday destination, stopping at Myrtiotissa beach for a morning of pure relaxation, alternating between sunbathing and cooling dips in the sea. For the afternoon, wander a little way up the road to visit the historic Myrtiotissa monastery, stopping for a delicious, homely lunch at the Bella Vista taverna on the way.

Day Two: Ulcinj

From Corfu, head to Montenegro’s southernmost town of Ulcinj, which sits prettily on the water’s edge. With some of the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro, as well as a quaint old town in which to lose yourself in the winding streets, Ulcinj provides a full day of exploration, as well as relaxation time on the sand.

Day Three: Herceg Novi

Further along the coastline, stop off at Herceg Novi, an appealing town to include in any Montenegro yacht charter itinerary, situated at the base of Mount Orjen. Spend the day visiting the cluster of exceptionally pretty beaches reached by boat from Herceg Novi, such as Miriste or Zanjic, or delving into the town itself to take in sights such as the castle Forte Mare, the Kanli tower and the St. Michael Archangel church. At night, head into town for dinner, accessing it via the old town gate in order to admire the clock tower lit up in all its glory.

BIG BEACH - ULCINJ - Montenegro - Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

BIG BEACH - ULCINJ - Montenegro - Photo credit Branko Banjo Cejovic

Day Four: Korcula

From Montenegro, insert Croatia yacht charter in your vacation and head to the small island of Korcula, which makes for beautiful anchorage just off the Dalmatian coast. A day meandering around the quaint town on foot is well worth it and be sure to sample the local seafood, olives and wine to make the most of your day of exploration.

Day Five: Trogir

The lively Croatian town of Trogir makes for the perfect stop after the quiet charm of Korcula. Spend a leisurely morning exploring the many lovely nearby bays, before heading into town for a late lunch of wonderfully fresh seafood at Piccolo Ponte in the old town. The afternoon can be spent visiting a selection of the town’s many palaces, towers and churches, including the town’s most famous building – the church of St Lawrence.

Day Six: Mali Losinj

Continuing with Croatia luxury yacht charter, head to Mali Losinj next, being ready to admire the beautiful view of the town from the water as you approach. Follow the coast until you find the bay of your choice (there is an ample supply to choose from), then spend the day relaxing in the sun and frolicking in the delightfully clear and warm water.

Croatia yacht charter - Korcula city walls - Image credit to Korcula Tourist Board

Croatia yacht charter - Korcula city walls - Image credit to Korcula Tourist Board

Day Seven: Venice

Finish the week in the wonderfully romantic Italian city of Venice, with its myriad canals, lively shopping scene and original examples of Venetian architecture. At night, enjoy the starlight reflecting off the canals as you dine al fresco at one of the city’s many fine dining establishments, before heading to the opera to end the week in true Italian style.

Day Eight: Venice

Venice is so intoxicating that you must simply stay for another day. Take a tender ride to nearby Murano to admire the gifted glassblowing artist at work.  Don’t be surprised if you come back with arms full of glass blown masterpieces. Nothing beats buying a Murano vase in Murano.

Starfire Yacht - Watersports

Starfire Yacht - Watersports

About Superyacht STARFIRE

Luxury superyacht STARFIRE is an elegant Benetti-built vessel, with a number of refits since her launch in 1998. The latest refit in 2012 provided Starfire with beautiful new interior styling transformation from Traditional Orient to Art Deco. She is furnished with lovely custom-made furniture, coupled with exquisite fabrics and materials, creating a stylish and inviting yacht.

Main deck saloon aboard luxurious STARFIRE yacht by Benetti

Main deck saloon aboard luxurious STARFIRE yacht by Benetti

Conscientious expertise, craftsmanship and care have been worked into the construction and refits to ensure that she looks and performs to the highest level. That professionalism is now carried on by a vibrant and friendly crew who are waiting to welcome you aboard.

Enjoy your stay aboard STARFIRE

Enjoy your stay aboard STARFIRE

Accommodation layout was created to offer 12 charter guests with the ultimate in comfort and luxury in 6 lovely and spacious cabins, including one master cabin, two twin cabins with Pullman bunk, two cabins with queen beds and an additional cabin with a king-sized bed. Starfire’s crew have a separate companionway and accommodation.

Luxury yacht Starfire

Luxury yacht Starfire

For more information about chartering STARFIRE yacht, contact our experienced charter brokers here.

Bio: Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of Luxury super yacht Starfire, a 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.

Images provided by MY Starfire & LuxeInACity.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

May 15, 2014

The winners of this year’s 10th Asia Boating Awards were unveiled during a black-tie gala at Hotel ICON in Kowloon East on the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, which took place from May 9 to 11. The Awards are annually organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines.

Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

The Asia Boating Awards 2014 Winners

Bringing together industry leaders from Asia and around the world – as well as VIPs such as Dr. Cecil Chao, and Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Jenny Chau – the theme of the evening was The Great Gatsby, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails such as Grey Goose martinis and Dewar’s whisky, followed by a gourmet dinner, the awards presentations and performances by jazz dancers. Also on hand were representatives of the Hong Kong charity Yan Oi Tong, Chairperson Ms. Jenny Ng Ming-Chun and 1st Vice Chairperson Ms. Clarea Au Suet-Ming, who received a cheque for HK$100,000 on the charity’s behalf.

“This was a very special evening for all of the guests, nominees and, of course, the winners who have worked so hard to make their companies, brands and boats a success in Asia, especially in Mainland China. It was also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the awards, as well as China Boating magazine,” says Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine. “I want to thank all of the people working in the yachting industry, both here and abroad, and our sponsors for their continued support in cementing Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating as the region’s leading yacht titles.”

In recognising the growing China market and environmental issues, the 2014 awards featured three used categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year. The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and luxury yacht marinas.

The list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

This year Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.

The 2014 Asia Boating Awards Winners are:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Horizon Yachts, Taiwan / China

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Gulf Craft, UAE

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Graft motor yacht Majesty 48

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Gulf Craft luxury yacht Majesty 63

Best Asian Built Yacht

NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

NISI 1700 Yacht

NISI 1700 Yacht

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Superyacht MCY 86

Superyacht MCY 86

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year

Sanya Serenity Marina

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Best Asian Marina of the Year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Regatta of the Year

Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines

Personality of the Year

Arthur Tay

Best Yacht Design of the Year

Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galactica Star Yacht - Photo by Jeff Brown

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year

Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Marina at Keppel Bay positioned in the beautiful Asia yacht charter destination - Singapore

Best Brand Presence in China

Ferretti Yachts

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts

Superyacht LADY CANDY – A jewel of the Benetti family

May 13, 2014

In a perfect marriage between East and West, Benetti superyacht Lady Candy (FB260) represents 56 metres of style, class and superior performance. Luxury motor yacht Lady Cande offers the ultimate in comfort, beauty, as well as technology, for a totally relaxing cruising experience.

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy (FB260) - Image credit to Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Benetti superyacht Lady Candy (FB260) - Image credit to Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

The style of Italian yacht design masters, the Benetti boatyard’s technological prowess, and the Owner’s magic touch of the East combine to create a 56-metre yacht whose class is matched only by its outstanding performance: Lady Candy, the latest jewel of the Benetti family.

The Benetti boatyard in Livorno launched the motor yacht Lady Candy (Unit No. FB260) late last May 2013. 100% steel and aluminium, the 56-metre vessel is built on a time-tested naval architecture platform with proven dependability in previous yachts. For Lady Candy, this platform was partially modified with the repositioning of the wheelhouse on the sun deck and the associated widening of the beam.

Luxury motor yacht Lady Candy - Image credit to Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury motor yacht Lady Candy - Image credit to Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht “Lady Candy” combines interior spaces worthy of a 56-metre vessel with outstanding performance, including a maximum speed of nearly 17 knots, comfort which translates into stability, and almost zero associated vibrations and noise.

With naval design from Benetti together with styling from Captain Paul Brackley’s Central Yacht Design Studio, the exterior lines of “Lady Candy” superyacht have a clearly contemporary feel without diminishing the timeless elegance Benetti yachts are known for. The 962-tonne superyacht Lady Candy is majestic yet streamlined, with the five decks highlighted by a harmonious movement stemming from the contrast of the long bands of tinted windows at the upper decks against the white hull.

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

The expert Owner of Lady Candy yacht is from Asia and is a great enthusiast of the sea and diving. He plans to enjoy Lady Candy together with his family and friends. The Owner played an active role in the design of his yacht; he had a particularly strong impact on the interior layout which was custom-designed for him by Central Yacht.

For example, the Owner explicitly requested that the interiors be given priority over the exteriors, creating an enormous and exciting main saloon that covers 88 m2 of the main deck; he also had his and his daughter’s cabins moved to the upper deck to maximise privacy. The Owner was also directly involved in the interior styling and furnishing, which was designed by Central Yacht and the USA interior architecture firm BAMO (the latter having just furnished some of the Owner’s other properties).

Lady Candy superyacht - Decks - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Lady Candy superyacht - Decks - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

The interiors of luxury yacht Lady Candy are simple and welcoming. Briar root wood predominates and is combined with soft colours like lilac and jade, reflecting an “international” aesthetic that unites the East and West.

The architects and designers worked with the Owner to develop a design object which is beyond the merely “fashionable”, paying close attention to every detail. This quality is also found in the creation of “custom” spaces to meet the Owner’s special specifications.

Motor yacht Lady Candy - front view - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Motor yacht Lady Candy - front view - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

For example, since the Owner is a diving and underwater enthusiast, the opportunity could not be passed up to locate a fully equipped beach club, complete with bar, gymnasium, steam shower, bathroom and living area right next to the swimming platform, including separate
entrances for guests and crew.

Superyacht Lady Candy has four decks connected by a central lift that opens onto an elegant lobby leading to various spaces. To this deck is added an additional lower deck for the engine room, mechanical rooms, and various stowage areas critical to ensuring efficiency and autonomy, the laundry room, and other service areas).

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - side view - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - side view - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

The four guest cabins can be found on the lower deck. There are two twin-sized cabins with twin beds and two with queen beds; all with desk-vanity, large closets, and spacious bathrooms. Towards the bow, with separate access, there are five cabins and common areas for the 12- person crew. Abaft, is the large engine room and still further astern is the beach club adjacent to the exterior swimming platform with a view directly out over the water: the perfect place for the Owner’s diving activities.

The main deck welcomes guests with an enormous saloon, bar, and lobby area with ample sofas for relaxing and a large dining room with circular table that seats 14, as well as a powder room. Further to the bow, on the port side, there is a professional kitchen and to starboard, a media room with a 70″ screen and Dolby surround sound speakers. Even further to the bow is the garage for the 7.3 metre Tendershipyard TS 73 tender. Regardless of the weather conditions, the launch can be easily manoeuvred from above by opening the side door and operating a simple launching-hauling system. The garage also accommodates two jet skis, assorted water toys and a cavernous chilled garbage locker for extended cruising. Astern of the saloon, there is the large cockpit with an enormous sofa and armchairs.

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Exterior - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Exterior - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

The upper deck of “Lady Candy” yacht is devoted to the Owner and his daughter (who the boat is named after) as well as other prestigious guests. This is where the boat Owner and VIP suites are located. The VIP suite is to the bow and enjoys a marvellous water view thanks to the 180° circular window; the suite includes a dressing room, vanity, sofa, bathroom with double sinks, shower, and a bathtub. The Owner’s apartment is astern and includes a panoramic saloon, private office, lounge area, and large bathroom with two toilets separated by a shower. Forward of the cabin is the private VIP terrace. VIP guests need not to be disturbed by crew at any time as they have a secret access to the foredeck through the tender garage below.

The Owner also enjoys a private terrace with direct access via panoramic glazing from the actual bedroom area. This deck also includes a massage room, a typical feature found in the Asian culture.

Aboard Lady Candy Yacht - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Aboard Lady Candy Yacht - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

In addition to hosting the wheelhouse, the sun deck also functions as a large open air terrace with sofas, a Spa Pool, covered cooking area with extractor and a large dining table. There is a hideaway minibar complete with stools custom-designed by the boatyard per the Owner’s specific request.

In terms of performance, superyacht “Lady Candy” enables sustained speeds and optimal cruising comfort. Maximum speed is approximately 17 knots, while cruising speed is 16 knots. Fuel-economy speed is 12 knots, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. The engine room has two 1.320 kW MTU 12V 4000 engines and two 175 kW Cat C9 Genset generators.

Lady Candy superyacht - Saloon - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Lady Candy superyacht - Saloon - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

It is an extremely refined vessel, the perfect on-the-water home, one which is proportionally sized and where spaces are used to their fullest, making it possible to navigate in small bays and overnight in ports free of crowds. Lady Candy yacht embodies the world class quality that the Benetti boatyard is known for around the world.

Captain Paul Brackley, Head of Central Yacht, is very satisfied; he worked with the boatyard to come up with the concept, exterior style, and interior plan: “This is our third project with Benetti. The first one was back in 2005: the 65-metre mega yacht Ambrosia, an award winning and technologically advanced vessel with a hybrid diesel-electric drive; it was the first yacht in the world with ABB compact Azipod propulsion system. This was followed by the 60-metre superyacht Xanadu with which we won Robb Report “Best of the Best” charter yacht in 2009.

Lady Candy Yacht - Dining - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Lady Candy Yacht - Dining - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Ambrosia was the first design where Central Yacht acted as the Owner’s representative. Lady Candy is the first yacht to be developed directly by us, and it has proved to be a resounding success, receiving various nominations in design competitions, in addition to having numerous articles written about it. Central Yacht boasts a list of successful collaborations with Benetti. This has meant that the Owner can count on the synergetic collaboration between the two companies since we have always worked well together during all phases of the construction process. The result is an extraordinary yacht, and definitely one that represents an added value.

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Cabin - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Luxury yacht Lady Candy - Cabin - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

We have developed a totally original profile and an interior design based on Benetti’s highly successful technical platform. This has given the client the security of having a unique yacht based on a proven design and with guaranteed performance, not to mention delivery ahed of schedule with no costly and surprising change orders.

Superyacht Lady Candy - Cabin - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Superyacht Lady Candy - Cabin - Image by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Benetti and Central Yacht have worked together to develop new design solutions in response to the most practical yacht management issues; the end result is delivering the Owner a boat which is very easy to handle and maintain. We choose to work with the Benetti boatyard not just for its absolute construction excellence, but also for its flexibility and availability which has allowed the Owner to be more involved (and
experience greater satisfaction) during the different construction phases.”

Lady Candy Yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Lady Candy Yacht - Bathroom - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

TECHNICAL SHEET OF LADY CANDY YACHT:

Length overall 56 mt
Waterline Length 49 Mt
Beam max 10,6 mt
Draft, loaded 3,55 mt
Full Load Displacement 750-800 tons
Half Load Displacement Tons
Gross tonnage 962 GT
Fuel tank capacity 130.000 lt
Fresh water capacity 30.000 lt
Black/ Grey water capacity 11.000 lt
Accommodation for Owner & Guests 12 persons in 6 cabins
Accommodation for Crew 14 persons in 7 cabins
Main engines N°2 MTU 12V 4000 M53 – 1.320kW @ 1800 RPM
Gear box N°2 ZF 7661
Generators N°2 x 175 kW Cat C9 Genset – 400V – 50hz
Water maker IDROMAR MC12 DUPLEX
Bow/stern thruster SAMOS VT140 400V 150KW
Stabilizers Naiad – Zero Speed system
Maximum speed (1/3 load displacement) ~ 17 knots
Speed at fuel stop power 85% MCR ~ 16 knots
Range speed @ 12kn ~ 5.000 nm

Motor yacht Lady Candy - Engine Room - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

Motor yacht Lady Candy - Engine Room - Photo by Jeff Brown Superyacht Media

BENETTI FB260 YACHT “LADY CANDY”– MAIN INFORMATION:

Date of sale November 2010
Date of launch May 2013
Date of delivery August 2013
Builder Azimut Benetti Spa – Benetti Shipyard
Naval Architecture Azimut Benetti Spa – Benetti Technical Department
Concept + Exterior designer Central Yacht
Interior designer + decorator Central yacht/BAMO
Class register LLOYDS
Flag of registry: CAYMAN
Flag administration in charge of compliance & type of compliance:
– Certificate of Class
– Certificate of Compliance with the Large Commercial compliance & type of compliance Yacht Code (LY2)
– International Load Line Certificate
– International Tonnage Certificate
– International Safety Radio Certificate and GMDSS Area 3 Radio Certificate
– International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) including SOPEP
– International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate (ISPP)
– International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP)
– International Suez Tonnage Certificate
– International Panama Tonnage Certificate
– Stability information booklet approved by Flag Administration
– Cargo Ship Safety Construction
– Cargo Ship Safety Equipment

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Benetti.

Double Triumph for Azimut Benetti Group at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 12, 2014

The Azimut|Benetti Group, is thrilled to announce that during this year’s 10th Asia Boating Awards ceremony, the first prize in the category “Best Brand Presence in Asia” was awarded to Azimut Yachts, the Group brand dedicated to the design and construction of yachts measuring up to 120 feet in length, while the striking 56-meter Benetti superyacht “Lady Candy” ranked first in the category “Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht”.

56-meter Benetti superyacht "Lady Candy" ranked first in the category "Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht"

56-meter Benetti superyacht "Lady Candy" ranked first in the category "Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht"

The Azimut|Benetti Group has received new major awards, rewarding its efforts to consolidate its leadership position on the Asian market, owed entirely to the experience gained in over 20 years of continuous presence in the territory.

Both brands of the Italian leading manufacturer of luxury yachts obtained significant recognition on the occasion of the tenth Asia Boating Awards organized by Blu Inc., the group that publishes the magazines “Asia Pacific Boating” and “China Boating” and serves as an important point of reference for the industry in Asia Pacific area.

“For our Group, such recognition represents an important sign of appreciation from the Asian market, and in particular, China,” said Francesco Luppi, CEO of Azimut|Benetti Group. “We continuously pursue our commitment to grow and strengthen our brands in this area, and in recent years, in particular, we have initiated new projects, including the introduction of the much appreciated Azimut Yachts Dragon collection, specifically dedicated to the needs and lifestyle of Chinese boat owners. We intend to continue refining all our models, in line with our philosophy, to best suit the tastes of our customers.

The success of the direction taken by the company is further confirmed by the acknowledgement conferred on Benetti luxury yacht Lady Candy. This yacht is the result of a collaboration between the Italian shipyard and Paul Brackely, Head of Central Yacht who worked with the boatyard to come up with the concept, exterior style, and interior plan, reflects the perfect match between East and West: Italian capacity for innovation and quality, for a boat built in the likeness of its Chinese owner.”

Inaugural Panama International Boat Show, June 20 – 22, 2014

May 06, 2014

Show Management has announced commitments from key exhibitors for the very first Panama International Boat Show. The event is expected to run at the Flamenco Marina on Flamenco Island in the fabulous Central America yacht charter destination – Panama from June 20 through June 22, 2014.

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Confirmed to date are Sanlorenzo; HMY Yachts; Evermarine representing Benetti, Azimut, Bertram, Tiara and Boston Whaler; Galati Yacht Sales; Maspor Marine representing Pursuit, Rampage, Tiara, Jupiter, Cruisers, Spencer and Princess; Novey Marine representing Viking, Luhrs and Silverton; Andromeda representing Riviera, Belize and Lagoon; Intrepid Powerboats; Outer Reef Yachts; and Quality Yachts representing Ferretti, Mochi Craft, Pershing, Cobia, Rinker, Cobalt, Scout, Monterey and Formula.

“Being part of the inaugural Panama International Boat Show is an excellent opportunity to attract new clients, while also enhancing our profile on a global scale,” said Nellys Martínez of Evermarine. “In addition to representing prestigious luxury yacht manufacturers including Benetti and Azimut, as well as sport fishing yachts including Viking, Bertram and Tiara, we will have a variety of options in the small fishing boat category from renowned brands such as Boston Whaler and Robalo and a great selection of pre-owned boats. There will something for everyone and every budget.”

Many exhibitors cite the growth of yachting in the region as the reason why they have made the decision to participate in the inaugural event.

“We’ve decided to exhibit at the Panama show for several reasons,” said Boomer Jousma, sales executive and boat show coordinator with Sanlorenzo, a company that is actively looking to expand its product across all of the Americas. “There has been a significant increase in sales over the past two years in the Central and South American markets. We will be delivering a new SL 94 yacht to a client in August.”

“We believe there is unmet demand for boats, particularly in the 30-to-60-foot range, with few dealers that cater to this segment of the market in Central America,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, which also produces the world-famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

“Panama is an excellent location for a boat show,” Zimbalist said, “with its economic and political stability, favorable tax policies and its appeal to high net worth visitors.”

With enthusiastic support from the Ministry of Tourism and the Maritime Administration, show organizers plan to cater to buyers from Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela, among other countries in Central and South America.

Conveniently located near downtown Panama City, Flamenco Marina is a flourishing tourist attraction with a wide range of marina amenities, including 238 slips protected by two breakwaters, a dry-stack facility, 24-hour security, marine firefighters on site, a fuel dock with low sulfur diesel and non-ethanol gasoline, disposal of foreign garbage, Wi-Fi, nine onsite restaurants, transportation assistance, fishing and private trip charter services, bilingual staff, and onsite government offices. A new section of the marina has been earmarked for the boat show.

The Panama International Boat Show is sponsored by AutoStar, Flamenco Marina, Fuerte Amador Resort & Marina, Panama Fishing Magazine, Nevegante TV, Panama The Way, BoatShowHotels and AIM Marine Group.

Additional images of Benetti Delfino 93 Yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

April 22, 2014

Luxury motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) represents the fifth vessel in the Benetti Delfino 93 series and the first Benetti built for a Brazilian Owner. The biggest yacht ever displayed at the Rio Boat Show, the 28,5-metre superyacht ZAPHIRA is now the star of Brazilian yachting life, following her successful debut in Brazil. Below are some additional images of this jewel, which represents the ultimate synthesis of the Italian boatyard’s extensive experience and quality.

Benetti Delfino 93 superyacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Benetti Delfino 93 superyacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - aft view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - aft view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht running - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht running - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Motor yacht ZAPHIRA - side view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Motor yacht ZAPHIRA - side view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - front view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - front view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht by Benetti - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht by Benetti - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Aboard ZAPHIRA superyacht - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Aboard ZAPHIRA superyacht - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - Exterior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - Exterior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Wheelhouse - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Wheelhouse - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - Interior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - Interior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA superyacht - Saloon - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA superyacht - Saloon - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Cabin - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Cabin - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre