Italy has long held the crown of building more superyachts than any other country, due in no small part to the success of the mighty Azimut-Benetti yard. Offering sleek styling and excellent craftsmanship, a Benetti yacht gives her owners a taste of la dolce vita.
Lorenzo Benetti, a shipyard worker, founded the yard bearing his name in 1873. The yard turned from the construction of commercial vessels to the building of motor yachts in the middle years of this century with a success that made the Benetti name a legend throughout the world.
In the early 1980s the management of the Benetti family needed restructuring, by 1985, a new player appeared upon the scene, Azimut SpA, the Turin-based yacht building company which took over the yard’s management and control.
Azimut excelled in the design, production and marketing of fibreglass motor yachts from 10 to 38 metres. The company’s forte lay in the sophistication of its management and planning techniques, the accuracy of its cost and time control mechanisms, and its sensitivity to the demands of the international marketplace.
The Azimut-Benetti group now produce pleasure craft in GRP up to 30 metres and in steel and aluminium up to 70 metres.
Reverie | 2000 | 70m | $65 million
At the time of her build Reverie was the largest superyacht by tonnage built by Benetti and, despite her 70 metre length, Reverie sleeps just 12 guests for charter in eight cabins with a further two cabins available for personal staff. A major attraction though, is that she can accommodate 18 to 24 guests for private use.
Internally, her six decks (all united by a lift) include one that is largely devoted to the owner. This includes a master suite that revels in a magnificent bedroom with panoramic forward views over the private terrace, sumptuous his-and-her bathrooms and vast walk-in dressing rooms. The deck also offers two further family cabins (each with a double and a single bed), a study, an owner’s saloon and a circular inside-outside dining room. Of the remaining guest cabins, four are identically sized double cabins with en suite bathrooms situated on the lower deck and an impressive VIP cabin, which occupies the forward element of the main deck superstructure.
Michael White at Ocean Independence comments: ‘Her massive volume, impeccable condition and recent $10 million price reduction make Reverie a must-see yacht as she’s probably the highest volume boat available at this price.’
Idyllwild | 2005 | 43.6m | €14.95 million
Idyllwild is an MCA compliant, Lloyd’s Register classed motor yacht, delivered by Benetti in 2005. The GRP-hulled Vision 145 model superyacht was designed by Stefano Righini with an interior by Francois Zuretti to the owners specification.
She can accommodate 10 guests in one master suite on the main deck, with two doubles and two twin cabins on the lower deck.
A cruising speed of 14 knots, with a maximum speed of 15 knots, is provided by two 1300hp Caterpillar diesel engines. Idyllwild boasts a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
Her broker, Jean-Marie Recamier at Camper & Nicholsons International, says, ‘Idyllwild was built for the present experienced owner under his captain’s supervision from the very beginning. Francois Zuretti was chosen for the decoration and he probably produced the best interior of the Vision series. Idyllwild was always strictly used privately and benefited from high and regular maintenance. She was recently totally repainted in Florida.’
Beverley | 2008 | 36.6m | €9.85 million
Beverley was built by Benetti in 2008 to ABS class. MCA compliant, she sleeps 10 guests in five cabins and cruises at 14 knots.
From her striking black hull to her brilliant white superstructure, oiled teak trim and highly polished stainless steel accessories Beverley is arguably the most impressive Benetti classic of all. Sun beds and oversized loungers adorn the sun deck which offers a large spa pool, fully equipped bar, barbecue and a Bose sound system.
Exterior dining is for 10 on the bridge deck aft which is complemented by a cocktail area. The contemporary interior by Geraldine Darlington is both vibrant and stylish.
Her broker at Camper & Nicholsons International, Gaston Lees-Buckley, comments: ‘Beverly cruises at an efficient 14 knots and boasts at-anchor stabilisers to ensure added comfort and stability both under way and at anchor.’
Il Odyssey | 1967 | 32.84m | €1.95 million
A classic motor yacht, Il Odyssey was built in 1967 and has been regularly upgraded and refitted, most recently in 2005. Now MCA compliant, this superyacht accommodates nine guests in a master suite, a VIP stateroom and two twin cabins, one with a Pullman berth. Twin Detroit Diesel engines power Il Odyssey to a range of 2,600 nautical miles.
Broker Jan Jaap Minnema at Fraser Yachts says, ‘The yacht has had her class surveys done and has huge sun deck spaces. With a full beam master suite, she’s ready for a new owner. Il Odyssey is one of the few classics in Bureau Veritas class and MCA compliant.’
Four Aces | 2005 | 55.8m | €36.9 million
Four Aces was designed by Stefano Natucci, and built by the Benetti yard in 2005 to Lloyd’s class and MCA. She has an interior designed by Francois Zuretti, and can accommodate up to 14 guests in a master, VIP, two doubles and two twins plus two Pullman berths. Zero speed stabilisers have been installed and she had an extensive refit and upgrades in 2009.
Says her broker, Mark Elliott at International Yacht Collection, ‘This beautiful Benetti has been updated and modified to surpass her condition when she was originally launched. Four Aces was built with a split level master suite with private access to the foredeck, a helipad, and the VIP cabin on the sky lounge deck. She has one of the largest upper sun decks with a swimming pool and spa pool.’
Quid Pro Quo | 2007 | 30.2m | €6.9 million
Quid Pro Quo was built in 2007 as one of the yard’s Tradition series. Uniquely in this series, she has a five cabin layout accommodating 10 guests in a full beam master suite, VIP stateroom and three twin cabins. Twin 1000hp Caterpillar engines give Quid Pro Quo a cruising range of 2,000 nautical miles.
Antoine Larricq, her broker at Fraser Yachts, says, ‘She is the first and only Benetti Tradition 100 built to Cayman Islands LY2 unlimited range. Her interior was custom designed by the owner’s private interior designer in a very selective and elegant style.’
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