Benetti superyacht Francine for sale
by Malcolm MacLean
Built in steel and aluminium by Italian yard Benetti to a design by Ray Harvey and Lloyds classed with delivery in 1989, she was refitted in 2006, in 2011 and again in 2014, incurring an expense in excess of $10 million. Upgrades have included fresh exterior paint, new teak decks, new furniture, rich wooden floors and much more.
Generous accommodation is for 10 guests in five cabins including a full beam master suite on the main deck and two double and two twin guest cabins below deck, all with full en suite bathroom facilities.
A meticulous interior design in light, neutral colours by Terence Disdale incorporates a large saloon with a C-shaped sofa, bar and entertainment centre in the lounge area and an expansive dining room. More casual al fresco dining is on offer on the aft bridge deck and the lower aft cockpit which seats approximately 14 guests. The cockpit could also be converted back into its former use for sports fishing with the addition of a fighting chair.
The exterior decks of this yacht for sale offer plenty of space for entertaining in style, especially the huge sun deck with its uninterrupted views and uncluttered teak decking. Owned by an experienced yachting family for many years, Francine has never been chartered but could serve equally well as a private yacht or a commercial proposition for a shrewd buyer. Twin 1,937hp Caterpillar engines power her to a cruising speed of 13 knots and a maximum speed of 18 knots.
Lying in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Francine is asking $7,950,000.