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Federico Fiorentino teams up with Van Oossanen for 50m Belafonte concept

Milan-based designer Federico Fiorentino has teamed up with Van Oossanen Naval Architects to further develop superyacht concept The Belafonte. 

Renderings of the 50 metre aluminium yacht concept were first released in November 2014, when Fiorentino detailed she would be capable of 24 knots. 

Thanks to a preliminary study by Van Oossanen, Fiorentino has revealed that the fast displacement hull form could in fact nudge the superyacht up to 30 knots and offer significant fuel savings. At lower speeds The Belafonte could be turned into a transatlantic yacht at 13 knots and push beyond the transpacific barrier at 9 knots. 

At the time of release last year, Fiorentino called the 50 metre boat a “modern classic” and says he tried to blend classic and contemporary design, creating an ideal fusion of elegance, refinement and prestige.

The superyacht certainly has strong external lines, its racy profile falling back from an eye-catching stem and snub bow, but amid the modern touches there remains traditional elements, such as mahogany cap rails and polished steel particulars.

The Belafonte will accommodate 10 guests in five cabins. A full beam VIP suite, two twins and one double are located on the lower deck, while the owner’s full beam suite is located forward on the main deck. The owner’s suite covers an impressive 84 square meters and is one of the biggest in its class, says Fiorentino. It features a separate studio with a folding balcony, two walk-in closets and two linked bathrooms.

The main deck of the boat features a formal saloon and dining area, while the semi-enclosed upper deck is given over to informal social areas with a spectacular sky lounge. Here, an alfresco dining table can accommodate all the guests, opposite a shaded bar.

Fiorentino has ensured The Belafonte boasts plenty of open deck space and has included a large pool on the main deck and a Jacuzzi on the upper deck, both surrounded by big sunbathing areas. For more privacy there is a lounge and sunbathing area at the front of the upper deck.

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