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The winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2019

The winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2019

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Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 1,999GT:Spectre

Length: 69.3m

Builder: Benetti

Naval architect: Mulder Design

Exterior design: Giorgio M. Cassetta

Interior design: Benetti

This was yet another class in which all the competitors are superb vessels, but a winner had to be chosen, and after long deliberation, the Judges homed in on the 69-metre Benetti, Spectre.

Built for an experienced yacht owner with very specific requirements, this was never going to be a ‘standard’ yacht, but in the Judges’ view, Benetti met all of his requests in admirable fashion. Perhaps the most complicated demand for Benetti to solve was the requirement for a top speed of 21-knots, around 5-knots faster than previous builds of this size. This was accomplished by naval architects Mulder Design, who created an easily driven fast displacement hull while reducing hull weight by some 133-tonnes over a similar hull, maintaining structural integrity in critical areas with carbon-fibre reinforcement.

At the same time, engine power was also increased, but Spectre still has an excellent economical cruising range of 6,500nm. The Judges also admired the yacht’s exterior styling by Giorgio Cassetta, whose flowing lines belie her interior volume which, at 1,790GT, is the largest in this class. Also admired was the layout of the yacht, which incorporates a wide range of desirable facilities, including a well-proportioned master cabin with panoramic views forward, a large VIP cabin and a gym with direct access to the water over a fold-down platform. On the technical side, the yacht boasts a large tank deck technical area housing ancillary equipment that would otherwise clutter the engine room, an excellent laundry and a spacious crew mess area. All this added up to the Judges’ view that in Spectre, Benetti has created a highly sophisticated yacht, and this made her a decisive winner.

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