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54m Benetti motor yacht Starfire for sale

14 March 2024 • Written by Georgia Boscawen

The 54-metre motor yacht Starfire has been listed for sale as a joint central agency with Richard Gray and Michael Rafferty of IYC and Carl Sputh of Northrop and Johnson.

Starfire lying in West Palm Beach asking $16,750,000

Built in steel and aluminium by the Italian shipyard, Benetti in 1997 and designed by Stefano Natucci. Starfire has a displacement hull configuration, cruising comfortably at 13 knots. The vessel had an extensive refit in 2023 from February to April following another upgrade in 2019.

MCA compliant, she has an elegant Art Deco interior by Francois Zuretti accommodating 14 guests across six cabins including a a full-beam master suite on the main deck. The master cabin has a California king bed centrally placed facing forward, complemented by a pop-up TV at the foot of the bed. The master’s full-beam bathroom, designed with honey onyx accents and gold sinks, has a huge bathtub and a shower accessible from either side.

There is also a VIP suite on board, two doubles and two twins, all with entertainment centres, television screens and en-suite bathrooms. There are also quarters for 14 crew. The colour palate throughout the yacht for sale is light, with cream free-standing furniture, wooden floors layered with hand-woven rugs and pops of blue.

Outside, the aft deck is superbly configured for al fresco entertaining and dining, with a table and chairs plus an outdoor cinema system, while the sundeck offers dining for 14 and a glass enclosed fitness centre featuring a gym, sauna and shower. Located aft is a roomy, full-beam free-standing sofa, complemented by a pop-up 42-inch TV.

"Starfire offers an excellent opportunity to purchase a highly maintained and invested 54m Benetti, that has demonstrated consistent charter performance over the past five years," says Richard Gray, head of sales UK at IYC.  "With a comprehensive refit in 2023, Starfire is ready for immediate viewings and will be on display at this year's Palm Beach International Boat Show."

During her recent 2023 refit, Starfire had several upgrades alongside other maintenance tasks. The main engines underwent a 12,000-hour service, while the stabilizers received an 8,000-hour service. Technical enhancements included the integration of a new Thrane Iridium GMDSS Unit. Replacement of shackles in the anchor chain and overhauling the windlasses were also completed among other enhancements. A major refit was also completed in 2019.

According to IYC, the vessel “has a proven track record for success on the charter market, ready for future charters.” During her time on the water, Starfire has successfully traversed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean, along with the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic, and Red Sea.

Powered by twin Deutz engines, Starfire cruises comfortably at 13 knots, with a maximum speed of 15 knots and a  range of up to 5,900 nautical miles (from its 140,000 litres fuel tanks at cruising speed). Equipped with advanced zero-speed stabilisers, the yacht minimizes side-to-side roll, ensuring comfort during rocky weather, anchored or underway.

Lying in West Palm Beach, Starfire will be on Display During The Palm Beach Show at Rybovich Marina and is asking $16,750,000.

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