52m Benetti yacht My Falcon begins Bilgin refit
by Zoe Dickens
The 52 metre Benetti yacht My Falcon has arrived at Turkish yard Bilgin to undergo a major refit. Delivered in 2004 with exterior design by Stefano Natucci and interiors by Lazzarini & Pickering, she underwent a refit in 2015 but, having been recently purchased by a Kuwaiti owner, she is now back in the yard for both interior and exterior improvements.
The biggest changes are expected to be made to the sun deck which is currently divided into three areas featuring multiple tables and seating areas, a bar, Jacuzzi and BBQ. The current hot tub will be replaced with a modern one surrounded by glass walls while a day head will also be added in close proximity to the hot tub.
The owner has briefed Bilgin to transform this area into a space suitable for parties and, as such, the three previous stable seating areas will be replaced with new tables that can raised and lowered depending on an event’s requirements. The seats will also be re-upholstered with more luxurious fabrics and the bar will be rebuilt with more lighting to add to the party atmosphere. Finally, state-of-the-art speakers, lasers and a DJ booth will be added to give the sun deck the air of a private night club.
Inside the colour scheme will be changed throughout the main and upper decks with the new owner expressing a preference for ebony walls. The layout of the upper deck will also be rearranged to accommodate a new bar area while decorative panels, mirrors and glass will all feature in the new interior design scheme. The main saloon, meanwhile, will remain largely untouched save for more colourful upholstery on all seating.
Current accommodation is for 12 guests in six cabins each of which will benefit from My Falcon’s new design scheme. The existing cabinets will be covered in leather while ceiling panels and headboards will be transformed in contrasting colours.
On the technical side, the automation system, hydraulic mechanism, fire detection system, main switchboard, exhaust discharge and circulating pump will all receive upgrades. She will continue to be powered by two 1,850hp Caterpillar diesel engines giving her a top speed of 16 knots.
Boasting a quick turnaround, My Falcon is expected to be ready for delivery by the end of June 2018.