Benetti launches 63 metre superyacht Metis
by Zoe Dickens
Construction on the steel and aluminium yacht began on speculation in December 2016 in Livorno before the yacht was sold to a German buyer by Yacht Moments, which has also overseen project management. Metis features a modern exterior design defined by a long vertical bow by Giorgio M Casetta and innovative interiors by London-based studio Bannenberg & Rowell and Birgit Otte Interior Design.
This fully custom yacht features accommodation for 12 guests split across eight cabins including a huge owner's suite spanning 162 square metres on the upper deck. The highly private space boasts panoramic views through windows surrounding almost the entire perimeter and, along with the master cabin, offers two bathrooms with walk-in wardrobes, a lounge area and 55 square metre terrace with touch and go helipad.
Another key aspect of Metis is the superyacht beach club, which features fold-out sections on both sides and at the stern, to promote a strong sense of interaction with the sea. Meanwhile, the main deck saloon features an open plan layout, with the lounge flowing seamlessly into the dining area. Both of these areas, in addition to the lounge area on the upper deck, are skewed at a 30 degree angle when compared to more traditional layouts to offer unusual vantage points from which to enjoy sea views.
The assymetric layout allows space for a children's playroom and nanny suite on the main deck while crew accommodation for 12 is found on the lower deck. A captain's cabin is found aft of the helm station on the bridge deck which also offers a sun deck with dining table, bar, hot tub and sun pads. Interior design throughout is described as modern with materials including bleached oak, carbon fibre and leather.
“While every launch is the source of great pride for us, Metis represents something special: her owner, together with Yacht Moments, allows us to enhance our presence in the strategically important German market. As always, we are very pleased to act as spokespeople for ‘Made in Italy’ excellence worldwide,” said Benetti CEO Franco Fusignani.
Metis is powered by twin MTU 12V4000M53 engines for a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising range of 5,000nm at 12 knots.