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Benetti launches first 37m Motopanfilo yacht

30 July 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

The first hull in Benetti's 37m 1960s-inspired Motopanfilo yacht model has hit the water for the first time in Viareggio, Italy. 

The yacht is due for delivery in September after making its international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. It comes after the Italian yard revealed the displacement yacht design for first time in December 2020. The yacht was inspired by the yachting tradition and lifestyle of the 1960s called the Motopanfilo.

The design was inspired by the yachting tradition of the 1960s, called Motopanfilo

Benetti teamed up with exterior designer Francesco Struglia to reinvent the design and style of past Benetti yachts, creating a “design for today”.

The exterior is described as “clean-cut”, with “tapering forms” and plenty of exterior volume. The stern has been treated to a 21st century revamp and features a spacious beach club and large bathing platform, while the tender garage has been tucked away to the side.

Elsewhere, an observation deck has been placed above the hard top and is described as an “intimate fourth deck” for star or sea gazing.

The interior has been penned by Italian studio Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, which focused on giving a “contemporary makeover” to the nautical traditions of the past.

The saloon features warm, light wood on the floors and curved ceilings while touches of white and blue are seen throughout. The cabin walls also follow the gentle curve of the hull, embracing the design of the yacht. Accommodation is for a total of 10 guests in an owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck and a further four guest cabins on the lower deck. Here, owners have the option to install a small sauna.

Studio Lazzarini Pickering Architetti focused on giving a “contemporary makeover” to the nautical traditions

The studio also focused on maximising the impression of space and light inside the interior, combining the vast windows with the use of mirrored surfaces to increase the perception of interior space and emphasise ocean views.

A number of engine options are available for owners, providing a maximum speed between 16 and 18 knots and a range of 3,800 nautical miles at 10 knots.

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