Italian shipyard Benetti has added two new models to its fleet and announced a new deck design that follows in the footsteps of the successful Oasis deck.
Revealed during the Monaco Yacht Show, the new models are both flagships of their lines: the Motopanfilo 45M and the B.Yond 55M. Both will be built in steel and will each have a similar design language to their smaller siblings but with some key evolutions.
The new deck is called the Veranda Deck and it aims to reimagine the main saloon by completely eliminating the barrier between interior and exterior. From the drawing boards of RWD, the new feature has been designed for a "new generation of owners [who] love contact with the outdoors".
The new Veranda Deck will be seen for the first time on the Motopanfilo 45M, which is currently in development with RWD penning the overall exterior and Lazzarini Pickering working on the interior and loose furnishings.
The Motopanfilo line draws on the design and heritage of the original Benetti motor yachts. Speaking at the event, Azimut-Benetti president Giovanna Vitelli noted that "there is a big responsibility when you take an icon from the past and reinterpret it with a modern twist".
Meanwhile, the new B.Yond model will come from the drawing boards of Lobanov Design and aims to offer something in between a superyacht and an explorer yacht. Benetti said: "Each of the five decks was designed for a distinct use, always ensuring privacy and intimacy for guests and crew. Replacing the classic ideal of symmetry with an innovative approach to the positioning of the stairs, new spaces were created inside the yacht".
Speaking at the event, Lobanov said the new B.Yond was designed to be something of an "optical illusion" which disguises the interior of the yacht. "The very thin black graphics make the yacht look bigger," he explained. "It's hard to know what lies inside from the outside".
The B.Yond model marks the third first-time collaboration for the Italian yard announced during the Monaco Yacht Show, after Benetti teamed up with Espen Øino and Valentina Zannier on Project Life and Project Oro respectively.