Benetti's 85-metre Project LIFE yacht

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Benetti announces full-custom 85m Espen Øino-designed project during Monaco Yacht Show

28 September 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Italian shipyard Benetti has revealed a new 85-metre superyacht design during the Monaco Yacht Show 2023. 

Called Project Life, the concept would feature a Francois Zuretti interior and Espen Øino exterior, marking the first collaboration between the shipyard and the Norwegian designer. 

The yacht has been conceived with al fresco living at its core and, true to its name, has been designed to satisfy the way that clients really live on board. "We are spending almost all of our waking time [outside] on deck," explained Øino. "Not all yachts realise that vision. As boats get bigger, it becomes harder because you're getting further from the water."

Project Life's al fresco features include a sizeable swim platform with twin staircases leading to the aft deck, where loungers flank a swimming pool. Forward of the pool is U-shaped seating and a TV screen. Completing the set-up, there is a balcony attached to the beach club that extends past the gullwing door to offer a water-level enclave.

On the interior, Zuretti has chosen to optimise natural light throughout and used curved lines where possible to keep the interior feeling organic and natural. 

The yacht would also be fitted with an optimised hull, diesel-electric propulsion with HVO capacities and integrated hybrid solar panels that collect both solar and thermal energy to power the tenders, toys and appliances.

Speaking about the first-time collaboration, Øino said that Benetti had been a "presence in the yachting scene for a long time" and it would be a "hard act to follow". "This represents the continuations of the Benetti brand and the new directions [the yard] is taking," he added.

Giovanna Vitelli said: "Offering cutting-edge yachts to the market is our mission, hence the need to further expand the brand's collaborations with the best designers in the world and announce new revolutions in the world of yachting."

The shipyard also used the opportunity to announce a new type of deck design called the Veranda Deck, which will be fitted on a new 45-metre Motopanfilo model, as well as a new 55-metre B.Yond model.

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