Third 100m+ Benetti FB275 launched
by Miranda Blazeby
The third and final 100m+ superyacht built by Italian yard Benetti has been launched during a private ceremony at the Livorno based shipyard.
The 108 metre yacht known as Project FB275 hit the water for the first time on March 28 at a ceremony hosted by president and founder of the Azimut-Benetti Group Paolo Vitelli and Benetti Business Line chief executive Franco Fusignani.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vitelli said the launch was "a time of joy - an extraordinary event" and proved the ability of Benetti as a builder. "There are 18 superyachts over 100 metres in the world and four are delivered annually. We just delivered three, so it proves what we can do." Fusignani also revealed that more than five million working hours were logged on the project.
While details about the yacht remain scarce, it can be revealed that exterior design was undertaken by RWD and interior design was handled in-house.
RWD yacht designer Adrien Chisnell said the yacht centred around "informality, family, quietness and privacy." He added that design work on the yacht, which is RWD's largest exterior project yet, began over 10 years ago and described the exterior silhouette as "elegant, elongated and timeless". "We drew the profile nearly 10 years ago, but she is nearly unchanged - she is a little longer, of course. We are very proud of the results."
Meanwhile, Benetti remain tight-lipped about the interior design. The captain did divulge however that it is "clean and light to the owner's wishes".
Built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, FB275 has a beam of 14.5 metres, five decks and a 4000GT volume.
Designed with the ability to cruise for long distances without needing to refuel, the yacht has a range of 6,500 nautical miles at 14 knots.
More than 1,000 square metres has been dedicated to exterior spaces which include an observation deck, 1.5 metre fire-pit and heated swimming pool on the main deck.
Two tenders of 14 metres each can be stowed on the foredeck, while another 10 metre tender can be stored in the yacht's lower deck located garage, alongside up to eight Jet Skis.
Exterior and interior design has been handled in-house while the two MTU diesel engines will provide a top speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 16 knots.