[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he new Benetti Now FAST superyachts over 50 meters, built from steel and aluminium, have been unveiled at the international boat show Yachts Miami Beach 2017 today. To create the Benetti Now FAST models, the shipyard put together a team of internationally renowned engineers and designers: Omega Architects created the yacht’s aggressive, dynamic contours, Mulder Design handled the naval architecture, creating a high performance hull to cruise at speed in total comfort, and Team 4 Design – Enrico Gobbi worked to produce the finest expression of the Italian art of interior design.
The brand has extended its already numerous fleet by adding the new Benetti Now FAST designs to existing Benetti Now superyachts. Benetti Now custom superyachts over 50 meters, built from steel and aluminium, have aroused huge interest since their launch at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show and today they have doubled in number with the addition of the new FAST models.
“Benetti Now” range
The FAST project is for all owners who want a superyacht that has the volume and comfort typical of a displacement class yacht, but with more speed. The key feature of the designs is that they guarantee all the comfort found in the displacement category, plus superior performance and speed.
The Benetti Now FAST designs combine the characteristic elegance of Benetti yachts with more aggressively sporty lines, offering three different models: BF164’ (50 meters), BF184’ (56 meters) and BF224’ (68 meters).
Each model will also have an X variant (BF164’ X, BF 184’ X and BF 224’ X) to indicate the versions with a raised pilot house.
The Benetti Now FAST designs offer a high level of customisation that continues the brand’s tradition of satisfying the needs and desires expressed by owners, offering them all the experience of a shipyard with 140 years of history. Extensive personalisation potential is offered on three different design levels: the exterior and interior layout – different versions with a closed sun deck or raised pilot house, but also custom layouts –, the highly flexible decor, and engines with various levels of performance.
Benetti Now FAST yachts, like their sisters in the Benetti Now project, will be built at Benetti’s Livorno shipyard according to a fast track delivery schedule, with the help of Benetti’s advanced production and engineering structure.
The style of the interiors in all Benetti Now FAST superyachts is contemporary and luxurious while remaining understated, retains the distinctive features of Italian design, and enhances on board liveability. The three models have been designed in different styles, that can be adapted and applied indistinctly to each of the models.
For the warm and balanced interiors of the BF164’ 50 m, have been choosen smooth, rounded lines with very few angles that contrast with various geometric elements like tables and nightstands, to create a setting that is warm, harmonious and welcoming. The dominant wood used is light hued oak, creating a contrast with the dark natural walnut used for the C-shaped window structures. The colourways used for the fabrics and furnishings are muted, ranging from beige and brown to dark grey.
The BF184’ 56 m, on the other hand, is designed for owners who love contrast, with an interior setting that is as formal as it is edgy. Polished ebony is used as a counterpoint for the light oak walls, while the detailing features shades of light grey.
The BF224’ 68 m is more “classical” in style. The shapes and surfaces are more richly decorated, while remaining understated and contemporary. The wood varieties are lighter, creating a contrast between the beige oak furniture and the almost white oak of the walls, while the colours are calibrated to work with the yacht’s highly original decor that includes Tiffany blue details.
On the performance front, Mulder Design (a well-known name in the sector for its extensive hull design know-how) has created a hull that retains the space and comfort of a displacement yacht, while offering 30% better performance, as well as maintaining stability and reducing noise and vibration, partly as a result of the choice of a steel hull for the bigger models.
Faster cruising speeds translate into significantly shorter journey times, which is highly appreciated and sought-after by today’s owners.
Another point of strength of the hull in Benetti Now FAST designs is its significantly reduced draught compared with displacement superyachts, while maintaining excellent navigation parameters.
The optimisation work on the Benetti Now FAST hull is based primarily on research in three key areas: structure, strength and stability. The result of this approach is comfort, high speed, improved safety and reliability, and also reduced consumption.