At a press conference during the recent Monaco Yacht Show, Benetti presented its new B.Now designs and the evolution of the builder’s B.Century family. It also announced the innovative 85-meter “Project ORO.”
The yard’s strategy rests on three main pillars: a tradition of craftsmanship, technological innovation and advanced process engineering, and partnerships with leading international naval design and architecture firms.
“We have invested heavily in R&D in recent years to develop new boats and the results are outstanding,” said Azimut|Benetti Group CEO Marco Valle. “Almost a month after the start of the new yachting season, a record-breaking 23 launches are planned—almost two a month. The prospects for the future are very positive. We began in September with the launch of a 50-metre B.Now and will conclude in August with the launch of a 68-meter B.Century. The order backlog is trending upwards, with new model deliveries planned until 2027.”
Sebastiano Fanizza, Benetti’s chief commercial officer, presented the most important features of Iryna (B.Now 50M), making her premier in Monaco, the B.Now 60M and the new B.Now 67M Oasis. “The B.Now family is a significant achievement for Benetti, comprising 50-, 60-, 67- and 72-meter models and now one of the brand’s bestsellers, with 20 units already sold.”
Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design’s Paul Costerus, the company’s senior yacht designer and project manager, outlined the distinguishing interior design features of the B.Now 67M Oasis in terms of their concept and size. It is a yacht that enhances the idea of continuity between interior and exterior spaces. The lounge on the main deck offers sweeping views of the outside world, with sliding glass doors, huge glazed surfaces, and interior decor featuring muted hues. The design is delicate, with numerous details and finishes that add warmth to the setting.
Andrew Collet, RWD project manager, outlined the construction process for the new B.Now 60M, whose dynamic lines add value to the “Oasis Deck” solution by favoring the use of natural light and unrivaled continuity with the water. The Oasis philosophy continues to evolve, with indoor and outdoor spaces that can be redefined to offer new hospitality destinations based on the needs of owners and their guests. It is a solution that articulates a new lifestyle concept, amplifying contact with the water and the authenticity of life lived on board in a dynamic and informal style that is also chic and refined.
Fanizza then presented the evolution of the B.Century family, created in partnership with Cassetta Yacht Designers. Born out of the success of multi-award-winning yachts Triumph (65m), which premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show, Metis (63m), Zazou (65m) and Calex (67m), the B.Century family includes custom yachts built on a highly successful engineered platform enriched by five models created to offer solutions never seen before and a distinctive signature look. They include two 55-meter projects, one with a generous sun deck open on all sides, and the other in which the upper deck is transformed into an owner’s deck, with the master suite in the bow and a private terrace; a 62-meter yacht with incomparable content; a rational and elegant 68-meter model; and a 75-meter unit that introduces new layout concepts like the pioneering solution of a pool club and a sea club designed on two different levels. Every yacht is uniquely innovative in terms of its style, layout and onboard concept. “Their distinguishing character trait is the formal clarity of the sweeping lines that describe the yachts’ contours, featuring an uninterrupted flow of lines that define volumes expressing Benetti’s unmistakable stylistic identity.”
There is a special focus on offering different types of propulsion systems with technological solutions that reduce environmental impact. This is a concrete commitment that Azimut|Benetti Group began to address over 10 years ago, contributing to the creation of an increasingly sustainable yacht building industry. The B.Now and B.Century families are available with traditional, hybrid or diesel-electric propulsion systems.
“Project Oro” springs from the yard’s intensive interaction with clients on yachts over 80 meters long, as well as from the need to answer questions raised by the market about Benetti’s idea for a real-world project in this segment. “Project ORO” is a window on the future of Benetti, which maintains its pragmatic approach to construction. It is a project that takes advantage of the latest propulsion technology and minimizes the dimensions.
“During the development of “Project ORO,” said Giorgio M. Cassetta, “we wanted to seize the opportunity to express numerous innovative concepts, aspiring to bring them together in a unique yacht. By developing a language of style featuring great visual purity and strong characterization of the main masses, and by renouncing the criteria of civil architecture in favor of a freer and more fluid approach, we have tried to propel the project into an attainable future. We hope the bold content recognizes a series of desires that customers in this size range frequently express and are unlikely to have found fulfilled by the boats they have looked at so far.”
Founded in 1873, Benetti was acquired by Paolo Vitelli in 1985 and is part of the Azimut|Benetti Group. The brand designs steel mega yachts from 37 to over 100 meters in length, as well as producing a range of superyachts in composite materials from 34 to 44 meters. Benetti operates out of the brand’s historic headquarters in Viareggio and the Livorno production unit, which today is the world’s largest active shipyard, with a total surface area of 215,000 square meters. The brand has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Dubai, Hong Kong and London.
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