A Benetti superyacht, originally commissioned by legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie, has been listed for sale by Giulio Riggio at Fraser’s Palma office, with an asking price of €4,850,000.
Built in 1977, the 39-metre El Caran is a classic Benetti motor yacht, constructed in steel and aluminium. Originally called Deneb Star, the yacht has undergone numerous refits, with the most recent carried out in 2020 — with works including a fresh paint job, additional cabins, and a new teak deck.
“The refitting of this yacht was a brave challenge,” says architect and interior designer Simona Lamboglia. “This yacht belonged to David Bowie, and when the new owner proposed to do a restoration, my first thought was to respect the original project, but at the same time create a comfortable and modern environment.”
The yacht has six staterooms offering accommodation for up to 12 guests, including a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck. Every bedroom comes complete with en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. Key features aboard El Caran include a sky lounge and outside deck spaces, enhanced by her canoe stern design.
Five crew cabins accommodate seven crew members, including a chef.
There are hints of the late performer’s artistic vision on board the yacht, including a surrealist picture that hangs in the dining room, and bright retro prints on the furniture.
Twin 824hp MTU engines provide a range of 3,800 nautical miles and a top speed of 12 knots.
Technical specifications: El Caran
Gross Tonnage: 272GT
Stabilisers: AT ANCHOR & UNDERWAY
Engines: 2 X MTU (695HP)
Cruising/Max speed: 10 Knots / 12 Knots
Cruise Range: 3,000NM
Economical Range: 4,000NM
Exterior Designer: Benetti
Interior Designer: Benetti