Benetti has launched and delivered Illusion I (FB257), a quad deck 58m superyacht, from its Livorno shipyard. The Green & Mingarelli designed vessel will make her world debut at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show.

Illusion I can carry 12 guests, with the option for a further space for charter use. Alongside the owner’s suite, there is a VIP cabin and four additional ones. On the lower deck there is a beach area with a bar. The beach area is distinctly separate from the garage, which opens laterally for launching and recovering the tender and the two jet skis. There is also space in the garage for wetsuits and diving gear.

Beyond the engine room, located amidship, the VIP cabin is connected to a large bathroom parallel to the vessel’s side, offering sea views. The lower deck also houses the guest cabins, each with a private bathroom: three twins (one with a third pullman bunk) and one double. On the same deck, but completely separate, is the crew quarters, with four single crew cabins and a double for the chief engineer, each with its own bathroom. There is separate access to all decks from the crew quarters.



The walls of the main salon are glass and fill the room with natural light. And for even more light, on deck the gunwales in front of the windows have been lowered to view the sea from inside. The main salon is furnished with three large sofas, with a low table and a retractable wide screen TV. From forward, the bar overlooks it all.

Green & Mingarelli and the Benetti team have placed a heavy emphasis on pink throughout, while the choice of materials includes travertine, wood, and several kinds of marble, set against ray-skin, coco and slivers of mother of pearl. In the guest area all the walls are covered with black walnut panels, alternated with parchment covered panels. The Lalique crystal insets add yet another touch of elegance, and reflect the natural lighting. The ivory leather ceilings complete the effect of space and light.

The full beam owner's suite can also be found on the main deck. The bathroom, just like the VIP bathroom, is entirely finished in onyx, with both sinks in carved marble. Extremely spacious, with two entryways and his and her dressing rooms, it includes an enormous central shower, a bathtub and twin toilets.



The upper deck offers a space for entertainment, with a 14 place dinner table  and mobile bar; while inside there is another small salon with sofas, entertainment area, and a corner bar. There is also a small cinema room, which can be converted into an extra cabin, a wine cellar and a cold-box for cigars.

And on the sun deck a mosaic Jacuzzi is surrounded by sunbathing recliners, mobile bar, barbecue grill and dinette. The whole area can be sheltered from the elements thanks to a double sliding-doored veranda with a six-windowed skylight providing natural light. All the external furnishings are in dark painted teak while the marble is rustic travertine.

Illusion I has a 15-knot fast cruising speed. At 12 knots she has a 5,000 nautical mile range. Propulsion is provided by twin CAT 3512C motors, developing 1,380kW each. The generators are twin CAT C9 gensets of 200kW each, with a third CAT C4.4 generator of 82kW.


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