It’s true, many superyacht yards around the world are busy. Some produce one yacht a year, some a few more. But for one builder, you do sit back in your chair and think, ‘wow!’
I am, of course, talking about Benetti. The Italian builder has launched over 7,700m of superyacht in 17 years, and as I write this, has over 30 yachts in-build including three over the 100m threshold.
So, what’s Benetti been up to lately?
Well, August proved to be yet another busy month. The Viareggio shipyard was the setting for the second hull (BM002) launch from the Mediterraneo range earlier in August, while the sister shipyard in Livorno was the location of Alkhor’s in-build milestone – the joining of the hull and superstructure.
For those unfamiliar with the Mediterraneo, BM002 is an entry level 35.5m Benetti and part of the Class Displacement series - a line Benetti claims is designed to revisit classic displacement yachts. This has been largely achieved by Giorgio M. Cassetta, who has penned the familiar and sensible nautical contours we all know and love.
South of Viareggio at the Italian port city of Livorno, Alkhor the steel-hulled 70m full-custom hexa-deck superyacht (FB273) has taken a major step towards its summer 2019 launch, as steel hull and aluminum superstructure are welded together.
From the know-how of the Benetti in-house design and naval architecture team, Alkhor, as the photos show, is an imposing metallurgical behemoth and easily fits Benetti’s mantra as a superyacht superlative.
Atop the 70m superyacht the sky deck features a small Jacuzzi pool (an additional large swimming pool is located on the foredeck) and 60sqm of entertaining space. Aboard, the vast owner’s apartment can be found on the upper deck and features all amenities we, in the industry, would expect of an owner’s apartment, but with the addition of an office and private terrace.
The main deck also has an entertainment focus; a full-beam dining space and 105sqm living room will provide guests and owners with ample space to relax, while on the lower deck, six guest cabins and nine cabins for 12 crew have been arranged to guarantee total privacy.
Alkhor will have an expected range of 5,000 nautical miles at a 12-knot low consumption speed but is capable of 15 knots when the twin 2,400hp CAT engines operate at 85%.
Benetti will, of course, be at Monaco Yacht Show in a few weeks showcasing the 67m custom superyacht Seasense. Designed by Cor D Rover, I’m sure this yacht will be the catalyst for more orders which will only affirm the trust in the Benetti brand.