With exterior styling by Benetti in collaboration with Giorgio M. Cassetta Design, and interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell, FB276 is a steel and aluminium displacement yacht for a German owner.
Benetti focus on the upper deck as the defining feature of the new custom project that balances generous interior and exterior volumes with elegant Benetti-esque exterior lines. The 162 sq/m upper deck, defined as an ‘apartment’, is dedicated to the owner’s private use with a forward stateroom designed to take advantage of the panoramic views through the large windows, two bathrooms, walk-in wardrobe and a separate salon. There is also direct access to a 55 sq/m bow terrace with touch-and-go helipad. To ensure privacy, the area is protected by long overhangs designed to block the view from the wheelhouse above.
Bannenberg & Rowell have introduced a novel asymmetrical layout to the interior, with the main and upper deck salons, as well as the aft beach club with folding platforms on three sides, shifted around 30 degrees off centre “to open up new perspectives of the sea.”
In addition to the standard salon and living area on the main deck, there is also a full-beam VIP cabin with side terrace, study, dressing room, His and Her bathroom and fold-down balcony. Accommodation for eight guests in four double cabins is on the lower deck. Tenders and toys are stored in two side-opening garages forward.
“We are very proud of the recent sale of the FB276 to an owner from Germany, which is an extremely important strategic market for us,” says Christos Ramnialis, Benetti General Manager, who studied Mechanical Engineering at Darmstadt Technical University and formerly served as Head of the Global Sales & Service Group of MTU/Rolls Royce Power Systems. “This is without a doubt the result of the internationally-recognised quality of our products and our consolidated financial solidity, which has allowed Benetti to win the trust of customers in all market segments and geographical areas”.
Benetti tops the global order book and in 2015-16 the Azimut-Benetti group as a whole recorded a staggering 2,594m of yachts (over 24m) under construction across its production plants, closing the fiscal year with a production value of €700 million. With over 30 yachts currently in build, including three 100m+ megayacht projects, the contract for FB276 follows on from the May sale of FB703, a 47m custom superyacht for a Mexican owner.
In issue 182 of The Superyacht Report, we talk exclusively with Giovanni Tamburi, chairman and CEO of Tamburi Investment Partners (TIP), which has owned a 12% share in Azimut-Benetti since 2015.
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