Italian superyacht builder, Benetti has today announced the sale of a new 40m superyacht to former world champion offshore powerboat racer, Tim Ciasulli, who was represented by Merle Wood & Associates.
With a gross tonnage of 385GT, this is the first vessel of Benetti’s new Oasis range, which has been created in collaboration with British design studio, RWD (exterior) and New York-based studio, Bonetti Kozerski Architecture (interiors). Currently referred to as BO141, the new 40.8m project will be constructed in fibreglass and is now scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2020.
“I’ve been going fast my whole life,” says new owner, Ciasulli. “So, when it came time to build a yacht, I wanted to collaborate with a shipyard that shared the same core values that my wife and I believe in: integrity, passion and accountability. Plus, we didn’t want ‘another job’, so it had to be quick, easy and fun.
“We expeditiously negotiated a great deal, and in just two meetings, nailed down the equipment, interior decor and colours just the way we wanted."
- Tim Ciasulli, Owner
“We expeditiously negotiated a great deal, and in just two meetings, nailed down the equipment, interior decor and colours just the way we wanted,” continues Ciasulli. “They are real professionals, at every level, and made the yacht-buying experience a really positive life adventure.”
During the delivery of Benetti’s 108m ‘gigayacht’ on July 26th 2019, from the Livorno shipyard, the new 40m fibreglass hull arrived at the facility for the start of the project’s outfitting operations.
Described by the shipyard as “smart and sophisticated,” BO141 has been created to blur the lines between the interior and exterior spaces, as explained by RWD’s team principal, Andrew Chisnell. “On this yacht you experience the sea in an entirely new way. The wide spaces, the hydrotherapy pool and easy access to the water present guests on Oasis 40M with an on-board lifestyle that is both dynamic and relaxing.”
We wanted the settings to have an unprecedented fluidity, adds Enrico Bonetti, partner of Dominic Kozerski of Bonetti Kozerski Architecture. “[This] is why identical materials and colours are used for both the interiors and exteriors, giving a sense of apparent informality to what is, in fact, an extremely elegant and sophisticated yacht.”
With 15 deliveries scheduled in 2019, 12 of which have already been delivered, Benetti can certainly boast a formidable level of output. In fact, this will be the highest number of superyacht deliveries the shipyard has made in the last 10 years.
Including the newly sold 40m, BO141, Benetti now has 22 projects on its books with a cumulative LOA of 1161.1m.
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