Next generation

Benetti launch of FB272, one of three superyachts to be unveiled at the Livorno shipyard.

Launched from Benetti’s shipyard in Livorno on 5 February, FB272 is the second vessel over 100 metres, demonstrating its new superyacht building capabilities.

The 107-metre aluminium project has a displacement of above 5,500 GT and a 17-metre beam.

FB272 has been built to the unique taste of a very experienced owner in luxury yachts who has from the start of the project made available the Burgess Technical Services team, a full time, highly skilled and dedicated technical and project management team which has brought its significant experience and expertise in luxury yachts to the project.

The yacht is fitted with a pioneering hybrid propulsion system with diesel-electric engines and two Azipods propulsion units connected to a special battery pack conceived and provided by the owner for total vibration-free navigation.

During the design phase, the owner worked on the exterior design with Hugo van Wieringen, Azure Naval Architects, Reymond Langton Design and Zaniz Jakubowski, Zaniz Interiors. The exterior was then finalised with Giorgio Cassetta, Benetti’s in-house designer.

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She features an advanced Lutron domotic system – approximately 500 kilometres of cable run across her hull and superstructure.

A straight bow offers brilliant seakeeping credentials, while a huge forward deck area provides guests a vantage point from which to cruise and relax.

The main deck offers further dining and social spaces, sheltered by the overhang of the superstructure. Above this is the wheelhouse and above again is a private deck leading towards the helicopter pad.

High swathes of glass wrap the main decks, with the hull featuring a long horizontal strip of glazing from mid ship to stern. Windows on the upper decks are entirely uninterrupted by structure, giving each deck a floating appearance.

Six generators produce 1,000 KW each, which is managed electronically. This system is then used to charge 35 tonnes of batteries, meaning that the yacht can operate for 12 hours without the engine running.

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