Welcome Mr Loui

Benetti will debut Mr Loui, the latest Mediterraneo 116’, at the Miami Yacht Show.


Photography by Forest Johnson

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The exteriors of this 35.5 metre fiberglass and carbon fibre yacht in the Class Product Lines feature big glazed surfaces and sleek, sinuous lines, while the interiors stand out for their brightness and superior level of comfort. One of the strong points of the design is its focus on convivial spaces, based on the owner’s desire to create “settings for the whole family, with large conversation areas.”

Giorgio M. Cassetta designed the exteriors. The standout features are the Sun Deck, which covers an area of over 80 square metres and has a continuous walkable surface almost 16 metres long, two big dining spaces, and large sunbathing areas furnished with sofas, deck chairs and armchairs, and the cockpit in the bow, with an outdoor sofa integrated into the bridge structure to create a private terrace.

The interiors are the result of collaboration between architect Ezequiel Farca, who began his career in the world of industrial design, before turning to furniture and interiors, and the shipyard’s Interior Style Department. Farca had to rethink the model’s basic layout to include the lift requested by the owner, who played an active role in the design process and chose some of the details, including the two chandeliers (one by Swarovski), the big barbecue on the Sun Deck and the large kitchen table for family breakfasts, all of which contribute to the creation of a convivial atmosphere and a sense of sharing.

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Talking about his choice of materials and wood varieties, Farca explains: “We like mixing and finding the right balance between warm materials and others with colder characteristics, like wood, marble and glass.

“We try to maintain our own style, adding new concepts and unprecedented ideas to every project. Each customer has their own peculiarities.”

The Main Deck has a roomy lounge, consisting of areas for dining and relaxation, with three-metre-long glazed surfaces that flood the space with light and create a sense of continuity with the world outside. The bow area on this deck is given over to the full-beam owner’s suite with panoramic windows.

The four guest cabins, all doubles, are on the Lower Deck: the two VIP cabins with double beds face each other in the stern, while the other two guest cabins have sliding twin beds, plus pullman beds to accommodate two more people on board.

The crew is quartered in three double cabins, while the captain’s cabin is on the upper deck next to the helm station. At the request of the owner, the spacious and functional cockpit is fitted with a large chart table.

The yacht is powered by two CAT ACER C32 Rating D engines, each delivering 1,600 hp. Top speed stands at 15 knots, with a cruising speed of about 14 knots. The yacht’s range at a speed of 10 knots is about 3,000 nautical miles.

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