18 May 2023
While the process of design for any custom yacht is a rigorous symbiosis between owner, shipyard and designer, for Benetti’s latest launch – a 67-metre full custom build – the owner couple had a decided advantage in getting exactly what they wanted. That’s because the owner herself is an experienced interior designer with expertise in the luxury real estate sector – perfect for developing the owner couple’s very own floating beach house.
The 67.16-metre yacht offers a number of features that will have helped inspire those interiors, with a wide-body design forward on the main deck that allows her owners to enjoy nearly the whole 11-metre beam of the vessel. Exterior design for the yacht was completed by Cassetta Yacht Designers, offering a taut and stylish profile punctuated by signature two-metre-diameter circular glass windows in the hull.
Aesthetically original, the round windows were strongly desired by the owners who were seeking to highlight the connection from indoors to the natural environment and ocean vistas beyond. Indeed, designed as a beautiful and luxurious residence on the water, it was essential for the design to include a constant reminder of the natural environment around the yacht.
The owners not only selected the woods and finishes for the interior, they were also heavily involved in customising the layout of the yacht.
This has included specifying five cabins instead of the usual six, to create more guest space and to ensure better service on board.
FB285NK – the project name for the yacht while she is under construction – also draws on sustainable practices in its finishes, such as extensive use of FSC-certified teak which is employed for decks, doors, pillars and furniture. The certification is a guarantee that the teak is sourced from responsibly managed forests with a planned cycle of environmentally sustainable tree harvesting and replanting.
The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar engines that are projected to deliver a top speed of 16 knots. Range is expected to by an ocean-eating 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. In addition to the five guest cabins – capable of accommodating up to 10 guests – there are also 11 crew cabins for 19 crew.