The future is now

Italian shipyard Benetti, which turned 150 this year, gave an update on its newest models and a peek at some forward-looking innovations during the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show.

03 October 2023


Storied Italian shipyard Benetti has revealed details of its newest models and presented some of its compelling achievements from the last year, during a wide-ranging press conference held at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco during the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show.

During the Shaping the Future conference, helmed by Giovanna Vitelli, chair of Azimut Benetti Group, the yard unveiled its new B.Yond 55-metre and 85-metre Project Life yachts.

In addition, the shipyard showcased the new Benetti Veranda Deck, an evolution of the popular Oasis Deck solution, which is said to disrupt the traditional limit between interior and exterior by reinventing the traditional main deck lounge.

Benetti also illustrated plans for development, including several fresh collaborations with global architecture and design studios. “It is a great pleasure for me to announce our new collaborations and projects,” said Vitelli to the gathered press.


“Offering cutting-edge yachts to the market is our mission,” he continued, “hence the need to further expand the brand’s collaborations with the best designers in the world and announce new revolutions in the world of yachting, of which the Veranda Deck is the new standard bearer.”


Veranda Deck

During the presentation, Benetti and British yacht design studio RWD announced a new milestone, the Veranda Deck, billed as a reinterpretation of the main deck lounge. The concept follows from Benetti’s Oasis Deck solution, which offers an innovative interpretation of the stern beach area, including opening wings that extend the deck close to the water.

Benetti says the main deck is a space that “has seen almost no change in the past 50 years and has thus fallen behind, increasingly avoided due to its excessive formality.”

The new generation of yacht owners increasingly seeks contact with the outdoors, and the new Veranda Deck opens the space completely on three sides, creating a continuous environment between the lounge and the stern.

Interiors that transform into exteriors and vice versa provide a new place to enjoy contact with the surrounding world. This new concept will be proposed for the first time on the Motopanfilo 45M, a steel project inspired by classic yachts of the sixties.

RWD designed the exteriors, while Lazzarini Pickering Architetti envisioned the interior design and exterior deck design of the 45M in continuity with the 37M.


Project B.Yond 55M

The B.Yond line was originally the brainchild of Azimut Benetti Group founder Paolo Vitelli, and the late designer Stefano Righini, who created the first 37M Voyager. The line is typified as neither a traditional superyacht, nor an extreme explorer, but a new category in steel designed for owners with a thirst for discovery, who wish to travel around the world without giving up the pleasure of yachting.

Now, the B.Yond range is growing with the new B.Yond 55M, designed by Igor Lobanov in his first collaboration with Benetti.

Lobanov says he endeavoured to enhance the Voyager spirit of the line with environments designed to offer guests diverse experiences, even during long stays on board.

Each of the five decks on the 55-metre B.Yond 55M is designed for a distinct use, ensuring privacy for guests and crew. Furthermore, to provide for more activities, the concept of layout fluidity has been introduced. New spaces have been created inside the yacht by shifting the stairs laterally, away from the classic symmetrical layout.

For the exterior design, Lobanov says he was inspired by the clean lines of the luxury automotive world, focusing on creating fluid and rounded shapes.


Project Life 85M

Benetti also chose the Monaco conference to announce Project Life, the new 85-metre from the desks of Espen Øino on the exteriors and Francois Zuretti on the interiors.

With Project Life, Øino says he started from Benetti’s capacity to “invent new lifestyles”, especially on the stern, offering varied interpretations of this concept across the decks.

All the spaces aboard Project Life are designed for social entertainment with large convivial areas and reconfigurable meeting places on each deck. This is typified by a large revolving lounge that changes its focal point according to the time of the day.

Project Life is equipped with modern technologies to reduce consumption, including diesel-electric propulsion with fossil and non-fossil fuel (HVO) technology and POD transmission; and integrated hybrid solar panels that collect both solar and thermal energy to power the tenders, toys and appliances.

Acclaimed superyacht designer Francois Zuretti opted for an interior that balances the colours and the surrounding environment, allowing natural light to enhance the spaces. Zuretti says he worked on the materials and ceiling heights to create contemporary and welcoming environments. This modern choice, which favours curved lines, is evident in the main reception, in the main saloon and in the upper lounge.

Zuretti has also enhanced the sea views with floor-to-ceiling windows and designed a lighting system to create evocative atmospheres in all the leisure areas.

Project Oro 85-metre concept

During the press conference, superyacht interior designer Valentina Zannier offered a glimpse into the interiors of the 85-metre concept Project Oro, her first collaboration with Benetti.

Oro, which features exterior design and layout by Italian designer Giorgio Cassetta, was first announced during the Monaco Yacht Show in 2022. Oro’s exterior exudes sophisticated purity, with delicate lines extending across the yacht’s profile.

Stately proportions and sheer volume give her an imposing yet graceful presence.

Zannier says her work focuses on the interaction between the contemporary style of the surfaces and the classic details of the yacht, giving the impression of a precious jewel.

The interiors on board Oro also showcase many natural materials, enhanced by a palette of neutral, warm colours and clean motifs.


The Green Route

Benetti also took the opportunity to reconfirm its pledge to reduce emissions using the best technologies available to make an immediate difference.

Benetti reiterated that it offers hybrid or diesel-electric propulsion across nearly its entire range, paired with high-efficiency hulls that reduce consumption and CO2 emissions.

Beginning from the insight that yachts are used at anchor 90 percent of the time, Benetti has announced a program of solutions to optimise energy consumption through a new Power Management system.

These systems, employed in the latest generation air conditioning units, allow a reduction in electricity consumption of up to 60%, while the advanced heat recovery system reduces the energy required to heat the freshwater for onboard services.

With the decarbonisation of the sector in mind and alternative solutions to fossil fuels playing a major role, Azimut Benetti Group has recently signed an agreement with Eni Sustainable Mobility to supply HVOlution, the HVO biofuel produced with renewable raw materials.

The yard’s HVO test program, which was conducted in the summer of 2023, demonstrated the technical efficiency of biofuel and recorded a well-to-wake reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 80% compared to a yacht of similar size powered by fossil fuel, according to the shipyard.

Benetti highlighted to the gathered press that HVO biofuel is arguably the most mature solution for reducing CO2 emissions at the moment, as it is ready for immediate and practical use aboard vessels.



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