Benetti is the story of a pioneering vision nurtured by a passionate heritage and driven forward by advanced nautical construction know-how. It is an emblem of enduring beauty and superior craftsmanship, infused with the warmth and flair of Italian artistry, and home to all sea connoisseurs who wish to embark on a journey that began in 1873 and is destined to last.
A HISTORY of
Lorenzo Benetti (1844-1914) purchases the Cantiere Darsena Lucca and founds the Benetti Shipyard. Almost 40 years later, his sons Gino and Emilio take over the family business.
In over 30 years Lorenzo Benetti launches more than 30 vessels, including: 5 schooners, 3 tartanes, 13 brigantine-schooners, 8 “navicelli” boats and 3 cutters.
With a length of 51 meters, the St. George is the largest sailing ship to date. In 1952 she is transformed into a training ship for Navy helmsman students. Today she can be seen on display at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.
Constructed by the sons of Emilio Benetti, Maurizio and Bertani, Maria is a ground-breaking steel vessel equipped with diesel engines used for the very first time in history.
With the successful debut of the first steel luxury motor yacht, Benetti accomplishes a new construction standard, combining comfort, technology, and superior quality. A winning formula that will charm the noble elite, giving the company iconic status.
Following the launch of its first luxury motor yacht Benetti introduces the Gabbiano 22M, which will captivate the attention of personalities as prestigious as Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly.
Chosen by rockstar David Bowie, El Caran is a 39-meter-long classic beauty with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure distinguished by a canoe stern design.
With a length of 86 meters for Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, Nabila is the first and largest gigayacht ever built at the time.
Showing off her spectacular beauty in different scenes, Nabila appears in the James Bond film starring Sean Connery, “Never Say Never Again”.
The founder of Azimut Yachts, Paolo Vitelli, acquires Benetti, an event that marks the beginning of a new era for the prestigious Italian shipyard. The Azimut | Benetti Group will go on to become the world’s most extensive yacht and megayacht network.
Inspired by the legendary parties he attended on board Nabila, Freddie Mercury writes a song that contributes to making her famous worldwide: “And then we took a holiday on Khashoggi’s ship – well, we really had a good good time they was all so sexy, we was bad, we was blitzed, all in all it was a pretty good trip”.
Benetti expands its production facilities by acquiring the renowned “Fratelli Orlando Shipyard” in Livorno. Founded in 1866, during its years of activity it supervised the launches of hundreds of warships, commercial ships, and ferries. The House of Yachting is born.
The result of an intensive study and design phase, M/Y Ambrosia III 65M was the first yacht with a diesel-electric propulsion system combined with Azipods. Commissioned by a recurring owner, it underlines the customers’ confidence in entrusting pioneering projects to the shipyard.
M/Y Nataly 65M is the result of the first collaboration between Benetti and RWD. The superyacht features lines that will become a classic of the future, and represents the beginning of a successful collaboration.
The creation of a building hub dedicated to the construction of gigayachts over 80 meters is a bold initiative for Benetti. A real turning point in its history and an important milestone for its future.
M/Y Lana 107M, M/Y Luminosity 107.6M, M/Y Ije 108M. These are the three gigayachts built simultaneously in less than three years. The Benetti Giga Season marked an historic milestone for the shipyard.
A true lifestyle concept to be at one with the ocean, the Oasis Deck™ featured on the Oasis 40M is an unprecedented nautical design concept developed by Benetti with RWD. It is a huge success and an iconic element that will define the future of its shipbuilding through yachts such as the Oasis 34M and the B.Now line.
ART of SHIPBUILDING
18 Meters | The first real motor yacht on the market. This legendary ‘navette’ represents a new boating genre and an unprecedented leisure yachting lifestyle.
22 Meters | A clever addition to the motor yacht range. She offers more space on deck and below deck, while ensuring a welcoming and family-perfect ambience.
33 Meters | The first large yacht built by Benetti. It showcases a rounded stern and a repositioned wheelhouse, amplifying the living space and comfort on board.
53 Meters | The earliest Benetti megayacht model. She is constructed with a steel hull, an aluminum superstructure, and three decks with the capacity to accommodate up to 12 passengers and 13 crew members.
86 Meters | The largest gigayacht in the world at the time. Custom-built for Saudi businessman Adnan Kashoggi, she also features a unique and advanced satellite telecommunication system.
50 Meters | The Golden Bay yacht is an authentic success. She leads Benetti to the creation of a series comprising six more yachts with identical hulls, volumes, and systems, then subsequently customized to meet owner requests.
35 Meters | A truly innovative composite yacht with three decks. She features a master suite situated in the bow of the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck.
70 Meters | The second largest megayacht built by Benetti. Through her, the company crystallizes its status as one of the few shipbuilders capable of accomplishing highly complex commissions.
45 Meters | The largest fiberglass yacht in the world. As the flagship of the composite fleet she is conceived with five double cabins. As many as 17 units get sold.
52 Meters | A combination of class and elegance. She is designed by Stefano Natucci, then furnished and decorated with an oriental-inspired style by Lazzarini and Pickering to create sophisticated and relaxed atmospheres.
65 Meters | A project that initiates Benetti’s interest in developing an eco-yachting philosophy. She is the first yacht in the world to be equipped with a Caterpillar/ABB diesel-electric propulsion system combining two 1,864 kW / 2,500 HP Azipods.
65 Meters | She is the megayacht that marks the first collaboration between the shipyard and RWD, and the first Benetti with a straight bow. An intuition which serves to create extra space on board and more contained spaces for the garage and the technical areas.
90 Meters | Benetti stuns the world again by building its largest yacht to date. Lionheart is also the third Benetti to be commissioned by a recurring owner and marks the beginning of a new phase for the company, leading to the development of the gigayacht hub.
63 Meters | The spaces on board explore an entirely new angle. They appear rotated by 30° and offer an unprecedented perspective that optimizes the views of the external landscape. Metis is the first of five megayachts – and still counting – of the B.Century line born from Benetti’s collaboration with Cassetta Yacht Designers.
107 Meters | Simultaneously constructed with Luminosity and Ije, and launched over a time span of just 100 days. Lana is equipped with a diesel-electric engine that can cover a range of 5,500 nm at 12 knots.
107 meters | Simultaneously constructed with Lana and Ije, and launched over a time span of just 100 days. Luminosity is the largest hybrid yacht built to date, with an impressive range of 8000 nm at 11 knots.
108 Meters | Simultaneously constructed with Lana and Luminosity, and launched over a time span of just 100 days. Designed by RWD, Ije is the longest Benetti gigayacht ever built.
40 Meters | An attractive and powerful innovation. Built with a composite hull and superstructure, she can enchant guests with an immersive sea experience delivered through the unique Benetti Oasis Deck™.