BENETTI: DOUBLE WIN AT THE BOAT INTERNATIONAL WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS 2021
Benetti’s nominees “Rebeca”, the first unit of the Oasis 40M, and 70-meter M/Y “Alfa”, formerly “Alkhor”, each earned the top honors of their class at the World Superyacht Awards, hosted by Boat International. There was also a judges commendation for M/Y “Luminosity”, the world’s largest hybrid yacht.
During the World Superyacht Awards ceremony on September 5th, Benetti’s first Oasis 40M, serial-awardee M/Y “Rebeca”, won the “Displacement Motor Yachts 499GT and below and 40M and above” category. The judges’ initial focus was on 40.8m Rebeca’s attractive exterior design by RWD, which drew compliments for its stylish appearance and spacious, fully-featured decks. They unanimously admired the beach area at the yacht’s stern, where fold-down bulwarks and a submersible bathing platform/passerelle greatly increase its size and connection with the sea, while they considered the large six-square-metre, glass-backed infinity pool to be a rare feature for a yacht of this size.
The judges admired the seamless division between the outdoor living spaces and the spacious accommodation, designed by Bonetti/ Kozerski Architecture. This makes the most of the huge panoramic windows, many of them fully opening, and brings chic sophistication to a relaxed and uncluttered living space. Other notable features include a completely rethought wheelhouse with a minimalist steering console and floor-to-ceiling windows. The icing on the cake is its perfectly optimised naval architecture from P.L. Ausonio that provides a top speed of 18 knots, good seakeeping and a low fuel consumption of 89 litres per hour at its economical cruise of 11 knots.
The Oasis 40M amplifies contact with the water and the authenticity of life onboard in a dynamic style that is chic and refined. She is the first yacht to feature the OASIS DECK, a unique feature created to combine five key characteristics to superyacht owners who desire a less formal brand of luxury.
Benetti megayacht M/Y “Alfa” (formerly “Alkhor”) claimed first place in another key category for the brand, “Displacement Motor Yachts 1000GT to 1599GT”. The judge’s marking of each yacht in this category is divided into six segments covering every aspect of the vessel from exterior styling, interior and exterior design, quality of construction, layout and technical aspects.
Her exterior, drawn by Benetti’s own design team who were also responsible for her naval architecture, fully satisfies today’s client demand for elegance and unity with the yacht’s maritime surroundings. Wrapped in a handsome, forthright profile cut with three strong horizontal lines of panoramic windows, the superstructure meets this demand with five large and distinct deck spaces containing every amenity, while a beach club set across the beam of her lower deck to provide cooling shade and easy access to the sea, is only revealed when its twin doors fold down from the hull’s sides.
Her interior design, by Luxury Projects, is modern and unfussy, and makes use of a restricted palette of soft, warm colours along with finely crafted wood, stone, leather and marble. This creates a sense of calm, richness and a connection with one’s surroundings that was particularly admired by the judges. The elegant 70-meter custom Benetti yacht has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Favored features include a variable geometry swimming pool, a vertical bow with a “touch and go” helicopter landing area and a Jacuzzi on the Sky Deck.
The Judges issued a special commendation of M/Y Luminosity among “Displacement Motor Yachts 3000GT and Above”. The judges are always interested in yachts that pioneer environmentally friendly technology, so they were impressed to see the advanced diesel electric hybrid propulsion and energy-saving household systems onboard a true Gigayacht. Specifically thanking Benetti for the contribution to a cleaner environment, the judges considered Luminosity’s environmental credentials unmatched.
“Luminosity” is the world’s largest hybrid-propulsion yacht (107,6 meters in length and 5844 GT) and perhaps the only one that can travel more than 10 miles on pure battery electric and use the same system to run onboard utilities all night long – with the generators switched off. “Luminosity” is also on the cutting edge of energy recovery technology, thanks to the enormous thermal exchangers, which heat water onboard for all uses, as well as the double glazing in all 800 square meters of windows to improve insulation and soundproofing without compromising the 360-degree view of the sea. Consequently, she is also the quietest yacht on the market.