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BANENFITS MR. LOU DE­LIV­ERS SU­PERY­ACHT FEA­TURES IN A 116-FOOTER

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The space aboard the 116-foot (35.5me­ter) Benetti Mr Loui is de­cep­tive, mak­ing the yacht feel much larger than the length over­all sug­gests. Mr Loui is the sec­ond hull of the builder’s semi-cus­tom Mediter­ra­neo of­fer­ing, with largery­acht fea­tures, crisp ex­te­rior styling by Gior­gio Maria Cas­setta, and an ele­gant in­te­rior by Eze­quiel Farca, Cristina Grap­pin and Ana Elena Tor­res.

Mr Loui’s own­ers are yacht­ing en­thu­si­asts who hail from Mex­ico City. They have owned nearly a dozen yachts, but Mr Loui is their first Benetti. They and their adult sons spend at least six months a year on board, so they wanted a fam­ily-ori­ented yacht with a flex­i­ble lay­out for mar­ried chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and for cruises with just the two of them aboard. The yacht had to be in­for­mal enough for all age groups, without sac­ri­fic­ing beauty and lux­ury.

The re­sult is an in­te­rior that is not only prac­ti­cal, but also en­dowed with so­phis­ti­cated stylish­ness. Farca and Grap­pin had worked with Mr Loui’s own­ers on two res­i­dences, be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with their taste and life­style. Farca’s work on two pre­vi­ous Benet­tis left him well po­si­tioned to cre­ate a clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion bridge be­tween Mr Loui’s own­ers and the ship­yard.

“Benetti was re­quired to ma­jorly re­work the lay­out and ac­com­mo­da­tions of what was an es­tab­lished model,” Farca says. “I pushed them hard, but they came through for us.”

Farca and Grap­pin in­cor­po­rated a col­or­ful mélange of ar­ti­sanal tex­tiles and fur­nish­ings into the dé­cor, which is part Mex­i­can, part Ital­ian and part in­ter­na­tional.

“We jux­ta­posed hard ma­te­ri­als with soft hues and tac­tile fur­nish­ings,” Farca says.

While the yacht is can­vassed in neu­tral earth tones with teak and light oak bulk­heads in a va­ri­ety of brushed, matte and var­nished fin­ishes, there are abun­dant pops of color. In the sa­lon, Di­jon mus­tard-yel­low, hand-stitched leather arm­chairs off­set the fawn- and linen-col­ored up­hol­stery and white car­pets. On the bridge deck aft, neu­tral set­tees are strewn with bright pink and lo­den green pil­lows near dual teak cof­fee ta­bles in­laid with sim­i­larly greenglazed ce­ramic. On the un­in­ter­rupted, 861-square­foot (80-square-me­ter) sun­deck, the flag-blue, RODA-de­signed chaise lounges are ac­cented with orange-red pil­lows. Ma­trix mar­ble sur­rounds the

cus­tom grill, bar and side cab­i­nets. Farca de­signed the bul­warks in glass to add a feel­ing of close­ness to the sea. The cus­tom crys­tal din­ing ta­ble com­ple­ments Portofino chairs by Paola Lenti.

The sun­deck is a fam­ily area where the owner en­joys cook­ing and bar­be­cu­ing. Along the same vein, the gal­ley was en­larged and an is­land was added with seat­ing so the kids could grab their own break­fast ce­real or a quick lunch.

Most sig­nif­i­cantly, the owner, who has knee prob­lems, re­quired an el­e­va­tor that ser­vices all decks, in­clud­ing the sun­deck—a fea­ture gen­er­ally found only on much big­ger yachts. An­other owner re­quest was a per­sonal washer and dryer in the mas­ter suite, along with a

sep­a­rate study, sit­ting area and leather-clad lounger.

“The owner’s wife is a reader, so we cre­ated a spe­cial spot for her with a per­fect reading lamp,” Farca says.

The full-beam mas­ter is for­ward on the main deck with panoramic views. Its mar­ble has leather and silken fin­ishes, set­ting it apart from other stonework aboard. The mar­ble in the shower that sep­a­rates the his-and-her bath­rooms ap­pears to be hand-painted, as do the mar­ble bath­room counter and carved-in sinks. They are solid black with a smat­ter­ing of book­matched golden veins. An artist friend of the own­ers cre­ated a fun se­ries of ver­ti­cal chain-link sculp­tures in white, black and yel­low.

The cen­tral stair­case on the main deck be­gins with three steps in stat­u­ario mar­ble and then switches to wood. The stairs are il­lu­mi­nated. The handrails are in glass, stain­less steel and sha­green.

The main-deck sit­ting area has full-height views through nearly 10-foot-long glaz­ing. The space has a sofa by Poltrona Frau and a TV con­cealed be­hind Vitre­al­spec­chi en­graved mir­ror pan­els. A cir­cu­lar ta­ble made of Sa­hara noir mar­ble is aft with ac­cess to the cock­pit. Above the ta­ble hangs a cus­tom Swarovski chan­de­lier that Farca de­signed with the own­ers’ in­put, and that Can­talupi ex­e­cuted.

The bridge-deck sa­lon is more ca­sual and con­verts to a cinema lounge. The deck also has a sec­ond al­fresco din­ing op­tion.

The owner was on hand fre­quently dur­ing the build, and he had the pi­lot­house re­designed to suit his taste. He spec­i­fied leather and suede fab­rics, as well as a large chart ta­ble. For­ward of the bridge is an out­side ter­race/guest lounge with a set­tee in­te­grated into the su­per­struc­ture, sun loungers and a fore­deck spa pool. Here, once again, there is a play­ful in­sin­u­a­tion of color with bright turquoise pil­lows off­set­ting the white and gray fab­rics on the outdoor fur­ni­ture. Hav­ing this cock­pit for­ward makes for more pri­vacy when the yacht is stern-to at the dock.

On the lower deck are four guest state­rooms: Two VIPs with dou­ble beds face each other at the stern, while the other two guest state­rooms have slid­ing twin beds that con­vert to dou­bles, plus Pull­mans for grand­chil­dren. The crew is quar­tered in three dou­ble cab­ins for­ward on this deck with a par­tic­u­larly large crew mess, as the own­ers want their crew to be com­fort­able.

In to­day’s over­heated su­pery­acht world, a 116foot yacht can be seen as diminu­tive. But Mr Loui com­petes with the best of the big­ger builds for com­fort and el­e­gance of de­sign.

Above: the sa­lon is sit­u­ated for­ward on the main deck to take ad­van­tage of the views through the full-height glaz­ing,

and the din­ing ta­ble is aft with open ac­cess to the cock­pit. be­low: The lined mar­ble in the mas­ter bath­room looks like it was hand-painted.

Left: A fore­deck lounge and spa pool pro­vide pri­vacy when stern-to at a dock. top Leftand cLock­wise: Pops of pink and green on the sun­deck; Care­ful at­ten­tion was paid to un­der­step light­ing on the stair­way; Hand-stitched leather chairs in the sa­lon; A large cus­tom Swarovski chan­de­lier hangs over the main deck din­ing ta­ble; The full-beam mas­ter state­room has a reading lounge chair.

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