Benetti Mediter­ra­neo 116

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While out to din­ner with the Benetti Yachts team in South Beach dur­ing the Mi­ami boat show, I was told, re­peat­edly, that I had to see Mr. Loui for my­self. Mr. Loui, as it turns out, wasn’t a per­son; it was a yacht—specif­i­cally, Hull No. 2 of the Mediter­ra­neo 116 se­ries. It was built in Italy and de­liv­ered to her Mex­i­can owner in 2017.

When I met her in per­son—all 116 feet 5 inches of her—she cer­tainly felt as big as some of the other mod­els in the Ital­ian builder’s Clas­sic dis­place­ment se­ries. That se­ries in­cludes the, ahem, “com­pact” Delfino 95, as well as the Fast 125, Supreme 132 and Di­a­mond 145 flag­ship, among oth­ers. Fea­tur­ing a prom­i­nent bow, you could eas­ily tell from a glance that Mr. Loui was all Benetti— in a word, bel­lis­sima— with strik­ing ex­te­ri­ors cour­tesy of Ital­ian de­signer Gior­gio Maria Cas­setta. Un­til you stepped in­side. There, it be­came ev­i­dent that the boat’s DNA had been in­jected with an even higher dose of qual­ity; that is, more so than Oli, or Hull No. 1, which had been pur­chased by the nephew of Mr. Loui’s owner. Of the 11 yachts bought by Mr. Loui’s owner, this was his first Benetti.

No stranger to cus­tomiza­tion, Benetti’s in-house team col­lab­o­rated with the owner’s per­sonal ar­chi­tec­ture firm, Eze­quiel Farca. To­gether, they worked off a de­sign scheme that called for a be­spoke in­te­rior—with the dŽ­cor dom­i­nated by mar­ble and lac­quered wood—and added sev­eral unique fea­tures on the re­quest of the owner, in­clud­ing an el­e­va­tor, spa­ces for grand­chil­dren and fam­ily mem­bers and over­all ac­ces­si­bil­ity for both crew and an owner-op­er­a­tor. ( Mr. Loui’s owner holds a cap­tain’s li­cense and likes to per­son­ally drive his yachts.)

“In terms of de­sign, that was our guide,” said Ana Elena Tor­res, an in­te­rior yacht de­sign spe­cial­ist with Eze­quiel Farca. “We had to con­sider a lot of things be­fore day one to make sure these changes were go­ing to be possible.”

Eye­balling the fin­ished Benetti, it was hard for me not to be im­pressed. An el­e­va­tor com­part­ment mea­sur­ing just over 4 feet by 4 feet had been in­stalled, so it would be eas­ier for the owner to ac­cess each deck, in­clud­ing the up­per sun deck. This ad­di­tion came at the ex­pense of only a pantry on the main deck, and some stair­cases were ad­justed to make room for it.

With five cab­ins that can com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of 12 guests (two more than Oli), and seven crew in four cab­ins, the fo­cus was clearly on liv­ing spa­ces—or rather, how to make them “in­fin­itely liv­able,” added Tor­res. In­deed, the owner likes to spend more than half a year aboard at one time. Af­ter see­ing Mr. Loui in per­son, I can’t blame him. benet­tiy­ —Si­mon Mur­ray

LOA: 116'5" BEAM: 25'3" DRAFT: 7'1" DISPL. (ap­prox.): 500,000 lb. STAN­DARD POWER: 2/1,600-hp Cater­piller ACERT C32 CRUISE SPEED: 10 knots TOP SPEED: 15 knots PRICE: Upon Re­quest

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