On Saturday April 19 Benetti celebrated the launch of the 52m Latinou (FB237) at the Livorno facility. The owner had invited 200 employees and their families to celebrate the launch. Designed by Stefano Natucci and built by the master craftsmen from the Benetti shipyard, this graceful yacht offers the finest in engineering and interior design.
The elegant interior décor of Latinou, the provençal word for elegance and harmony, is the result of the collaboration between the shipyard, and the yacht’s French owners, who wanted to reproduce the typical atmosphere of the thirties, completely art deco, but well combined with several innovative solutions.
The owner representatives Antonio Pozzi, and Antoine Althaus from Fraser Yachts have been involved from the very beginning and also followed the construction step by step.
An impressive 240 tons of steel and aluminium, 80,000 metres of cables, 4,000 metres of piping have gone into the construction of Latinou. Add to this 3,600 metres of cherry wood panelling, marble and crystal, plus around 100 metres of the finest fabrics and highest quality leather and a masterpiece is created.
The yacht has been designed specifically for chartering. Using the very latest in design and state-of-the-art technology. There is a well-equipped kitchen on the main deck, rich bathrooms, shining engine rooms and a spacious garage with the capacity for two tenders and jet skis. On the under lower deck, there is a wine cellar, a laundry and baggage room.
But it is in the main saloon where the magical mood is most noticeable. There are intimate conversation corners and convivial spaces penetrated by gold shafts of light coming from an unexpected skylight. Another surprise feature is a futuristic elevator from which a ray of light permeates the vessel’s five decks.
A second saloon sits on the upper deck with a playing table, conversation area and bar. A sliding door to the outside cleverly allows the interior and exterior areas to blend into one. The owner’s suite on the main deck incorporates the finest in technology, style and creativity with a balcony and panoramic view of the ocean.
While Benetti waves goodbye to Latinou and delivers it to her owners, the party for FB238 Alibella and its owners is scheduled for the 3rd of May. “From now till the end of the year”, explains Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti’s CEO, “six megayachts will leave the facility in Livorno.”
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