Benetti's Illusion I to debut in Monaco

The latest superyacht to have been launched by Benetti is the 58 metre Illusion I which will make it’s debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this September. The four decked steel and aluminum motor yacht was built at the Benetti Livorno shipyard and designed by Green & Mingarelli for a European owner. She was launched earlier this month.

The owners interior designer worked in close collaboration with the Benetti design office. Travertine, wood, and several kinds of marble alternate with other more unusual materials: ray-skin, coco or slivers of mother of pearl, have all been utilised in the vessel’s interior.

Designed for commercial charter use, the owner also intends to use her privately. She easily accommodates up to 13 passengers in total over 6 cabins. These include one VIP suite and 4 guest cabins, in addition to the luxurious owners cabin.

Her exterior spaces include a large sun deck with a mosaic Jacuzzi surrounded by sunbathing recliners, a mobile bar, barbecue grill and dinette. The whole area can be sheltered from the wind thanks to a double sliding-door veranda, with a six window skylight leaving a perpetual view of the sky. Elsewhere, the open upper deck includes a 14 place dinner table and mobile bar; while inside there is another small salon with sofas, entertainment area, and a corner bar. Fun and relaxation are the central themes that determine the upper deck layout, where a small movie theater can also be found.

Propulsion is provided by twin CAT 3512C motors, developing 1,380 kw each. Generators are twin CAT C9 Gensets for 200 kw each, plus a third CAT C4.4 generator for 82 kw. She has a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 5,000 nm at 12 knots.

Illusion I will be available to charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas through Camper & Nicholsons International, at a weekly rate starting from $350,000.

By Gemma Fottles

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