Benetti’s longest superyacht to date, the 108-metre motor yacht IJE (FB275), departed its facilities in Livorno today after four intensive sea trials in the Mediterranean Sea since the yacht’s launch in April earlier this year. The delivery will be followed shortly by the handover of the 107-metre FB277 while FB272 will be completed in the second half of 2019.Photo: Benetti
As the first of three 100-metre plus superyachts constructed simultaneously at Benetti, IJE stands out from her ‘giga yacht’ sisters with an elegant exterior by British design office, RWD. The naval architecture of the vessel is the work of Pierluigi Ausonio. “Many years in development, the exterior lines were created to portray a purposeful and powerful stature yet with a timeless flowing silhouette,” commented Adrian Chisnell, Team Principal at RWD. “Significant engineering accomplishments on board coupled with such an elegant exterior form, masterfully crafted by Benetti create a unique statement.”
The outdoor spaces on board cover over 1,000 square metres and houses luxuries such a 1.5-metre fire pit on the bridge deck, a private al fresco dining area on the owner’s deck and an oversized family dining table on the main deck. Photo: Tom van Oossanen
Inside, up to 22 guests can be accommodated with quarters for a compliment of 29 crew members. Designed by Benetti’s own interior design department, IJE was a true team effort for the Italian yard, as Benetti CEO Mr Fusignani explains. “Under the supervision of Maria Rosa Remedi, from Benetti Interior Style Department, Mauro Izzo and his team worked tirelessly on FB275 interiors design for 500,000 work hours. Focusing on processes has allowed us to take a big step into the future of large yacht building - all while maintaining a quality of yacht that we are proud to brand ‘Made in Italy’.”
Built for family fun on the water, IJE comes with an impressive fleet of tenders and toys, including two-14 metre tenders, a custom 10-metre tender and no less than eight jet skis. Photo: Tom van Oossanen
"My warmest thanks to the owner who trusted Benetti, to Franco Fusignani and all Benetti management who have made this extraordinary achievement possible,” said Paolo Vitelli, Founder and President of Azimut|Benetti Group.
IJE can cover up to 6,500 nm with her 345,000-litre fuel tank and reaches a maximum speed of 18.5 knots using her two powerful twin MTU engines, each with 2,880 kW. The yacht also has an electric Schottel stern SPJ pump jet to enable it to travel distances powered entirely by electric propulsion.