First look: Benetti’s new 38m Skyler ready for delivery

Written by Charl van Rooy

Built as the third unit in Benetti’s Fast range after Iron Man and Constance Joy, the new 38.1-metre motor yacht Skyler has been undergoing sea trials since her launch and will be ready for handover to her owner next month. The yacht made her industry premier this week at the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous in Viareggio.

Skyler is the first in the range to be finished in an all-white exterior which will set her apart from her two sisters. Stefano Righini is the designer behind the sporty exterior which, as the previous units, is built with a carbon composite superstructure and GRP hull. Benetti’s Displacement to Planing, or D2P, hull form ensures a smooth ride at sea and delivers excellent efficiency rates at a wide range of speeds. The wave piercing helps Skyler to reach a top speed of 22 knots.

Designed for spending days at anchor off some of the most beautiful yachting hotspots in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Skyler is perfectly equipped for the sun and water-loving yacht owner. Balconies on both the main and upper decks truly make her the ideal platform to enjoy the comforts of her stylish interior with a real sense being at sea. An innovative ‘stay on spot’ feature allows Skyler to remain in position over sensitive marine areas without the use of an anchor by activating her thrusters and Azipull pods by Rolls Royce.

Efficient and lightweight propulsion is key to reducing the environmental impact of a modern yacht,” said Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti CEO. “We have been working closely with Rolls-Royce on a journey towards an optimised propulsion system for our new line of megayachts. The successful result of this collaboration has been confirmed: Skyler is the third unit of this series to be built and other three are under construction”.

Skyler’s custom interior is by the design wizards at Redman Whiteley Dixon, whose fresh and vibrant ‘Air’ configuration was selected for this project. The clean and contemporary environment is finshed with precious natural materials and a soothing colour scheme to suit her experienced owner’s lifestyle.

A five-cabin layout accommodates the 12 guests in two VIP staterooms, a double, and a twin cabin on the lower deck. A new propulsion system taking up less space means more room for guests down stairs, and an even more silent environment. The master suite is, like many yachts in this size range, located forward on the main deck where two self-operating balconies allows the owners to step outside in the morning through a push of a button.

Powered by twin MTU (12V 2000 M94) 2,636 hp diesel engines and propelled by her two Azipulls, Skyler is capable of a top speed of 22 knots, and comfortably cruises at 17.5 knots. With a 30,000-litre fuel capacity she has a maximum range of 1.540 nautical miles at 12 knots, a considerably wider range compared to the standard of the Fast 125’ series. Her water tanks.



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