Benetti launches fifth Mediterraneo 116 superyacht Big Five in Viareggio

Written by Georgia Tindale

Italian yard Benetti has launched the fifth hull in its Mediterraneo 116 series, with the vessel hitting the water on 6th April at the yard's facility in Viareggio. 

Now christened Big Fivethe 35.5-metre motor yacht features in-house naval architecture and interior design and exterior design from Iong-term Benetti collaborator Giorgio M. Cassetta who was also responsible for the exterior design of the previous four Mediterraneo 116 yachts. Big Five yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: Benetti SpA
Guest accommodation for up to 10 includes a full-beam owner's cabin located forward with its own private studio and four additional guest cabins. The owner's suite also includes panoramic windows as well as a full-beam 'his' and 'hers' bathroom. A crew of seven can also be housed on board. 

The in-house interior decor is described as 'sophisticated and contemporary' and uses materials including Olimpico Striato and Zebrino Apuano marble and light-coloured matte finish woods. In terms of performance, twin Diesel 1401 HP engines give superyacht Big Five a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots, as well as a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. 

Other recent launches at Benetti include its three 100+m superyachts, with the most recent being the launch of the 108-metre FB275 at the beginning of this month. On a smaller scale, Baya, the fifth hull of the Delfino 95 was launched at the yard on 21st March and the 12th hull of the 40-metre Classic Supreme 132 touched water on 3rd April.

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