Superyacht of the Week: Benetti’s Mr Loui

Written by Charl van Rooy

With their new Mediterraneo 116 line of composite displacement motor yachts, Benetti was after a fresh and cool look that would build on the success of its Classic series. To achieve this, designer Giorgio Cassetta was brought in to create a new modern appeal to the once traditional look of previous versions by the Italian giant. The end result is a curvy and sculpted pocket superyacht that is jam-packed with features and overflowing with useful guests spaces.  With three units now complete since the first unveiling in 2016, we decided to take a look inside the second unit in the Mediterraneo 116 fleet, Mr Loui.Mr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin Bisset

A key point of the design brief was to make use of Benetti’s improved construction methods and extend the exterior living spaces on board to their maximum. You will struggle to find a 35.5-metre motor yacht with more outside deck space than the Mediterraneo 116. Despite this, however, Casetta managed to retain a sleek and overall pleasing profile with several distinguishing design cues for that unmistakable Italian flair that was perhaps missing in some Classic models from the past. Mr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui anchoredPhoto: Quin Bisset

The sundeck is the oasis of outdoor living on Mr Loui and here guests have access to 80 square metres of relaxation space. Whether it's a casual family lunch at the 12-seating dining table, kicking back on the built-in forward-facing sun pad or cooling down with a refreshing beverage behind the stone-top bar, life’s good up here on the sundeck.Mr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui exteriorPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin Bisset

Another space that Benetti really capitalised on is the available deck space forward of the bridge on the Portuguese deck. If you noticed the absence of a pool on the sundeck, don’t be too disappointed because down here there is an entire area devoted to poolside fun. Go for a dip, sit back on the comfy lounge chairs or enjoy a late afternoon snack on the built-in settee; this space provides endless opportunities for those looking to escape the crowds on the dock or whenever the sundeck starts filling up.Mr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui foredeckPhoto: Quin Bisset

Elsewhere, a more formal outdoor dining setup can be found on the bridge deck aft that forms a continuous living area with the sky lounge. Throughout the yacht, the owner requested “settings for the whole family, with large conversation areas”, and this is exactly what Cassetta delivered.Mr. Loui exteriorPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui upper deck saloon Photo: Quin Bisset

The interiors on board are the work of Ezequiel Farca who worked with Benetti’s Interior Style Department to achieve a style that is characterised by open and uncluttered spaces that would be comfortable to live in daily. Warm materials like soft leather and dark woods are used in contrast to cold lighting and elements of glass and marble for that modern effect.Mr. Loui main saloonPhoto: Quin BissetMr. Loui dining room Photo: Quin BissetMr. Loui main saloonPhoto: Quin Bisset

A special request that changed the layout of the entire project was the need for an elevator that serves the three interior decks. The result is a four-cabin layout in the lower deck with two inward-facing VIP suites as well as two double cabins up forward. These two cabins are each fitted with a Pullman berth that takes the total overnight guests on board up to 12.Mr. Loui guests's cabin Photo: Quin BissetMr. Loui guests's cabin Photo: Quin Bisset

The grand full-beam master bedroom forward on the main deck comes with large glazed windows on either side of the cabin, each 3.4 metres in length. Mr. Loui owner's cabinPhoto: Quin Bisset

The ensuite bathroom of the master stateroom features a central shower along with his and hers basin areas, all decorated in the same minimalist style found throughout the rest of the yacht. Mr. Loui owner's bathroom Photo: Quin Bisset

Mr Loui is powered by two CAT ACER C32 Rating D engines, each delivering 1,600 hp. Top speed is reached at 15 knots with a cruising speed of about 14 knots. The yacht’s range at a speed of 10 knots is 3,000 nautical miles.Mr. Loui runningPhoto: Quin Bisset



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