Superyacht of the Week: My Paradis

The new motor yacht, My Paradis, from renowned Italian shipyard, Benetti, is the first of three 108 foot Tradition Supremes, the new entry level tri-deck in the Benetti Class Range Displacement line.

The new Tradition Supreme 108’ evolves Benetti Class range lines by introducing innovative new design features and functions. The main attraction is the three-deck layout - an uncommon feature for a 108 foot yacht - ensuring privacy, comfort and habitability among an array of unique and attractive features. The inaugural My Paradis was recently launched with the owner in attendance and is set to make her official debut at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival held from 9th -14th September.

The first yacht in the exclusive line boasts exteriors by Stefano Righini, who has designed the vessel into three decks and a generous sun deck - without a doubt the boat’s hallmark feature. A carbon fibre hard top, upper section of the superstructure and roll bar have been selected to ensure a lightweight structure with enhanced stability, and is decorated for the first time using loose furniture. This innovation eliminates the need for structural fiberglass elements, offering the owner, family and guests the utmost flexibility in the choice of furnishings and the layout of this ideal space in which to enjoy life on board in the open air

With both external and internal access points, this area of the yacht provides maximum privacy for all guests on board, and space has been utilised to its fullest. In addition to the stunning Jacuzzi and elegant dining table for 10 in the centre, there is also comfortable sunpad seating towards the stern and a large sofa with forward facing storage next to the exterior piloting station.

On the upper deck of My Paradis you will find an extensive skylounge with windows on three sides and a sliding door leading out to the exterior salon providing truly spectacular views. The skylounge is also equipped with a luxurious Turkish bath, providing guests with the opportunity to lie back and relax in style day or night with a fantastic view of the sky above them.

Moving on to the opulent interior of the vessel, the Tradition Supreme 108’ line showcases an exciting new approach to personalised interiors. Designed by Francois Zuretti, the inside space is transformed into a constraint-free scenario that can be adapted to any interior decor project. The owner, guided by the shipyard’s personal architect, has maximum freedom of choice in the selection and layout of furnishings to create a unique ambience that completely represents them as an individual.

The interiors also work to accentuate the sense of space and light using contrasting colours and shadows. The walls are clad with different thickness decking arranged in a random pattern, making for an unusual yet captivating 3D effect with a play of light and shadow, further accentuated by the large amounts of glazing connecting the interior and exterior spaces. The light-drenched quality of the interiors is also enhanced by the pairing of light oak with darker wood that lets the natural light reflect off the different angled surfaces.

The light design includes strategically located LEDs to recreate the same effect after daylight hours. The decision to use 3D dynamic walls rather than smooth ones provides a kind of interactive background that actually accommodates a wide range of décor options, offering, again, ample customisation opportunities for the owner to truly make their new yacht their own.

The main deck of My Paradis has a very interesting custom layout. The area traditionally devoted to the dining area has been integrated with the salon, creating a single open space that includes a lounge and bar area. The room is filled with more of that natural light that is abundant on this vessel, and enjoys uninterrupted and breathtaking water views thanks to its full-height windows. The designers also took a very innovative approach and lowered the exterior washboard to match the glass height, virtually eliminating any visual barrier between the interiors and the water beyond.

My Paradis easily accommodates a total of 12 guests over four VIP cabins on the lower deck as well as the generous owner's apartment on the main deck at full beam. In addition, she accommodates an ample crew to ensure all guests enjoy their time on board to its maximum potential. At the request of the owner, the crew dinette is located on the main deck instead of the lower deck; in its place is a large refrigeration unit. There is a sense of drama in the bathrooms across the VIP cabins, where the same "interactive" finishes have been used, this time in the 100% mosaic showers. Here too there is a play of uneven surfaces, again reinforced by strategically placed LEDs.

In the engine room further innovations are evident, and the yacht has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow you to navigate, as well as the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors connected directly to the regulators/inverters of the main diesel-electric propulsion. The electric motors are powered directly by generators allowing to navigate up to a speed of about 6 knots. On-board generators are used as the only source of propulsion and power for various devices. This configuration will allow to minimise noise and vibration while maximising comfort. She is able to achieve a top speed of 13.5 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 12.5 knots. Her maximum beam is of 7.25 metres, while her maximum draft is of 2 metres.

To further maximise onboard comfort and reduce energy use, the boatyard has equipped My Paradis as well as all Benetti Class models with a CMC Marine electrical fin stabiliser. Compared to traditional systems, the electrical fin stabilisers ensure reduced noise, increased functionality, reduced electricity usage, and ease of maintenance.

With her debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, My Paradis is an excellent representative of the the new entry level tri-deck in the Benetti Class Range Displacement line, showing how an owner can indeed have a distinctly different semi-custom project.

By Gemma Fottles

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