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Superyacht of the Week: The Benetti Delfino 93’ Zaphira

SuperYacht of the Week

The Benetti Delfino 93’ Class Range embodies Benetti's strong track record of both tradition and innovation, with the first motor-yacht by this name introduced forty years ago at the 1969 Genoa International Boat Show. The Delfino has seen enormous success. It is the ultimate synthesis of the Italian boatyard's extensive experience and quality, illustrated within the yacht's opulent blue exterior and striking custom made name plate to name but two features.

With a Brazilian owner that is a real enthusiast of Italian style and the famous "Made by Benetti" quality, Zaphira certainly does not leave much room for disappointment.

28.5 metres long and 7.03 metres at the beam, the Delfino '93 brings together Benetti experience and style. “We have set a new standard of excellence in just 24 metres," says Stefano Righini, responsible for the design concept and styling of the yacht, as well as several other Class Range yachts. Despite this new standard of excellence in a relatively small number of metres, Zaphira will be the longest and most luxurious yacht at the Rio de Janeiro Boat Show. Benetti are powerfully conveying a clear message to Brazilian yacht owners that the Benetti brand has landed and is now very available in their country.

So what makes the Delfino 93’ such an exciting addition to the Brazilian yacht market? Thanks to the Benetti construction techniques, even though the overall length is 28.5 metres, its construction length is measured at 23.98 metres. This means the yacht can be registered as a pleasure vessel, making it the ideal solution for an owner-captain. In addition to this advantage, the vessel’s bulb keel has two major advantages: first, increased safety in case of collision with partially submerged objects, and second, better hydrodynamic performance. The Delfino 93' is the first displacement yacht to be outfitted with electric fin stabilisers to ensure superior seaworthiness both underway and at anchor, as well as unmitigated comfort for its guests. This comfort stems from its high precision and construction quality resulting in a significant reduction in noise and vibrations. The entire lower deck has floating floors which, thanks to the new sandwich materials, reduces noise transfer from the structure to the interior, a distinctive quality that has ensured the Delfino 93' great commercial success from the outset.

The exterior lines by Stefano Righini have a strongly innovative feel; large, uninterrupted expanses of glass allow the owner and guests to take in spectacular ocean views. Of particular note is the extensive fenestration at the yacht owner cabin, notwithstanding a side walkway. Expansive windows at the wheelhouse ensure functionality and comfort; the interior offers 180 degree visibility, ensuring the Delfino 93’ is nothing but a pleasure for its owner to drive.

The interiors are designed by Carlo Galeazzi with a clear balance of sophistication. The décor is contemporary with each element part of a harmonious whole, providing the perfect architectural backdrop in every space. 750 square metres of surface are clad in precious Italian leather hand-picked by the owner. Among the sophisticated selections: iridescent white leather for the sofas and tops and iridescent crocodile for the drawers in the saloon cabinetry, as well as elegant marbles throughout.

The sophisticated luxury of the interior spills on to the deck, where custom teak tables with a checkerboard motif await guests of the yacht. The dining room, a custom ebony and glass table with a storage space in the base creates the perfect atmosphere for fine dining and relaxation. Natural and artificial light is also a key design element. Indirect lighting by Oluce and Estro is used together with large bands of windows in smoked glass that reinforce the sense of elegance and create a cosy atmosphere.

Due to its 7.03 metre beam ensuring total below deck comfort, the Delfino 93’ has been noted for the uniqueness of its design, technology and spacious, comfortable interiors that are typically found only in much larger vessels. Zaphira accommodates up to twelve guests, including the luxurious owner cabin, two large VIP cabins, and two twin-bed guest cabins, as well as foldaway beds. The layout includes two longitudinal beds for increased comfort during overnight crossings.

Zaphira's dark ebony panels on the interior combined with the natural bright teak on the deck create a natural and elegant contrast; the shade combinations and plays of light and dark generate an elaborate sense of space, light, and relaxation. The baths are in marble, with white statuaries for the owner and guests, and ‘spider’ white marble with warm orange and red veining in the powder room.

The Delfino 93' is additionally notable for its excellent use of space. There are large storage areas on the exterior and spacious and comfortable living spaces on the interior, including: bathrooms, ample cabins for guests and crew, and comfortable, ergonomic, and distinct vertical circulation. The mechanical spaces have been optimised to occupy a smaller footprint thanks to the BEST electric and electronic systems on board. Privacy and superior service are ensured by the perfect division of guest and crew areas.

On Zaphira, just as on all Delfino 93’, the many different and well organised outdoor areas which total 141 square metres, enable the guests to move about freely. From the sunpad to forward of the deckhouse, to the immense flybridge, all the way up to the sundeck dining area where an electric awning provides shade. The 6-person Jacuzzi is a Benetti custom design especially for the Delfino 93’ line.

Once on board Zaphira, it is easy to forget it is only 93 feet. Everything feels large, functional, and balanced, making the Delfino 93’ not so much a compact yacht but rather a small Benetti megayacht. The two MTU engines mean this super yacht reaches a maximum speed of 14 knots, a cruising speed of 13 knots, and average range of 1,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

By Gemma Fottles

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