Earlier in December Benetti unveiled two exciting new projects, the 120ft Motopanfilo 37M and their 220ft (67m) custom superyacht FB284, at a virtual press conference. While strikingly different in style and design, the two yachts represent the future direction of the much-admired shipyard which is known the world over for its innovation, reliability, and timeless Italian style.
Benetti’s characterful Motopanfilo 37M epitomizes effortless Italian charm with a nod to the classic “navettes” of the 1960s. A “Motopanfilo” was the Italian moniker for a large motor yacht which at the time was synonymous with fast jet-set living and silver screen glamour. Benetti was one of the first yacht builders to create these stunning yachts which quickly became the must-have status symbol all over the globe and cemented Benetti’s position as the world’s fourth-largest yacht builder in the 1970s.
Benetti’s brand-new Motopanfilo has been updated for today’s jet-set with bold lines and sleek interiors which gently reference a glamorous golden era, combining the historic with refined modern living and minimalist design throughout. A great example of this meeting of now and yesterday is the transom where her lines are fully-integrated into the hull volume in keeping with her 1960s forerunners and a beach club has been included to meet the needs of 21st-century yacht owners and guests.
While the Motopanfilo 37M skilfully weaves Benetti’s past with the present, the 220ft FB284 showcases the shipyard’s ambitious future direction with a stunning six-deck superyacht dreamed up by designer Giorgio M. Cassetta and the in-house Benetti team. Benetti has taken a wealth of experience and learnings derived from four highly successful 200ft+ yachts including the award-winning 206ft (63m) Metis and 213ft (65m) FB270 and FB274 yachts to develop the FB284.
Highlights include her chiseled exterior lines which emphasize the horizontal aspect to give a sense of length and elegance and effortless curvaceous lateral lines harmoniously linking the hull and superstructure and maximizing height in her ample outdoor living spaces. Stepping inside, her interiors exude Italian design chic with luxurious finishes and touches of the finest Carrara and Saint Laurent black marble.
“If it’s true that buying a superyacht is an all-engrossing emotional experience,” commented Benetti Chief Commercial Officer Sebastiano Fanizza, “it’s impossible not to take account of the Shipyard’s key role in supporting the owner in areas where rationality plays a more important role. It’s here that we make the difference, offering the design flexibility and construction standards that come from proven, long-term experience.
This is the result achieved together with Giorgio M. Cassetta’s design for FB284, a ship that’s different and makes her owner feel “at home” by expressing strength in the form of extreme onboard liveability, becoming the perfect setting for memorable moments.