Benetti Seasence: salty stuff

Benetti Seasence: salty stuff

The 67-metre mega-yacht of the Italian shipyard represents a fresh look at the seemingly exhausted maritime theme.
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Sea theme on the yacht - what could be more banal? But the designers of Benetti Seasence have taken the concept to a new level by perfectly balancing open and closed spaces. What is striking about this yacht, which made her debut at the recently completed Monaco Yacht Show, is the comfort and thoughtful layouts as well as the interiors with character.

An impressive part of the main deck (approximately a third of its length) is occupied by a luxurious beach club with a 10 x 4 metre pool and 6 pairs of sun loungers around: the number of guests that the yacht can accommodate in its 6 cabins is accurate.

An interesting feature of the beach club is the ability to turn the pool into a full basketball court with a special «lid».

Further forward to the bow is the open lounge area with sofas and coffee tables and a bar on the port side.

Sliding glass doors from floor to ceiling allow access to the dining room. Benetti calls this zone both open and closed: there is a roof over your head, but the walls are a glass sliding door system that allows you to combine the dining room with an open lounge, or conversely with a closed salon with a large L-shaped sofa and a TV.

From the TV Lounge we get to the lobby. Here, all attention is drawn to the twisted staircase of gray marble with illuminated steps on the skeleton of blue painted wood with steel inserts.

Further along the guest corridor (there is a separate passage for the crew and a separate staircase) we reach the VIP cabin with its own bathroom, dressing room and dressing table.

Forward on the main deck is the owner's suite with its own lobby, owner and hostess dressing rooms and a bathroom with two sinks.

The owner's accommodation boasts a ceiling height never seen on a yacht that exceeds 3 meters in the central area.

This was done so that yacht owners - passionate collectors of art objects - could equip the master with a huge 2.7 x 2.2 m custom-made steel chandelier.

Four other cabins on the lower deck: two with twin beds that can be easily combined, two with double beds. All cabins are equipped with bathrooms.

An impressive part of the lower deck is reserved for a crew of 18 people. The crew have eight cabins (all with toilets), a lobby and a huge kitchen.

The garage is located in the central part of the boat between the engine room and the cabins of the passengers and keeps «a pearl in the pearl»: a limo tender created especially for Seasense Giorgio Cassette.

The control station is located on the upper deck, also in the immediate vicinity of the captain's cabin.

There is also a second saloon on the upper deck which plays a more formal role than the main deck saloon. It is divided into a lounge, study and library area as well as a dining room on a round veranda with a table for 12 people, which can be separated from the meeting area by an elegant curtain. At the stern, there is another outdoor seating area.

A special place on the yacht is the sundeck, where the central area is a fully equipped gym with access to a Jacuzzi with sun beds at the bow and to a relax area with sofas and an American bar at the stern.

There is even a pizza oven heated with real wood.

In order to bring the spirit of a changeable sea surface to the interiors, the designers from Los Angeles studio Area used different shades of blue with accents of red, grey and white, and combined a huge amount of finishing materials (over 100). For example, the walls are covered with wood in grey shades, but each zone has its own type of wood, and the bathrooms combine at least two types of marble.

Technically Seasense is a classic combination of a displacement hull and two Caterpillar engines of 1380 kW each, with which the yacht develops up to 15.5 knots and has a transatlantic range of 5,000 miles at 12 knots. A system of fin stabilizers is used to eliminate rocking on board.

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