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Famous Italian shipyard Benetti unveiled during the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, in an exclusive partnership with designer Fernando Romero, one of the world’s most influential architects and famed for his high-profile civil projects, the innovative Se77antasette concept yacht. Precisely 77 meters long, Se77antasette (translated as “seventy-seven”, in English) is highly innovative because it breaks away from the traditional concept of yachts that subscribe to a rigid horizontal order, featuring a revolutionary design in which flowing lines are combined with complex structures that draw their inspiration from the marine habitat, creating harmonious connections between all decks, design features, and surrounding environment. Visually, this dynamic union between decks creates a single body that seems carved into the structure of the boat, offering original spatial proportions that enhance the close relationship between nature and the sea.
This type of design also draws on the use of highly advanced technology that can be found firstly in the innovative layout of the navigation systems and of the propulsion system. The radar equipment, which is usually in full view on top of the yacht, is totally integrated and invisible here. Benetti’s engineers have worked with leading aerospace and marine suppliers to devise a totally new way to hide the navigation equipment inside a glass dome, without compromising the control of the yacht and the safety of the owner, their guests and the crew.
Se77antasette stands out for the extreme adaptability of its spaces according to the needs of life on board. The stern entry deck, with three complete openings, is transformed into a huge terrace that overlooks the surrounding sea, becoming an exclusive spa area dedicated entirely to rest and relaxation. The ability to open up and embrace the sea or remain a closed, intimate space makes this one of the most exclusive areas on board. Here guests can relax in the freshwater swimming pool and have a massage, or alternatively use it as a gym or a place to work in a relaxing environment. Designed to cater to the needs of the businessman, the yacht also lends itself perfectly to conducting business, and an area has been set aside for this purpose with a 270-degree view of the sea, where the owner can organise events, presentations, or private meetings.
The central area on the Se77antasette, with a double-height space in the heart of the ship and a visual link between each deck, opens up to create spaces that are unprecedented for most yachts of this size. Depending on its use, the saloon can be fully transformed into an open dining area for breakfast with all the family, into a screening room, into a theatre or into a dancefloor with a strobe light disco ball in the middle and a DJ station for partying with friends.
The master suite on the Se77antasette, situated in the forward area of the main deck, is a 100-square-meter apartment, plus 140 square meters of private outdoor space to enjoy in complete seclusion. Inside there are plans for a hi-tech studio/office to stay connected from anywhere in the world. The two VIP cabins and four guest cabins are on the lower deck. The first two, with walk-in wardrobe and his & her bathroom, have a full-height sliding glass panel that provides access to the private terrace, fitted with a telescopic system. The guest accommodation, on the other hand, is in the center of the ship and it too has a glass panel fitted with a sinusoidal structure that can act as a seat and table, offering a view of the sea like no other.
The observatory, on the upper deck, is the best hidden and most intimate space on Se77antasette. It consists of 8.5 m long glass slabs on which severe stress tests have been performed to guarantee their strength. The uprights contain air conditioning ducts to keep the temperature and humidity constantly under control, while at night the dome can be used as an augmented reality screen, controlled by voice commands and movement sensors, so to always be informed on the position of the hull and a breathtaking view of the starry sky.
Fernando Romero, founder of FR-EE, commented: “Settantasette is the result of analyzing the DNA of Benetti and thinking further on the possibilities that new technologies have enabled, allowing us to create an entirely new yachting experience…the sinuous lines and contiguous spaces have engendered a seamless and sophisticated ecosystem of programs and connectivity. This extraordinary collaboration has seen FR-EE and Benetti successfully merge our collective expertise to realize a state-of-the art superyacht, a new craft for the 21st century.” An extremely satisfied Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti CEO, in his comments on this latest challenge, stressed “the decidedly innovative essence of this project, born from a perfect union between the two different worlds of yachting and civil architecture; the major difficulty was to make an already excellent product even better. If the shipyard’s identity is recognised universally as a sophisticated luxury product, then the Se77antasette elevates yachting to a higher dimension than we have ever seen before, drawing on Romero’s skill and Benetti’s know-how”.
We look forward to learning more about this fantastic project and seeing her cruising!
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