Benetti Resurrects a Sixties Model

  • Danielle Cutler Wallin

Debuting at September’s Cannes Boat Show, the Delfino 93 relaunched Italian yachtbuilder Benetti’s Delfino line, a throwback to the sixties. The 1969 Genoa Trade Fair initially acted as stage to the series, which the company unveiled recently as part of its new Benetti Class fleet. The 93 is the first to launch.

The 93 (28.5 meters) is a pint-size superyacht, encompassing big-boat features within its compact footprint. The large, 23-foot (7-meter) beam is its saving grace, providing all kinds of extra space belowdecks and throughout the yacht. The two roomy VIP staterooms and two guest cabins down below benefit especially from the wide beam. A huge, almost full-wall window characterizes the main-deck master, allowing all kinds of natural light in and excellent views out. Ten guests can spread out among the five well-lit staterooms. The 93 also houses four crew. Galeazzi Studio handled interior decor, which is available in two standard options: modern or classic.

Stefano Righini took care of exterior styling, which features large windows that give the interior lots of sunlight and stellar views. If guests want really uninterrupted vistas, the exterior decks offer up ample space for lounging, sun worshipping, and relaxing in the on-deck hot tub.

Built in composite, the Delfino 93 sports Caterpillar C18 ACERT engines (MTU 8V2000s are optional) that give the vessel a 14-knot top speed and a cruise speed of 13. The 93’s range at 10 knots is 1,500 nautical miles.

The Tradition 105 comes next in the series, but not far behind are the Classici 121, Classic Supreme 132, the Crystal 140, the Vision 145, and the Vision Supreme 164, envisioned as Benetti’s new flagship. With Benetti’s admirable track record, the new series of yachts is sure to deliver. (+39.0584.3821, www.benettiyachts.it)

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