Benetti’s Panthera Megayacht Is Out of the Bag

  • John Lyon

The 150-foot Benetti Panthera was launched late last year and recently unveiled to the press. Constructed at Benetti’s shipyard in Livorno, Italy, Panthera sports gracefully undulating lines that mirror the waves passing beneath it. The yacht’s all-aluminum hull, the second in the builder’s 500 series, was designed by Benetti to minimize noise and vibrations during operation, ensuring maximum comfort for many as 10 guests.

The yacht owner’s designers worked closely with Benetti’s in-house team to fashion clean and contemporary interior spaces dressed in a palette that pairs gray hues with vivid splashes of color. Large fashion photographs hung throughout the yacht add a sense of glamour to Panthera’s uncluttered interiors. The main-deck saloon is outfitted with fabrics and lamps from Armani Casa, and long banks of windows flood the room with natural light. Two opposing sofas stretch most of the length of the space and encourage socializing, while a silver side table preserves the main deck’s open layout by separating the saloon from the ship’s dining area.

The full-beam owner’s suite, located forward on the main deck, is furnished with a king-size bed, and includes a personal office, walk-in closets, and a private exterior lounge at the bow. The suite’s bathroom features his and her white-onyx sinks, Bisazza tile mosaics, and a large shower with a one-way window that looks out from the yacht’s starboard side. Panthera’s lower deck is home to three additional double-bed-equipped cabins, including a full-beam VIP suite amidships. A second VIP cabin is found on the upper deck, along with a media room that can be converted into a disco, complete with strobe lights and a vintage turntable.

Outside, the yacht’s upper deck is particularly well suited for midday naps, with several chaise longues aft and a massive sun pad forward. Above the upper deck, the sundeck offers a more intimate setting that encourages indulgence with a hot tub, a large sun pad, and a bar. Astern, Panthera’s garage houses a tender and personal watercraft. When lowered, the garage door converts into a 108-square-foot swim platform equipped with an outdoor shower and a built-in trampoline. (www.benettiyachts.it)

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