•II•II•

by Benetti Shipyard | Azimut Benetti Group

It was a world debut in spectacular style for •II•II•, the mega yacht with construction code FB265 which was officially presented to a large crowd by Italian shipyard Benetti at the exclusive Monaco Yacht Show, held in September last year. The new vessel, moored at the quayside of Monte Carlo’s prestigious Port Hercules, drew the eyes of the yacht show’s attendees with her unmissable axe bow, and it must be said that this is not the first time (remember FB252 Nataly) that this feature has been used on a Benetti yacht. However, this vertical plumb bow does not just distinguish the aesthetic of the yacht, whose design was developed from an original concept in just ten months, but is also emblematic of the technical content of the mega yacht, which was built in steel and aluminium in less than 24 months. This bow type dynamically acts against the natural upward motion that the movement of the waves applies to a traditional inclined prow, which causes the yacht to pitch more and more in proportion to the height of the wave, thus reducing stability and compromising manoeuvrability. Instead of this undesirable behaviour, the vertical bow has a shape designed to cut through the waves rather than ride them, and the vessel therefore retains a better position, even in rough seas, increasing directional stability and improving manoeuvrability in adverse sea conditions. Obviously all of this gives rise to significant benefits in terms of passenger comfort as well, as passengers can enjoy a greater level of tranquillity and calm. In addition, comparing the yacht’s length overall with that of a boat with an inclined prow, the vertical prow actually affords a greater length at the waterline. As a result, although the mega yacht has a full displacement hull, this factor also increases performance considerably. This was confirmed in preliminary sea tests when the newly launched vessel successfully reached a top speed of over 17.5 knots, a value 1.5 knots higher than the top speed agreed in the contract, based on a version of the hull with an inclined prow. It is therefore worth noting that the 16-knot speed originally planned as the top speed has now become the cruising speed. The high efficiency of the hull, alongside the five-blade propellers specially designed for Benetti and made by specialist company Detra in a special nickel-aluminium-bronze alloy, means that the mega yacht offers a substantially increased range in excess of the 5,000 nautical mile mark. Together with these highly significant technical characteristics, this mega yacht has some attractive functional features and pleasing aesthetic characteristics, such as the considerable width of the hull which has made generous spaces and large open areas possible, or the harmonious beauty of the boat that epitomises both prestigious luxury and exclusive elegance. In terms of individual details as well, ultimate style is the watchword. Even the mega yacht’s main tender is an eight-metre custom limousine tender, created by Benetti especially for the new 63-metre gem built by the historic Italian shipyard. However, most importantly, extraordinary care was taken with the creation of a magnificent night-time setting, with underwater lighting installed in the hull to create brilliant light effects below the surface of the water. There are 46 points of light below the waterline, creating a charming, magical atmosphere at night with a fascinating interplay of quasi supernatural luminescence that seems to come from the mysterious depths of the abyss. With the visual transition from the underwater lights to the on-board highlights, natural curiosity comes into play to discover how the four decks of the mega yacht have been approached. The main characteristic underlying the design concept is undoubtedly revealed by the presence of elements demonstrating a clear intention to create spaces on board that are as closely connected to the marine environment as possible. To achieve a total visual and physical connection, there are no bulkheads to obstruct the panoramic view, instead only floor to ceiling windows affording complete integration between exterior and interior spaces. All the areas on board have been carefully designed with this in mind, for example the aft deck which is completely unencumbered: the ship handling and docking areas are concealed and do not obstruct the view from the wheelhouse on the bridge deck or from the suite on the upper deck. As well as offering magnificent views of the surrounding panorama, the continuous windows provide the interiors with extraordinary quantities of natural light, enhancing the beauty of the fittings and furnishings in the utmost luxury, a true celebration of exclusiveness and an incredible display of elegance.

As you enter the stunning interiors of this mega yacht, both in the areas for socialising and the spaces for private life, the sophisticated atmosphere that welcomes and enfolds guests is infused with an utterly exquisite style, skilfully created with the greatest refinement in terms of the selections made and the highest quality of materials and finishes. To supplement the high-level specifications that guided the design team in the creation of the interiors, the yacht also has all the functional characteristics of a private home, something that the Owner expressly requested with the firm intention of creating a yacht specially designed for his family. As a result, child safety features highly in the yacht’s design, including rounded edges and fabric-wrapped walls and furniture, while a child’s cabin is adjacent to the suite. In terms of layout, the Owner also wanted two Owner’s suites entirely equivalent in terms of comfort and size, the first on the main deck and the second on the upper deck. Four guest staterooms are also present on the lower deck. The suite on the main deck is a full-beam suite with full-height portrait windows, a study / vanity area and a built-in walk-in dressing room. The suite on the upper deck enjoys an expansive 180-degree panoramic view over the bow, overlooking the Owner’s private sun deck with a large jet pool and sunbathing area, which stretches all the way to the bow. The four guest staterooms on the lower deck comprise two double cabins and two twin cabins. All benefit from a beautifully designed en suite bathroom with hand-selected Italian marble chosen directly from the quarry and bespoke Lalique crystal taps to complement the generous basin areas. Like the Owner and guest private accommodation, the socialising areas are also a spectacular array of superbly appointed spaces with intricate carpentry, fine craftsmanship and exquisite finishes with great attention to detail. For example, an impressive lobby and staircase on the main deck feature a bright Italian marble floor and a bespoke balustrade, hand-crafted from marine grade stainless steel with a shimmering shagreen handrail. The grand salon on the main deck is an impressive entertaining space with its custom-made U-shaped sofa, a 12-seater formal dining table and a calming grey colour palette, while the sky lounge on the upper deck offers a more informal lounge environment complete with a bespoke cocktail bar and generous seating. On the upper deck aft, 14 guests can be seated at a bespoke backlit quartzite dining table, while an outside bar crafted from over a tonne of natural Italian fluted stone and two symmetrical seating areas with custom-fitted sofas complete this exceptional entertainment space. The sun deck is an outstanding leisure area created for outdoor relaxation, sunbathing and entertainment on board, with a fluted bar made of sandblasted Italian stone, fitted curved seating and a spa-inspired pool. However, the most indulgent spot on the mega yacht comes in the form of a beautiful dedicated spa area: the steam room is made entirely from pearlescent mosaic tiles with smoky quartz stones and soothing colour therapy, while the pleasing white marble treatment room features an adjustable massage bed and a heated towel cabinet. High-tech features have been fully integrated with great care throughout the vessel, appearing in every aspect of the design system, and include individual iPads in every room to provide controls for customising audiovisual content, lighting, curtains, blinds and air conditioning. Built-in Samsung Curved UHD TVs feature throughout, housed in bespoke cabinets and frames to complement the overall design.

 

Jacob Herzog

Photos by Jeff Brown

•II•II• technical specifications

HullSteel
SuperstructureAluminium
LOA63 m / 206’69’’ ft
LWL60.45 m / 198’32’’ ft
Beam (max) 10.80 m / 35’43’’ ft
Draught (loaded) 3.5 m / 11’48’’ ft
ClassificationLLoyds
Class and LY2 complianceLY3 compliance
Displacement 1000 Tonnes
Gross Tonnage1181 GT
Main engines 2 x Caterpillar 3512 C Total kW power of 2700 kW combined
GearboxZF.4661
Propellers/alternative propulsionTwo DETRA propellers with five medium skew fixed blades, designed for high efficiency and low pressure transmission to the hull, made from nickelaluminium-bronze (IACS CU3 type). They are statically balanced and have a surface finishing according to ISO 484/2, S class
Speed (maximum/cruise) Max 17 knots / Cruise 16 knots
Fuel capacity 110,000 litres / 29,058.93 US gallons
Water capacity30,000 litres / 7,925.162 US gallons
Range at cruising speed 5,000 nautical miles
Fuel burnt at the cruising speed stated above (excluding generators)12 knots = 200 LPH
StabilisersOPEM Sistemi with Zero speed
Windlass Two vertical windlasses OPEM Sistemi with 6 shackles per side and 750 kgs pool N stainless steel anchors
Bow/stern thruster(s)Samos - 200 kW
Watermakers Hydromar Italy with output of 15,000 litres per day each
Sewage systemHamman MARPOL approved
Electricity generation 3 x C6 Caterpillars @ 140 kW each
Fire control systemUltra Fog
Air conditioning manufacturer Finservices Impianti (3 compressor)
Electronic charting systemTRANSAS – fully ECDIS dual compliant system
Radar(s)Consillium 1 x S band & 1 x X band
Naval architectBenetti
Exterior stylistBenetti
Interior designer Benetti and Owner’s Design Team
Builder’s project manager Marco De Cosmo
Owner’s project manager David Richmond and Tina D’Abundo
Year of construction2015
BuilderAZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti Shipyard, Italy
www.benettiyachts.it
info@benettiyachts.it
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