Timeless elegance. Evergreen style. A displacing hull designed for long-range cruising, designed with classic lines. The passengers’ only dilemma will be how to while away the time as they savour the sea and sky, drenched in warm sunlight, watching as the scudding clouds give way to the stars. Isn’t that the essence of luxury itself?
Absolute pleasure and exclusive comfort; the ultimate celebration of the sailing philosophy and a love for travel. These are the ideals that Benetti Sail Division (a yard that specializes in steel and aluminium motor yachts) must have had in mind when it designed and created the new Oldtimer.
For this yacht really does mark a return to the golden age of sheer yachting elegance. She undoubtedly represents the classic gentleman’s yacht, and is bound to be a hit with connoisseurs and experts in the decades to come. The international yacht market is teeming with new vessels that are influenced by the excesses of modern design, and that sometimes result in an overly futuristic look.
The Italian yard Benetti Sail Division has decided not to follow these ephemeral fads. Instead, it prefers to continue building reliable motor yachts in traditional styles, based on firm, tried and tested values.
That’s why the Oldtimer 110’ D boasts all of the best aspects that could be hoped for in a yacht. She is ideal for long meandering journeys, island hopping, and anchoring in the roadsteads of the Mediterranean. On board she offers everything one would expect on a vessel designed for sailing and for voyages.
Her main raison d’être seems to be to make cruising as pleasant as possible. Oldtimer 110’ D makes it truly possible to experience the sea with a certain wisdom, sailing in superior style and comfort, and satisfying all five senses. Indeed, her classic styling and traditional forms mean that Oldtimer has spaces, inside and on deck, which are usually only found on much larger vessels.
The interiors and exteriors on every deck offer exceptional comfort thanks to large surface areas, giving guests the same high standard of living. She has all the usual amenities found on this class of yacht for entertaining her Owner and guests.
What’s more, Oldtimer has a special feature that is totally innovative for a canoe stern yacht. A flip-down platform is built into the starboard topside, just at the base of the lateral boarding steps.
This platform, which skims above the water’s surface, makes a perfect mooring platform for the tender, and an ideal base for swimming and watersports. This is helped by the total stability of the anchor, thanks to the hull’s zero-speed stabilizers. Naturally, when the yacht is on the move the platform folds up and fits flush into the yacht’s topside. This means it does not ruin the clean lines of the hull or affect the dynamic efficiency of the bottom.
The new ship
The first unit of the Benetti Sail Division 110’ D Oldtimer model was launched last June. Her team included project manager Riccardo Benetti and designers Pascale Bros and Riccardo Paoli, as well as the craftsmen and engineers of the Viareggio boatyard. The first unit to take to the water was christened Evergreen by her owner. She was presented at the Cannes Boat Show and then at Barcelona.
On both occasions she attracted plenty of attention and compliments on her classic, timeless styling, inspired by the legendary yachts of the Thirties, making her very much a gentleman’s yacht. On the outside, Evergreen flaunts a dazzling hull and superstructure, both painted in an immaculate white and accentuated by the contrasting traditional dark wood profiling and stainless steel handrails along her topsides. Her rounded canoe stern is classic, as is her flared bow, where her large anchors cut a fine figure in their gleaming stainless steel hawses. The alluring shape of the hull blends seamlessly into the equally appealing superstructure. The latter has a romantic design featuring slanting side supports that sit well with the upper decks, which are fully covered in teak and topped by a small antenna mast.
Inside, Evergreen sweeps passengers of their feet with her fabulous, magical atmosphere. The inspiration is clearly Art Deco and the nautical style of the 1920s and 1930s, perfectly in tune with the yacht’s exterior styling. The interiors are flawlessly decorated in the same style throughout, using the same materials and finishes in every part of the yacht.
Welcoming and relaxing, with bright touches of colour used sparingly to accentuate the décor, Evergreen’s spacious interiors boast some truly beautiful spaces, furnished in true style.
The walls and ceilings are in white-lacquered wood panelling throughout. The furniture has been made from a fine, warm-toned dark wood, while sofas and armchairs are upholstered in soft white fabrics. Soft carpeting has been used for the salon and private staterooms, with precious black and white marbles used for glossy flooring in the bathrooms.
Every last detail on Evergreen has been customized to suit her Owner’s personal taste. For example, he chose to have the swimming pool located on the forward terrace on the upper deck, in front of the wheelhouse.
This way the panorama can be enjoyed in a personal, innovative way. However, should the yacht be refitted in the future, the yard has intelligently installed the necessary connections to allow the pool to be placed on the sun deck, as it usually would be. [...]