The new 45-metre yacht by Italian shipyard Benetti is just one example of the fully custom builds the yard offers.
“Domani” represents a major new development for Benetti in the range offered by the shipyard. Although created as a fully custom yacht to fulfil the instructions of an Owner with a great depth of experience in the nautical field, in practice the yacht has become the first hull in a new line with a second hull already under construction. Bearing build number FB701, Domani is therefore the first hull in a line that fits in between the Benetti Class and the Benetti Custom. In terms of dimensions and construction materials, the yacht has a length of 45 metres and is built in steel and aluminium, comparable with the largest vessel in the Class line and the smallest in the Custom line.
Domani’s Owner played an active part in the development of each individual element of this project, and his relationship with the shipyard is now rock solid as this is his fifth vessel built at the Azimut Benetti Group shipyards, the first one being an Azimut 116. That depth of mutual understanding, together with the designers’ crucial task of interpreting and developing the Owner’s wishes in the design, was the cornerstone for this undeniably original yet functional yacht.
The Owner set out some key points at the start of the design process, including the possibility of sailing Domani to any part of the world. This meant the creation of systems capable of adapting to a variety of technical requirements, spaces offering pleasant stays on board even for prolonged periods, as well as open and covered areas designed to guarantee both conviviality and privacy. In terms of surfaces and comfort the interiors are certainly comparable with those of larger yachts, in much the same way as the access circuits for the crew and guests to facilitate service on board and ensure the necessary privacy, even during long cruises, have been borrowed from larger boats.
A more in-depth look at the interiors is warranted. Carlo Galeazzi developed both the layout and the furnishings in accordance with the Owner’s instructions and his desire to share sea cruises with his family. Galeazzi studied the division of the spaces in detail to bring together the needs of shared space with those of privacy as effectively as possible. The Owner’s suite occupies the forward section of the main deck across a very large area, including an office space, walk-in wardrobe, night-time space with the bed in a central position and plenty of room thanks to the full-beam superstructure, and a large double bathroom in the bow. Noteworthy elements include the presence of a balcony to portside, created to extend the Owner’s suite to the exterior, offering an appealing position and a private space in the open air.
The guest cabins are all on the lower deck, with two twin cabins and two double cabins, each with a private bathroom and enough space for the Owner’s ambitious cruising plans. The crew quarters are located in the forward section of the lower deck, where we find four cabins that sleep seven crew, with three bathrooms and a direct link to a large dinette/relaxation area. One further cabin, this time for the captain, is located on the upper deck aft of the bridge. It is a suite in its own right, and can at need be converted into a further guest cabin. It should be noted that the areas for the crew are very spacious and, most importantly, intelligently connected to make the work of the crew easier and to ensure that the Owner and guests can count on their necessary but discreet presence.
Domani, which means “tomorrow” in Italian, is an appropriate name in part due to all the technology on board this yacht, starting with the technical spaces such as the bridge, created by Team Italia who developed its design but most importantly the many highly evolved functions offered by all its systems. Extensive technology was also used in the selection of materials for the build and the furnishings, as well as for entertainment – there is even a large TV built into the windows of the upper deck salon. On Domani, the greatest care has been taken with every detail, following the Owner’s directions – themselves the result of a profound knowledge of life at sea and vast experience of navigation with his family.
One example of this is the furnishing of the bridge, which features pilot’s chairs instead of the more usual sofa, so that the owner has a space in which to spend time with his family when the yacht is on its travels.
The architect Carlo Galeazzi developed an interior design that reflects the Owner’s personality and emphasises the qualities and unique features of Italian design, with furniture and accessories from brands such as B&B, Cassina, Minotti, Flos, Collezione Privata De Lucchi, Rimadesio, Vittoria, Flexform, Maxalto and others that undeniably showcase all the added value of the highest quality Italian craftsmanship.
For the open-air spaces, once again the designers’ specific intention, as always on the Owner’s instructions, was to create different relaxation areas that can be enjoyed at the same time but offer a variety of opportunities for complete privacy. These start with the large sun deck, an expansive, intelligently managed common area created employing solutions that make it possible to use the space in comfort even when sailing in less ideal climates. Here we refer to the semi-circular forward windows around the dining area, which can be isolated from the forward relaxation space if need be. This solution means that the deck can be enjoyed even when the yacht is moving, since even when the windows are closed there is still complete visibility forward but the enclosed space is protected and welcoming, not forgetting the fact that its position is undeniably attractive. In the bow, there is a large Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads, with a space to aft of it featuring a small table and chairs for breakfast and lunch outside, and to portside a sofa with a mobile bar. Aft of the dining area, meanwhile, there is a large beach area with sun beds, a sofa, chairs and a small table, as well as space for deck chairs. The sun deck also includes a day head and access provided by a staircase to starboard, leading to the upper deck. Outside on the upper deck, there is a further dining area for 12 persons, a mobile bar to starboard, a relaxation area with a large L-shaped sofa, armchairs and small tables, then forward, there is access to the salon which can be used as a library, cinema room or simply as a conversation space. Outside on the main deck, in addition to the classic wheelhouse with a large C-shaped sofa, tables and armchairs, there is a further mobile bar to portside and lateral gangways leading forward. These run directly to a further open-air relaxation space with a C-shaped sofa, sun beds and a small table. In addition to offering the required privacy, especially when the yacht is moored at the stern in the busiest harbours, this section is also notable for the plentiful space it affords, proving suitable for use even when the yacht is underway as a result of its slightly recessed position relative to the fore deck. We asked designer Carlo Galeazzi to tell us about the beginnings of this project: “With valuable contributions from architects Paola Asaro and Giovanna Solito, we initially presented the Owner with three proposals for the decor, accentuating different aspects. The one that was ultimately chosen was marked by a sharp separation between the shell of the interiors, the container, and the individual furniture, or content. This separation made it possible to create a space that was truly devised as a seagoing villa.
This is not the first Benetti yacht you have worked on, not even the first for this Owner…
Domani FB701 is the third Benetti for which we have developed the interiors for this Owner. Being perfectly in tune with him and his wife made it possible to achieve the perfect balance between all the elements of the composition. It is also interesting how between the first Benetti and this one, the Owner’s refined taste – primarily classical – has become more and more orientated towards contemporary décor. Following this metamorphosis has been particularly inspiring.
How was the relationship between the exterior and interior design managed?
The exterior design facilitated our objective of minimising any membrane between the interior and the exterior. As the yacht is in aluminium, the Owner requested changes to the external lines and the windows to further develop this characteristic.
In the interiors, what elements would you define as innovative in this design?
The most innovative aspect is certainly the heavy use of commercial furniture which predominates in the interior architecture.
I’m obviously not talking about sofas, chairs and tables, but rather those elements that typically fall within standard craftsmanship.
I’m thinking of the sliding grid panels, for example, as well as the bedside tables and the beds. These products, representing the acme of Italian design and industry and acting as ambassadors of taste worldwide, offer added value compared to typical custom creations. The strong emotional component of these objects is also a critical element, in my view.
On this yacht, great attention has been paid to the privacy of the Owner and guests – how did you manage this aspect from the point of view of design?
Privacy – or perhaps we should say “privacies” as we are talking about several independent spaces – is one of the key project requirements.
The lifestyle of the Owner, who has a large family, necessitated this particular focus.
How much scope did you have to be creative in view of the functional requirements such as the need for privacy?
A designer must be able to work within a context that inevitably includes restrictions. There is no good design that cannot adapt to the tangible limitations defined by functions, materials and technologies.
Apart from these factors, a dialectical relationship with the Owner and the shipyard allowed for excellent, stimulating work, which never reduced the scope for creative freedom.
Domani is a fine example of the Benetti shipyard’s ability to effectively meet the requirements of owners who can sometimes be very different. It’s an ability that translates into design solutions which, as in this case, start from an individual request and are then transformed into a whole new line of yachts.
Photos by Giuliano Sargentini
M/Y DOMANI technical specifications
|Construction material||Steel and aluminium|
|Length overall (LOA)||44.9 m / 147’4” ft|
|Maximum beam||9.1 m / 29’10” ft|
|Maximum draught||2.4 m / 7’10” ft|
|Full load displacement||438 tons|
|Fuel capacity||64,000 l – 16,907 US gallons|
|Fresh water capacity||8,000 l – 2,113 US gallons|
|Main engines||2 x CAT C32 ACERT 1081kW @ 2,100 rpm|
|Top speed||15 knots|
|Speed at fuel stop power 70%||14.5 knots|
|Range @ 10.5 knots||4,000 nm|
|Generators||2 x Kohler® EFOZD 400Vac / 3ph / 50Hz/ 125kW|
|Bow thruster||Electrical system/99 kW/ 400Vac/3ph/50Hz|
|Stabilisers||Stabilisation fins under way and at anchor|
|Propellers||2 x five nickel – aluminium – bronze blades and hubs|
|Owner & guest accommodation||12 persons 6 cabins|
|Crew accommodation||7 persons 4 cabins|
|Classification||C ✠ HULL • MACH Y Ch (LY2)|
|Exterior styling & concept||Benetti Shipyard|
|Naval architecture||Benetti Technical Department|
|Interior design||Studio Galeazzi – Paola Asaro|