The Benetti Yachts brand of the Azimut Benetti Group with Stefano Righini, Redman Whiteley Dixon and Pierluigi Ausonio

Identified only as BF103 during its design and construction, carried out at the Benetti Yachts plant at the Viareggio production site, the new superyacht was launched this year and in June it was delivered to its Owner, who decided it would be called ‘Skyler’. In terms of time it is the third unit of the Benetti Fast range, preceding three further sister vessels currently undergoing construction and, after having completed its maiden cruise and after an intense summer season, Skyler will be presented by Benetti for its première début at the Cannes Yacht Festival 2017.

With naval architecture and marine engineering developed by the Benetti Technical Department in collaboration with the Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio, the new Skyler presents state-of-the-art nautical techniques resulting from two innovative design solutions involving the hull and propulsion system, together with a further solution regarding the methodology adopted in the construction of the superstructure. As the superstructure elements are produced with advanced composite materials in carbon fibre and epoxy resin the vessel is 40% lighter than those constructed with traditional materials and, of course, greater lightness results in higher speeds. The performance of this craft is better in comparison with a vessel with a traditional hull of the displacement and planer type, thanks also to the adoption of a special Displacement to Planing (D2P) hull, a revolutionary design with a ‘wave piercer’ bow designed by Pierluigi Ausonio and developed in collaboration with the Azimut-Benetti Research and Development Centre. Tested extensively with great success with respect to previous units of the Benetti Fast 125 range, this innovative hull advantageously combines the qualities of a displacement hull at low speeds with the qualities of a planing hull at high speeds. In this way, it is able to offer the highest level of onboard comfort and reduce overall combined fuel consumption, while at the same time achieving a significant maximum speed of 22 knots and maintaining a remarkable cruising speed of over 17 knots. But, above all, like all vessels in the Benetti Fast 125 range, Skyler has also been equipped with an innovative AZP C65 propulsion system, the Azipull Carbon 65 developed and produced by Rolls Royce specifically for this Benetti range. The Azipull is an advanced, state-of-the-art, high-efficiency, high-performance and highly reliable propulsion system, which, in addition to facilitating maintenance and repair activities, has excellent handling capabilities both during navigation and mooring operations. An Azipull Carbon unit is fitted with a fixed-pitch, pulling-type propeller that faces forward. The driveline is designed with a pair of spiral bevel gears installed in a supporting structure, which ensures optimum load-carrying capacity in all operating conditions.

The thruster is controlled by a joystick and controlled via a hydraulic system that is integrated into a compact bearing arrangement and installed in a patented purpose-built hull structure. An automation and control system based on Rolls-Royce Marine’s Common Controls building blocks has been developed to match the new thrusters.Notably, Skyler’s propulsion system features ‘stay-on-spot’ technology that keeps the boat in a position entered in the GPS device without mooring or anchoring. In addition, as the name suggests, the Azipull Carbon system components are produced predominantly with composite carbon fibre material, also in the case of load-bearing parts, which has allowed for a significant reduction in the weight of the propulsion system – a factor that contributes towards improved performance. In addition, thanks to the reduction in weight, but also on account of the more compact size of the system and smaller longitudinal dimensions given the absence of a traditional axis line, it was possible to place the engine room in a position considerably further back than is normally the case with other types of propulsion and it was thus possible to increase the space available on the lower deck. This ensured advantages with respect to the garage, capable of holding a 6-m tender and a pair of jet skis, and the guest cabin area, which, being at a considerable distance from the engine room and separated from it by the garage, also benefits from almost perfect isolation from noise and vibrations.


A high level of onboard comfort has been achieved and the Benetti Fast 125 range has acquired the coveted recognition of the RINA classification society under the ‘Comfort Class’ rating, which certifies the high technical quality of the results obtained. With regard to the numerous advantages offered by the Azipull Carbon system, Vincenzo Poerio, current CEO of Benetti, said: “Lightweight, high-efficiency propulsion engines are a key element in reducing the environmental impact of a modern motor yacht. We have closely collaborated with Rolls-Royce with a view to developing a very high-quality propulsion system for our new line of exclusive superyachts. The success of this collaboration is fully confirmed by the facts: Skyler is the third unit of this series to be built and three more are under construction.” Like all units in this Benetti Fast 125 series, Skyler also presents an intelligent and specific ‘concept design’ and an aggressive and slim exterior design that were both conceived and developed by the highly esteemed Stefano Righini. For outdoor life and absolute relaxation, Skyler offers guests four areas that are extremely spacious and distributed over the three decks of the craft. At the stern on the lower deck a beach area has been created and thanks to the side-opening garage, it is completely free from interference so when the aft hatch opens upwards to form the swimming platform, which can be fitted with sun beds, the area is totally usable by guests and also has a small bar. Above the beach area, the main deck stairwell has a reception area and lounge fitted with tables and seats completely covered by the projecting part of the upper deck. In the space towards the bow the upper deck has a solarium area fitted with tables and over five metres of seating but above all it boasts two immense sun pads beside the hydro-massage style pool. In the stern area the upper deck has a terrace comprising a sunbathing area with sun beds and sun sofas and an al-fresco dining area, which, in addition to a corner bar, features a table with a diameter of over 2 metres fully hand-carved in teak and further embellished with glass and steel details. The al-fresco dining area is also completely covered by the protruding section of the upper sun deck. The broad sun deck surface has an area fitted with sun beds at the fore end and a comfortable observation lounge with sofas. In the central position of the bridge, under the protection of a large hard top, there is an outdoor dining area with custom furniture designed by Minotti and a bar area equipped with bar/catering equipment and accessories by Glyn Peter Machin. Inside, Skyler has a spacious layout configured to accommodate up to ten people in a master stateroom and four guest staterooms. The vessel also has a captain’s cabin and three crew cabins for up to eight crew members. As for the interior design and decoration, Skyler presents luxurious and exclusive spaces that were created in a modern style by the Redman Whiteley Dixon studio, with the addition of numerous personal touches as requested by the Owner, starting with the ‘Air’ configuration, which is one of the three basic design proposals especially provided for by the Benetti Design Team for the Benetti Fast 125 Line. Besides the extensive use of loose furniture created by top international designers, in accordance with an explicit request on the part of the Owner, the fittings onboard Skyler have simple, clean lines, which, in emphasising the intrinsic elegance that pervades the warm atmosphere, draw attention to the refined appeal of the natural and precious materials specifically selected for the decor.


Flaviano Perelli

Photos by courtesy of Benetti

LOA38,1 m / 125’ ft
Beam max8,45 m / 27’9’’ ft
Draft max2,08 m / 6’9’’ ft
Full load displacement197 tons
Main engines 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M94 2,636 hp diesel engines
Propulsion system2 x Rolls Royce Azipull 65C
Generators2 x Kohler 80 kW
Bow thruster CMC Marine electric thrusters
StabilizersCMC Marine electric fin stabilizer
Max speed22 knots
Range @ 12 knots1.540 nautical miles
Fuel tank capacity25.000 litres + 5.000 (extra tank) / 6,604.301 US gallons + 1,320.86
Fresh water capacity 4000 litres / 1,056.688 US gallons
Owner & Guests cabins10 persons in 5 cabins
Crew cabins 7 persons in 4 cabins
Classification RINA
Naval Architecture Benetti Technical Depart
Exterior designerStefano Righi
Interior designerRedman Whiteley Dixon
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