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September 2003

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Fabio Petrone


Gio Ponti, a "magician of shapes", as he has been called, is one of the designers who brought most prestige to Italian architecture during much of the last century.

A multidisciplinary artist, but especially brilliant at design and style, able to invent innovative shapes for residences and apartment buildings, and yet excelling in industrial design as well. Never an exponent of the "minimalist" trend, Ponti is remembered for having created essential works which were nevertheless masterpieces of the variegated interpretative forms and multi-form choices that are the prerogative of art. The "warmth" and functionality of his creations are probably the maximum expression of made-in-Italy architecture of the '60s, the dictates of which were the guidelines that influenced interior designer François Zuretti in his creation of the overall decor for the second Benetti Vision, a super yacht launched with the name "More".

Built at the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, this 145-foot pleasure craft, the exterior of which was designed by naval architect Stefano Righini, has a hull of composite and is powered by two 1,320- HP Caterpillar engines.


This Benetti can therefore reach a maximum of 15 knots, with a proven cruising speed of between 12 and 14 knots, which guarantee it a range of 4,000 nautical miles. "More", intended primarily for charters in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, has 4 decks (3 internal, plus a sundeck). The main deck is finished with cherry wood and features details that contribute to making the various areas light-filled and elegant. A double, sliding door leads to the spacious saloon, an area that is as comfortable as it is roomy, with sophisticated equipment for audio and video entertainment and a handy bar corner, all within an area boasting large windows and brightly-coloured, natural silk fabrics. The saloon is separated from the adjoining dining room (where up to 12 people can dine comfortably) by a large, colour, plasma TV which, when rotated on its axis, can be watched from either area. Moving towards the prow, to port, we find the practically professional galley, unusually large and equipped with every imaginable accessory while, to starboard, we find an area leading to the owner's quarters. Here, the decor is equally luxurious, based on the use of designer furnishings by Giorgetti, Donghia and Modenature, all of which are complemented by a sculpture by Pomodoro depicting the prow of a boat. The owner has an office and a large suite, embellished with the use of Verona red, Botticino and Iranian-red travertine marbles. In addition to two separate dressing rooms, the suite includes two bathrooms, one featuring a Jacuzzi and the other a sophisticated shower cabinet of marble. The guests' sleeping area, on the other hand, is located on the lower deck, and includes four cabins, two with double beds and two with twin beds, each with its own bathroom and featuring its own colour scheme for the silk fabrics used. In this case as well, the areas' extreme functionality is enhanced by very carefully chosen furnishings, including top-quality marble and a combination of highly-refined decor touches. Naturally-coloured cherry wood has also been used on the upper deck, where it harmonises beautifully with the green shade of the leather upholstery used for the large L-shaped sofas in the entertainment room here. And, here too, a large plasma television, bar corner and a number of absolutely exclusive furnishing touches that endow the boat's decor with unmistakable personality. Forward of this room, in addition to the main-access ladder, we find a service ladder reserved for onboard personnel and connecting directly to the galley below and hence to the master's quarters and related services. Further forward, "More"'s sophisticated control station, also upholstered in green leather. Towards the stern, on the other hand, there is a second "panoramic" dining room which, thanks to a large, circular door that swings open fully, is an ideal link to the exterior areas. The sundeck has a large and extremely comfortable area for relaxation, with a table and chairs that can accommodate up to 12 for informal meals, made even more convenient because of the large refrigerator, icemaker and barbecue with which it is equipped. A boat of this scale would certainly not be complete without a large, outside Jacuzzi, which in this case is located towards the stern, practically "inserted" in the sundeck that occupies the entire width of the deck.

For further information: Alexandra Guillard - Benetti. Le Panorama. Bloc B. 57 Rue Grimaldi. MC 98000. Monaco - Tel 377 97 77 24 44 - Fax 377 97 77 24 40 - e-mail

Length (LOA): 44.20 m
Beam: 9.26 m
Maximum draught: 2.72 m
Displacement fully loaded: 300 tons
Fuel-tank capacity: 67,600 l
Water-tank capacity: 11,200 l
Motorization: two 1,320-HP CAT 3508 Bs
Maximum speed: 15 knots
Cruising speed: 14 knots
Range at 12 knots: 4,000 nautical miles
Generators: 2 Northern Lights 104-kW
Prow propeller: Koopnautic
9,462-l/day Village Marine desalinators
Koopnautic stabilising system
Benetti-designed, 5-blade propellers
Marine Air/ Condaria air-conditioning system
Class: Lloyd's Register of Shipping / MCA.