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Autumn 2006

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Angelo Colombo


The work of Stefano Righini and Francois Zuretti, respectively for concept and external lines and for interior design, Idyllwild is a 45 metre motoryacht with composite hull, built for a private owner.


LOA: 43.60 metres
beam: 9.26 metres
draught: 2.72 metres
full load displacement: 395 t.
fuel tanks: 67.000 litres
water tanks: 11.000 litres
engines: 2 x 1.300 HP Cat 3508-DITA-B-SWAC C-Rating
top speed: 15 knots
cruising speed: 14.5 knots
long range cruising speed: 12 knots
range at 12 knots: 4.000 nautical miles.

For further information contact Mark Cavendish or Fabio Ermetto: Benetti Shipyard, Via Coppino 104, 55049 Viareggio (LU), Italy; tel. +39 0584 3821; email -; website

The owner and the people closest to him contributed actively to the choice of materials and the style of the interiors, supplying Zuretti with well defined starting guidelines from which to arrive at the definitive drawings by means of this designer's usual itinerary of research.

The aesthetic sensitivity of Idyllwild's owners, in tandem with Zuretti's technical skill and creativity, led to the achievement of very elegant and welcoming interiors characterised by a linearity that makes for a modern style and at the same time warmth at perceptive level. The interiors, where decorated cherry on the main and upper decks is matched on the lower with natural, light-coloured cherry and the furniture finished in the upper part with Madrona walnut root, stand out for their originality and elegance.

The design is developed on three decks plus sundeck and second lower deck, the latter housing only a laundry and rooms for checking the on-board plant. The lower deck has four cabins, two of them amidships with double bed, private bathroom, dressing table and wardrobes. Another two guest cabins are forward of these and are accessible by a central landing overlooked by the guests' quarters. These cabins have twin beds, dressing table and wardrobes. The crew's quarters take up the forward part of the lower deck. There is cabin space for the captain and eight crew, plus a relaxation room, mess and galley. The owner's cabin on the main deck occupies a privileged position - the whole forward part of the superstructure - with a central bed surrounded for more than 180° by large side windows. The suite is accessed by way of an adjacent office. There are two bathrooms with a Jacuzzi that looks onto one of the large perimeter windows, a separate shower and a wardrobe room with dressing room and plenty of space, the whole decorated with precious materials and finishes in neutral tones, contrasted with elements in warm tones. The aft area of this deck, extending beyond the amidships section, houses the great main saloon whose wooden flooring is embellished by squares with the wood grain running in different directions. It's an open plan, as requested by the owner who didn't want the dining area here but on the deck above. The relaxation area is really spacious and various activities can be carried on at the same time. Access to the cockpit is aft of the great saloon: an open air relaxation area with C-shaped sofa, a table and two armchairs. Two stairways run from this zone to the big aft bridge. The upper deck plan has special elements of aesthetic refinement, such as a circular dining room enclosed in a structure that traces its circumference. By opening the large windows that surround it the dining room can be easily transformed into an almost open air zone while remaining protected from sun, rain and indiscreet eyes by the sundeck. A very pleasing solution. This area is directly linked to the second saloon forward which has two L-shaped sofas with coffee tables and plenty of space. Aft, the dining room overlooks what we might call a great terrace on the sea, with a sofa and coffee tables for relaxation in the open air. The aft upper deck is entirely occupied by the bridge from which there is excellent all round vision, thanks to the large side windows in the superstructure and its dominant position. The instrument panel is in centrally placed and there is a writing desk, sofa, two ergonomically designed chairs for the helmsmen and a bathroom. There's also a daytime bathroom on this deck. Needless to say, the electronic systems on this yacht are the most modern available on the market and permit total management of all on-board plant. The exceptionally large sundeck has plenty of sunbathing cushions aft, linked to two C- shaped elements forward that surround a Jacuzzi pool. There's also a bar on this deck with a fridge. The central zone is entirely occupied by the open air dining area, protected from sun and rain by the structure of the big roll-bar that also houses the sensors for the on-board electronic systems. The forward zone has two corresponding sofa areas facing the bow, with chairs and tables, divided in the centre by the access passageway to this privileged point where you can enjoy the sensation of being under way while at the same time being protected by the perimeter windows. Observing the profile, one notes the numerous ports on the ship's sides, nine of which are oval and vertical but all of very considerable size. The designers, probably stimulated by the owner to seek such results, developed solutions that supply every space with great natural lighting. As for the more specifically technical solutions - nonetheless aimed at ensuring comfort for owner and guests - we point out the Naiad stabilising system with fins of no less than 1.77 square metres. Idyllwild satisfies the requisites of international classifications MCA, Lloyds 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 and was built in composite material at the Benetti shipyard of Viareggio.