Concept yacht's luxurious lines go with the ocean flow
The average superyacht isn't anything to be sniffed at, but there's always room for improvement. That's what Benetti has tried to do with the stunning Se77antasette you see here. With a unique design and ultra-luxurious cabin, it stands tall as one of the most appealing yachts we've ever seen. The catch? It's only a concept.
Born of a partnership between Benetti and Fernando Romero – the founder of industrial design firm FR-EE – the Se77antasette is designed to break with superyacht tradition through the choice of flowing lines over rigid, horizontal lines. The result being that each deck of the 77-m (253-ft) boat looks like they're linked via flowing contours.
The entry deck is designed to act like a giant terrace, allowing passengers to stand and survey the ocean beyond. There's a spa area hidden within, complete with freshwater pool, along with closed-off meeting spaces for private business on the high seas. The cabin is even home to a boardroom-style area, with a 270-degree view of the boat's surroundings.
Moving to the central part of the cabin reveals a dining space with high ceilings. It can be used for hosting banquets, or converted into a party space with a dance floor. There's also the option for turning it into a movie theater, for those nights where you just don't feel like dancing.
Impressive though they are, both these spaces pale in comparison to the luxury on offer in the master suite. It's a 100-sq m (1,076-sq ft) apartment, with another 140 sq m (1,507 sq ft) of private outdoor space that can't be accessed from the rest of the boat. Along with a fully internet-connected office, the room features a made-to-measure bed, large sofas and a walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is finished in marble, naturally, and offers ocean views.
There's also luxurious accomodation in the two VIP and four regular cabins. Housed below deck, the VIP cabins have individual bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, along with sliding glass doors that reveal private terraces. The guest accomodation has ocean views as well, but the best views will come from the upper-deck observatory, with its full-length glass windows.
Power comes from five variable Caterpillar generators hooked up to permanent magnet motors. This hybrid setup is designed to save space in the engine room, and allows the boat to operate more efficiently in its various modes. Top speed is pegged at 16 knots (18 mph, 29 km/h) and you'll get 5,000 mi (8,047 km) of cruising at 12 knots (14 mph, 22 km/h).
"Settantasette is the result of analyzing the DNA of Benetti and thinking further on the possibilities that new technologies have enabled, allowing us to create an entirely new yachting experience," says Fernando Romero. "The sinuous lines and contiguous spaces have engendered a seamless and sophisticated ecosystem of programs and connectivity."
The concept premiered at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, but there's no word if any of those in attendance were willing to put their money up to make the design a reality.