M/Y Illusion I, the latest model from the Benetti family, will be one of the stars at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. The 58m four-decked steel and aluminium motor yacht, built at the Benetti Livorno shipyard, was designed by Green & Mingarelli for a European owner.
M/Y Illusion I, whose external design is the result of the Benetti design team and considerable input from the owner and his design staff, has four decks plus a sun-deck. Designed for commercial charter use, the owner will also use her privately, thanks to a layout that includes one VIP and four guest cabins, in addition to the owner’s cabin, giving her a total capacity of 12 guests.
The lower deck is has been designed for the guests, where there is a beach area with a bar and a stylish finish to match the decor found in the guest areas. The beach area is distinctly separate from the garage, which opens laterally for launching and recovering the tender and the two jet skis. There is also generous room in the garage for wetsuits and diving gear.
The VIP cabin takes full advantage of almost eleven metres of beam. The bathroom is placed parallel to the vessels side, offering a priceless view. On the same deck but completely separate, the crew quarters, with four single crew cabins and a double for the chief engineer, can be accessed separately, guaranteeing maximum privacy for the guests and increasing the crews efficiency in service.
The main deck cockpit boasts a large c-shaped sofa, twin coffee table, comfortable lounge chairs and its own complete bar. The main salon is dominated by the owner’s choice of locating the dinner table for ten next to the entryway. The walls are glass and fill the room with natural light.
The main salon is furnished with three large sofas, supplied by the owner, along with a low table and a retractable wide screen TV. The owner’s interior designer, in collaboration with the Benetti design office, personally chose the style of furnishings and décor, with a dominant theme in pink. Travertine, wood, and several kinds of marble alternate with other more unusual materials: ray-skin, coco or slivers of mother of pearl. In the guest area all the walls are covered with black walnut panels, with a special design: to augment contrast and movement, the walnut panels are alternated with parchment-covered panels. The parchment is very difficult to work with, but the yards artisans managed to completely satisfy the owner’s needs and the grain evident in the chosen materials creates a very suggestive contrast. The Lalique crystal insets add yet another touch of elegance, and reflect the natural lighting. The ivory leather ceilings complete the effect of space and light.
The modern galley includes granite finishings, a custom made refrigerator, two large ovens, burners, a deep fryer and two wok burners, putting M/Y Illusion I on a level with the best five star kitchens.
The owner’s suite is full beam with large lateral windows. The bathroom, just like the VIP bathroom, is entirely finished with an onyx décor, with both sinks in carved marble. Extremely spacious, with two entryways and his and her dressing rooms, it includes an enormous central shower, a bathtub and twin toilets.
Noise and vibration reduction throughout the yacht was a specific request made by the owner and was fulfilled by the Benetti technicians, together with a Danish company specialised in noise reduction.
The sundeck boasts a mosaic Jacuzzi and is surrounded by sunbathing recliners, mobile bar, barbecue grill and dinette. The whole area can be sheltered from the wind thanks to a double sliding-doored veranda, but the six-window skylight always leaves a view of sky. All the external furnishings are in dark painted teak while the marble is rustic travertine.
Whether inside or outside, all lighting aboard is furnished by a highly customised LED illumination system, with the possibility to individually control each fixture and create infinitely refined lighting scenarios.
Performance wise, M/Y Illusion I has a 15 knot fast cruising speed. At the 12-knot normal cruising speed, M/Y Illusion has a 5,000 nautical mile range. Propulsion is provided by twin CAT 3512C motors, developing 1,380 kw each. Generators are twin CAT C9 Gensets for 200 kw each, plus a third CAT C4.4 generator for 82 kw.
M/Y Illusion I is a very refined yacht with a very original décor, designed to furnish maximum possible comfort at sea, with record low levels of noise and vibration and proudly maintains Benetti's high class reputation worldwide.
M/Y Illusion I will be available to charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas through Camper & Nicholsons International, at a weekly rate starting from $350,000.
For more information visit Camper & Nicholsons.