Benetti’s longest superyacht to date, the 108-metre (354-foot) motor yacht IJE (FB275), departed its Livorno base today after four intensive sea trials in the Mediterranean Sea since the yacht’s launch in April earlier this year.
The delivery will shortly be followed by the handover of the 107-metre (351-foot) FB277, while FB272 will be completed in the second half of 2019.
Naval architecture of the vessel is the work of Pierluigi Ausonio, with RWD designing the exterior. Adrian Chisnell, team principal at RWD, commented, “Many years in development, the exterior lines were created to portray a purposeful and powerful stature yet with a timeless flowing silhouette.
“Significant engineering accomplishments on board coupled with such an elegant exterior form, masterfully crafted by Benetti create a unique statement.”
Outdoor spaces on board cover over 1,000 square metres, housing luxuries such as a large fire pit on the bridge deck, a private al fresco dining area on the owner’s deck and an oversized family dining table on the main deck.
Up to 22 guests can be accommodated for, with quarters for a large staff of 29 crew members. Franco Fusignani, CEO of Benetti, commented, “Under the supervision of Maria Rosa Remedi, from Benetti Interior Style Department, Mauro Izzo and his team worked tirelessly on FB275 interiors design for 500,000 work hours. Focusing on processes has allowed us to take a big step into the future of large yacht building - all while maintaining a quality of yacht that we are proud to brand ‘Made in Italy’.”
Paolo Vitelli, founder and president of Azimut-Benetti Group, said of the project, "My warmest thanks to the owner who trusted Benetti, to Franco Fusignani and all Benetti management who have made this extraordinary achievement possible.”
IJE can cover up to 6,500 nm thanks to a 345,000-litre fuel tank, and reaches a maximum speed of 18.5 knots using her twin 2,880 kW MTU engines. The yacht also has an electric Schottel stern SPJ pump jet to enable it to travel distances powered entirely by electric propulsion.