Italian shipyard Benetti has unveiled its 107-metre (351-foot) M/Y FB272, its second ‘gigayacht’ to be released this year.
Zaniz Jakubowski, Zaniz Interiors worked on the interior design of the vessel, also working on the exterior alongside Benetti FB272’s owner, Hugo van Wieringen, Azure Naval Architects and Reymond Langton Design. Giorgio Cassetta, Benetti’s in-house designer, finalised the exterior of the yacht.
The steel yacht with aluminium superstructure has been built to comply with the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC). She has a displacement of over 5,500 GT with a beam of 17 metres and a length of about 100 metres. Fitted with a pioneering hybrid propulsion system, the vessel has diesel-electric engines and two Azipod propulsion units powered by a special battery pack.
The generation/propulsion package is attained by six generators of approximately 1,000 KW each. The fully integrated power management system feeds the consumption of the services on board and the electric motors of two Azipods of 2,200 KW each. The spare electricity charges 35 tons of batteries, meaning the superyacht can operate for up to 12 hours with no engine running.
The interior of the yacht features three-metre windows, with over 800sqm of glass across the whole yacht, creating a very bright space on board. Complete with a heli-pad on board and fuelling station.
Paolo Vitelli, president of Benetti, explained, “On this auspicious day, I could not be prouder to stand here among Benetti’s family, friends and colleagues to witness the launch of our latest enthralling creation. This iconic project has had a huge impact on local industry and, after more than two million hours of skilled work from over 100 suppliers, we can truly pronounce her as a wonderful achievement for Livorno and the ‘Made In Italy’ ethos as a whole.”
FB272 can reach a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.