The new Benetti SEASENSE
Posted 21 November
The Benetti M/Y SEASENSE
The sea is all mine
- Seasense is a 67 meter Benetti Custom yacht, designed around the originality of the outdoor areas to offer an all-embracing relationship with the sea.
- Cor D. Rover designed the exteriors, presenting the "Benetti Beach Club" concept.
- A 20x4m swimming pool on the main deck can be converted into a basketball court.
- The indoor-outdoor veranda on the main deck offers a revolutionary take on superyacht layout.
- The interiors are designed by Los Angeles based design studio AREA together with Benetti's dedicated team.
SEASENSE: the desire to enter into a special relationship with the sea is embodied in the name of this unprecedented yacht by Benetti, a new 67 meter full custom superyacht, with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, built in the Livorno yard for an expert owner who has chosen the Benetti brand for the first time. A choice guided by the knowledge that on the yacht, not only the aesthetics but also the building techniques are of the very finest quality. This is because Benetti is committed to innovating all the technical aspects that are invisible, but which give the product its "substance" and characterise the brand as a paradigm of excellence.
Seasence's elegant, original exteriors have been created by Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, who brings to this project his own personal touch in the form of the high, narrow side windows, but most importantly by realising what the designer calls his "Benetti Beach Club" concept, which is a defining feature of the entire project. Aft on the main deck is a surprising 10x4m swimming pool with a large sunbathing area, which can covered to form a free deck space for use as a basketball court, complete with baskets. A standout detail is the teak planking, which on this and all the other decks is laid athwart ships, or in other words sideways rather than lengthways as is usually the case.
Seasense has a decidedly out of the ordinary layout, featuring an indoor-outdoor dining area, with a table seating 12, between the large swimming pool and the indoor TV lounge. A system of recessed sliding doors allows this area to be made larger by adding the outdoor pool area, or turned into a closed space with access to the TV lounge indoors. Its characteristics make it an extremely livable space, even in winter, enriched with backlit wood cladding that imparts a sensation of warmth and intimacy.
Like the layout of the outdoor areas, the interiors of Seasense (which can comfortably accommodate 12 guests in 6 suites) also have some out of the ordinary features. The contemporary design of the interiors springs from collaboration between Los Angeles based design firm AREA and the team of Benetti architects.
On board, the colour scheme recalls the sea's varying shades of blue, to which it adds spectacular red, grey or white flourishes, embracing guests in a fresh and contemporary atmosphere that plays on contrasts reprised throughout the yacht, but without any sense of repetition. The "Seasense" concept features a variety of over one hundred different materials, a remarkable selection for a yacht. The main walls in the salons are grey wood, but different types of timber have been used in each area, and at least two different types of marble for each bathroom, not to mention the different flooring solutions found in every space on the yacht.
The interior layout on the main deck is a truly original solution. The salon, which is accessed directly from the indoor-outdoor area, is a fully-fledged living/screening room with armchairs and a large L-shaped sofa, commissioned by the owner for his family. It also has access to the lobby and the grey Antartide Marble spiral staircase in it, featuring evocative under step lighting and a blue wooden structure with steel inserts that flow with the dynamic progression of the stairway.
Continuing towards the stern, on the right is the VIP cabin fitted with a walk-in wardrobe, a vanity desk and an en-suite bathroom. Further forward on this deck is the master cabin, the main feature of which is the hight of the ceiling, which exceeds 300 cm in the central section. The owners are enthusiastic art collectors and specifically asked for a huge steel chandelier/ sculpture, measuring 2.7 x 2.2m and commissioned specifically for Seasense, to be installed in the cabin. The cabin is completed by a chaise longue, twin walk-in wardrobes and a bathroom with shower and tub.
On the lower deck are the four guest cabins, two with double beds and two with twin beds that can easily be pushed together. The galley is also located on this deck, inside the crew area, featuring steel fittings and countertops made from Silverstone and quartz aggregates.
The garage, which is located in the center of the yacht between the engine room and the aft cabins, contains a jewel within a jewel, in the form of a special Limo tender designed specifically for Seasense by Giorgio Cassetta.
On the upper deck, in addition to the helm station and the captain's cabin, is a second salon. This is more formal than the one on the main deck and is divided into a living room, an office and a bookcase area, plus a dining space in a circular veranda with a table seating 12 that can be separated from the conversation area if desired by an elegant curtain. There is another outdoor lounge area in the stern.
The talking point on the sun deck is without doubt the large, fully-equipped, covered gym, which has direct access to the relaxation area with Jacuzzi and sunbeds, as well as to a secluded conversation area furnished with sofas, an American bar and a wood-burning pizza oven.
Moving around on board is made simple by large passageways and the crew can perform their duties without encroaching in any way on guests' privacy.
Seasense adopts a classic approach, with a displacement hull powered with two Caterpillar engines delivering 1,380kW each, ensuring performance in line with this type of boat and maximum comfort. In this configuration, Seasense has a top speed of 15,5 knots, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots.
Seasense is fitted with a system of stabilzer fins that significantly reduce rolling in rough sea, both at anchor and during navigation.
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