Diamonds Are ForeverLaura Nineham
Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
The latest Benetti Custom to hit the water is the 61-metre Diamonds are Forever. She’s a yacht that will charter as well as seeing plenty of private use, and everyone on board is going to benefit from the observation deck above the sundeck, which can be reached by the central elevator. This innovative feature is typical of the yacht’s highly experienced owner John Stallupi, whose James Bond-inspired naming policy brings a sense of fun and exuberance to the serious business of yacht ownership.
Launched in late November at Benetti’s yard in Livorno, Diamonds are Forever headed over the Atlantic for the winter charter season – and a very versatile charter choice she looks. There are two panoramic master suites: one on the main deck (which is split level) and one on the bridge deck. This should help prevent any arguments over who gets which cabin on charter. Both suites offer 180 ̊ views over the water.
On the lower deck there is accommodation in four cabins (three doubles and a twin), while the main deck boasts a fitness and wellness area that can either be open to guests or made part of the owner’s suite. The sundeck can be used for a touch-and-go helicopter.
The interior is the work of Evan K. Marshall/Usonia V, with a classical theme, using Italian marble, onyx, madrone burlwood, gold leaf, mother-of-pearl and Marieux crystal.
The build was project managed by Peter Thompson at Ocean Independence, through whom the yacht will be chartering. She returns to the Mediterranean in the summer after a winter in the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Data: Length: 60.96m (196ft 10in). Beam: 10.59m (34ft 9in). Top speed: 16 knots. Cruising speed: 15 knots. Range: 4,800nm @ 12 knots. Guests: 12. Crew: 15.
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