The 35.5-metre from Benetti, created for an owner seeking the perfect family cruising yacht
The first Benetti 116 Mediterraneo Oli has been launched. The GRP and carbon-fibre 35.5-metre features exterior styling by Giorgio M. Cassetta Design and a displacement hull by Pierluigi Ausonio. “I wanted to have a yacht with a classic and elegant look, without giving up too much to modern fads, but still integrating modern features and details,” the owner says.
“When I decided to replace my previous yacht, I went to Benetti with a very clear mind. My new yacht had to be a place where to spend memorable moments with my wife and children,” the owner adds. “So it had to be modern and cosy, reflecting my family attitude, which is young and pretty dynamic. This yacht should sail both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean seas, and should provide a high level of service on board while being easily manageable. I wanted to enjoy large external areas and light-filled interiors, with a seamless connection between outdoor and indoor.”
“We have given the Mediterraneo 116 classical lines and proportions, but with a contemporary twist, because we wanted to create a yacht conceived to tackle future challenges, without betraying the spirit of Benetti’s most glorious past projects,” says Giorgio M. Cassetta. “The usability of the space on board and the solutions proposed are comparable to those typically found on much bigger yachts.”
The main deck inside is characterised by the amount of natural light that floods in. The owner’s suite forward on the main deck has huge windows, while on the lower deck the two guest VIPs and two guest twins have big porthole windows. Guests are looked after by seven crew. On the upper deck there is a spacious open area in the bow with an optional pool.
The owner’s choice for the interior was to feature one type of wood decorated with polished steel inserts and detailing. Oli has a top speed of 15 knots with a 3,000-nautical-mile range at cruising speed.