Design and performance feature prominently in the luxurious 63-metre motor yacht 11.11, the second vessel produced by benetti with a vertical bow designed by the yard’s naval architects.
THE ITALIAN SHIPYARD Benetti is #1 in the world ranking of yards specialising in the production of yachts over 24 metres, in terms of number of ships launched every year.
There are several different reasons for that, such as the ability to produce a high number of yachts in composite in Viareggio and in steel-aluminium in Livorno, the high standards of quality for the semi-custom and custom yachts at reasonable prices, the high level of designer and engineer involvement in the process starting from the idea up to the launch.
These reasons help to ensure that Benetti is at the highest step on the podium of international yards for number of yachts produced every year. But also, the ability to develop and produce innovation together with an accurate selection of designer and other professionals involved in the process is something that also boosts this result.
Benetti was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest Italian builders of motor yachts. For 143 years, the builder’s story is full of examples of its ability to realise iconic yachts while playing an active part in the evolution of international yachting.
Over the decades, the Benetti yards in Viareggio, Fano and Livorno offered the yachting market many examples of their ability to realise high-standard yachts. Benetti produces three different lines of yachts – Class, Displacement and Fast Displacement – with composite from 93ft to 145ft and Custom in steel and aluminium over 45m.
As part of the Azimut | Benetti Group, the Italian shipyard is represented in many areas around the world, including an office in Hong Kong able to offer clients across Asia all the assistance they need.
In January last year the yard launched the 63m motor yacht 11.11, previously known as project FB265. This is the second yacht by Benetti with a vertical bow designed by the yard’s naval architects, who also developed the wide beam hull that provides an incredible interior volume. It is also highly customised, making it a deserving winner of the 2016 Asia Boating Award for Best Custom Built Yacht.
“Benetti is delighted to have won the Asia Boating Award for Best Custom-built Yacht. 11.11 is an exceptional yacht and she truthfully deserves this award,” says Benetti Asia General Manager Nizar Tagi. “She has a distinctive hydrodynamic plumb bow which enhances fuel efficiency as she powers through the water, has two owner’s cabins and she is certainly an eye-catching boat. 11.11’s ability to turn heads will no doubt be enhanced by the 46 lights placed below the waterline, which should provide a spectacular sight at anchor after dark. When visiting Portofino in October last year with my friends, they all went ‘wow that looks more like a spaceship than a yacht!’ – I was very proud to hear this comment.”
From the original project, 11.11 was redesigned significantly following the Owner’s requests -- maintain the steel hull and the aluminium superstructure, but make it four decks. The interior can accommodate 12 guests including the Owner in four cabins plus the Owner’s suite on the first upper deck. There is a huge VIP cabin on the main deck in the wide portion for the bow. The central part of the lower deck includes the four guests cabins, two twin and two doubles, each with private bathroom and a common guest lobby in the middle connected with the main deck.
For the 16 crew in the second upper deck, there is the Captain’s cabin connected with the helm station and office and seven cabins each with private bathroom in the lower deck where the crew has a large living spaces, a mess equipped with entertainment systems and a lobby that connects all the decks allowing crew to serve in any part of the yacht without using with the private circuits for Owner and guests.
The shape of 11.11 is a modern design that recalls the past. For example, instead of a hard line the vertical bow is soft and harmonically connected with all the lines to the stern and superstructure. Considering that from the bow to mid-ship 11.11 is a wide-body yacht – meaning that the main deck on the bow area is part of the hull – the shape remains slick and light thanks to a superstructure realised with soft lines and vertical windows for the Owner’s suite and the helm station on top.
The entire project was developed to ensure the maximum connection between the exterior and the interior, with constant contact to the sea for the Owner and guests. Big windows provide a sea view from any part of the yacht, even if relaxing in the interior saloons of the main or upper decks. There are also windows that enclose the upper and sun decks.
Another very important element is the accurate design of the helm stations inside and outside, from where the Captain has a total view of the yacht even when manoeuvring in small areas. The well-designed helm is complete with high-end electronic devices that assure total control of any systems on board and perfect handling.
The interiors of the Benetti 11.11 are an example of the Italian shipyard’s ability to produce top-level yachts thanks to specialised workers who can produce fine craftsmanship and high-end finishes. There is complete attention to detail in all parts of the yacht, including the crew area.
The cabins, saloon and common areas are full of custom elements such as sofas, tables, chairs and solutions like the sky lounge on the upper deck for informal gatherings.
At the bow area inside the main deck, there is a rescue boat. In the stern garage, it is possible store an 8m limo tender, a Novurania 6m RIB tender, two Jet-Skis and other toys. This area is accessible by the large stern platform and a staircase on the right. T
he 11.11 displays all the abilities of the shipyard’s team to create a custom 63m yacht that redefines standards in terms of space, for example the private deck accessible from the Owner’s suite where a panorama view of the sea surrounds the bed.
With its steel hull and aluminium superstructure, 11.11 has a displacement of about 1,000 tonnes and a gross tonnage of 1,181. The Benetti engineering and design team developed the naval architecture and exterior design, while the interior design was done in cooperation between Benetti and the Owner’s design team.
Many technical elements on this yacht were developed to produce the best in terms of performance. The result is a range of 5,000 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 16 knots, a maximum speed of 17 knots and a very low fuel consumption of 200 litres per hour at 12 knots using two Caterpillar 3512C each with 1,836 HP (1,350 kW). The electronics for yacht management, navigation and entertainment aboard 11.11 is state-of-the-art and offers a very high level of safety in any condition.
The Italian shipyard developed a modern power management system and three HUG catalytic converters to reduce the environmental impact of the three generators. The noise and vibration reduction work by Benetti on this modern yacht has resulted in audio readings of 44.7dba in the master suite and 47.1dba in the VIP cabins, while vibration is 0.12 mm/s RMS in the master suite and 0.15 in the VIP cabins.
Everything aboard this yacht is totally custom made by the workers of Benetti or from companies specialising in high-standard craftsmanship. The 11.11 is the most recent important work from Benetti, but others are sure to follow.