Benetti launched M/Y Blake in Viareggio, Italy on Saturday in the presence of 300 invited guests. The 50m full-custom vessel is the longest GRP hull and aluminium superstructure yacht ever built by the Italian yard. It is also Benetti’s eleventh slipway launch since 1999, the year that its Via Coppino facility in Viareggio was constructed.
M/Y Blake’s interior layout was designed in partnership with London, UK-based firm Bannenberg & Rowell Design. Her remarkable habitability, impressive range of 4,000Nm at 11kt, and low noise and vibration levels make the yacht ideal for spending long periods on board in total comfort, Benetti claims.
The guest area on the lower deck occupies a surface area of 310sq m and offers four cabins. In addition, the lounge on the upper deck can be transformed into another VIP cabin. The sun deck has a large area for socialising and the spacious owner’s apartment is forward on the main deck.
The stern garage can house a 6.3m tender, while in the bow there are two jet skis and a rescue boat compartment. The aft swim platform is a beach club with a stern door that opens up to form a spacious terrace at water level.
The two Caterpillar C32 Acert engines each produce 1,193kW, delivering a cruising speed of about 14kt and a top speed of 15.5kt.
Benetti’s Viareggio shipyard is said to be the only one in the country equipped to handle the launch of superyachts from 40m-50m in length, with a maximum draft of 2.6m and weighing up to 350 tonnes.