On November 19 M/Y “Spectre” was delivered to her owners. The yacht, which took 750,000 working hours to build, is a spectacular achievement for the shipyard and the result of various daring challenges. Chief among them was to find the perfect balance between sporty allure, high performance and great comfort. “Spectre” aims to deliver an extraordinary performance for a yacht of her size. With a steel hull, aluminium superstructure, pool and “touch and go” helipad, Spectre is the third Benetti superyacht built for the Staluppis in less than ten years. The exteriors lines were designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta, hull lines and naval architecture were done by Mulder Design.
Benetti has delivered M/Y “Spectre” to John and Jeanette Staluppi, experienced owners who adore James Bond filmography, 50s and 60s sports car adrenaline excitement, and the Made in Italy ethos.
Staluppi’s wish is to feel the same emotions on board the new megayacht as they did in a motorcar on the racetrack. The main challenge for Giorgio M. Cassetta, who designed the exterior lines, was to create an extremely dynamic yacht with huge volumes. The result is a very “traditional” vessel with a long and sharp bow and extended superstructure volumes that slide towards stern. Huge attention was focused on the connection between exterior line detail and interior design: the outdoor fixed furniture has been designed and custom made to correspond with the interior focus on shiny teak, black lines and steel.
The strongly sporty appearance was achieved by the volume and proportion fluidity. All of which contribute to making “Spectre” a yacht equal in performance to an aluminium yachts. The contribution and support of the Dutch firm Mulder Design, which was responsible for the structural design, the hull and the propulsion system, was hugely important in this achievement. Due to many clever measures the weight of the yacht has been reduced considerably. The performance, of what Frank Mulder, founder of the eponymous studio, has baptized as the “High Speed Cruising Hull”, is incredible. The maximum speed is 21.2 knots, 30% higher than a traditional displacement hull and the autonomy is equal to 6,500 nautical miles at the considerable speed of 12 knots.
“Spectre” also features Naiad Dynamics Total Ride Control® technology , installed for the first time on a yacht of this type. Originally developed by Naiad for commercial and naval ships, thanks to the collaboration with Mulder Design, this technology was later configured to be installed on board “Spectre”. The active system ensures a significant increase in navigation stability and improved on-board comfort thanks to two roll stabilizing fins, two forward pitch control canards and three independently controlled stern interceptor blades.
“We are proud to have participated in the creation of this spectacular 69-meter long motoryacht”, said Frank Mulder, recalling how “Spectre” is the ninth project of the Staluppi’s with Mulder Design. “Her High Speed Cruising Hull will not only be approximately 30% faster than “normal” displacement yachts with similar power but will also reduce fuel consumption at long range speed. The ground-breaking use of Total Ride Control®, which is a combination of roll reduction and pitch reduction, will greatly improve comfort when cruising at 20 knots”.
The words of the Dutch engineer echo those of Giorgio M. Cassetta, who commented: “I love ‘Spectre’: it is a perfect example of a virtuous synthesis between the owners’ and the builder’s cultures. John and Jeanette Staluppi, with their great experience and energy, have led us to imagine a yacht complete with everything you could wish for boats of this size. Benetti has taken up the challenge and has created a yacht with many technological innovations respecting the highest quality standards”.
The interior layout is modern and has been created by the Benetti Interior Style Department, while the owners took an active role in selecting some particular furniture. The whole atmosphere on board is a homage to the traditional late-‘800 Liberty French hotels and boutiques. On the Main Deck, for example, the main salon floor takes inspiration from that of a Parisian Déco style resort, enriched with modern touches thanks to the choice of Armani fabrics, chosen by the owner. Other references to French taste are represented by the designs of the carpet and, especially, the windows, which reference those of the most characteristic Liberty shops in Paris.
The Lower Deck houses a fixed platform, separated from the beach club by a sliding glass door, the large garage (that can accommodate an over 9-meter tender, plus a second support boat of 7.5 meters and two jetskis) and the engine room. Between this area and the two guest cabins a full-beam spa area includes a gym, hammam and massage room (convertible into a cabin). Finally, on this same deck, there is the area dedicated to the 14-person crew. One of the project’s key points was the desire to reserve large spaces for the crew, guaranteeing them a level of comfort superior to that normally present on yachts of this size.
The Main Deck is characterized by a large external cockpit, a lounge with an entrance area with four wine cellars for the storage of fine wine, a living area and a large dining area, where – again – much space is dedicated to storage. Moving aft is the main lobby with spiral staircase and a cylindrical glass lift. The Main Deck layout is completed by two cabins with private bathroom and separate wardrobe area and, finally, a large VIP cabin with two bathrooms and two 90-square-meter wardrobes, which represent an alternative to the owner’s cabin.
The Upper Deck is dedicated to indulgence and relaxation: a stern external space of about 110 square meters is furnished with a 4-meter long dining table, a buffet and a social area divided into two symmetrical spaces. Inside is a 90-square meter panoramic salon with a large L-shaped lounge area, a table for informal lunches and a bar. Moving past the salon, is the guest lobby and the owner’s suite, which houses a private study and the actual cabin, with two separate bathrooms and two wardrobes. A unique feature, requested by the owners, is the external access to the bow area, where two side terraces have been designed.
The Bridge Deck is entirely dedicated to relaxation, equipped with a custom swimming pool, two sunpads, bar and a central lounge area with a modular design (its configuration can be changed according to needs). There is also a more informal dining area, for al fresco dinners, served by two large buffets complete with grill and pizza oven. On the inside, the wheelhouse with fully integrated, highly technological control board, from which you can enjoy excellent visibility and the captain’s cabin.
M/Y “Spectre” is, therefore, a yacht that does not go unnoticed for its original concept, and as the result of the efforts of the Benetti staff and the many suppliers who all worked together for approximately 750,000 hours, she will become a new symbol of Made in Italy in the world.