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Italy is noted for its enjoyment of rich flavors, so carry the idea a step further...and paint her as your consummate yacht.
This latest Benetti is a tasty effort indeed, flaunting a list of opulent materials that begins with solid cherry, teak, ash, maple burls, then blossoms into exotic mother-of-pearl, parchment, galuchat, goat skin, bamboo, buffalo hide, gold and silver leaf, as well as granite, alabaster, onyx and exotic marbles.
Its foundation, however, is more than surface beauty; boasting the flawless build of this classic yacht, it is descended from a fabled history of excellence.
This six deck-level yacht, 213’ LOA by 41’ beam, is a design triumph of yachting achievement. Exterior stylist Stefano Natucci – noted for many other Benetti megayacht wonders, such as the 50m series Golden Bay, others including Altitude, Galaxy, Allegro, and half a dozen more – waved his magic wand here.
Interiors are the work of yachting classicist Francois Zuretti, who also created the Art Deco theme of the owner’s previous Yachts, forerunner of this beautifully conceived effort.
Founded in 1873, Benetti (a member/company of the Azimut-Benetti Group) is a world leader in the superyacht market with more than 100 years experience in shipbuilding. Benetti boats are manufactured in Italy, where the Group maintains shipyards in Viareggio, Livorno and Fano.
Benetti History extends a long way, from 1873 when Lorenzo Benetti founded the shipyard. In 1914 it was expanded by Gino and Emilio Benetti to Fratelli Benetti shipyard, building a succession of steel hulled, diesel powered ships and sailing yachts. 1963 began its evolution of luxury yachts worldwide. With a series of financial expansions and new yachts, by 1997 it had broadened to 162,000 sq.ft. in Viareggio. That facility encompassed two new sheds, building yachts up to 230’ – two at a time. Soon, administrative offices were added for staff, captains and surveyors.
|Vessel type:||Motor Yacht Mega Yacht|
|Designer:||Stefano Natucci/Espen Oino|
|Class Society:||LMC100 A1 SSC MonoG6 Yacht (P) UMS MCA|
|No. of engines:||2|
|Engine model:||ABB, diesel electric Azipod size 2 drive, 1.070kw (1.435hp) each|
|Engine power:||1435 each|
|Cruising Speed:||12 Knots|
|Maximum Speed:||14 Knots|
|Length over all:||213'|
|Length at waterline:||190'|
|Fuel capacity:||190 Cubic Metres|
|Water capacity:||58 Cubic Metres|
The Owner's study is situated on the main deck, as a prelude to the master stateroom. Fashioned with burnt-orange Mexican tile floors, ideal for high traffic use, the office is opulent yet business-like. The owner's desk is located adjacent to one of Ambrosia's master port windows, providing a view for pondering or serious decision-making. To keep up with the latest in world affairs, a flat screen television is built into the wall directly in front of the desk.
Fittingly decorated, the owner’s suite makes use of the finest materials and rich handcrafting to provide his home away from home at sea. Beam wide, the suite, decorated with a decided Art Deco elan’, locates an island king-size berth in the center, facing aft. A mirrored ceiling adds spirit as well as doubling the already ample visual space. Directly across from the copious berth is a wall-inserted 42” plasma TV, which dominates the entertainment module. Rich with hand-crafted, cherrywood upholstered furniture, the interior glows with expensive fabrics. There are double walk-in closets.
His and hers bathrooms in the owner’s suite feature separate clear-dish wash basins set in light gold onyx marble, but meet in the middle with an oversized Jacuzzi jet tub, also set in onyx. There is a step up to the glass-enclosed shower-for-two, mirrored ceilings, as well as tile flooring.
For VIP guests, The Yacht presents accommodations as spacious as a top notch resort hotel, featuring queen size berths. Well decorated, with luxurious fabrics, there are easy chairs, plus a breakfast table and chairs. The VIP quarters sport closets and a movable hassock. Clever Art Deco touches include tulip stem reading lights over the headboards. The ceilings follow décor, with banded and recessed valances, plus overhead lighting.
Luxury for VIP guests doesn’t pause at the staterooms, but continues into the spacious and elegant baths. Following the Art Deco motif, deep cherrywood vanities are edged with polished bass railings, topped with pale onyx counter-tops. Each bath shows twin washbowls with brass fixtures and room-width mirrors over the vanities. Double-size showers echo the décor, with touches such as brass pop-open wastebaskets.
2nd VIP Suite:
Classically reminiscent and with the same posh appointments, the second VIP suite is no less inviting. Both VIP's are slightly less elaborate then the master, yet they are still on the level of fine quality resort boudoirs. The queen-size berths are flanked by antique night lights, a pair of swiveling reading lamps, and of course... Benetti's wonderful woodwork forming the pedestal and trimming carefully selected crevices throughout of the room.
2nd VIP Bath:
The granite counter-top in the 2nd VIP bath is lined with a towel rack that also serves as a leaning bar. Dark woods stand in contrast to stainless fixtures and cream wall appointments. The sumptuous use of granite on the wide sinks and counters, as well as the bathtub tops, make this a spectacular bathing/dressing area.
Double stateroom and twin guest cabin on the lower deck:
Guests: 12 Crew: up to 20
Additional accommodations include two double and two twin cabins with almost identical layouts. The double cabins also feature walk-in wardrobes, though the fabrics and fittings vary from room to room. The elegant Art Deco theme, however, is maintained throughout the accommodations. To further personalize each cabin, the stone finishes in the bathroom vary and include rose quartzite, China Green and Giano Siena marbles. Many of the Zimmer & Rhode, Jagtar and Verel de Belval upholstery fabrics are custom-designed.
Steel hull & Aluminum Superstructures:
The starboard garage door opens to reveal a pair of Kawasaki PWC’s, standing ready for blast off. Rolling cradles allow the PWC's to be moved about, or stored out of the way as needed. Each of the garage doors, port & starboard, are operated by two massive hydraulic cylinders. When closed, the garage door is sealed shut via a rubber strip that lines the perimeter of the door and subsequently locks down with a system of hydraulic pins, much like an armored safe.
Stern Platform: The Yacht's hydraulically operated swim platform doubles as a dock when deployed. Five specially built fenders are attached on the aft section of the platform. They extend down to the water line to provide protection for low freeboard craft such as PWC's or the Venetian taxi (seen in the following picture). Security railings to port & starboard are removable to allow the door to fold upwards, seamlessly integrating into the hull.
At aft starboard, hull tender garage door rises, it reveals the ultimate convenience of a megayacht; storage and launch of its capable tenders; here a 28’ runabout – air conditioned and built by Vikal to resemble a Venetian taxi – eagerly awaits for instant trips to shore, or to other fine yachts either in port or at sea. Gantry cranes mounted to the garage cieling facilitate tender launching. Ambrosia also totes a 7.5 meter Tresco tender.
The seven-tier mast rises skyward, as if to Press Through the heavens. Each level is a dedicated platform for radar and navigation equipment.
The base of Ambrosia's mast is a 3-prong arch, which supports a central radar dome that is so massive, it doubles as a sunshade over the observatory deck seating. Top-of-the-world views abound for passengers, as well as an eye-in-the-sky view for the captain via arch-mounted cameras. Tinted windscreens line the perimeter of the deck for safety and keeping turbulence minimized.
A spectacular view from the sun deck is aided and abetted by its sparkling jet swimming pool, just forward of the ‘H’ helicopter landing target. All of the railings lining the heli deck are removed when a bird approaches. Seating a dozen or more, in striped lounges, takes its sun-dancing seriously, with multiple choices for seating and sunning. Water Polo, anyone?
Upper Aft Deck:
Charm is the apt word for the aft upper deck, where lovely outdoor parties and luncheons overlook the harbor in any exotic port. Heavily built teak tables are set with specially designed flatware and tableware. Seating is in Danish modern comfortable chairs. Choice is an option for sun or shade, while the ensign waves its courtesy approval.
Forward Deck Settee:
A crescent shaped sofa for twelve is carved into the deck house forward of the bridge. With a split-oval dinette for serving up the catch of the day, it's arguably the best seat in the house... or is it? (read on)
Seafood Earning Station:
If you're a fisherman, then you've found the best seat in the house! As if the yacht didn't have every conceivable feature already, she's able to put dinner on the table too. The fighting chair is located on the main aft deck, well above water level. At this level, the Yacht's heli might come in handy for hoisting in a big catch!
Main Deck - Looking Aft:
A night scene looking aft from Ambrosia’s main deck presents the wherewithal for a gigantic party, space for a jazz band, ballroom dancing, mix and mingle, or simply to entertain your audiences in the evening breeze. Also a wonderful space for midnight snacks in the open air, or daytime relaxation as well.
Main Aft Deck - Looking Forward:
The same venue, from the opposite point of view, the upper deck looking forward provides a gaily lighted glimpse into the brightly arranged main salon. Gigantic glass sliding doors open to engulf one person at a time or the entire soiree, if it so moves. What a glorious circumstance for a reception.
Skylounge - Looking Forward & Port:
In the panoramic saloon, ease and quietude reigns, with cozy and comfortable sofas, deep-cushioned easy chairs, splashed with an overall light ecru-pink motif. At one end is the 42” plasma TV accessible to all. Cocktail and gaming tables, in cherrywood, are at beck and call, while overhead lighting is unobtrusively designed as small squares laid out in a checkered pattern.
Skylounge - Looking Aft:
Looking aft from the port side, a wet bar divides the panoramic saloon from the Stargate. The arrangement of seating, tables and small study to port all lend to an elegant, relaxed atmosphere.
Glamour exudes on the upper deck in the Stargate Room, a masterpiece orb of excitement and scrumptious taste, unique so far in yachting. The circular ceiling glistens with heavenly constellations of both northern and southern hemispheres, displayed with a thousand fiber-optics. Driven by electric motors linked to the vessel’s GPS, it revolves to show the heavens in place at that moment in the sky, over the yacht’s position. (No need to go outside to view the heavens). The glass-topped dining table seems to float over a lighted bas-relief of the moon’s surface – molded in glass – by artist Astolfo Turelli, based on satellite photos of the moon.
Trompe l’oeil is a phrase that means “fools the eye” and in the Yacht’s SkyDome stairwell is a mural that unfailingly hues to that mark. The elegant works of art decorating these walls, also by Turelli, were inspired by a series of gilded panels recovered from the 1930s luxury liner S.S. Normandie. The actual gilded panels now grace the halls of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Main Deck Foyer:
The main deck foyer becomes a gathering place to witness the staircase mural as it winds down in golden splendor, showing the marvelous color and detail of Turelli’s exacting art.
Main Deck Dining:
From spectacular to extraordinary, Ambrosia’s dining hall resounds with wonderment at each turn. Entering the hall through two sliding glass doors, the art patron is greeted with the superbly etched glass, also by Turelli, representing designs of the Copernican Universe. Full beam width, a dozen perfectly positioned, upholstered chairs are situated beneath yet another graceful art expression in the multi-layered geometric glass chandelier. Every repast is dining in an art museum.
Lower Deck Staircase:
Gold railing twists and turns in sculpted splendor as it escorts guests down the final churn of the spiral staircase – expressing Turelli’s dramatic illustration. Ending at the Guest Lobby, the entrance to various staterooms and cabins on the guest quadrant, the foyer also features a more modern variant of stairs... a hydraulic elevator.
In the main saloon, an eclectic flavor rebounds in soothing quiet, amid well-lighted space. Large glass windows illuminate the airy, open room, as clustered tables and chairs underline the expression of conversation, relaxation, and peacefulness. At the beam, a long stretch of couches engages the warmth of togetherness. Four classical alabaster lamps sculpted by local artisans add to the atmosphere of grace.
Main Salon - Looking Forward:
With a mirrored ceiling and reflective finish, the eye-candy is doubled in the Veranda Main Saloon. Finished with a full complement of libations, a set of chairs post for service before the sculpted bar. Abeam, a cluster of chairs and tables awaits a rare treat… a grand piano. In this day of digitally piped music, Ambrosia's opulent fashion would be shallowed by a soundtrack.
Galley - Left:
The Yacht's well appointed galley is set up to inspire the most dedicated chef and serving crew, with stainless steel equipment and the latest in culinary fashion. Storage and preparation areas are set to feed a party of near-unlimited capacity. The typical commercial-grade, yacht galley means lots of stainless and walk in fridges. The Yacht's galley, in contrast, was lifted straight out of restaurant, with line cook grilles, stainless back-splashes, heat lamps over the island station and floor drains to wash the residue away!
Tower systems, Linn, Crestron, Yamaha Clavinova Grand Piano
SeaTel 9497, C Ku Band with global decoders
Digital Video Server
Kaleidescape distributed in six areas
High Definition Stabilised Camera
Current Corp, GyroCam
Limousine tender Vikal custom 8.5mt (28ft) GRP, Volvo KAMD300, duoprop
Multi-purpose tender Tresco custom 7.5mt (24.6ft) carbon/fiber.nomex/prepreg, Volvo KAMD300, Kamewa Jet
Jetskis Kawasaki Ultra 150
Two garages aft for both tenders and jetskis, 1 ton capacity crane on foredeck for further jetskis/sailing dighys etc
Spa pool: 3 cubic meter spa pool with counter current generator
Fishing chair: Nautical Design “marlin chair”
Bauer dive compressor and 4 sets Scubapro dive equipment
ECDIS system: 2 x Furuno FEA-2307 chartplotters
Dynamic Positioning System: Kongsberg cPOS
Circle scanning sonar: Furuno CH-250
Radars: Furuno IMO ARPA “Black Box” FAR-2837S Furuno IMO ARPA “Black Box” FAR-2827
Gyrocompass: 2 x C Plath Navigat 2100 (fiber optic)
Magnetic compass: C Plath Jupiter 1
Autopilot: 1 x C Plath, 1 x Kongsberg
Electromagnetic Log: C Plath Naviknot III
Wind and weather: B & G
Searchlights: 2 x Sanshin
Anti-piracy: 1 x LRAD (long range acoustic device), 1 x Gyrolight non lethal deterrent.
Radio Telephone: Furuno FS-2570 with DSC
VHF Radio: 2 x Furuno FM-8700 with DSC, 2 x Sailor RT 4801
Satcom Inmarsat F77 2 x Furuno Felcom 70
Satcom Inmarsat C 2 x Furuno Felcom 15
Satcom Iridium 2 x Sailor SC4000
Airband VHF 2 x Icom IC-A 110
Weatherfax Furuno Fax-30 blackbox
Navtex Furuno NX-500
Telephone exchange Panasonic PABX TDA 200
Main Generators: 2 x Caterpillar 3512B DITA
Auxiliary Generators: 2 x Caterpillar 3408C DITA, with catalyser and particle filtered exhaust.
Emergency Generator: 1 x Caterpillar 3304 Propulsion
ABB, diesel electric Azipod size 2 drive, 1.070kw (1.435hp) each
Electrical System design: ABB Marine, 690v 400v 220v, 50hz
Shore power converter: Asea accepting 520-170v 40/70hz
Bowthruster: Brunvoll 280kw (375hp) variable pitch propellor
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