The mood at Benetti’s Livorno shipyard was festive during the launch of FB273—a 230-foot (70-meter) custom yacht. The yacht’s exterior design was developed entirely by Benetti, working in close collaboration with the owner, while the interior is by Laura Pomponi and her team. Construction work was supervised on behalf of the owner by Bureau Veritas Solutions M&O.
Perhaps, the most striking feature of this superyacht is the stern area, which has an original geometrical swimming pool with a special system that varies the depth for use by both adults and kids. The bottom of the pool becomes an integral part of the main deck when fully raised and the beach club opens out with two side terraces over the water.
There are large indoor and outdoor spaces on the main deck. Aft are large sunbathing areas. Moving forward from the stern, is an airy living area with full-height glazed surfaces, furnished with sofas and armchairs and a dining room with a balcony on the starboard side.
On the lower deck, guests are accommodated amidships in 6 double cabins. The crew quarters are in the bow area.
The upper deck is dedicated entirely to the owner, with access both from outdoors and up the impressive interior stairway. In the bow, the private stateroom has a 180-degree view of the horizon, offering a bathroom with shower and sauna, a walk in his- and- hers wardrobe, and a big area where the bed is flanked by the vanity table and breakfast corner. There is also a private lounge with loose furniture that looks out over the yacht’s bow, reserved for the owner’s exclusive use, and a touch- and -go helicopter landing area at the tip of the bow.
On the same deck as the owner’s suite is an aft outdoor lounge area with sofas and a sunbathing area, then the interior lounge area, and a living space with a home theatre system. The office has a large monolithic glass wall that looks out over the interior and is connected to the lobby with a private balcony. On the left side is the gym, complete with a massage room.
The Sun Deck features an outside dining area connected to an interior veranda through a sliding door. Forward, the captain’s cabin is next to the bridge.
The top sky deck is completely open, with a Jacuzzi, sun pad and loungers offering a prime vantage point to enjoy the sea view.
FB273 is fitted with two 2,400 hp Caterpillar engines that drive the yacht to a top speed of 17 knots and give it a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.