226-foot (69-meter) Benetti Spectre built for American business tycoon with a passion for speed, tech and...James Bond.

In the wake of Quantum of Solace and Diamonds Are Forever, Spectre is the third yacht launched by Benetti for New York businessman John Staluppi. The name pays tribute again, of course, to James Bond. The 226-foot Spectre has five decks with a steel hull by Dutch firm Mulder Design and an aluminum superstructure. Her interior design by Benetti’s Interior Style Department conjures the Art Deco and Liberty moods of French interiors. Her flowing, contemporary exterior contours are designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta.

In conceiving Spectre, plans called for the latest marine technologies and combining different styles and philosophies of interior decor, with references to the French 1920s combined with modern details.

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Among Spectre's features are a swimming pool and a touch-and-go helipad. Accommodating up to 12 guests, the layout features two owner’s suites (one has a private terrace, a sun lounging area and a hydromassage tub), two VIP staterooms on the main deck, and two guest staterooms on the lower deck.

Showcasing Benetti’s most advanced design and construction technologies, Spectre is fitted with Ride Control technology by Naiad Dynamics, which significantly increases stability during navigation and improves comfort on board with the help of four stabilizing fins and three vertically-adjustable blades.

The lines of the Hi Speed Cruising Hull, designed by Dutch firm Mulder Design, deliver maximum navigation efficiency, with a range of 6,500 nautical miles at 12 knots and a top speed of 21.2 knots, 30 percent more than a traditional displacement hull.

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“I’m very fond of Spectre," says designer Giorgio M. Cassetta. "She’s the perfect example of a virtuous confluence between the ideas of the owner and the shipyard. John and Jeanette Staluppi, with their immense experience and energy, have spurred us on to imagine a yacht complete with everything that could be desired on a boat this size. Benetti accepted the challenge of building it to the highest standards and with a wealth of innovative technology. The splendid result is a satisfaction that my firm will treasure in the years to come.”

The style of the interiors, created by Benetti’s Interior Style Department, recalls the mood of certain French hotels and boutiques, standing out from Staluppi’s previous boats in a more classical yet modern way. The floor in the main lounge draws inspiration from the Liberty style flooring in a Paris resort, featuring symmetrical forms and clean-cut geometrical patterns, which have been enriched aboard Spectre with modern touches such as Armani fabrics. Other references to French taste are the windows, reminiscent of Paris’ typical Liberty style shops.

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The launch of Spectre begins a period of heavy activity at Benetti, with several large-scale yachts in the pipeline, seven of which are scheduled to deliver through 2019, including three yachts over 100 meters in length that are now being built concurrently at the company’s Livorno shipyard.

For more information: benettiyachts.it

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