Benetti Americas latest news February 2014

Benetti, part of the Azimut Benetti Group, is undertaking some important actions on the North and Central America markets appointing as new agents IBI – for Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti – and EVERMARINE for Panama. Fabrizio SCERCH Benetti Country Manager Americas along with Tommaso BILOTTA – as Brand Manager – Benetti Americas – have the tasks of managing processes as a whole: marketing, customer satisfaction and dealership networking. In addition – along with Fraser Yachts – Benetti has the pleasure to announce the sale of the Vision 45m Hull No 19 (BV019), a displacement vessel part of Class range, for delivery in June 2014). It is the latest construction of the very successful Benetti Vision model. Her beautiful interior has been designed by Zuretti Interiors Design.


Tommaso Bilotta, Fabrizio Scherch e Alberto Perrone Da Zara

“The United States, and the Americas in general, are key markets for Benetti. Our goal is to further consolidate relationships with the network of regional brokers and, what’s more important, with existing and potential customers, being side by side, from its design and construction to final delivery. This all, without forgetting about the after-sales cycle, which has always been a part of Benetti’s philosophy,” said Alberto Perrone Da Zara – Benetti Sales Director during last Miami Boat Show 2014 – commenting those important achievements

About Benetti Americas – Fabrizio SCERCH Benetti Country Manager Americas. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering at La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Fabrizio SCERCH has more than 15 years experience in the sales and marketing sector for major multinational brands in the automotive and shipbuilding sectors.  Tommaso BILOTTA, in his role as brand Manager-Benetti Americas, will retain responsibility for the coordination of sales activities for the Americas as a whole, in order to further strengthen the presence on the market.


Benetti NEWS from the yard November – December 2013

MY Zehava – 7th Delfino 93’  launched
Launched in November 2013 the seventh Delfino 93’. This 28-metre MY Zehava will be delivered April 2014 and then remain in the Mediterranean. The newest of the popular Benetti Delfino 93’ series – the jewel of the Class range – it picks up on all the line’s key features, while adding important elements that make the vessel unique, including custom interiors. The exterior concept and design are by Stefano Righini. In this case, the Owner has made a significant contribution to the interiors, participating in all the design phases and working closely with the Benetti technical team. The sundeck is one of the areas which best reflects the Owner’s personal style: it is equipped with a large, theatrical mosaic tub that comfortably accommodates 4/5 people. MY Zehava is 28.5 metres long and 7.03 metres wide; it can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins, plus room for the crew. It is equipped with two MTU 8V2000 M72 (720 kW) motors enabling it to reach maximum speeds of 14 knots.

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MY Soy Amor – 3° Crystal 140’, a luxury launch and delivery
Technical launch and delivery of the MY Soy Amor the third Crystal 140’ built to date – was officially held on December 14, 2013 in a private ceremony with the Owner in attendance. The exterior concept and design are by Stefano Righini, while the contemporary-styled interiors are by Benetti’s technical department. The key features aboard the new 42-metre vessel include: a backlit marble waterfall in the main foyer, a fireplace in the upper saloon, and a garage with side door amidships that frees up space for a large beach area astern.

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F-125: first hull of Fast Displacement Line arrives at Viareggio yard
Important updatdes also for the Fast Displacement line: the F-125 hull arrived in Viareggio at the end of November. The new model in the Fast Displacement line, which premiered at the Cannes Boat show last September 2013, is scheduled for delivery in June 2015. The new line is geared to take over that part of the market – up until now unexplored by Benetti – which loves and appreciates custom super yachts which feature extreme versatility: fast when required, but also extremely comfortable in displacement mode. All the “Fast Displacement” yachts will be equipped with the new, revolutionary D2P_Displacement to Planing® keel combining the performance of a planing keel with the comfort and quiet of a displacement one.

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Benetti Vision 145 “Told You So” on Style South China Morning Post December 2013

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Benetti introduces the new FB502 m/y “Panthera”, the 47-metre aluminium yacht, whose contemporary style is simultaneously sporty and elegant.

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Benetti Panthera

The FB502 M/Y “Panthera” is the second yacht in the 500s series. The first one, FB501 “Imagination”, came on the market in 2010; and the third one, FB503, is scheduled for delivery spring 2014. Constructed at Benetti’s Livorno boatyard, the 500-series yachts are 100% aluminium, 47 metres long and 8.8 metres wide. Their hull geometry ensures superior performance (maximum speed 24 knots and cruising speed 22 knots), as well as significant stability while underway; noise and vibrations are almost completely eliminated, for enhanced comfort even at higher speeds. All this makes “Panthera” a fast and comfortable yacht with a style that reflects the refined personality of the Boatowner who has commissioned a contemporary yacht featuring timeless elegance. Clean, soaring lines and large tinted oval windows go perfectly with the metallic silver colour of the exterior, silver shades being the dominant colours of the “Panthera”. On the exterior, the teak detailing (traditionally black) is gray; and the interiors have a sophisticated combination of lighter and darker gray tones. A key feature highlighting the contemporary and carefully thoughtout aesthetic of the FB502 is given by the large fashion photos hung throughout the yacht’s main areas; whether in black and white or colour, large or small, framed or unframed, the images portray the magnetic feminine allure of gorgeous international models and actresses, adding even more glamour to this sophisticated yacht.



She wants to be – or better yet, she is – a luxury yacht, refined yet never opulent. To achieve this, Benetti architects and designers worked very closely with the Owner and his staff, so there was no need to engage any other external designer. The owner representative had clear visions regarding design and realised her ideas with determination. The work was largely one of subtraction, of eliminating excesses and ostentation; the result is a style which suggests pure beauty under the banner of simplicity, something far beyond the merely fashionable.

The FB502 has four decks: lower, main, upper, and sun deck. The lower deck is dedicated to the guest cabins. The VIP cabin is amidships with a double bed at full-beam, walk-in closet, and ensuite bathroom. There are two additional double-bed cabins, each with private bathroom. All bathrooms have refined finishes in different Bisazza mosaics. Towards the bow and with a separate entrance, there are four twin-bed cabins for the crew. The mechanical room is astern of the VIP cabin; and even further astern is the garage which accommodates both a tender and jet ski, with a large door opening onto a marvellous stern swimming platform providing nearly 10 m2 for beach chairs, shower, and a highly original customdesigned trampoline.



The main deck is a semi wide body. Climbing aboard astern, the elegant exterior saloon functions as a lobby onto the main saloon and is tastefully furnished with custom pieces from major Italian design companies. The fabrics and lamps are by Armani Casa as is the large, ten-person dining table, and the chairs surrounding it are by B&B. Moving towards the bow, past the main foyer, in one area there is the pantry.



The other leads to the Owner’s suite at full-beam with a spectacular view towards the bow and access to a private exterior lounge; the lounge is exclusively for the boatowner’s use, ensuring maximum privacy even at port. The cabin also has a spacious office, walk-in closet, and ensuite bathroom with marvellous Bisazza mosaics.



The upper deck has a large exterior area astern with couches and a covered skylounge; it also has a second VIP cabin, the captain’s cabin, and the interior piloting station. At the farthest point to the bow, there is a second area dedicated to open air living with enormous sunpad in the middle. The upper deck skylounge is one of the “Panthera’s” really special areas. It includes a fully equipped media room with terrific lounge couches of the german brand Tommy M and a maxi 46 inch movie screen; it can also be transformed into a disco with strobe lights and RGL LEDs complete with a cutting edge stereo sound system including a high-end vintage turntable for vinyl records at 33 and 45 rpm.



The sundeck offers guests a large sunpad, a corner bar, and awnings both to the bow and stern of the pool for maximum flexibility. From a performance point of view, “Panthera” is faithful to her name, lightweight and fast. While 47 metres long, the yacht’s aluminium construction means it only displaces 340 tonnes, a feature which, when combined with the narrow and elongated semidisplacement hull, delivers superior performance. The yacht has a maximum speed of 24 knots with a fuel consumption of 1.360 l/h, a 22-knot cruising speed, and a range of 3400 miles at the economical 12-knot speed.


BENETTI GROWS IN THE AMERICAS Fabrizio Scerch new Country Manager and new After Sales organization

With the purpose of widening the oversight on the strategic international markets, Benetti, part of the Azimut Benetti Group, is carrying out some important organisational changes that affect the commercial and after sales area; the aim is to strengthen relationships with the network of Brokers and, above all, to enhance customer service as well as Lifetime Customer Care processes.

ImageAs from September 1st, 2013, Fabrizio SCERCH is in charge as Country Manager Americas in Azimut Benetti USA Inc., with the task of managing processes as a whole: sales, marketing and customer satisfaction. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering at La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Fabrizio SCERCH has more than 15 years experience in the sales and marketing sector for major multinational brands in the automotive and shipbuilding sectors.

Tommaso BILOTTA, in his role as Area Manager Americas, will retain responsibility for the coordination of sales activities for the Americas as a whole, in order to further strengthen the presence on the market. The Benetti Sales Department remains in the hands of Alberto PERRONE da ZARA.

At the same time, according with the new after sales global strategy introduced in early 2013 named “Benetti_Lifetime Customer Care” , client’s services processes will be strengthened too and even better structured in a new functional area composed by 23 professionals and now coordinated by Alessandro GALLIFUOCO in charge as Quality and After Sales Manager.

Both customers and the product itself will benefit from the synergy between the two areas and from their greater “centrality”, in terms of effectiveness of the service, also thanks to continuous and structured 360° feedback processes.

“The United States, and the Americas in general, are key markets for Benetti and the international experience of Fabrizio Scerch allows us to take an important step forward in Benetti’s policy to oversee the areas with the highest growth rate. The goal is to further consolidate relationships with the network of brokers and, what’s more important, with existing and potential customers, being side by side throughout the yacht’s life-cycle, from its design and construction to final delivery. This all, without forgetting about the after-sales cycle, which has always been a part of Benetti’s philosophy,” commented Vincenzo Poerio –Benetti CEO.

HSH Prince Albert II awards m/y Ocean Paradise with the RINA GREEN PLUS prize

Saturday September 28th, closing date of the Monaco Boat Show 2013, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco awarded the megayacht Benetti FB263 m/y Ocean Paradise with the RINA Green Plus prize for the solutions studied and adopted in the field of environment protection.


Ocean Paradise is one of the latest creation of the Tuscan shipyard and has been one of the queens of the Monaco Yacht Show 2013.

The prestigious acknowledgement by RINA further highlights the commitment of Azimut|Benetti Group in regard of the environment, being the only shipyard worldwide certified as to quality, safety and environment.



D-Marin Marinas Group goes full speed ahead with its programs, privileges and network which make the Doğuş Group company a regional powerhouse in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea.

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With a network of 10 marinas located across three Mediterranean countries that are well known for the beauty of their coastlines – Turkey, Greece and Croatia -, D-Marin’s overall capacity reaches almost 9,000 berths, which makes it the largest international chain of marinas in the said regions.

Offering a unique experience at distinguished marinas, D-Marin gives its customers the freedom to cruise and discover new destinations within the network with all the privileges of D-Marin World.



After joining any of the annual programs – named Passenger, Explorer and Conqueror -, a yacht or superyacht owner can benefit from noteworthy berthing options, bespoke advantages and unrivalled rewards. There are other advantages programs like Plus 1, D-Cat Club and Superyacht Freedom (to be launched soon) which enable to enjoy seasonal benefits not to be missed.

The Passenger program enables the customer with an annual berthing contract with D-Marin to experience other D-Marin marinas within the program for up to 30 days without having to pay extra berthing fees.

  By giving the power to choose, the Explorer program allows owner to create a tailor-made annual berthing package securing a berth at multiple D-Marin marinas. One annual fee enables the customer to choose the duration at each marina, providing guaranteed berthing with peace of mind.



The Conqueror premium annual package will allow the ultimate freedom to cruise the Eastern Mediterranean. The Conqueror is flexible and allows yachts to berth at D-Marin marinas any time, for as long as the owner wants and with the highest priority. The freedom of the Conqueror package gives access to D-Marin marinas without having to pay extra berthing fees or plan the voyage in advance.

The said Plus 1 program enables an owner to invite a friend to join D-Marin Marinas Group as a ”Plus 1” with his yacht. If he signs an annual agreement at the same marina, the proposer will receive one month free berthing at the time of the next annual contract renewal.

D-Marin World destinations are: D-Marin Turgutreis, Göcek and Didim (Turkey); D-Marin Mandalina, Dalmacija and Borik (Croatia); Flisvos Marina, Zea, Gouvia and Lefkas (Greece).



Doğuş Group – one of the largest private-sector conglomerates in Turkey, with a portfolio around 180 companies -, entered the marina industry in 2003 with D-Marin Turgutreis (Bodrum) and continued afterwards with the construction of the Didim and Göcek facilities, after which came, respectively, the acquisition of the Croatian and Greek marinas.

 Flisvos, located a mere 6km from the centre of Athens, is Greece’s first exclusive marina to offer a large-scale mooring capacity for megayacht owners. It features 303 berths, 50% of which accomodate yachts with a length in excess of 35 metres. Its acquisition dates back to December 2012 and was followed, early this year, by that of the remaining Hellenic marinas.

Also located near Athens, Zea Marina represents another starting point to the Aegean islands, the Saronic Gulf and Crete, and is the natural home of large-sized yachts. The two remaining facilities are both ideal ports of departure for cruises in the Ionian and the Adriatic seas: Lefkas is situated right in the heart of the enchanting Ionian archipelago, while Gouvia, on the island of Corfu, is the largest marina in Greece in terms of berth capacity (with a total of 1,235 moorings plus 520 dry berths).

The overall in-the-water capacity of the four Greek marinas is 2,828 yachts (3,626 including the dry berths).