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Benetti Ocean Paradise is the biggest yacht at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

Ocean PacificOcean Paradise is a 55 meters in aluminum and steel and it based on a consolidated and tested Benetti platform, yet rich with innovative contents, especially with regards to partitioning, interior design, decor and fitting out.

With Ocean Paradise, Benetti gives further proof of their second to none capability in interpreting and adapting to Owner’s requests. Many elements make this yacht an example of custom avantguard solutions: from the furnishings to the highly elaborate illumination plan, with the use of novel architectural solutions and the combination of both transparent and opaque materials that emphasize the traditional relationship with the sea, or a more contemporary look and feel, as required. All this is coordinated and managed by BEST(Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology), the proven domotic system adopted by the yard aboard several vessels and very much appreciated by Owners and crew.

Ocean PacificThe Benetti Ocean Paradise  was also conceived to fulfill the specific need of the charter activities, but despite this is characterized by several notable one of a kind elements, such as the designer’s research for solutions that guarantee communication between adjacent environments and especially with the sea, even while relaxing in the main saloon or lunch area. This was obtained by the intense study and development of the height of the opaque elements, and the adoption of plexiglass and crystal materials, with the absence of bulwarks in the floor to ceiling windows in the salon. Minimalist, but never cold, and always connected with the sea: these were some of the guidelines given by the Owner for the development of this project. The Benetti team of interior and exterior designers interpreted the desires of the Owner, bringing it to an ideal fruition from both the technical and esthetic/functional points of view.



The new motor-yacht My Paradis was launched with the Owner in attendance; the first of three 108-foot Tradition Supremes, the new entry level tri-deck in the Benetti Class Range Displacement line. The yacht will officially debuts at next Cannes Yachting Festival (9-14 September 2014).

20140622-130033-46833552.jpgImportant innovations in the engine room too: the new yacht has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow to navigate, as well as with the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors.

With the launching of My Paradis, Benetti unveils the new Tradition Supreme 108′, part of the Benetti Class Range Displacement line of composite yachts from 93′-145′. In doing so, Benetti reinforces its leadership position, with the new Tradition Supreme 108′ featuring extremely innovative stylistic and technical elements.

IMG_0415With exteriors by Stefano Righini, the vessel includes three decks and a sun deck. The sun deck is this boat’s hallmark feature. Its carbon fibre roll bar, upper section of the superstructure and hard top have been selected to ensure a lightweight structure with enhanced stability. The sun deck is also noteworthy for its circulation. There are two access points, an internal and external one, which provide maximum privacy for the Owner and guests. Indeed, the entire sun deck has been made use of. In addition to the stunning Jacuzzi and elegant dining table for 10 in the centre, there is also comfortable sunpad seating towards the stern and a sofa with forward facing storage next to the exterior piloting station.

On the upper deck, there is a skylounge with windows on three sides and a sliding door leading out to the exterior salon for amazing views. It is also equipped with a spectacular Turkish bath complete with skylight so you can lie back and relax, gazing up at the sky.

IMG_0285The interiors accentuate the sense of space and light using contrasting colours and shadows.
The walls are clad with different thickness decking arranged in a random pattern. This makes for a very unusual 3D effect with a play of light and shadow, further accentuated by the large amounts of glazing connecting the interior and exterior spaces. The light-drenched quality of the interiors is also enhanced by the pairing of light oak with darker wood that lets the natural light reflect off the different angled surfaces.
The light design also includes strategically located LEDs to recreate the same effect after daylight hours.

IMG_0036The decision to use 3D dynamic walls rather than smooth ones provides a kind of interactive background that actually accommodates a wide range of décor options, offering ample customisation opportunities. On the Tradition Supreme 108′ the Owner can choose from a wide array of furnishing options, depending on their personal style and brand preferences.

As a case in point, the main deck of My Paradis has a very interesting custom layout. The area traditionally devoted to the dining area has been integrated with the salon, creating a single open space that includes a lounge and bar area. The room is filled with natural light and enjoys uninterrupted and breathtaking water views thanks to its full-height windows. The designers also took a very innovative approach and lowered the exterior washboard to match the glass height, virtually eliminating any visual barrier between the interiors and the water beyond. The washboard is also “cut back” at the full-height window in the Owner’s cabin, allowing natural light to fill the suite to great effect.

IMG_9645Per Owner request, the crew dinette on My Paradis is located on the main deck instead of the lower deck; in its place is a large refrigeration unit.

The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests. There are four VIP cabins on the lower deck. The Owner’s apartment is on the main deck at full beam. There is a sense of drama in the bathrooms, where the same “interactive” finishes have been used, this time in the 100% mosaic showers. Here too there is a play of uneven surfaces, again reinforced by strategically placed LEDs.

Important innovations in the engine room too: in accordance with the emerging trends in the market, the yacht has been equipped with a new hybrid system that will allow you to navigate, as well as the traditional main engines, also using two 35 kW electric motors connected directly to the regulators / inverters of the main diesel-electric propulsion. The electric motors are powered directly by generators allowing to navigate up to a speed of about 6 knots. On-board generators are used as the only source of propulsion and power for various devices. This configuration will allow to minimize noise and vibration while maximizing comfort.

The electric one is also an auxiliary propulsion in support of the main motor. Just to give an example, the efficiency guaranteed by a low power motor (35 kW) at low speed (6/7 nodes), typical in night transfers, is certainly better than a more powerful engine which can not be used too long in this mode.

To maximise onboard comfort and reduce energy use, the boatyard has equipped My Paradis as well as all Benetti Class models with a CMC Marine electrical fin stabiliser. Compared to traditional systems, the electrical pin stabilisers ensure reduced noise, increased functionality, reduced electricity usage, and ease of maintenance.20140622-125947-46787384.jpg


Benetti ushers in a new era. At the upcoming Cannes boat show, the Tuscan boatyard will unveil a third generation of fast yachts, rounding out the already extensive range of products which currently includes Class Range, semi-custom displacement vessels with 6 models from 93′ to 145′, and Custom, mega-yachts starting at 45 metres.


Benetti F-125′

The new Fast Displacement line of composite yachts built by Benetti in the Viareggio boatyard already includes two models: the F-140’, introduced last year, and the brand new F-125’, which is making its debut at Cannes 2013. With this new line, the boatyard intends to tap into a strong and as yet relatively unexplored market in semicustom super yachts with a sporty spirit. These are vessels characterised by their versatility, speed (when called for), but which are also extremely comfortable in displacement mode and highly efficient at any speed. Their dynamism perfectly unites with the sheer pleasure of on board living, and the construction quality and maximum customisation which Benetti is known for.

Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio says, “Many of our clients have requested faster, more versatile, and efficient boats, while maintaining the same level of comfort and customisation found in our existing yachts. The new Fast Displacement line is designed precisely in response to these requests, and it rounds out our current offering in the Class Range. We haven’t just created a new series; we have invested time and resources – combining the Benetti’s 140-years of experience in super yachts with the technological knowhow of Azimut Benetti Group – to create a new way of heading out to sea.”

The two Fast Displacement models were developed by Benetti in collaboration with the Azimut Benetti Group Research Centre, which has designed an extremely innovative hull geometry exclusively for the new range. The Fast Displacement yachts are equipped with a revolutionary new D2P_Displacement to Planing® hull which unites sportiness and the performance of a planing hull with the comfort and quiet of a displacement hull. The D2P® hull has been coupled with a wave piercer bulbous at bow, a combination which affords increased cruising efficiency (less resistance to forward motion) of up to 30% compared to a conventional hull.

The design of this new hull was carried out using a series of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) simulations to define the best possible geometries. This was followed by extensive tank testing to verify the computer simulations and validate the hull geometries and associated appendages. After an initial “theoretical” phase of developing the hull shape based on preliminary design data and layout (sizes, general plan, and design specifications), the design process then involved a hull optimising phase using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) simulations. The development of the hull shapes was quickly followed by tank testing (at the Brodarski Institute in Zagreb) during which important hull components were optimised and validated including the bow wave piercer and the stern tunnel thrusters. The tank testing also included hull auto propulsion tests on all the appendages, to verify the final propulsion efficiency and associated speed performance.

The D2P® hull is equipped with a wave piercer, enabling the new Fast Displacement series to reach higher speeds without engine strain, or to cruise in displacement mode at an economical speed with a much greater range. The hull has been optimised for the entire range of most frequently used speeds, including displacement modes from 10-12 knots with increased range as well as cruising speeds and maximum speed of 22 knots in semi-displacement mode.

Compared to the traditional semi-displacement hull, the new D2P® hull offers countless advantages:
• Increased efficiency at all speeds and therefore maximum flexibility of use
• Lower fuel consumption and therefore greater range
• Higher cruising speed and therefore reduced transfer times
• Significant reduction in pitch and slamming and therefore increased cruising comfort

Today, the new Fast Displacement Class Range includes two new models, the F-125’ and the F-140’. This is a clear sign that Benetti has entered the new market of semi-custom fast yachts and that it is rounding out its range to satisfy even the most demanding boatowners, ever respectful of the values which have distinguished the Benetti boatyard over its 140-year history: innovative technology, design, customer service, and construction excellence.

Couach – first photos of Hornet – new tender from the oldest French yard

Hornet to be launched to the press and public at the Cannes Boat Show from 10th to 15th September 2013


Couach creates the surprise at this fall’s 2013 Cannes boat show and goes where it is not expected: the shipyard will launch a high-speed, 13 metre day- boat brimming with personality and technical prowess. We would not necessarily have expected to see Couach, the constructor of 20 to 50 metre pleasure yachts, in this domain. Yet who better to design a high-performance day- boat than a shipyard that has been supplying customs and marinas throughout the world for decades? Besides motor yachts, Couach also designs and builds a range of professional civilian and military boats, recognized for their high level of technicality (going by the name Plascoa). The idea was simple but audacious! Teams from the shipyard and designer Franck Reynaud tackled the task of transforming the Plascoa FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) into an aggressive, high-tech pleasure boat. The result is remarkable, and will appeal to the virile nature of those who get a kick out of extreme sensations and ultimate playthings.


Couach new 2600fly at Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes – date for press sea test: Wednesday 11 Sept 5:30pm

The 2600 FLY was launched on the 24th of June on the Arcachon Bay. With this new model, the shipyard enters the 80 foot sector for the first time and broadens the scope of its yacht and professional speedboat catalogue that already boasts 13 models from 14 to 50 metres.


Between 22 and 28 metres: the missing link
Couach customers have been waiting a long time for a model this size. Designed to fill the gap in the range of 22 and 28 metre models, the 2600 FLY is the perfect expression of what the shipyard does best: a compact, homogeneous and functional yacht for enjoyable life on-board and sailing. With a new approach to on-board passenger circulation and space management, the 2600 FLY offers all the trademark features that have established Couach’s reputation: deep V-shaped planing hull, composite materials, speed, stability and agility, shaft line propulsion.

Couach essence
In-house designer Franck Reynaud began with a blank page and has imagined a contemporary model consistent with today’s trends, in keeping with the brand’s distinctive lines that reflect its precision, commitment and marine qualities. Particular among the new features are the stylistic effects borrowed from the 50 metre yacht design; the bow layout, uncommon on a deep Vshaped hull; the flying bridge layout and the large sliding side doors that open the lounge onto the sea.


Perfect homogeneity
To define the options for layout, always entirely customisable at Couach shipyard, the client drew on ideas from La Pellegrina, the 50 metre super yacht built in 2012. Ambitious choices that led the teams to make even better use of space and stretch every limit. The result is perfect and within its 26 metres and four cabins the 2600 Fly combines all the assets one would expect on a larger vessel.


The 2600 FLY will be presented to the press and the public at the Cannes Boat Show from 10th to 15th of September 2013. Date for press sea test: Wednesday 11 Sept 5:30pm.

World premiere – Launch of the AIR 77

Oxygène Yachts presents the first AIR 77 at the 2013 Cannes Boat Show, a power catamaran with a decisively innovative style and design

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Two minds for an exceptional project
As often in the case of ‘out of the box’ ideas, it was the encounter of two men that led to the birth of a unit that is not just a boat but a genuine creation.

 Frédéric Sarfati on design and Raphaël Krepser on production both wanted to create a catamaran that would blend in with its surroundings while also offering a surprisingly spacious living area: 280 square metres of living space; the quest for maximum fluidity of movement, helped by the possibility of going directly from stern to bow in a straight line via the saloon (65 m² surface area), going through a 10m² doorway at the front of the deckhouse. This door opens upwards using an electrically-operated hydraulic system. The view here is all-encompassing with an uninterrupted line of sight.

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The cockpits are located under the deckhouse and on the flybridge converted into a sun deck lounge.

An ambitious stance for a catamaran of this size: discretion
There is nothing tawdry or ostentatious about the AIR 77. The designer has chosen discretion as his leitmotif, in respect for the natural aesthetics of the sea. Harmony with its environment is demonstrated by the lines of the hull: ultra simple but also extremely efficient on rough seas, and by the boat’s low position on the water and its harmonious glass/carbon superstructure.

 This approach is also manifest in the choice of engine: just 2×260 HP, for an intentionally limited top speed of 20 knots. Fuel consumption is thus maintained at 42 l/h at 12 knots. Thanks to its two UltraJet / Masterjet turbines, combined with low weight and a modest draught, the AIR 77 remains easy to manœuvre and is capable of accessing the most secluded bays; a rare promise for a unit of this size.

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The first AIR 77 has been built as a 4 main double cabin and 2 double crew cabin version. Interior fittings and decoration are exclusively custom built, according to the wishes of the client.

The AIR 77 is set to be launched to the press and public at the Cannes Boat Show from 10th to 15th September 2013.

Avec son HORNET, COUACH réinvente le Go-fast boat

Le Hornet sera présenté à la presse et au public lors du Festival de Plaisance qui se déroulera du 10 au 15 Septembre 2013 à Cannes.

Couach se présentera au prochain salon nautique de Cannes là où on ne l’attendait pas : le chantier lancera un day-boat de 13 mètres ultra-rapide, haut en technicité et personnalité.

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On n’aurait pas forcément attendu Couach, constructeur de yachts à moteurs de 20 à 50 mètres, sur un tel segment. Et pourtant qui de plus légitime pour concevoir un day-boat ultra-performant, qu’un chantier qui équipe les douanes et marines du monde entier depuis des décennies ? Car Couach est aussi concepteur et constructeur d’une gamme de bateaux professionnels civils ou militaires connus pour leur haute technicité (sous le nom de Plascoa).

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L’idée est simple mais il fallait oser ! Les équipes du chantier et le designer Franck Reynaud se sont attelés à transformer le Plascoa 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) en un bateau de plaisance agressif et technologique. Le résultat est surprenant et saura titiller la fibre masculine des amateurs de sensations fortes et de « jouets » extrêmes.

Vitesse, sensations extrêmes, sécurité maximale
Grâce à sa carène en « V » profond dont Couach a le secret, ainsi qu’à des hélices Rolla couplées à des arbres articulés Arneson, le Hornet présente un comportement marin hors du commun même à très hautes vitesses. Négociant parfaitement les courbes sans giter, il se propulse à plus de 50 noeuds sans taper sur la vague. Une certitude : le Hornet sera le seul day-boat du marché à proposer à bord exactement les mêmes équipements que l’on retrouve sur les bateaux militaires assurant ainsi une fiabilité, un niveau de technicité et une robustesse inégalées.

Descendant du 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft)
Pour preuve, le Hornet possède également la même coque en composites (fibre de verre, aramides et fibre de carbone) que celle du 1300 FIC calibrée pour répondre aux exigences de légèreté, performance et résistance aux chocs imposées par une utilisation effective intense 10 à 12h/jour et 365 jours/365. En effet, le 1300 FIC a pour vocation de protéger les côtes, de traquer la menace pirate ou les trafics en tous genres et ce, quelque soit la vitesse nécessaire ou les conditions de mer.

Un design puissant
D’un point de vue esthétique, l’équipe de design a poussé jusqu’au bout le concept de « military boat » avec un parti-pris résolument « techno » pour un bateau virile qui transpire la sécurité. La cabine en composites du 1300 FIC a été remplacée par un hard-top tubulaire en inox micro-billé qui lui donne un aspect parfaitement fini et un rendu très technologique. Ce style est renforcé par des détails tels que les soudures apparentes non polies qui renforcent la dimension « brut » et technique.
Autre effet de style, le bain de soleil arrière est monté sur un ensemble tubulaire inox, une vraie rupture esthétique par rapport aux habituels bains de soleil en composites. La sellerie est entièrement constituée d’une toile extérieure haut de gamme et recouvre également la partie supérieure du hard-top. Elle est harmonisée avec la peinture de coque, une peinture à dominante de bleu-gris, traitée en mode « camouflage ». Le même thème est développé sur la planche de bain arrière recouverte d’un revêtement antidérapant en synthétique liquide. Comme toujours chez Couach, peinture, sellerie et autres éléments de style sont entièrement personnalisables.

L’essentiel et rien que l’essentiel
Homologué pour 12 passagers, le Hornet est doté de 7 sièges bolster (sièges assisdebout utilisés en course offshore) et de tout ce qui permettra de passer une excellente journée en mer.
La cabine est dotée d’une couchette, d’un WC avec réservoir, d’une vasque avec arrivée d’eau, d’une bouilloire et d’une cafetière expresso 12V. Le meuble en «U» accolé à la console de pilotage contient, quant à lui, un réfrigérateur 90 litres ainsi qu’un point d’eau. Enfin, astuce intelligente, une glacière amovible de 40 litres est cachée sous les coussins du bain de soleil avant. Sur la console de pilotage, l’écran de navigation 12 pouces est entouré de l’électronique de motorisation et du système de commande de propulsion. On notera la présence de Mastertrim permettant un réglage automatique de l’équilibrage du bateau.

Sérieux, performant et avec la juste petite pointe d’arrogance qui lui donne toute sa personnalité, le Hornet promet de faire des vagues !