The first example from Benetti’s new fast displacement range of semicustom megayachts was launched at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Veloce 140 is equipped with a new displacement-to-planing hull that allows it to reach relatively high speeds while still retaining the stability of a traditional displacement hull when cruising at lower velocities. Driven by two 3,500 hp MTU engines—the most powerful Benetti has ever employed—the 140-foot yacht can reach a top speed of 21 knots.
Its spacious sundeck offers guests 829 square feet of space and is equipped with a hot tub and a long bar. The upper deck has an open layout that seamlessly transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. At the bow on that deck, an intimate lounging area features sun beds and a second, deep hot tub. The forward portion of the main deck is dominated by a large, full-beam gym outfitted with Technogym equipment, while the aft section houses the yacht’s 12-person dining table and main saloon. Below-deck accommodations include the owner’s cabin, two double-bed cabins, and two additional cabins equipped with twin and Pullman beds.
The first yacht from Benetti’s fast displacement series is the Veloce 140’, displaying a distinctive design and several technological innovations in regards to both the hull and propulsion systems. The Displacement to Planing (D2P) hull itself is particularly notable for its energy saving and comfort enhancing properties, and was designed by Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio in conjunction with the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Center. She features exterior design by Stefano Righini whilst RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon was responsible for her luxurious interiors in cooperation with the owner’s personal designer. Inside, her living areas are highly customised, with the shipyard offering new owners the opportunity to alter the layout of the standard design according to their own personal requirements. Throughout, a range of high quality materials are used, including light gray Tay wood, and slate gray Tabu for the flooring. The decorative elements are in a silver lacquer finish, with the ceilings in alcantara and a white lacquer finish. In addition, all stainless steel features come with a satin finish, contributing to the collective ambiance of sophistication, elegance and luxury. The interior furnishings are by Minotti, the lamps by Flos and the taps and fittings by Gessi. Amongst her many features and amenities is a luxurious cockpit in which comes with a daybed that quickly and efficiently converts into an area for relaxation. Furthermore is a large gym containing all of the latest equipment from the Technogym Personal line, which dominates the bridge area on the main deck. Designed at the owner's request and placed in the bow of the vessel, the area includes a massage area and exploits the full width of the hull, creating a spacious environment to work out. A particularly exciting feature of the gym is a side terrace, providing excellent views as well as a perfect place to rewind and cool down. In addition, the terrace also provides the gym with an abundance of natural light and ventilation. Elsewhere on the main deck the salon and dining area can be found. The impressively commodious space also extends into the yacht’s outdoor areas, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment for guests to fully take advantage of. The whole space is elegantly decorated, and surrounded by large windows, once again heightening the amount of natural light in the room and creating a welcoming, warm environment. The dining table seats up to 12 guests, whilst the two plush sofas in addition to the two white, leather armchairs in the salon provide ample seating even for company. In terms of her accommodation, guests are welcomed into one of five ample, opulent cabins, each located on the lower deck. The dedicated owner’s suite includes a spacious, en suite bathroom as well as plenty of storage space. The remaining guests cabins include two doubles and two twin room, as well as additional Pullman Berths. All are consistently decorated in the same neutral and sophisticated colour scheme, creating an ideal environment to relax and unwind. A crew of up to eight are also accommodated on the lower deck over four crew cabins at the far end of the bow. The lower deck also features an extensive beach club area, which is accessed by a double flight of steps and equipped with a central bar counter running the length of the bulkhead. The garage is placed transversely to the beam, and can comfortably accommodate up to two tenders. Moving on to her outside areas, one of the most impressive spaces is the extensive sun deck, covering more than 77 square metres in total. Dominating the space is a centrally placed swimming pool, the first of two large swimming pools found on the yacht. The sun deck pool faces an extended living section on the right of the yacht which is served by a long linear bar on the left. Her upper deck has not been designed with the traditional fixed furniture found elsewhere on the yacht, and in fact, everything has the ability to be moved or removed with relative ease. This ensures the owner is able to obtain a large circular area that extends outdoors and indoors, offering the perfect environment for entertainment and socialising. Astern, there is another large, luxurious dining table seating sixteen guests in total. Here there is also a relaxation area leading to an internal sky-lounge through electric concertina doors. This provides is a large open plan area that is partly air-conditioned. At the bow stands the yacht's second spectacular swimming pool, featuring an exceptional depth as well as a whirlpool. Opposite, there are two large sunbeds and a living area with a sofa and coffee table, offering total privacy and an area to enjoy life on board to the fullest. On this bridge where the captain’s cabin would usually be located in the original design, the owner has requested a conversion into an additional luxury bedroom. Powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3500 mhp engines, she has a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 1,250 nm at a cruising speed of 12 knots and is also equipped with a system of CMC Marine electrical fin stabilisers. The size of the engines are somewhat of a landmark for the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, marking the largest engines that have ever been mounted at the facility.