Despite usually being able to ride out economic woes, not all megayacht owners are immune to the current crisis. Case in point, the Japanese owner of Alibella, which Benetti delivered just a few months ago: He’s offering a $12-million price reduction if a buyer takes her within a month.
According to an article in today’s edition of the UK-based newspaper The Telegraph, William Christie, a broker at Edmiston, sent an e-mail to clients stating, “The brand new 50 metre Benetti Alibella [has been] reduced in price by €9.5m … the owner will sell at this massively reduced price if the deal can be completed in under 30 days.”
That would make the selling price €24.5 million, or a little more than $31 million. The yacht accommodates 14 people, and to say that the interior (see the master stateroom and saloon above) is lavish is an understatement. While on initial glance it may not appear to be, since the abundance of white carpeting and surfaces stands out, there’s actually an enormous amount of golf leaf. It’s overhead in many rooms and even underfoot–all painstakingly applied by Benetti’s craftsmen.
“It is a buyer’s market for super yachts,” the paper additionally quoted an unidentified yacht broker as saying. “There are a lot of yachts around at the moment. People are being forced to sell their boats.”