Benetti may be known for all-metal and all-fiberglass megayachts, but it blends materials, too. Blake, measuring 163’4” (49.8 meters), has a fiberglass hull and aluminum superstructure. While unusual overall, it’s been a successful combination for Benetti. Blake represents the third spec-built megayacht of her size to feature this construction. And, Benetti is betting history will repeat itself by translating to a sale before launch in 2018.
Benetti revealed this fiberglass and aluminum series, as the FB800 Custom series, in 2011. Blake represents the third hull in the series, resembling the rendering below. The first two yachts found owners relatively quickly. FB801, hull number one, is known as Vica, cruising since 2015. A year ago, Benetti sold the second in the series, christened Zazou. She belongs to a three-time Benetti client, too.
Blake, which is at the interior fitting-out stage, features a layout and decor by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The studio selected wood paneling spanning the scale in tones. White oak and dark walnut complement and contrast with brushed fir. They join marbles and limestone, plus varying tones of hammered bronze and silver. Mother of pearl mosaics and etched-glass mirrors are additional accents.
In keeping with modern trends, Blake has a dedicated beach club as well as a full-beam main-deck owner’s suite. The latter is nearly 646 square feet (60 square meters) and includes a balcony. About 3,337 square feet (310 square meters) of space goes to guests below decks, in four staterooms. Should you want more accommodations, Blake can have a convertible upper-deck lounge.
You and your guests should find the sundeck plenty big, encompassing 1,453 square feet (135 square meters). The length alone is akin to a megayacht, in fact: 75 feet (23 meters). When you want to play on the water, Blake delivers with two tender and toy compartments. There’s an aft garage plus a bow garage.
Based on the proven hull form, Benetti expects Blake to see a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. Fourteen knots should be typical cruising speed, while 15½ knots should be the maximum speed. Power comes from twin Caterpillar C32 ACERTs.