There’s now an exception to the rule whereby “she” describes all yachts. Well, at least in the case of a Mexican owner enjoying his first full month about his new Benetti. He christened her (or should we say him?) Mr. Loui.
Mr. Loui is the second delivery in the builder’s Mediterraneo 116 series, so-named for the LOA in feet (35.5 meters). (Hull number one is Oli, delivered earlier this year.) The megayacht launched in early August, seeing handover on October 31. The 116 Mediterraneo is part of Benetti’s Class line, featuring fiberglass construction. The series additionally employs carbon fiber, for strength and weight reduction.
The highlight of the series, and indeed Mr. Loui, is the emphasis on natural light. In conceiving the design, Benetti and stylist Giorgio Maria Casetta placed nearly floor-to-ceiling glass along both sides of the main deck. In fact, each pane measures nearly 10 feet long (3 meters long). They make for uninterrupted views while relaxing in the saloon or enjoying meals in the dining area.
While Benetti isn’t divulging details on the decor, it does say that Mr. Loui represents a collaboration between its own interiors department and Ezequiel Farca. Based in Mexico, the designer specializes in contemporary interiors and architecture. Farca shows a handful of yacht designs on his website, too. The design directive called for spacious areas meant for plenty of family and friends.
The 861-square-foot (80-square-meter) sundeck aboard Mr. Loui is certainly one of those. It’s nearly 52 feet (16 meters) long, too. Two different dining areas, along with lounging and sunning areas, welcome guests.
The owner requested an elevator connect the sundeck to the main deck and the lower deck. It’s unusual to see this feature on a megayacht of this size, though quite practical. Four people can leave the guest staterooms (four in total) below decks and head up top for alfresco enjoyment. On a related side note, the two twin guest cabins each have Pullmans. The other two cabins are VIPs.