Speed, stability, and comfort. Three simple words that sum up the story of Spectre. The 226-footer (69-meter) gained renown when Benetti revealed serial yacht owners John and Jeanette Staluppi commissioned her. Plenty of details arose, such as how she’d boast speed at extra efficiency. But, many further technical details awaited understanding. Longtime yacht broker and Yachts for Sale YouTube channel host David Seal shines a fascinating light on them in this video.
As you’ll learn, speed, stability, and comfort all come down to tremendous weight savings. But, weight savings is still a delicate balance. So, the story of Spectre is very much about analysis: analyzing everything from the engine equipment to the fairing compound on the hull. (As Seal rightfully points out, fairing compound is sometimes responsible for literally tons of weight.)
Sometimes technically explanations are dry, even boring. Not the case here. Seal puts the weight savings into real-world perspective. For example, part of the story of Spectre involves saving the equivalent of an Azimut 72 motoryacht. You’ll also learn about Naiad Dynamics’ Ride Control. Initially for commercial and naval vessels, the system is groundbreaking aboard Spectre. She’s the first yacht to employ its roll and pitch reduction abilities. Seal doesn’t just show what the system looks like, he explains what it does in some pretty big seas.
Get ready for an education in yacht engineering and construction—the type of information that smart project managers, designers, and builders understand. Few owners are expected to understand these details. After all, that’s why you hire a project manager, an independent naval architect, and/or other specialists. But, armed with the knowledge, you’ll better understand what goes into yacht construction overall. Better yet, you’ll understand how “compromise” isn’t a bad word.
That may be the case with the new owner of Spectre. She sold right around the time this video was completed. The story of Spectre continues.