The past two weeks saw the seventh hulls in two different Benetti semi-custom series mark milestones with their owners. The seventh Fast 140 launched on April 16, while the seventh Fast 125 saw delivery on April 24.
The Benetti Fast series emphasizes good speeds and sufficient range to visit a few coastal cities in the course of a cruise. They do so with what Benetti calls a Displacement to Planing, a.k.a. D2P, hull design. It blends aspects of full-displacement and planing designs, adding a bulbous bow shaped much like a wavepiercer. Azipull azimuthing thrusters from Rolls Royce aid in maneuverability, too. The Fast 140, with twin 3,500-hp MTUs, reportedly tops out around 23 knots as a result. She also sees a 1,800-nautical-mile range at 12 knots. The Fast 125 (above), meanwhile, has twin 2,600-hp MTUs for a top speed of 22 knots and 1,750-nautical-mile-range at 12 knots.
While these performances attracted the individual owners, the ability to tailor the yachts to their tastes did, too. With the Fast 140, for instance, the owners chose warm wenge and walnut woods. With the design studio RWD, they also infused the staterooms for 12 people and the relaxation areas with similarly warm tones. Speaking of relaxation areas, the saloon should be popular, since it includes a bar. There’s a bar in the beach club, too. Overall, the interior design follows the Land style, one of three packages specific to the Fast series. The other two are Sea, with blues and greens echoing marine tones, plus Air, a modern, minimalistic approach.
In fact, the owners of the Fast 125 chose the Air design. Their party of 10 has bleached eucalyptus and dark-stained tay wood to admire inside. But, the interior isn’t the only interesting aspect of her design. Alfresco tables on the main deck and upper decks are all movable and transformable, for dining or other needs. Finally, compared to the previous six Fast 125 megayachts, this Fast 125 has a completely custom sun deck. A bar sits fully forward, while a settee and tables amidships welcome smokers. Alfresco dining takes place fully aft.