What do today’s younger yacht buyers want? That is the proverbial million-dollar question. Super-sophisticated styling and interiors aren’t the answers, at least in Benetti’s opinion. The Benetti Oasis 40M has a more relaxed air, to be more conducive to swimming, sunning, and other soul-soothing pursuits. We’re now getting an in-depth look at the concepts for the yacht’s casual living areas.
Announced about a year ago as the Benetti Oasis 135, the Oasis 40M is still the same LOA, 133 feet (40.5 meters). She’s also still semi-custom, featuring interiors by Bonetti/Kozerski, the latter a New York studio new to yachting. The suggestions for the five-stateroom megayacht reveal how perfect of a pairing this shipyard and studio is. Benetti wants to bring a new model to the market for youthful, sporty owners and guests. In turn, Bonetti/Kozerski delivers a decor that’s easygoing yet simultaneously understated in elegance.
One of the most important things that Bonetti/Kozerski did was eliminate as many physical or virtual walls as possible. Therefore, note the circular, floor-to-ceiling glass doors of the saloon (above). Chances are that customers will keep them open—making the saloon an extension of the alfresco lounge that constitutes the aft deck (below). Plenty of yacht builders and designers talk about connecting customers to the sea via full-height glass. Few, however, seem to define that connection any other way. The Benetti Oasis 40M invites a seamless flow between outside and inside.
The megayacht further presents an alternative to the typical saloon and formal dining area combination. Should buyers want it, of course, they can have it. But, the reality is, even longtime yacht buyers admit they rarely use the interior dining area. Therefore, in keeping with the less-formal character, the Oasis 40M devotes the deck space to relaxing, with a bar.
With a 27-foot (8.25-meter) beam, the Benetti Oasis 40M has been likened to a big floating loft. Given Bonetti/Kozerski’s background in residential design, it’s a good analogy. The megayacht emphasizes an open floor plan, popular in modern homes, along with ever-nautical teak wood continuing inside from outside. Furthermore, given that oftentimes our homes are our havens, this floating loft is an “oasis” sure to catch a new customer’s attention.
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