The owner of Bacchanal has a lot in common with most megayacht owners. First, he just stepped up to this bigger boat, which launched on August 2. Second, and of special importance to him and Benetti, he is a repeat customer for the shipyard.
The 154-foot (47-meter) Bacchanal is the successor to a Benetti Classic 115, which also carried the same name. Besides being larger, the new yacht features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. (The Benetti Classic series was all fiberglass.) But, she remains beneath the all-important 500-gross-ton threshold.
The owner, from Mexico, can now cruise with bigger parties. Twelve guests, along with seven crewmembers, can stay aboard. Interestingly, Bacchanal departs from the typical general arrangement for similar-size yachts. For instance, instead of all guest staterooms sitting below decks, a VIP stateroom—one of three onboard, in fact—is on the upper deck. The other four guest cabins, though, do go below decks, while the master suite sits forward on the main deck. Additionally in the master suite, the owner has a comfortable study.
Bearing a beam of 30 feet (9.1 meters), Bacchanal is not a yacht meant to sit still. She should see a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots under MTU engines. Further to that point, the owner requested a 3D sonar system. This will enhance safety, since the sonar can reveal objects underwater. It can do so upwards of 1,640 feet (500 meters) away from the boat, too. Even though her draft is relatively shallow, at eight feet (2.45 meters), the owner feels he can’t be too careful.
Wherever she cruises, the yacht is sure to make guests feel a warm and welcoming spirit, similar to the joyful atmosphere at her launch party. Bacchanal should particularly do so on her sundeck, where colorful mosaic tiles cover the custom-designed pool. The main deck should get a lot of use as well, where teak soles inside, complete with black caulking, lead out to the similarly adorned aft alfresco area.
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