Nearly three dozen engineers, crane operators, and other specialized staff came together at the Benetti facility in Livorno for a major milestone this week. Benetti FB274, a so-far confidential custom project, saw her aluminum superstructure sit atop her steel hull.
Measuring 213 feet (65 meters), the megayacht is the latest design from the shipyard’s longtime styling partner, Giorgio M. Cassetta. Unfortunately, this is one of the only details available publicly so far about the yacht. However, we do know that Benetti FB274 should see delivery in 2021.
Regardless, the shipyard did reveal some interesting information about the hull and superstructure connection process. Each component came out from its respective construction shed, with the assistance of heavy-duty trolleys. This is due to the sheds not having enough overhead clearance for the joining process to take place inside—a common scenario at shipyards around the world. Next, an equally heavy-duty crane lifted the superstructure of Benetti FB274 up off the trolley for its initial positioning on the hull. It’s worth noting that the superstructure alone weighs about 55 tons.
It’s also worth noting that this process was indeed initial positioning. Benetti craftspeople maneuvered the components back inside a construction shed for the welding process to begin. It’s a longer process than you might think, too, requiring about four weeks to complete.
Once the hull and superstructure are fully joined, the fitting-out stages for various systems as well as the interior can begin. These will go on straight through to launch in the first half of 2021, followed by delivery in time for the summer season.