“Obiettivo 50” means “Target 50” and expresses Benetti’s design mission. “It represents a stimulus to constantly push our limits,” says Giovanna Vitelli, vice president of Azimut Benetti Group. It is also the new Oasis 40M’s philosophy, with a vertical bow and automotive styling accents from British design studio RWD. But her main feature is life in symbiosis with nature. “On this yacht, you experience the sea in a new way,” says Adrian Chisnell, RWD’s team principal. “Lifestyle aboard is both dynamic and relaxing.” A dream for Tim Ciasulli, who bought the first unit and christened her Rebeca. “I’ve always been a pioneer in my life, so when we saw the casual lifestyle that Oasis offered, we said, ‘this is the boat!’”
Rebeca boasts an astonishing beach area and a layout with no physical or visual barriers: 969 square feet (90 square meters) of multifunctional space to relax or to have fun. Firstly, with the two side wings open, it becomes 36 feet (11 meters) wide. Secondly, a central sunbathing island dominates, together with a C-shaped settee and a coffee table. The real focus, however, is the infinity pool, with 75 square feet (7 square meters) of surface area and 1,453 gallons (5,500 liters) of heated water, additionally featuring hydromassage jets. Amplifying the ambiance, a hidden stairway connects Rebeca’s sun deck, adding 969 square feet (90 square meters) of openness. Tim and his wife Rebeca can entertain around a big rectangular table and an infinity bar with seats aft, or enjoy a circular hot tub forward.
Just like outside, inside, nothing blocks the view. Teak soles in the saloon and dining area blur the boundaries between in and out, too. New York-based Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, debuting in yachting, chose an organic design with minimalist detailing, neutral colors, and materials like Calacatta and Vagli marble, teak, rosewood, and white lacquer. Since Benetti started the Oasis 40M on spec, it selected the studio. “They are very open architects, stimulated by different worlds and experiences,” Vitelli explains. “We imagined a casual and refined owner,” says Enrico Bonetti. “We watched many Benetti yachts and saw that in the interior, the scenery was always changing from one space to another. So onboard Oasis, we tried to be as coherent as we could be and make the style cleaner.”
The cleaner, casual feel doesn’t exclude sophistication, though. Rebeca’s master suite expresses this well. Spanning the full beam (27’9”/8.5 meters), it’s an elegant space where luxury is discrete and reflects in many details. Rebeca Ciasulli chose the fabrics and marbles, further picking some furnishings, while Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture designed others. “My wife Rebeca is very tactile person; she wants to feel all the materials,” Tim Ciasulli says. “At Benetti’s showrooms, there’s anything you want!” Full-height windows on both sides bring so much natural light in, becoming part of the interior design and removing barriers, too. Finally, since the Oasis 40M is semi-custom, the Ciasullis turned a multi-purpose space in their suite into a gym. But, it can be either an additional guest cabin or a private office.
Even Rebeca’s bridge—where Tim Ciasulli, a car dealer and previous yacht owner, has taken the wheel—is designed for a new cruising experience. Specifically, you’ll find 180-degree, full-height windows. Furthermore, a futuristic-looking light bridge console by Benetti and Seastema replaces the traditional helm station. Made from carbon fiber, it employs software integration based on military technology, with ceiling-mounted screens. An ergonomic captain’s chair by Besenzoni has two small peninsula-shaped panels for controls. As a result, with a top speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 11 knots, “it’s a very easy boat to run,” Ciasulli says.
“In every yacht, there is a compromise,” Ciasulli reflects. “It may be too slow, it may be too fast, it may not hold enough people. Clearly, this is a zero-compromise boat.” He continues, “The sea makes me feel relaxed and great. The truth is that they named this boat Oasis, and it is the perfect name for this lifestyle.”
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