An owner who took personal charge of design and construction supervision of his megayacht has good reason to be happy. His new Benetti Joy, the second hull in the Oasis 40M series, celebrated her official launch, in traditional colorful fashion, yesterday.
The Oasis 40M, which saw hull number one, Rebeca, launch last year, emphasizes a more casual, alfresco lifestyle. Immediately, the expansive, open stern attracts your eyes. It’s a day-to-night space, from inviting dips in the glass-walled pool to under-the-stars cocktails or movies. In fact, the owner of the Benetti Joy requested it convert to an open-air cinema for this reason. “Open-air” is noteworthy, since fold-down platforms expand beam to 36 feet (11 meters), and overall usable space to 969 square feet (90 square meters).
This open deck area, along with the vertical bow, the automotive-inspired silver paint around ports, and other styling comes from RWD. The owner, a first-time Benetti customer, further likes how the aft arrangement leads up three steps straight into the saloon, whose sliding glass door can essentially disappear for true indoor-outdoor living. As a way of keeping the casually comfortable feeling uninterrupted, he worked with Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture for the interior.
While the general layout is pretty traditional, the Benetti Joy does have some customized features. For example, the owner wanted a fold-down balcony in the master suite. Sitting forward on the main deck, the suite additionally has a study with smart glass. This means it can switch from opaque to transparent for light control. Furthermore, since he intends to entertain guests—who have four staterooms below decks—the skylounge has not just a typical saloon-like area, but also a gym. Additionally, the gym has an opening window. Finally, the owner requested a great sound system, with outdoor speakers. This way, whether on the elongated main aft deck or up on the sun deck, with a bar and a sunpad, music will help keep everyone in a good mood.
The owner of Joy didn’t leave out special touches for the crew. A wi-fi remote-control system lets them dock and undock the megayacht without having to be in the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse, by the way, follows the design of Rebeca in having full-height glass and stylistic, multi-function monitors.
Joy should begin cruising this summer, outfitted with an air-exchange system refreshing up to six times each hour.
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