A repeat client of Benetti was happier than most people at the end of April. On April 29, his latest megayacht, Hawa, slipped into the water for the first time at the yard.
A fully custom project, the steel-hulled Hawa measures 157’5″ (48 meters), with a beam of 30’2″ (9.2 meters). The owner chose a sandy-hued paint job to draw attention to the styling from RWD, the British design studio which further collaborated with him for the general arrangement and interior design.
That arrangement is a bit different than you might expect, too. Firstly, instead of just the master suite occupying the forward portion of the main deck, the VIP sits here, too. The VIP additionally has a sauna-like shower, while the owner’s suite has drop-down windows to each side. Of course, the main saloon still sits just off the aft deck—though it has five areas that open up to the fresh air.
Since the VIP is on the main deck, the galley is below decks aboard Hawa. However, a pantry does sit on the main deck, as does another on the upper deck. Naturally, a dumbwaiter services these and the galley, reaching all the way up to the sundeck.
From the three double staterooms for guests on the lower deck to the sundeck, Hawa invites friends and family to relax. They can enjoy a beach club with opening side platforms, for instance. Should they be avid anglers or divers like the owner, they can grab equipment and go from a dedicated area within the beach club, too. Swimmers, meanwhile, can shower off or soak in a sauna in another dedicated area. Exercise enthusiasts can take in the views from opening side windows in the gym, located on the upper deck. And, everyone can gather for midnight movies under the stars on the sundeck, after getting a drink from the forward bar.
All of these rooms feature a backdrop of matte-finished eucalyptus wood and dark-walnut accents. Furthermore, leathers and marbles are inlaid throughout the decks.
Hawa will enjoy her maiden voyages come summertime, with an anticipated 4,000-nautical-mile range at 10 knots under MTU power. Further of interest to note, the owner requested an unusual wheelhouse design. Navigation screens and controls are centralized overhead and in two peninsula-like installations within fingertip reach of the helm chair.