The wait to go cruising aboard Calex is almost over for her owner, as the fully custom yacht launched at Benetti this week. Hailing from California, the owner is stepping up in size for more entertainment and relaxation space.
The nearly 220-footer (67-meter) follows in the footsteps of most Benetti megayachts, featuring styling by Cassetta Yacht Designers, the studio of Giorgio M. Cassetta. For the interior of the five-deck project, the owner collaborated with the shipyard’s own interiors department.
A major focus of attention during that collaborative process was the 1,722-square-foot (160-square-meter) upper deck, essentially a private owner’s deck. It’s the place where the owner can head inside to relax upon arrival, for instance, from the foredeck’s touch-and-go helipad. While the master suite is plenty spacious, additionally containing a dedicated office and a TV lounge, the alfresco areas on this deck truly shine, too. Aft, the owner can invite family or guests to dine under the stars. Forward, meanwhile, there’s a lounge with a gas fireplace. Also noteworthy, much of these areas cannot be seen from the upper decks, due to how the levels are positioned. This includes the topmost sundeck, which contains a gym and hot tub.
Calex caters to company with two capacious VIP suites forward on the main deck, plus four cabins below decks. The latter are two convertible twin cabins and two double cabins. Guests can expect a warm environment, with abundant maple and walnut woods, ivory-toned leather, and white and cream marbles. These décor materials appear throughout the megayacht, including the dining area on the main deck and the upper lounge. They further extend into the beach club, with two fold-down platforms.
Notably, the owner of Calex wanted his 16-person crew to be comfortable, too. He therefore ensured that the materials in their accommodations are on par with those of the guest areas.
With an expected 12-knot cruising speed, Calex is also Benetti’s first custom yacht compliant with the IMO’s Tier III emissions regulations.