As much as some builders continue to draw clients with new semi-custom projects, they need to do more than just introduce models. The 145-foot (44-meter) Benetti Class 44M yacht should appeal not only to the majority of buyers due to her sweet-spot size, but also to those prioritizing more environmental stewardship.
With accommodations for 10 people, naturally the Benetti Class 44M yacht offers long-range cruising. She also naturally has indoor-outdoor lounges, abundant entertainment space, and equally abundant relaxation space. Notably, Giorgio Maria Cassetta, who penned the exterior and interior design, says he and Benetti focused on extensively using sustainable materials. FSC-certified wood is a significant example. FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent organization verifying wood comes from responsibly harvested trees in responsibly managed forests. Additionally, the workers who cut and mill the wood receive fair wages and safety protection. FSC is the world’s leading voluntary certification, too.
Since each Benetti Class 44M yacht is for owners to customize to their liking, a variety of stones and other sustainable materials are available. Overall, though, Cassetta says, “We worked on an infinite number of details.” He asserts that “as a result, this boat’s interiors are something absolutely new compared with what we’re used to seeing on a yacht this size.” They, and the styling, caught the attention of one customer before they were even finished, in fact, according to Sebastiano Fanizza, Benetti’s chief commercial officer. That customer signed a contract for hull number one, set for delivery in the winter of 2025. (Related, the owner wants a six-stateroom layout for a party of 12.)
Whatever decor highlights other buyers ultimately select, Cassetta says the idea is for the megayacht to be “an incredibly complex and sophisticated place, but one that has a truly amazing ability to welcome people in.” Lots of sunlight streaming in through floor-to-ceiling glass helps, of course, but so, too, does the layout. For instance, the galley is amidships on the main deck. Some Italian builders have a habit of situating the galley below decks, since they consider it a work/crew space. While it is a work area, owners, especially Americans (a significant portion of Benetti’s clients), prefer it on the main deck for practical reasons. It benefits from better space, plus owners and guests like to chat with the chef.
Another way the new Class model welcomes people in: having four decks. This affords far more ways to entertain. The sundeck is a good example, It has about 1,100 square feet (102 square meters) of usable space. Request a bar, if you wish, along with a dining area and sunning area. You can dine further (or instead) one deck down, on the upper deck. It has an indoor-outdoor lounge that can open up to a dining table for 10.
Further creating a welcoming, mind-easing ambience, a full-beam master suite is on the main deck, and a beach club lies off the swim platform. Notably, the Benetti Class 44M yacht takes your literal health into consideration as well. The shipyard is installing an air-conditioning and air-purification system that exchanges air six times per hour.
More About the Benetti Class 44M Yacht
LOA: 144’6” (44.06 meters)
Beam: 30’1” (9.16 meters)
Draft: 7’6” (2.31 meters)
Guests: 10 in 5 staterooms
Engines: 2/1,400-hp MANs
Range: 4,100 nautical miles at 11 knots
Stylist: Cassetta Yacht Designers
Naval Architect: Benetti
Interior Designer: Cassetta Yacht Designers