First came the Oasis Deck, re-imagining the beach club and swim platform and immediately appealing to customers. Now, Benetti has turned its attention to another area aboard yachts where little to no reinvention has occurred. It’s the main saloon—coming soon aboard the Motopanfilo 45M, among other models, as the Benetti Veranda Deck.
If the Oasis Deck is any indication, the Benetti Veranda Deck will catch on quickly with customers. Initially, the Oasis Deck was limited to just one yacht series. It was what the shipyard and its design partner RWD first called the Oasis 40M. When hull number one, Rebeca, premiered in 2020, though, other megayacht owners and crewmembers kept taking photos of the expandable, open-air beach club. Additionally, 13 more orders came in, convincing the builder and designer “this wasn’t just one yacht,” as Andrew Collett of RWD says. The integrated pool, fold-down side bulwarks, and seriously social space connecting the saloon to the sea spawned several imitators, too.
Considering owners and guests spend more time outside than inside, why transform the main saloon as a next step? Interestingly, the very fact that few want to spend time there convinced the team to target it. The first order of business was to eliminate the sense of formality often accompanying the saloon as the primary lounge. Secondly, Benetti and RWD tapped into the ongoing desire of owners to literally and figuratively feel connected to the ocean environment.
Therefore, the Benetti Veranda Deck eliminates the longstanding structural bulkhead aft of the saloon, and most of the side bulkheads. Of course, because pools are still incredibly popular, the design includes a glass-fronted pool, flush with the deck. The sneak peek above lends a pretty good idea of the entire effect. It’s a seamless, more comfortable, and more casual way to relax and entertain.
As mentioned, the 148-foot Motopanfilo 45M superyacht series will be the first to feature the Veranda Deck. The steel-hulled project is the larger sister to the Motopanfilo 37M series, which debuted last year. Bearing design cues from motoryachts of the 1960s, all Motopanfilo yachts have interiors by Lazzaarini Pickering Architetti, which wants clients to have no doubt they’re aboard a yacht and not in a house.
“Offering cutting-edge yachts to the market is our mission, hence the need to further expand the brand’s collaborations with the best designers in the world and announce new revolutions in the world of yachting,” says Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut-Benetti Group’s chair. She adds that the Veranda Deck “is the new standard bearer.”
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