In April of 1988, a 125-footer (38-meter) slid down the ways at Heesen Yachts. Certainly big for her time, the megayacht was even more noteworthy for her purpose. Her owner commissioned her to be the world’s fastest yacht. The owner: John Staluppi. The yacht: Octopussy. Thirty years later, Octopussy is still the stuff of legends.
A new year means a fresh start in meeting goals. A goal for a number of owners is to take the keys, so to speak, of their new yachts. Finally, after three, four, or more years of planning, engineering, design, and construction, their much-anticipated megayachts are ready to head for the horizon. Many of us
“It’s been a wonderful eight months or so,” sums up Frank Mulder of Mulder Design. A conversation that started at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show led to the Sestante concept, the Baglietto 70M seen here. More than a large motoryacht, Sestante should cruise 30-percent faster than traditional displacement megayachts, with better range, too.
James Bond would be proud. The 226-foot (69-meter) Spectre, now with her hull and superstructure joined, entered Benetti’s outfitting shed this month. She made the transit from her initial construction facility to Benetti’s shipyard in Livorno, Italy. If you’ve followed the yachting industry for a while, no doubt you know that Spectre belongs to John
Not all cruising customers are alike. While everyone can agree on space and comfort being paramount, some want a bit of speed, too. Benetti and a trio of design partners came up with a solution: Benetti Now Fast. They’re models boasting the volumes and seakeeping customary of full-displacement yachts, with speeds exceeding 20 knots. Three
About a year ago, Benetti divulged scant details about FB269 for John and Jeanette Staluppi. A hint of a profile, an LOA of 216 feet (66 meters), and a top speed upwards of 20 knots were it. Now, thanks to a conversation with Frank Mulder of Mulder Design, we know that Spectre will be both