Bye Bye, Botti: Benetti Bids Goodbye to Latest Megayacht

About two months after she first slipped into salt water, Botti has embarked on her maiden voyage. Botti belongs to the Benetti Mediterraneo 116 series. In fact, she’s hull number three. You might remember that hull number two, Mr. Loui, began making memories last fall. It’s worth noting that the first launch in the Mediterraneo 116 Continue reading


PHOTO: Facebook/Dutch Yachting

Heesen’s Laurentia, ex-Project Alida, Nearing Delivery: VIDEO

UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: Laurentia is now in her owners’ hands. The shipyard reports that she hit a 16.6-knot top speed during sea trials. Read on for our original article.   Here’s your first look at Laurentia, the Heesen known since her initial announcement as Project Alida. The 180-foot (55-meter) Laurentia continues the Dutch yard’s Continue reading


Heesen’s Project Alida Gains Owners, for Delivery in July

Another Fast Displacement motoryacht from Heesen now has a buyer. Project Alida will find herself in her experienced owners’ hands in time for the summer season. Similar to most Heesen builds, Project Alida began on spec. The 740-gross-ton megayacht employs Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ proven Fast Displacement Hull Form, which permits fuel-efficient cruising throughout the Continue reading