Imagine being one of 300 people to see an unusual launch. If you saw the 50-metre Full Custom superyacht Blake hit the water at Benetti‘ shipyard in Viareggio on May 26th, you definitely saw something uncommon.
Actually, you saw two uncommon things. First, the 163-foot (49.8-meter) Blake has a fiberglass hull and aluminium superstructure. (From what I heard these 2 components are the longest ones that Benetti has constructed till date………congratulations guys on the progress)
Second, the way Blake entered the water is different, at least among Italian yacht builders. She slid out of her build shed and directly into the water, as seen above. Even with “just” an 8-percent incline, the slipway encouraged Blake to make quite the splash. Apparently, no other Italian yacht yard has this type of arrangement for mega yachts between 131 and 164 feet (40 and 50 meters).
Too much to process……. don’t you worry there’s more on the way……
Interiors designed for maximum livability by Bannenberg & Rowell
A 60-square-meter owner’s apartment with balcony
The sun deck covers an area of 135 square meters, unique in its category
Dedicated beach club with huge seaview terrace
Navigating comfort and extreme vibration reduction
Gross Tonnage below 500 ton
For Benetti’s Blake ⛵ is the 11th mega yacht to slide down the slipway since 1999.Of course, more than her launch method makes this mega yacht noteworthy.
Announced publicly in January 2017, Blake is a spec build.
Sea trials should see Blake achieve a cruising speed of approximately 14 knots (impressive range huh!!). The twin Caterpillar engines should also permit 4,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. This should encourage the buyers to spend significant time onboard.
M/Y Blake knows how to deliver the performance of a “comfortable” hull with an extremely low level of noise and vibration that makes the yacht ideal for spending long periods on board in total comfort.
The yacht is powered by two Caterpillar C32 Acert engines, each producing 1,193 kW, delivering a cruising speed of about 14 knots and a top speed of 15.5 knots.
The shipyard selected Bannenberg & Rowell Design for the interior design. Particulars aren’t available on the decor, unfortunately (but this is what I could collect so far from my research).
The FB803 is styled as a true “modern classic”, with timeless settings defined by the careful selection of elegant materials. Brushed fir wood, dark walnut and white oak are the perfect match for Silver Travertino, Eramosa stone and polished Arabescato Vaglia. The finishings include light and dark hammered bronze, light silver, etched glass mirrors and mother of pearl mosaic.
However, 4 guest staterooms sit below decks, occupying significant floor space. In total, they take up 3,337 square feet (310 square meters). Notably, the eventual owners have the option of a fifth stateroom, a VIP, on the upper deck. The sky lounge there can transform when needed. Meanwhile, the forward portion of the main deck is for the master suite.
Further set for significant good times: the beach club and toys.
An aft garage holds the main 6.3-meter tender, while two PWCs sit on the bow holding two jet skis and a rescue boat compartment. The stern swim platform is a dedicated beach club with a stern door that opens to form a spacious terrace at water level.
All the Richie Rich out there, get ready to unload your heavy pockets if you willing to make this beauty your very own.