August 24, 2014

New Launch: Benetti 56 meter FB260

The style of Italian yacht design masters, the Benetti boatyard's technological prowess, and the owner's magic touch of the East combine to create FB260 a 56 metre yacht whose class is matched only by its outstanding performance. A yacht build of a steel hull and aluminium super structure, the 56-meter super yacht is built on a time-tested naval architecture platform with proven dependability in previous yachts. For Lady Candy, this platform was partially modified with the re-positioning of the wheelhouse on the sun deck and the associated widening of the beam. “Lady Candy” combines interior spaces worthy of a 56-metre vessel with outstanding performance, including a maximum speed of nearly 17 knots, comfort which translates into stability, and almost zero associated vibrations and noise. With naval design from Benetti together with styling from Captain Paul Brackley's Central Yacht Design Studio, the exterior lines of “Lady Candy” have a clearly contemporary feel without diminishing the timeless elegance Benetti yachts are known for. The 962-tonne vessel is majestic yet streamlined, with the five decks highlighted by a harmonious movement stemming from the contrast of the long bands of tinted windows at the upper decks against the white hull. The expert owner is from Asia and is a great enthusiast of the sea and diving. He plans to enjoy Lady Candy together with his family and friends. The owner played an active role in the design of his yacht; he had a particularly strong impact on the interior layout which was custom-designed for him by Central Yacht. For example, the owner explicitly requested that the interiors be given priority over the exteriors, creating an enormous and exciting main saloon that covers 88 squared meters of the main deck; he also had his and his daughter's cabins moved to the upper deck to maximize privacy. The owner was also directly involved in the interior styling and furnishing, which was designed by Central Yacht and the USA interior architecture firm BAMO. The interiors are simple and welcoming. Briar root wood predominates and is combined with soft colours like lilac and jade, reflecting an "international" aesthetic that unites the East and West. For example, since the owner is a diving and underwater enthusiast, the opportunity could not be passed up to locate a fully equipped beach club, complete with bar, gymnasium, steam shower, bathroom and living area right next to the swimming platform, including separate entrances for guests and crew. In terms of performance, Benetti FB260 enables sustained speeds and optimal cruising comfort. Maximum speed is approximately 17 knots, while cruising speed is 16 knots. Fuel-economy speed is 12 knots, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 56 m (183.7ft)
Waterline Length - 49 m
Beam - 10.6 m
Draft - 3.55 m
Displacement - 750 t half load, 800 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 130000 l
Water Capacity - 30000 l
Accommodation - 12 guest berths in 6 cabins, 14 crew in 7 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 M53 1769hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max, 16 knots cruise, 12 knots economic long range
Range - 5000 nm at 12 knots
Project - Central Yacht, BAMO interior, Azimut-Benetti naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds, Yacht Code LY2

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