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A new chapter in the Bond saga with the Benetti DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, the new 61m Benetti Custom megayacht was launched at a Bond styled christening party at the state-of-the-art Benetti shipyard in Livorno.

She started life with the official ID Benetti FB253 61m but to her new Owner she is DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, a name that is the personal signature of experienced yacht Owner Mr. John Staluppi, who has always been a fan of the inimitable Bond, James Bond, saga. Her naming ceremony was held at Benetti's Livorno 50m+ facility in the presence of the Owner's, crew and construction team.

The event took place under sunny Tuscan skies beginning with speeches and presentations by Benetti's CEO Vincenzo Poerio, Chairman Paolo Vitelli and head of project management Nicola Nicolai to the Owners, their project team and crew. This was followed by a rendition of the theme tune to the Diamonds are forever movie and an acrobatic enactment of a daring Bond fight scene complete with Aston Martin and the magnificent backdrop of the yacht. The yacht was then given a traditional blessing and feted with champagne and lunch.

The yacht will set sail on her maiden charter voyage in December and will be available in the Caribbean for the coming season and the Mediterranean later in 2012. Her concept and layout have been meticulously crafted. Her elegant external lines are based on Benetti naval architecture and engineering producing a balanced combination of traditional design elements and modern innovative style solutions that distinguish the long established and respected Italian shipyard throughout the world.

Onboard, customisation to meet the needs and desires of the yacht owner was key to bringing DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER into a class of her own, with a brief to ensure a layout that offers maximum guest satisfaction in terms of space, style, service and comfort, with a view to making her an ultra successful charter yacht. The customisation of the project included the arrangement of the cabins, the location of the wheelhouse, the interior decor and the addition of a top deck above the flybridge to create a private panoramic deck 12m above sea level. Under the hood the engine room gleams in full stainless steel and chrome, the Schottel pump-jet propulsion system gives her an enviable mobility as well as Dynamic Positioning Capability.

The spacious interior layout comprises two panoramic master suites and four guest staterooms, a guest elevator to all decks, a full beam sky lounge and vast open and shaded deck spaces. Of particular note is the additional top deck, located above the sun deck, which is also served by the central elevator. The aft part of the sun-deck also allows easy touch and go helicopter operations.

The accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, is formed by 4 cabins located on the lower deck, a split level VIP suite come 2nd Owners suite at the front of the main deck and the master Owners suite forward on the upper deck, both with a 180° view sea view. The main deck level is complemented by a fitness room and a relaxation & beauty parlour, which can be open to all guests or sectioned off as part of the VIP / 2nd owners suite.

The magnificent Owner's suite, as with the rest of the yacht's layout, has been well thought out for guest use, with the opulent hallway providing seclusion for each area comprising; private study, bathroom, separate toilets, walk-thru wardrobe and the plush main bedroom.

The completely custom design furnishings and interior decor are by Evan K. Marshall/Usonia V, a London based interior specialist who has already designed several yacht interiors for Mr. and Mrs. Staluppi. The sumptuous classic interior uses fine Italian marble, onyx, Madrona burlwood, gold leaf, mother of pearl and Marieux crystal, with great attention paid to every detail to achieve maximum visual impact.

FB253 Diamonds Are Forever has a maximum speed of 16 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots and an oceanic range of 4800 nautical miles at 12 knots.

 

Main Technical Data

Builder:......... AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti Shipyard, Operation Unit CUSTOM, Livorno - Italy

Hull number:................................... FB253

Construction Material:..................... Steel Hull and Aluminum Superstructure

Length Overall (LOA):...................... 60 m – 200 ft

Maximum beam:.............................. 10,4 m - 34 ft

Maximum draft:................................ 3,0 m – 10 ft

Gross Tonnage:................................ 1100 T about

Fuel capacity:................................... 120.000 litres. - 31700 (US Gal.)

Fresh water capacity:....................... 20.000 litres - 5283 (US Gal.)

Main Engines:.................................... Caterpillar – 3512B 1380 kW @ 1600 rpm

Max Speed at half load:.................... 16 knots

Cruising Speed:................................ 15 knots

Range at 12 knots:............................ 4.800 n.m.

Generators:........ 2 x 200 kW Northern Light, 1 X 125 kW Nerthern Light (Emergency & port)

Bow thruster:...................................... VOSPER NAJAD 160 kW

Stabilizers:......................................... 2 fins QUANTUM XT

Propellers:......................................... DETRA five blades

Air-conditioning system:..................... Hein & Hopman

Exterior Styling & Concept:................. Benetti

Interior Design:................................... Evan K. Marshall

Accommodation for Guests:

12 guests in:

1 Owner's cabin apartment on Upper deck,

1 VIP cabin on Main Deck

3 Double cabins and 1 Twin cabin on Lower Deck,

Accommodation for Crew:

15 (+1) crew in:

1 Captain cabin on Upper Deck,

5 Double cabins on Lower Deck,

2 Double cabins on Under Lower Deck

Classification:

Lloyd's Register of Shipping + 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 [+] LMC - LY2 - ICLL

Special features:

1 stern thruster SHOTTEL JETS PUMP

Extra top sun deck

Interior guest's elevator from LD-MD-UD-SD-Top Deck

I - Bridge Benetti Integrated bridge system with JPS (Joystic positiponing system)

BEST – Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology for AV on demand, domotics, AC, CCTV, Phones

Benetti Yachts

Benetti Shipyard is one of the oldest yacht building yards in the world. Founded by Lorenzo Benetti in 1873 the shipyard was directed, after the death of the patriarch, by his two sons Gino and Emilio who renamed the shipyard Fratelli Benetti and gained recognition outside the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

In the early 1980's Azimut SpA appeared upon the scene taking control over the yard's management. The Azimut Benetti group has been the largest shipyard in the world in terms of production for six consecutive years.

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From its three shipyards in Viareggio, Fano and Leghorn, Benetti builds composite motor yachts from 93′ to 164′ and fully custom steel and aluminium motor yachts from 47 metres.n the early 1980's Azimut SpA appeared upon the scene taking control over the yard's management. The Azimut Benetti group has been the largest shipyard in the world in terms of production for six consecutive years.

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