Crowned the world’s leading builder of Custom Mega Yachts for the 10th year running by ShowBoats International, Benetti is an icon of Italian luxury yachts. Driven by style and quality, it is continuously innovating to satisfy the complex needs of owners worldwide.
Benetti was the first yachtbuilder to realise the potential of composite materials in superyacht production, and switched, back in the 1960s, from metal to the steel and aluminium used today. It continues to use these materials to design and build full-custom displacement and semi-displacement motoryachts in a variety of lengths from 93 feet to 90-plus metres. These tailormade vessels embody the owner’s requirements and ideas, while retaining the Benetti trademarks of timeless elegance and the finest Italian style.
Benetti has over 300,000sq m of production facilities at six boatyards in Italy, but its headquarters have been in Viareggio since 1873. The Darsena Lucca and Darsena Italia production facilities are equipped with the latest technology for building Class Range yachts in the 93-145ft range.
Darsena Italia, which has a dry dock and a helipad, can produce four 35 to 70 metre yachts concurrently, while Darsena Lucca can build three 42-metre yachts at the same time. A third, more recent facility increases production capacity by six more yachts.
The Livorno boatyard, purchased in 2004, extends to 200,000sq m. Inherited from the Cantiere Orlando, it has been converted by Benetti into a modern production facility where 14 custom steel and aluminium superyachts can be built at the same time. This boatyard also offers superyacht repair services, with a private dock that can accommodate boats of up to 80 metres. As the Mediterranean’s largest and most up-to-date refit centre, it is set to play a key role in pleasure craft development in Italy and Europe.
The Fano boatyard, situated in the Le Marche region of Italy, joined Benetti in July 2002, following a merger with Cantieri Moschini (of which Benetti had been the majority shareholder since 1988). This 34,000sq m production facility, of which 12,000sq m is under cover, is today regarded as an international centre of excellence in the moulding and lamination of yachts built from composite materials, and employs a highly specialist workforce.