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Benetti first Delfino 95 yacht Christella II delivered

Benetti Delfino 95 Christella II

Benetti Delfino 95 Christella IIThe first yacht in the Benetti Class Displacement line, the 28.95-metre Delfino 95, has been delivered to her Czech owner and named Christella II, following a handover ceremony at the yard’s facilities in Viareggio.

Benetti built the first 28.95-metre Delfino 95 with a GRP and carbon-fibre superstructure to RINA standards to keep her weight to a minimum. She features exterior styling by Giorgio Cassetta, while the modern interior design was created by Petra Karaskova of Creativa Design in collaboration with the in-house team at Benetti. The team worked in order to achieve the best maximisation of outdoor spaces and glass surfaces.

Christella II’s layout allows the generous living spaces to flow seamlessly into one another. The foredeck is a three-tiered structure that begins just outside the pilothouse with a lounge and chairs on a long deck, then drops to a Jacuzzi, and finally ends with the working end at the bow. At the other side of that upper deck is another open area for socialising, watching movies, or enjoying stunning views of the surrounding seascape.  In the cockpit of the main deck is yet another exterior area for alfresco dining. The 95’s sundeck perched on top of the whole vessel offers solitude with two comfortable sofas.

Cassetta dressed up Christella II’s interior with Canaletto walnut (hand-selected to minimize grain flare) interspersed with printed leather panels. The flooring in the communal areas is also parquet, while carpet was used in the staterooms. Eramosa marble was also used throughout the yacht. Benetti also worked with U.K. firm Aqualuce to come up with a custom light design for the interior.

Onboard accommodation is provided for up to ten guests split across five cabins, including a full-beam master suite on the main deck that measures 21 square metres and features a separate walk-in closet and large bathroom with spacious shower encased in glass. The four guest staterooms, two interconnecting double rooms and two twin rooms, are located on the lower deck. The crew quarters allow for an onboard staff of up to five people.

Christella II’s garage has space for a 15-foot tender, another noteworthy feature for a yacht this size.

The yacht is powered by a pair of 1,000 hp MAN V-8 diesel engines, giving it a top end of 14.5 knots. At 10 knots, the yacht has a range of 2,400 nautical miles.

Expectations for this new model are high as the previous one, the Delfino 93, has already sold 14 units to date. Benetti general manager Christos Ramnialis commented on the yacht: “It is a product that retains the winning features of previous models, adding to them unprecedented innovations and points of view.”

Giorgio Cassetta added: “When you step on board you really see the modern details. The main difference is the windows — no parts are painted black, it’s all real glass with no joins.”