Memories Are Made Of This

Benetti’s Amnesia By Diane M. Byrne April 2001

Memories Are Made Of This

Despite her name, Benetti’s Amnesia made an unforgettable debut, and continues to impress on the charter circuit.

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For a while there, everyone looked apprehensive.

It was a Saturday late in June, typically a beautiful time to be in northern Italy, especially along the Mediterranean coast. But this day the crowd gathered at Benetti’s shipyard kept looking anxiously at the sky. They were concerned about the christening for the new 50-meter (164-foot) Amnesia going off without a hitch, to be sure—but it wasn’t the threat of rain that had them peering upward. Instead, it was the impending arrival of the British owners via helicopter. Suddenly the ’copter appeared on the horizon, approached the shipyard, and landed on Benetti's new helipad. That, along with the presence of opera singer Andrea Bocelli, turned the crowd's attention back to earth, and shortly thereafter the bubbly broke across Amnesia’s bow, just as planned.

Well, almost everything went as planned. The group of people standing along the front of the slipway received their own christening of sorts when Amnesia eased down the ways and splashed their feet. Yet whether they stayed dry or got a bit of a dousing, everyone attending the christening of Amnesia certainly came away with a memory to last a lifetime. It's fitting, since from her sumptuous decor to her array of on-the-water diversions, this Benetti intends to make it hard for guests to remember the last time they had so much fun.

Her Italian styling, courtesy of Stefano Natucci, certainly makes a big impression; even during her first summer chartering in the Mediterranean, where numerous Italian- and European-influenced megayachts spend the season, Amnesia turned heads. Similar to the four previous 50-meter yachts Benetti has launched within the past decade, Amnesia has sweeping lines, large and uncluttered deck spaces thanks to an aft tender garage, and large oval windows forward.

Her owners and guests can enjoy the yacht’s good looks all the more because Amnesia is built in compliance with the MCA Code governing the safety of large yachts. Since Benetti had already incorporated some MCA requirements on previous launches, such as the 50-meter Queen M in 1999, it was a routine process this time around to address stipulations such as watertight doors, fire doors, and extra means of escape in accommodation spaces below deck. Other requirements included fabricating the stairwells of steel, since steel is nonflammable and therefore, in conjunction with the fire doors, will prevent potential fires from funneling elsewhere onboard.

While these safety features are hidden until necessary, others are visible, but not obviously so. This applies primarily to Amnesia’s interior decor. The light-tone overheads and carpets and soft-colored fabrics are all treated for fire resistance, yet to look at or touch them, no one would ever know it. They add to an overall warm atmosphere highlighted by cherry paneling with burr wood accents as well as Afyon marble, imported from Turkey and containing fine veins of salmon and gold.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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