Seeing Is Believing Page 2
Patricia — By Diane M. Byrne — September 2002
Seeing Is Believing
|Part 2: The bed sits upon a rotating platform, allowing the owners to choose which view they want to take in from a 180-degree curved wall of glass.|
Another big part of the appeal inside is the above-mentioned expanse of windows. François Zuretti, who has collaborated with Benetti on the entire Classic line as well as a few of its larger megayachts, arranged a few of the rooms on the main deck and upper deck to take advantage of the panoramic views. The main saloon, for example, where guests can gather on sofas and armchairs and are surrounded by expertly crafted and glossed cherrywood and maple burl, permits everyone to enjoy the view to either side whether standing or sitting, since the windows are deep. Sliding glass doors aft and additional deep windows to either side of them bring more of the outside in. In similar fashion, the sky lounge features a variety of sofas and armchairs that let guests benefit from the expanse of windows there, plus sliding doors that yield entrance to a large enclosed veranda.
But the best treatment is reserved for the owner's suite, fully forward on the main deck. The bed sits upon a rotating platform, allowing the owners to choose which view they want to take in from a 180-degree curved wall of glass. (Should the vistas prove too tempting to enjoy from the air-conditioned space, the suite opens onto a private terrace with a Jacuzzi tub plus a settee and table for private meals.)
Whether the owners wish to access the third deck or the guests wish to reach their below-deck staterooms (two double-bedded VIP cabins and two twin cabins), they can use the elevator, a feature that's increasingly popular on yachts of Patricia's size and larger. The combination of an all-glass cab and a skylight at the top of the shaft (which doubles as an etched glass table on the sundeck) allow natural light to filter through.
The sundeck itself is divided into three areas. The aft section is dedicated to sunbathing due to its large sunpads and Jacuzzi. The midship space contains a bar, barbecue, and dining table, and the section fully forward features windscreens that let guests enjoy a day's journey without becoming windblown; these windscreens are collapsible should anyone desire a bigger breeze.
In paying attention to the desires of owners and guests, Benetti did not overlook the crew. Any owner who has seen his share of crew turnover due to poorly designed crew accommodations and access areas will appreciate the way Patricia is laid out. Cherrywood adorns the crew mess, a relaxation area, two double cabins, and a chief engineer's cabin, the latter three cabins each having their own bath. (The captain's cabin is aft of the wheelhouse.) A ladder yields access to what Benetti calls the "under lower deck," a small section below the crew area that contains another crew cabin, laundry facilities, plus refrigeration rooms and supplemental stowage. This under lower deck yields access to a corridor that passes below the guest cabins and exits into the engine room, which has a control room.
With its Vision line in full production, Benetti is looking yet again to the future of both its yard and the desires of yacht buyers. It recently announced plans for a 30-meter semicustom fiberglass line called "Tradition," which combines a displacement hull form and classic styling with innovative features like the two-door transom layout found on Patricia, in which one door permits the launch of the crew tender and a separate door permits the launch of the guest tender. Judging from those features and the continuing sales of the other semicustom lines it offers, "Tradition" will likely become a promise, not just a moniker.
Allied Richard Bertram Phone: (305) 633-9761. Fax: (305) 633-9071. www.benettiyachts.it.
This article originally appeared in the December 2002 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.