Benetti, Italy’s oldest motoryacht builder, has launched a remarkable boat at the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous in Viareggio – a new Spring event that celebrates design ingenuity at the upper echelons of the marine industry.

Known as the Fast 125 Skyler, this new 38-metre superyacht, the third from Benetti’s ‘Fast’ line, is particularly interesting on account of her construction. Not only do the carbon and epoxy resins of the superstructure help reduce weight by a claimed 40 per cent, but the ‘Displacement to Planing’ D2P hull form, with wave-piercing bow, is designed to combine the advantages of a displacement hull at low speeds with those of a planing hull at high speeds.

Benetti Skyler

The new Fast 125 Skyler from Benetti is lightweight, refined and full of alfresco entertaining options.

Powered by two MTU (12V 2000 M94) 2,636hp diesel engines, Skyler is capable of a top speed of 22 knots, a comfortable cruise of 17.5 knots and, with 30,000 litres of fuel capacity, a maximum range of 1,540 nautical miles at 12 knots. However, it’s the Rolls Royce Azipull Carbon 65 propulsion system (AZP C65) that really defines the experience. This lightweight, steerable thruster uses carbon fibre throughout, even for load carrying parts, reducing the weight and enabling the engine room to be placed further aft, leaving the guest cabins much better isolated from noise and vibrations

With a length of 38.1m and a beam of 8.3m, this four-deck yacht offers plenty of variety in terms of open-air spaces. The beach area on the lower deck has its own bar and the laterally opening garage leaves the aft area free for guests. On the aft part of the upper deck is an expansive dining area and further forward is a lounge with ten square metres of seating, plus a pair of huge sun pads and a pool. The sun deck, however, is arguably the chief relaxation hub, with its bar, its Glyn Peter Machin bar tools, its two L-shaped sofas and its dining area with custom furniture signed by Minotti.

On the inside, Skyler has been designed to accommodate ten guests in five cabins. It encompasses a master suite, three double cabins, a twin cabin with a third pullman bed and crew quarters for seven. Throughout the yacht, the interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon is not about ostentation but about the simplicity, modernity and cleanliness of the materials themselves – from ebony to Tanganyika frisé, leathers and glossy nickel trim.

To find out more about this remarkably new yacht, visit Benetti.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.