Benetti’s new 63-metre FB265 has made its first impromptu public appearance while in transit to the outfitting area of the superyacht shipyard. Though not due to enjoy its official launch until 2014, enough was seen of the 265 (the second largest craft currently in production at Benetti) to suggest that it carries distinct design echoes of Nataly (FB252). The new steel hull with aluminum superstructure conceals four internal levels, and when partnered with twin Caterpillar engines, it is expected to achieve speeds of up 16.5 knots.

Benetti FB265

The new Benetti FB265

Founded in 1873, Benetti is one of the oldest luxury motor yacht builders in Italy. It produces two basic product lines - the Class Range (composite yachts from 93 to 145 feet) and the Custom Range (steel and aluminum yachts over 154 feet) - but every yacht created remains a one-off, designed and built around the owner's specific needs. To see some of the astonishing creations in the Benetti fleet, 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.