Benetti

Benetti

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Role

Superyacht builder

Status

Anchor partner

Country

Italy

Established in 1873, Benetti is Italy’s oldest shipyard specialized in luxury yachts and an icon of timeless style and construction excellence. Each yacht is unique, created according to the desires of the Owner, with the quality, expertise and reliability of a shipyard that has built about 400 vessels which ‘sail the seven seas’ today in absolute safety. Benetti designs, builds and markets composite, steel and aluminium yachts from 29 to 45 meters in length, and steel and aluminium yachts from 45 to over 100 meters in length. In production facilities covering a total of 240,000 square meters, the best marine technology is put to work to build a product offering designed to satisfy all market needs. Benetti is part of Azimut|Benetti Group, the world’s largest privately-owned yacht builder and a guarantee of continuity and financial stability. Founder and majority shareholder Paolo Vitelli has been firmly at the helm for the last 50 years.

Darsena Italia is Benetti’s storied headquarters in Viareggio, in the Italian region of Tuscany, where the shipyard can build four yachts concurrently in a production site that also contains warehouses, offices, services, a technical area and even a heliport. Also, in Viareggio is Darsena Luca, the area opened in 2011 that also includes warehouses and offices, where 3 yachts up to 50 meters in length can be built in parallel. Benetti also uses the Comparini Area for final preparations on several Class models. The construction of bigger yachts takes place in Livorno, where 12 mega yachts can be built at the same time. The 215,000 square meter production site has an ENAC-certified heliport (ENAC is the Italian civil aviation authority) and an area devoted exclusively to servicing and refitting work, equipped with a 2,400 ton ship-lift and a 300 t travel-lift.

Nowadays, climate change is the greatest challenge. Driven by this awareness, Benetti works to help employ technology that strives for ecofriendliness, and also to improve the quality and the comfort of the cruising experience. The hybrid propulsion system conceived for the FB272 Giga yacht, with diesel-electric engines and two Azipods propulsion units connected to a particular battery pack, has been designed for a silent and vibration-free routing with a responsible approach to energy choices, because it leads to a successful decrease of the consumption during the whole life cycle of the yacht.

Dykstra

Dykstra

Dykstra Naval Architects

Role

Naval architect

Status

Corporate partner

Country

Netherlands

Dykstra Naval Architects brings over 50 years of experience in design, redesign, naval architecture and marine engineering of classic and modern performance yachts and offers preliminary and concept designs for both pleasure and commercially operated yachts.

“Founded in 1969 by Gerard Dykstra, and now led by CEO Thys Nikkels, the team at Dykstra is comprised of passionate sailors actively sailing our own designs and redesigns. Using first hand practical experience combined with in-house developed software to provide expertise in spars, rigs, and structural analysis that is current, tested and tried.

Concept design and Innovation
The combination of sailing experience, skilled engineers and passion for new and sustainable techniques drives Dykstra Naval Architects to realize the most challenging concepts. Great examples are the Dynarig and Aerorig concepts. These ideas can now be used to create new perspectives in yachting and create a new chapter in the yachting history.

Research and Development
To realize these concepts, the engineers use first hand practical experience combined with in-house developed software to provide expertise in spars, rigs, and structural analysis that is current, tested and tried. The designs are modeled and tested in wind tunnels and towing tanks. These results are compared with classical theoretical hydrodynamic and aerodynamic models. To analyze design details CFD can be used. Dykstra Naval Architects is often asked to contribute in other projects to design and research the rigging and sailing plan. Constant research is done for new methods and materials, both by University Interns as by the Dykstra Naval Architects team. A combination that proved to work well to keep everybody in touch with latest technology.

Re-design and Performance optimisation
Dykstra Naval Architects provided the Naval Architecture and re-design for some of the most challenging refits. Great examples are the 2 mast schooner Adela, 3- mast schooner Adix, JK7 Velsheda, JK3 Shamrock V, J5 Ranger and JK4 Endeavour, SY Athena, Meteor and many others.”

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Why Dykstra supports Water Revolution

 

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— Thys Nikkels, CEO