Friday, June 15, 2012

Benetti Launch New 44m 'Checkmate'

The owner of Benetti's newest launch must like a game of chess, going by the black and white color scheme and her name 'Checkmate'. She was launched at a ceremony that was held on Saturday, June 9th in the Darsena Italia Basin, an historic home of the Benetti yard. Checkmate is the 15th yacht built in the fortunate Vision line, and the top of the Class range of yachts. The owner (a well known surgeon from Washington, D.C.) and his family, together with all the Benetti staff involved in her almost two year long construction and fitting out attended the ceremony.

She will now begin a summer of cruising the Med with her new owners, and from there who knows maybe the Caribbean for the winter and then on to the East coast of the US. The combination of the finest materials for her interior and the Italian craftsmanship & design have created a yacht of pure elegance.

The CEO of the Mega-yacht division of the the Azimut/Benetti Group, Vincenzo Poerio, declared during the ceremony: 'We are particularly proud of our latest launch, the 100th fiberglass yacht built in Viareggio since 1998. This is a further demonstration of Benetti's ability to listen to the Client and interpret his specific needs; and above all, another example of a perfect blend between timeless design, world class construction, safety and an extremely high quality on-board life, both for the owner and his crew'.

  • Length: 43,6m (144ft)
  • Beam: 9,26m (30ft)
  • Max Speed: 15kts
  • Cruising Speed: 14kts
  • Range @ 12kts: 3,500nm
  • Guests: 10
  • Crew: 9

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