Benetti’s Mediterraneo 116′ – a look inside M/Y Mr Loui
Year on year, since 2016, after the launch of the first Mediterraneo 116′ unit – hull BM001, Benetti has launched and delivered to date two more Mediterraneo 116′ units – M/Y Mr Loui, hull BM002 and the most recent being M/Y Botti, hull BM003. Benetti has also confirmed the sale of the fourth unit recently closed in Asia, which goes to show how successful the Mediterraneo 116’s are.
The Mediterraneo 116′ is a 35.5 meter yacht in the Class product line, with a fibreglass displacement hull and a carbon fibre superstructure. The exterior of the Mediterraneo 116′ is designed by Italian, Giorgio Maria Cassetta. One of the stunning features onboard M/Y Mr Loui is the Sun Deck which covers an area of over 80 square metres and has a continuous walkable surface almost 16 metres long. Other notable features are two alfresco dining spaces, and large sunbathing areas furnished with sofas, deck chairs and armchairs, and the cockpit in the bow with an outdoor sofa integrated into the bridge structure to create a private terrace.
The interior design on the other hand, has been developed by the shipyard Interior Style Department in collaboration with the owner’s designer of choice – in the case of M/Y Mr Loui, architect Ezequiel Farca was chosen. Farca began his career in the world of industrial design, before turning to furniture and interiors – and his work is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach. He had to rethink the model’s basic layout to include the lift requested by the owner (who has also played an active role in the design process and chose some details). Two chandeliers (one by Swarovski), the big barbecue on the Sun Deck and the large kitchen table for family breakfasts, all which contributes to the creation of a warm and inviting atmosphere and the sense of sharing – were born off the owner’s wishes.
M/Y Mr Loui’s main deck has a roomy lounge, consisting of areas for dining and relaxation – made roomier with three-metre-long glazed surfaces that floods the space with light to create a sense of continuity with the world outside. Continuing the theme of volume and large spaces, the bow area on this deck is given over to the full-beam owner’s suite with panoramic windows.
On the lower deck, sits four guest cabins – all of which are doubles, two VIP cabins with double beds faces each other in the stern while the other two guest cabins have sliding twin beds plus pullman beds to accommodate two more people on board.
The crew is quartered in three double cabins, while the captain’s cabin is on the upper deck next to the helm station. At the request of the owner, the spacious and functional cockpit is fitted with a large chart table.
The yacht is powered by two CAT ACER C32 Rating D engines, each delivering 1,600 hp pushing out top speeds of 15 knots, with a cruising speed of about 14 knots. The yacht’s range at a speed of 10 knots is about 3,000 nautical miles.