Elaldrea+, a 49-metre-long, full-custom megayacht, was designed by Horacio Bozzo. The interiors are the work of the Benetti Style Department
by Fabio Massimo Bonini – photo by Jim Raycroft
THE OWNER FOR WHOM THE 49-METRE BENETTI ELALDREA+was built is a Venezuelan currently living in Miami. As often happens, the name of the boat is an acronym that combines the names of the three women in the owner’s family. He is now on his second Benetti, and felt the need to ‘upsize’ to keep up with his growing family, or, to be more precise, families, including both children and grandchildren.
In light of this, Horacio Bozzo and Benetti’s interior design team have created something extraordinary, where each family has its own space, and with areas designed for both children and adults, without one interfering with the other.
As well as the steel hull, a stand-out feature is the pearly whitealuminium superstructure, with contrasting silver details that give it a unique iridescent effect. Depending on the amount of natural light, the details of the various forms are either brought out or completely hidden. Elaldrea+is a concentrated blend ofelegance and technology.
Mark, the captain, takes me through a few technical aspects, and one detail that particularly strikes me, especially given that I have now been living in Florida for several years, is the draught of only 8 feet (roughly 2.4 metres). The yacht could even sail around the Bahamas without too many issues. The two 1,400 hp engines can push Elaldrea+to a maximum speed of 14.5 knots; she has a cruising speed of 13.5 knots and an undoubtedly transatlantic range – she can sail for 4,000 miles at 10 knots. Electricity on board is provided by two generators of 125 and 80 kW respectively. As well as the captain, the crew includes two machine engineers, two sailors, three or four stewards/stewardesses and a chef.The Castoldi tender is incredible, a 21-foot boat stowed on a cradle at the side of the stern beach area, which also features a sauna.
I take advantage of my chat with Horacio Bozzo to ask him how the project began. «The design was inspired by the owner, a long-standing Benetti client who wanted to stick with the shipyard, but fancied something a bit different. I handed him a sketch in the United States, and he liked it – and so the design was born».
Which features differentiate it from other Benettis? «I would say above all the style, which is very pure, a bit more classic in appearance, but the functional aspect that sets it apart is that it is designed with the family in mind. This was a very interesting process. As you know, the boat is below 500 gt, and so the biggest challenge was creating the largest volumes possible within the rules. We managed to come up with almost 380 m2of outdoor space, which allows three generations to live together on board in clearly defined areas, with two pools, including one paddling pool forward of thesteering gear, where the children can play in safety and in the shade. There’s the beach club, again aimed predominantly at youngsters, complete with equipment for water sports, and we made a very wide beach platform to accommodate this. Then finally there are the areas for adults, like the upper deck and flybridge, which also offers wind protection in the form of sliding windows».
Which materials were used? «Benetti is 100% Italian, so not only are the building materials all from Italy, such as the steel for the hull and aluminium for the superstructure, all the suppliers are Italian too, with high-quality products».This boat was based on a platform that had already been tested by the shipyard, ensuring shorter build times, and the captain is very happy with the hull’s excellent performance.
Once Horacio leaves, I have another brief look around the boat. The master suite is incredible, with a large window in the bulkhead that can be lowered when the boat is at anchor to create a balcony overlooking the sea, with sliding doors. The idea of being able to enjoy breakfast on a private terrace, breathing the salty aroma of the sea instead of air conditioning, gives me a little shiver of pleasure.
The layout of the lower deck is rounded off by the guest cabins, areas for the crew, the engine room and the garage at the stern, with a side door that can house a 21-foot tender. Four guest cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom and shower, two extremely large VIP cabins and two twin cabins with a three-quarter-size and single bed give the owner’s family and guests a sophisticated and very comfortable living environment. The large amount of space available also allowed the addition of a dedicated laundry room and three double cabins with en-suite bathrooms for the crew.
The engine room houses three generators equipped with a Hug particulate filter to reduce pollution; a major new addition not seen in the standard design. At the request of the owner, a cabin with private bathroom for the chief engineer has been installed near the engine room.
PROJECT Naval Architecture Benetti Technical Department Concept + Exterior designer Horacio Bozzo Design • Interior designer Benetti Style Department
HULL Length overall 48,77 m • Beam max 9,10 m • Draft max 2,45 m – Hull and Superstructrure steel/alluminium • Full Load Displacement 485 t – Fuel tank capacity 60.0000 l • Fresh water capacity 8.000 l • Owner & Guest 12 people in 6 cabins • Crew: 10 people in 5 cabins
MAIN ENGINES MTU 12V 2000 M72 • Generators 2 x Kohler 125kW + 1 x Kohler 80kW • Bow thruster Naiad Dynamics • Stabilizers Naiad Dynamics • Max speed 14 knotsi • Range @ 10 kn 4.000 Nm • Classification RINA, LY3 Certificate of Compliance
AZIMUT BENETTI SPA
Livorno – Italy
(Benetti Elaldrea+, a family ship – Barchemagazine.com – September 2019)