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CLEAN, FRESH WATER IS MORE THAN A LUXURY ON A LARGE YACHT

Today’s mega and superyachts require a lot from their on-board watermakers.

The fresh water demands on a large yacht are considerable. Beyond mere drinking and bathing, there’s often a need to fill hot tubs and pools, and use it for boat systems and routine deck washing. FCI Watermakers’ innovative Neptune series makes from 1,275 to 9,500 gallons of pure, fresh water every day—enough for the most sizable vessel.

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Stunningly beautiful with dramatic lines, CRN’s YALLA is sure to be seen in all the ports of the world.

The Neptune is the industry standard for large, reliable and highly efficient reverse osmosis watermakers. Commercial-grade, non-proprietary parts and assemblies ensure 24/7 performance. It has type certification approval from ABS, CE, GL, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, Det Norske Veritas and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

The unit comes with FCI Watermakers’ next-generation V4 control system. The intuitive 7″ color touchscreen panel provides instant access to the Neptune’s watermaking processes. Marine-certified for temperature extremes allows for its use in often hot and humid engines rooms.

With +APC (automated pressure control), the watermaking process becomes truly touch-free. The system will start, make water, run diagnostics, shut down, complete a fresh water flush and come back online, all automatically.

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FCI’s Neptune Series can take care of all the water demands for today’s bigger yachts.

Because an ocean-going yacht can find its way to the most remote corners of the world, it must contend with high levels of sedimentation and fluctuating salinity levels. The Neptune is engineered to perform in environments where other systems become inoperable or cannot achieve the required output.

When a yacht is dockside, FCI Watermakers’ optional Dockside Treatment System (DTS) is ideal. Working in-line with the Neptune, or as the stand-alone DTS+Solo, the DTS connects to the marina’s water service. Removing 99% of total dissolved solids, it provides easy, spot-free rinsing for deck and hull washing. In areas where there are safety concerns surrounding the potable supply, it removes 100% of viruses, cysts and bacteria.

FCI only builds state-of-the-art watermakers. The company’s dependable units are trusted worldwide for use on thousands of yachts, and commercial and naval vessels. It offers models with capacities from 200 to over 265,000 gallons per day.

Contact FCI Watermakers, 3782 W 2340 S “E”, West Valley, UT 84120. 801-906-8840 or toll-free in the US 800-850-0123. info@fciwatermakers.com, www.fciwatermakers.com.

 

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Superyacht Stuff

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Bigger IS Better…And Lots More Impressive!

What do you do if you own one of the world’s most spectacular superyachts? If you’re Russian Billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, you build another one even more over the top.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

When I first caught sight of Motor Yacht A, and being a fan of the more traditional design, i.e., a boat should look like a boat, I was a bit taken aback. But the more I looked; the more I dug into the design, technology, and collective engineering and artistic endeavors that went into her, the more I began to come around and see this daring and advanced presentation as a bold personal statement and perhaps, a vision of the future of yacht design.

Built by Bloom & Voss, Superyacht A is a technologically advanced yacht with a bold and daring design.

Built by Blohm + Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany, Motor Yacht A is a technologically advanced yacht with a bold and daring design by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis.

Now, Mr. Melnichenko, the co-founder of MDM Bank, with holdings and properties around the world including the Siberian Coal Energy Company, Eurochem, and TMK, a pipe and metallurgic company among others, as well as being Motor Yacht A‘s owner, presents Sailing Yacht A, a truly amazing accomplishment and one sure to be the answer to what dreams are made of.

Built at the Nobiskrug, Germany yard, she will be the world’s largest sailing yacht coming in at 144 meters or 468 ft. Sailing Yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck.

Built at the Nobiskrug, Germany yard, and designed by Phillippe Starck, she is the world’s largest sailing yacht coming in at 144 meters/468 ft.

This impressive new steel-hulled yacht is certainly setting standards all over the world. She is 468ft/144m in length with a carbon fiber main mast almost 300 ft/91.4m high, has eight decks, is equipped with an underwater observation observation area, a helicopter pad, an on-deck swimming pool, and as you would expect, all the latest computerized control systems one could imagine. While under power, she has a pair of 3,600kw/4,827hp MTU diesel engines along with two 4,300kw electric motors.

Impressive from any angle, Sailing Yacht A is a triumph of both design and engineering.

Impressive from any angle, Sailing Yacht A is a triumph of both design and engineering.

While she undergoes her European sea trails, her interior, yet to be finished, will be as widely anticipated as her launch date.

We will be sure to keep a sharp weather eye out for this one and if you happen to get a glimpse of her underway, or visiting a port, let us know.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Yacht Spotting & New Launches

M/Y YALLA

This CRN beauty is in a class all by herself.

Stunningly beautiful with dramatic lines, CRN's YALLA is sure to be seen in all the ports of the world.

Stunningly beautiful with dramatic lines, CRN’s YALLA is sure to be seen in all the ports of the world.

CRN, the shipbuilder specializing in the construction of steel and aluminum pleasure vessels between 50 and 90 metres in length, is starting the nautical season celebrating the international award won by the 73-metre M/Y Yalla at the Invictus Yachts Trophies.

This contest, organized every year by Luxmedia Group, selects and awards the best yachts built by shipyards from all over the world. The prize-giving ceremony was held on Saturday night, at the end of the Cannes Yachting Festival.

The iconic 73-metre yacht built by CRN won in the ‘Best Exterior Design’ category among megayachts between 50 and 75 metres in length. This award goes to the yacht that has stood out for the design of her exteriors and hull lines.

YALLA impressed the highly-qualified jury for her slender and stylish lines that make her dramatic design one of a kind. She had four decks and was entirely designed and built at the Ancona shipyard in cooperation with Omega Architects, who designed her exterior lines, and with Droulers Architecture, who took care of interior design and décor. This vessel – the first ever built by CRN on a 13-metre long naval platform, is characterized by extremely sleek and sporty lines. All CRN onboard advanced solutions are aimed at enhancing conviviality and social life on board.

Lamberto Tacoli, CRN’s Chairman and CEO, commented on this important acknowledgement as follows: “We are very happy and proud to be starting the new nautical season celebrating such a prestigious award at the ‘Invictus Yachts Trophy’. The YALLA is a distinctive, unique product, thanks to the design by Omega Architects; Frank Laupman and his team, who have pencilled the yacht’s exterior lines, worked side by side with CRN, who was in charge of naval engineering, and with Droulers Architecture, who took care of interior décor and furnishing. We are deeply grateful to all of them and, obviously, to the owner, who gave us the opportunity to build this breathtaking vessel. This important award is spurring CRN to take part in the forthcoming international events with even greater enthusiasm and passion.”

The award won at the Invictus Yachts Trophies adds to CRN’s already stunning prize-record. Indeed, this year the shipbuilder has also been awarded the ‘Judges Commendation’ at the World Superyachts Awards in Amsterdam with the 61-metre M/Y Saramour.

For more information about YALLA, or any of the other fine yachts designed and built by CRN, visit the company Website at http://www.crn-yachts.com

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Yacht Spotting & New Launches

SAIL AWAY

The Perini Navi Group delivers SY Perseus^3, a 196+ft/60m sloop and hull #2 in the company’s 60m series of yachts.

The Perini Navi Group, world leader in the design and construction of large motor and sailing yachts, has completed the delivery of Perseus^3, the second yacht, and the first sloop, in their new generation 60m series.

perseus3Designed by Perini Navi naval architects in collaboration with Ron Holland, the design and development of Perseus^3has been significantly optimized for performance and represents a decisive technical step forward in the group’s 60m series. Perseus^3 features a twin rudder system with innovative twin rudder control system (designed by Perini Navi).

For the first time ever on a Perini, Perseus^3 is equipped with a carbon bowsprit. The larger downwind sailing areas gained by this feature together with her towering 75m carbon fiber mast and carbon fiber standing rigging allow Perseus^3 to set some of the largest downwind sails in the world. Composed by: 2 Gennakers, 1 Code Zero, 1 Reacher, 1 Blade, 1 Spinnaker Stay Sail, 1 working Jib and an imposing Main Sail for a combined area of 10.000 square meters. For the handling and control of this impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of captive reel winches and furlers. The jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tons and have a maximum line speed of 40 metres per minute. Variable speed electric motors and furlers, synchronized by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy speeds while reducing the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation. During the extensive sea trials, Perseus^3 plainly demonstrated her sailing prowess reaching 16.2 knots in 21 knot winds and beating at over 12 knots in similar winds at apparent wind angles in the high-30’s.

Perseus^3 – Technical Features
Mast  75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Boom  23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Standing rig  Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre
Aft and Fore Stays  Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Sail Inventory
Main Sail  808m2
The mast features 4 main sail locks  1 full hoist + 3 reefs
Batten car system 
Cunningham ram 
Reacher  1.160m2
Blade  706m2 with vertical carbon battens
Working Jib  370m2on soft hanks and removable torque cable
Code Zero  1.804m2 on the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres
A2  2.602m2
A3  2.173m2
Spinnaker Stay sail  721m2

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DSC_2125Beyond The Ultimate Toy

Triton’s lineup of yacht-based submersibles is much more than the latest acquisition for the world’s superyachts.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

It was almost 230 feet long, had a double hull, and could travel at a top speed of 50 knots. With the ability to extract sodium from seawater to energize its sodium/mercury batteries, it had unlimited access to the world’s oceans. Its crew was also able to farm all the necessary food they would need from the sea.

The adventures of Jules Verne’s Nautilus and Capt. Nemo, its enigmatic creator in his 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, was the stuff that dreams were made of and for me as a young boy, started a life long fascination with submarines and the undersea world.

From the images of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau’s diving saucer ‘flying’ underwater to the thrilling pages of Tom Clancy’s high-tech Red October and all the other films and books I have experienced throughout the years about these amazing machines, you can imagine my delight when I pulled up to the non-descript warehouse building off of I-95 in Vero Beach, Florida, and stopped in front of a door with TRITON SUBMARINES stenciled onto the glass.

Triton personal submarines can open up a whole new world for its owners.

Triton personal submarines can open up a whole new world for its owners. Photo courtesy of Triton.

“Our product line is much more than a very expensive addition to a big yacht’s complement of equipment,” said Marc Deppe, Triton’s VP of Sales and Marketing as he took me on a tour of the manufacturing facility.

With such a complex vessel having the ability to dive to depths of 1,000-, 3,300, or an astounding 5,500-feet with up to 12 hours of operation—longer dive durations are available—we began the discussion on the subject of safety.

“The most important features are the ones that prevent any trouble from happening. The all-around viewing capability is an important factor as is the way we have engineered all of the thrusters so that they are tucked in and reset to eliminate entanglement,” said Triton President Patrick Lahey as he joined us on the production floor. Lahey, the company’s co-founder, is a 30+ year veteran of the undersea world with extensive expertise in commercial diving, design and engineering of underwater vessels and systems, and is the on-site specialist for all things Triton at the Vero Beach facility.

Starting with some basic facts about the general wellbeing of the world’s civilian submarine fleet, in 27 years and numbering some 40 vessels with almost one million participating passengers, the industry has a perfect record without serious injury or fatality. “And we take our Triton vessels even further,” said Lahey.

Triton owner Patrick Lahey oversees all operations of his company's products. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Triton owner Patrick Lahey oversees all operations of his company’s products. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

To that end, all Triton subs are classified ✠A1 Manned Submersible by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). “The paperwork for this is so arduous and comprehensive, the resulting report weighs almost as much as our 1000/3 model,” Deppe said. And while spoken in jest, as this particular Triton comes in at 14,300 pounds, his point was well taken. “Absolutely nothing is left to chance.”

For example, when Triton gets any of its certified parts, whether they are metal or not from the manufacturer, the company will then send a sample of the material out for further independent analysis, this to ensure only the most stringent and exacting specifications are met before assembly.

Rigorous and meticulous checks are done on the observation sphere before it is attached to the subs' body. The quality control continues even after launching.

Rigorous and meticulous checks are done on the pressure hull before it is attached to the subs’ body. The quality control continues even after launching. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

For the 6 ½” inch thick, 84” diameter pressure-tested, clear acrylic pressure hull, allowing the divers inside a 360º view of the undersea world, Triton went to the German-based Evonik and Heinz Fritz companies for their expertise. Evonik provides the raw materials and thermally forms the acrylic blocks into two rough hemispheres and Heinz Fritz machines, cuts the apertures, bonds, anneals, and polishes them. The result is the largest and thickest acrylic spheres made for a manned submersible.

“When you’re down there, the sphere seems to disappear and you feel as if you are just floating along,” said Deppe. Not only is the interior completely air-conditioned and temperature controlled but also, regardless of depth, the cabin remains at the same pressure as the surface. This will eliminate any chance of getting the bends or suffering from nitrogen narcosis. “We can descend and rise at any rate without concern.”

The ultimate toy for the ultimate toy, the Thunderbird2 by Brilliant Boats can either be a stand alone or a shadow vessel for a larger mega or superyacht.

The ultimate toy for the ultimate toy, the Thunderbird2 by Brilliant Boats can either be a stand alone or a shadow vessel for a larger mega or superyacht. Photo courtesy of Brilliant Boats.

Typically, diving and surfacing is a matter of changing the water level in the variable ballast tanks. “The Triton 3300/3’s tank contains 47gl/180lt of water and can be either pumped in or out to get lighter or heavier and regulate your position in the water column. It’s slow and controlled and the Triton can power up or down or vertically with thrusters,” Deppe explained.

Variable ballast tank pump and thruster operations are power dependent and driven by electronically controlled pumps. Non-powered dependent systems can also be put into play and will push air into the main ballast tanks, giving you several thousand pounds of buoyancy to get to the surface. In addition, the two battery pods, either one or both, can be jettisoned releasing an additional 1,000 pounds. The manipulator arm can also be released.

All of Triton’s vessels have atmospheric monitoring devices for the air conditioning system, humidity, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and hydrogen—during battery charging, this gas is vented—and sensors for water intrusion in the battery compartments. Carbon dioxide scrubbers can be utilized to supply an additional 96 hours of non-powered dependent life support. “Triton submersibles have the ability to be submerged about 108 hours with emergency water and food,” remarked Deppe.

Thunderbird2 shows how easily her Triton sub gets neatly  tucked into its own dedicated spot.

Thunderbird2 shows how easily her Triton sub gets neatly tucked into its own dedicated spot. Photo courtesy of Brilliant Boats.

The pilot uses a three-axis joystick control and touch screen monitoring and for those models with multiple passengers, a separate control is available for guest operation. The company provides extensive training and support in getting familiar and comfortable with the systems in its simulator for hands-on instruction and diving, as well as actual on-site, open water training.

“The learning curve is not steep and is quite intuitive,” said Lahey. And while all the vessels come packed with standard features, there are a few options including sonar, USBL two-way tracking system, full spectrum Chirp color sounder/GPS, a Doppler velocity log for vertical, horizontal headings, depth, altitude, temperature, and current speed and direction, a manipulator arm, deck-mounted remote operated vehicle, and a hydrophone for listening in on ambient ocean sounds. For specialized scientific work, there is an additional list for this type of equipment. And for the ultimate option, there is even a purpose-built 65-foot Triton tender catamaran complete with launch and recovery system.

Caught in Triton's headlamps on the historic Antarctica expedition, this jellyfish made a dramatic photo. -Special Thanks to Henry Cookson Adventures- Photo: Andrew Peacock -

Caught in Triton’s headlamps on the historic 2013 Antarctica expedition, this jellyfish made a dramatic photo. –Special Thanks to Henry Cookson Adventures- Photo: Andrew Peacock –

By far, the most enlightening part of my visit to Triton was left to the imagination and a sense of adventure. As both Deppe and Lahey described diving in the Antarctic, participating in the Solomon Islands deep water expedition that resulted in finding no less than 12 previously unknown species of sea life identified with the American Museum of Natural History, or with the Discovery Channel crew off the coast of Japan with noted scientists as they sought to study the elusive giant squid, my mind was filled with images of diving to depths where no light reaches but for that of the Triton’s powerful LED illumination. And then just being able to sit back and enjoy the show.

The ability of Triton Submarines to deliver far more than yet another highly identifiable piece of equipment to the superyacht sector is quite unique in the industry. This decidedly specialized vessel has the ability to provide safe and very rewarding, one-of-a-kind experiences for its owners and guests. If your adventurous spirit wants to go places where very few people can travel to, and you have the means to do so, you might very well want to consider giving Triton a call to set up a visit. If nothing else, you too will come away with visions of remarkable journeys.

The places you can experience with a Triton Submarine are only limited by your imagination. Photo courtesy of Triton Submarines.

The places you can experience with a Triton Submarine are limited only by your imagination. Photo courtesy of Triton Submarines.

For more information, please get in touch with Triton Submarines,
9015 17th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32966 USA. (772) 770-1995
http://www.TritonSubs.com

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Superyacht Stuff

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

COUACH YACHTS 5000 FLY

The second hull from this noted builder is sure to create as much excitement in this sector of the industry as did her 2012 sistership.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

When the magnificent 164’/50m La Pellegrina by Couach Yachts was launched in 2012, she was the first hull in the prestigious builder’s 5000 Fly Series of megayachts noted for having cruising speeds of 25 knots, composite hulls reinforced with full Kevlar, GRP superstructures, and fully complied with MCA standards, Bureau Veritas Classification, and Maltese Commercial flag.

La Pelegrina was the first launch from Yachts Coauch in its 5000 Fly Series of performance megayachts.

La Pelegrina was the first launch from Couach Yachts in its 5000 Fly Series of performance megayachts.

And now, Hull #2 has been launched. While every Couach yacht is the result of the close association between owner and builder, each has its own distinct personality as per that relationship. On this particular project a special request was made to extend the upper deck so as to have additional space for a dining area accommodating 14 guests as well as extending the bridge canopy in order to create a 100 square meter private area on the flybridge. Couach engineers were successful in making the new arrangements without compromising the vessel concept nor affecting any of the complicated ships systems, balance, and performance. The interiors were created by Couach and Metrica Interiors.

Hull #2 shows off her outstanding profile as she awaits her finishing touches before being delivered to her proud new owners.

Hull #2 shows off her outstanding profile as she awaits her finishing touches before being delivered to her proud new owners.

Another area where Couach and the owner were also successful in achieving a satisfactory result was in the area of acoustic performance with a remarkable and significant reduction of noise and vibration levels. This is the result of advanced acoustic studies and researches developed specifically on this vessel by Couach, setting up higher specific data, relative to the boat speed and sea conditions, than those regularly on demand. Accomplishing these standard required a complete change in mounting methods and a review of some building processes. And the result? According to the company, extremely quiet living spaces.

Spectacular falls quite short in describing the interior space of the 5000 Fly Series.

Spectacular falls quite short in describing the interior space of the 5000 Fly Series.

Limited only by imagination, this is Just one example of a stateroom as interpreted by Couach aboard a 5000 Fly Series yacht.

Limited only by imagination, this is just one example of a stateroom as interpreted by Couach aboard a 5000 Fly Series yacht.

SPECIFICATIONS 

LOA: 49.9m/163+ feet
LWL: 43.5m/142+ feet
BEAM: 9.25m/30+ feet
DRAFT (Half load): 2.35m/7+ feet
DISPLACEMENT (Full load): 370 tons
GROSS TONNAGE: <500 GT
FUEL: 48,508L/12,814 gal
WATER: 10,000 L/2,641 gal
GENERATORS: 2×125 EFOZD
POWER: 2×5226 HP (3900@2100RPM) MTU
TRANSMISSION: ZF, D-Drive, ZF23560C I=3.577
WATER MAKER: HEM 30/2400 DUPEX 2x9m3/day
BOW THRUSTER: 150-HP
STABILIZERS: 4xgyroscopic SEAKEEPER 21000
TOP SPEED: 28 knots
RANGE SPEED @24 KN: 600 N.m
RANGE SPEED @12KN: 2,200 N.m
OWNER/GUEST: 6 cabins, 12 people
CREW: 5 cabins, 10 people
BUILDER: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
EXTERIOR DESIGN: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
INTERIOR DESIGNER: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH et METRICA Interior

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 For more information on Couach Yachts 5000 Fly Series, or any of the other fine designs from this outstanding builder, visit the company Website at http://www.couach.com

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

The famed Italian superyacht builder launches the third vessel in its Classic Supreme Series

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

In the world of luxury boat building, the name Benetti carries a certain cache with it that resounds with elegance born of a high level of expertise and pride of craftsmanship. And no wonder. The yard has been in continued service since its founding in 1873 by Lorenzo Benettii, making it one of the oldest builders in the world.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

The third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 (Hull# BS003) was launched in February 2013 in a grand ceremony that included all those who were involved in her build and outfitting including the yard’s technicians, workers, and staff. Arcon Yachts also collaborated on the production of this 40-metre yacht, which will be delivered in April 2014. It is the third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 in less than two years; BS003 is part of the Benetti “Class Range”, line of composite displacement yachts from 93 to 145 feet.

The Classic Supreme 132 – BS003 picks up on all the line’s typical features and adds truly unique touches like its “classic-modern” interiors. Ensuring design continuity, the exteriors of this new jewel of Italian style and technology are by Stefano Righini, with interiors by François Zuretti.

Classic Supreme 132 is 131+ft/40.20m long and 26+ft/8.18m wide; it can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins, plus room for the crew. It is equipped with two MTU 12V2000 M72 (1080 kW)@2.250 rpm motors enabling it to reach maximum speeds of 15.5 knots.

01For more information about the Benetti Classic Supreme 132 Series, or any of the other fine offerings, please visit the company Website at http://www.benettiyachts.it

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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