Whether you are cruising the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, making memories is what it’s all about, and you can make your memories while being surrounded in luxury on a stunning charter yacht designed and constructed by Benetti. Superyachts are increasingly becoming more popular among the wealthy with the number of operating superyachts on the water nearly doubling over the past ten years. Some of the most luxurious superyachts sailing today have been designed and built by the infamous Italian ship builder, Benetti Shipyard, with one of the most stunning and innovative charter yacht’s in their line being the St. David Charter.
History of Benetti
The Italian ship building company, Benetti, has a very long history in the yacht industry that stretches back to 1863 when the Darsena Luca shipyard was purchased by Lorenzo Benetti to start his own ship building business. Originally, Benetti was known for constructing commercial ships, fishing boats and Mediterranean trading ships. It wasn’t until after Lorenzo’s passing in 1914 that his two son’s took over the business, and although still constructing ships out of wood, they introduced private yachts to their line.
During WWII, steel made its first appearance when the shipyard began to build steel military vessels, but there were limitations on what could be built militarily then in Italy so Benetti took, on the project of building its first steel-hulled, diesel powered vessel, the “Raphaelo.”
1954 was a big turning point for Benetti. The company split in two, with half of the company, ran by son Emilio under the name M&B Benetti, continued to concentrate on building commercial boats and vessels while the other half, run by Lorenzo’s son Gino, was dedicated to yacht building.
In 1963, after Emilio’s death, grandson Gusieppe and great-grandson Lorenzo took over the Benetti’s ship building, with Lorenzo taking full charge of the yacht business. When he did, he immediately made a complete conversion from wood to steel as well as he designed three styles of yachts. This is what made a name for Benetti in the world. There was an explosion of demand for these three yachts to the point where Benetti’s could not keep up with the demand.
Benetti fell into rough financial times in 1980 when Lorenzo died, but was given a new chance when Paolo Vitelli, owner of Azimut, purchased Benetti and renamed the company, Benetti Shipyard. Since 1980, Benetti has become the face of technical and design innovation in the world of superyachts, creating luxury vessels from the 30m range and up, and winning the Showboats International magazine, “Shipyard number 1” award, six times consecutively.
St. David Charter
The St. David cannot be compared to any other superyacht in terms of space and luxury. Built in 2008, Benetti thought of everything when they designed this superyacht. The 60m (170 ft) luxury yacht was masterfully constructed with space and modernism in mind. Beautifully crafted from the inside-out, every detail on the yacht is as equally impressive as the next. The St. David’s outer design is a harmonious blend of elegant, soft curves combined with a low, streamlined appearance that ultimately creates a smooth energy about her as she moves through the water.
On board, St. David boasts of space galore. There are three full decks, all of them offering unobstructed and inviting views of the water and scenery around you. The outdoor decks also offer ample space for entertainment of all kinds. There is something for everyone, which is what makes this such a great charter yacht for anyone; family and friends, families with children, work or company getaways.
The interior décor was designed with a timeless beauty and elegance to enhance a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. Some of the most spectacular features include the floating, winding staircase that rounds up from the lower deck to the upper deck. This staircase is main link of the yacht, bringing together the sundeck, dining area and upper deck.
Dining on the St. David is an experience in itself, with the multiple choices and dining areas that are uniquely different yet equally as elegant. You can choose to have your meals with different views, all of which will be as tantalizing as the food itself.
Layout of the St. David
Three full decks give you and your guests plenty of room to roam on this luxury yacht with her detailed craftsmanship all around you, from the beautiful mosaic floors to sculptured tables with the unique ability to rise and fall. A beautiful spiraling staircase connects all three levels from the lower deck up to the sundeck where it peeks at the bottom of the pool on the sundeck. What a conversation piece this element of design is.
The sundeck is loaded with relaxing and inviting activities. You’ll find the gym on the sundeck where you can get in a good workout with a personal trainer, then go straight to the Jacuzzi to relax your muscles while taking in the breathtaking views from up top.
The main deck houses the bulk of the living, eating and entertainment areas. Here is where you can eat in style in the lavish dining room, relax and unwind in the multiple seating areas, or party till dawn in the private nightclub.
The lower level is where you’ll find the sleeping quarters for all 12 guests and the crew. Six deluxe State rooms give you plenty of space to unwind at the end of the day, in comfort and style. The unique and especially large and luxurious owner’s suite is a raised, split-level room that raises above the lounge. Adjacent to the Owner’s suite is a small cabin used by staff. A full beam VIP stateroom is below along with four spacious double staterooms. All of them have the option to convert to twin beds.
Features of the St. David
St. David is loaded with amazing features. The features on the St. David not only provide a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere, but there are many features that provide St. David charter with better functionality. Some of the most outstanding features on St. David include:
- Accommodates 12 guests and 14 crewmen
- Features 6 State rooms
- Rescue boat
- Outdoor cinema
- Large Jacuzzi
- Wet bar
- Tappenyaki grill
- State-of-the-art entertainment system including Kaleidescape system, portable karaoke, movies on demand and bandstand
- At anchor stabilizers and underway stabilizers
- Air conditioning
- Wifi connection on board
- Full spa equipped to care for all your spa and salon needs and treatments
Available fun-in-the-sun toys onboard St. David
- Waverunner – Yamaha VX Cruiser
- SeaDoo GTI
- 2 SeaBobs
- 2 Kayaks
- 2 Paddleboards
- Towable toys
- Inflatable toys
- Fishing equipment
- Length – 60 (170 ft)
- Beam – 10.4m (34.1 ft)
- Draft – 3.6
- Engines – 2x Caterpillar / 1840hp
- Cruising speed – 15 knots / 24.1 km/h
The St. David Charter is at $28,000 a week