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Coordinates: 43°51′48″N 10°14′37″E / 43.8634086°N 10.2435596°E / 43.8634086; 10.2435596

Benetti S.p.A.
Société par actions simplifiée Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryYacht Building,
HeadquartersViareggio, Italy
Key people
Lorenzo Benetti (till 1914) L
ParentAzimut Benetti Group Edit this on Wikidata

Benetti is an Italian shipbuilding and Boat building company based in Viareggio, Livorno, and Fano, owned by Azimut.

Benetti designs and constructs motoryachts, and is one of the leading builders of custom superyachts, having won the Showboats International magazine "shipyard number 1" award six times in a row, the only yard to have done so.[1]


Founded in 1873,[2] when Lorenzo Benetti (1844–1914), bought the Darsena Luca shipyard to found the Benetti shipyard.[1] The yard built commercial vessels,[3] including fishing boats and Mediterranean trading ships. On his death in 1914, his sons Gino and Emilio took over, and renamed the yard Fratelli Benetti. They continued using wooden construction, but now built ocean-going ships, and some private yachts. After the death of Gino in 1927, his sons Gusieppe and Virgilio took over his share, while Maurizio and Bertani assisted their father Emilio.

World War II[edit]

During World War II, the yard built medium-sized military vessels in steel, but due to highly effective bombing, the production was severely limited. After the war, and with restrictions on Italy on what she could produce militarily, the yard produced the first steel-hulled diesel powered vessel in the locality, the "Raphaelo". In 1954, Fratelli Benetti split its sailing and yacht business (Gino's family),[1] from the commercial ship building business which continues under the name M&B Benetti (Emilio's family). Emilio has a holding in both companies, and chairs both companies.

In 1963, Emilio died and the running of Fratelli Benetti was taken over by Gusieppe and his son Lorenzo. Lorenzo was the driver of the yacht business, moving instantly from wooden to steel construction, and designing three styles of yacht which brought the name Benetti to the world: the Delfino, the Tirreno and the Meditteraneo lines (from 18 to 33 metres). Demand for these vessels outstripped the capabilities of the yard. In 1978, the yard launched the "Viano", a sailing yacht which on corrected times won the Admirals Cup. In 1979, the yard launches "Nabila" for Adnan Khashoggi, which at 83 metres and 2,465 tonnes was the largest yacht of its time.

Sale to Azimut[edit]

Lorenzo died in 1980 and the company fell into financial difficulties until 1984, when it was purchased by Paolo Vitelli, the owner of Azimut, who renamed it Benetti Shipyard.[1][2] In 1988, Benetti built a ship to challenge for the transatlantic Blue Riband award but its efforts proved unsuccessful. The company is now part of the Azimut I Benetti group, also owner of Fraser Yachts[4].


The old Cantiere navale fratelli Orlando warehouse no more in use

Viareggio shipyard[edit]

Viareggio is the historical shipyard, in 1990 Benetti took over the 47,000sq m Lusben yard to allow the construction of both the Azimut range up to 100 ft, and the composite Benetti range and in 1997 was vastly expanded to 10,000 square metres (12,000 sq yd) to allow indoor building of yachts up to 70 m. In 2003 was acquired the area of the SEC yard which went bankrupt in the previous years in order to expand the production.

Fano shipyard[edit]

It was purchased the Siar-Moschino yard in Fano in 1998, taking the total capacity to 44,000 square metres (53,000 sq yd). The yard has a 60 m wharf in the port.

Livorno shipyard[edit]

Benetti Livorno shipyard toward Morosini Marina

Azimut-Benetti acquired the Cantiere navale fratelli Orlando in 2003 when the Livorno yard was in severe economic difficulties. The old shipyard has been partially demolished to make space for a residential and commercial area named Porta a Mare (Gate to sea), the part toward the entrance of the harbour was transformed with the construction of six huge sheds were to laid down the yachts. The Morosini slip was dismantled and was erected a Marina where to berth the yachts built. Benetti Livorno shipyard has a covered area of 30,000 sq m, a production area of 28,000 sq m, an open area of 130,000 sq m and a total area of 190,000 sq m.

Benetti Models[edit]

Benetti Tradition is model of traditional yachts built by Benetti Yard. With fiberglass hull sizes up to 99 feet, powered by the Caterpillar C18 the maximum speed of Benetti Tradition 99 is 15 knots.

Benetti Classic is a classical yacht, with a style very similar to those of Benetti Tradition but with a larger hull size. With fiberglass hull sizes up to 143feet, powered by the Caterpillar C30 with higher power of 1,650 hp (each), the maximum speed of Benetti Classic is 16 knots.

Benetti Vision is a more modern style yacht with large measurements up to 143 feet. The beauty of this yacht is in the whole atmosphere and nice shape and exterior. Benetti Vision has two main engines of Caterpillar 3508B, with maximum power of 1,300 hp (each). This gives the yacht a maximum speed of 15 knots. This is a slightly less than Benetti Classic series, but with lower fuel consumption. The yacht is very beautiful designed interior with equipment for watersports and fishing.

Benetti FB is the last series. This is the manufacturer's first series of luxury yachts. Some of the names of the yachts built by Benetti in the series FB are called Amnesia, I Dinasty, Wind, Alibella and many more. All of these yachts are from the highest level of luxury, comfort and expenses.

In May 2010, Benetti yachts announced Benetti imagination, which is first super yacht from Benetti’s new 47 meter line. Imagination is designed by Stefano Natucci and Francois Zuretti.[5]

In 2011 the company delivered a "Benetti Vision 145"—their 16th. It had a specification of 390 tons fully loaded.

In 2015, Benetti partnered with Henrik Fisker to launch new series of 164 ft super yachts called Benetti Fisker 50.


Benetti built hundreds of yachts over the years.[6] Here is an extract of the Benetti fleet of yachts:

Superyachts over 65m
Name Length Date Launched Picture References
FB275 108m 2019 [7]
ZOZA 107m 2019 [8]
LANA 107m 2019 [9]
LIONHEART 90m 2016 [10]
KINGDOM 5KR 86m 1980 [11]
FREEDOM 70m 1999 [12]
SPECTRE 69m 2018 [13]
SEASENSE 67m 2017 [14]
AMBROSIA 65m 2006 [15]
RAHIL 65m 2011 [16]
SEANNA 65m 2011 [17]
METIS 65m 2019 [18]


Benetti yacht Kingdom 5KR, built as Nabila

Benetti have built super yachts for many customers, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Benetti Yachts". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  2. ^ a b "Benetti". Genesis Capital Management Group, Ltd. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  3. ^ "Benetti: A Tradition of Italian Yachtbuilding", Onboard Online, 23 August 2015. Accessed 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Benetti yachts for sale | Benetti boats | Fraser Yachts". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ "Benetti launches 47m superyacht 'Imagination'". Archived from the original on 2010-06-03.
  6. ^ "Benetti Yachts | Luxury Yachts | SuperYacht Times". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  7. ^ "Benetti FB275". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ "Zoza". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  9. ^ "Lana". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  10. ^ "Lionheart". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  11. ^ "Kingdom 5KR". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  12. ^ "Freedom". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  13. ^ "Spectre". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  14. ^ "Seasense". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  15. ^ "Ambrosia". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  16. ^ "Rahil". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  17. ^ "Seanna". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  18. ^ "Metis". Retrieved 2019-05-29.

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