The archetype of a custom yacht full of qualities
YACHT CLASS N°8 (March-april-may 2017)
Azimut - Benetti Group
Expected in Cannes last September, Domani finally chose the captivating setting of the Monaco Yacht Show to unveil her assets, including her interior layout where comfort and modern decoration prevail. Her massive superstructures reveal large glazed surfaces. Everything is conceived to make life on board sweet.
Text : Alain Brousse - Photos : DR
The Italian shipyard, which can boast seven units of 160 foot and over for the last two years, has delivered in 2016 a 90 metre, Lionheart, a 40 metre, Chrimi III and the Domani 45 metre, unveiled during the last Monaco Yacht Show. Her christening name sounds familiar. As a matter of fact, this is the fifth Benetti of the commissioner in a twelve years period to display the same name on the transom : Domani. This time, he has opted for a 45 metre, with the ambition to sail around the world as often as possible. It should be noted that the construction time was slightly reduced thanks to an existing technical basis. The in-house design team of the Viareggio shipyard undertook all the exterior design with the owner's wishes in mind : an intense brightness and a regular panoramic view. Regarding the interior volumes, the choice of Carlo Galeazzi seemed choice for both the shipyard, which has worked with him for decades, and the owner.
Domani and her fierce profile are easily recognizable. She remains classical with her sharp and slim bow. Her hull features many glazed surfaces and vertical portholes. The major place given to the outdoors in the specification is far from being insignificant. Let's head then to the sundeck. Its floor is covered in teak, pleasant to the touch and the eyes but, when the sun is high above, it retains the heat and generously redistributes it, which is not always appreciated barefoot. This deck is an invitation to relax. Forward is the spa pool and its fine staircase, surrounded by sunpads, partly protected from the wind thanks to a metre-high windows. There is also a bar, a table for four and amidships a bigger round table, that can accommodate ten guests. Already protected by a hardtop and its partially glazed roof, this spot can also be enclosed by concave bay windows. The aft half of the sundeck offers either an open-air saloon or deck chairs. On board, there are plenty of outdoor spaces. Thus let's head now to the upper deck endowed with an unexpected outdoor surface : 100m2 ! That's plenty of room to fit a table and a large saloon for twelve, plus a bar. The foredeck is also convivial thanks to the two-thirds of its surface dedicated to relaxation. It also features a saloon and two solariums. When the sun is too hot, the crew can stretch a canvas between five posts. The large cockpit can also act as a welcome lounge and will be ideal for snacks. Finally – and we never doubt about the presence of this equipment – Domani also features a beach club created by the reclining transom. It hosts both the swim platform and an area with a bar and toilets. The garage, house of a 5.5m tender and two jet-skis, can be opened on starbord. In addition, large teak gangways serve each side of the main deck.
Now, let's enjoy the interior layout conceived by Carlo Galeazzi. This has been achieved by a trinomial : Carlo Galeazzi, Paola Asaro and a very involved owner. The shipyard described the latter as a true enthusiast who considers that yachting goes beyond anchorages, no matter how heavenly they are. He sails with his family and friends. And his yacht is not a simple luxury artefact. To him, comfort is of the utmost importance but this criteria had to go with another imperative : a meticulous, yet contemporary and even original sometimes, interior design. The owner has controlled everything, down to the smallest detail. Here we are in the common area gathering the dining room (round table for eight to ten guests) and the saloon with its home cinema tv. Thanks to the lateral windows stretching from the floor to the lacquered ceiling, this place is bathed with brightness and its contemporary style does not alter the conviviality. For those bothered by natural light, this place is equipped with discreet but efficient Venetian blinds.
On starboard, an indoor gangway leads to the masterpiece : the owner's suite, with a study and two bathrooms – his-and-hers - as requested. We also find there two dressing rooms as well as a small fold-out terrace on port side, perfect to enjoy a breakfast or a book. On this main deck, we also find, near the dining room, a fully equipped kitchen that should please the Chef. Domani has a traditional layout with the guest cabins gathered below deck. The hull accommodates on its centre two double and two twin rooms, all en-suite with an independent shower, while its front part is dedicated to the crew : seven berths in four cabins, three shower cabins with wc and a messroom. According to the shipyard, Domani's owner fully intends to cruise with his 45 metre. That's why he has opted for an offshore hull, endowed with a reasonable motorisation and a gas tank big enough to allow her to trace her wake at 13.2 knots during 3 300 miles without refuelling. At 12 knots, she can even cross safely the Atlantic. Her maximum speed, recorded by the captain, and certified by the owner : 15.6 knots thanks to two Caterpillar 2 300 hp. This dashing yacht is the symbol of the expertise of an ambitious shipyard. She combines many qualities, both in terms of comportment and conviviality. Let's add to this a commissioner with good taste… that's quite a bonus !
- Overall length : 45 m
- Max beam : 9,10 m
- Draft : 2,40 m
- Fuel : 60 000 l
- Water : 3 000 l
- Laden displacement : 438 t
- Material : acier (coque) et alu
- Engine : 2 x CAT C32
- Power : 2 x 2 300 ch (2 x 1 810 kW)
- Max speed : 15,6 nds
- Cruising range : 3 300 milles à 13,2 nds
- Naval architect : B.E. Benetti
- Exterior designer : B.E. Benetti
- Interior designer : Studio Galeazzi & Paola Asaro
- Builder : Azimut-Benetti Group (Viareggio – Italie)