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Review: Benetti Yachts "Galaxy"

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Below on the main deck, access to the Owner’s suite is through the main lobby, forward of the circular staircase and the galley to port. A grand ‘apartment’ in itself lavished with exquisite taste, it is designed around three separate areas. The center features a king-size island berth with bed tables, and full length mirrors lining both sides of its dressing rooms hallway. A plasma 42” TV screen slides out from a starboard panel, to face the bed.
A few steps up from the bedroom, the master stateroom’s Her lounge makes excellent use of a space set apart, with deep cushioned couches and a sycamore wood coffee table. Nine windows present a great view of the sea. Her desk is to starboard and an additional plasma screen is to port.
Done in sycamore and maple burl woods, His/Her bathrooms, with honey onyx marble floors and shower/tub components, also sport separate his/hers sinks and heads.
As deluxe as many yachts’ owners’ staterooms, the VIP suite is located centrally on the upper deck. Spacious, elegant in burl maple, it presents large windows as well as mirrors at the headboard of its queen-size berth.
A marvel of orange-onyx marble, the VIP bath/shower appears to be sculpted from one giant-size stone. Walls are done in maple burl. The tub also provides Jacuzzi nozzles all around.
Following Galaxy’s color/wall décor theme, Guests’ two queen-bed staterooms are resplendent with light beige carpet and maple burl walls. Quite spacious, they are located amidships on the lower deck, forward of the twin cabins; easily accessed via the elevator or main staircase. Just forward, four to six guests can be lodged in two double cabins with twin beds and Pullmans. Each has a 26” plasma TV/DVD and a music center.
Baths for the twin staterooms feature separate toilets and Jacuzzi bathtubs-showers. The one to port features maple burl wall coverings, a large mirror, plus a dark green, sculpted marble countertop with double sinks and polished brass fixtures.
Down below, twin Caterpillar engines rated 1850 hp @1600 rpm are the driving force behind this singular yacht’s performance. Ample room exists for walk-around inspection and servicing. All data is monitored not only in the engine room, but also on the wheelhouse screens. The garage stores a Novurania 660 (2x 90hp Yamaha) tender, 2 Yamaha Jet skis, a sunfish sailing boat and a herd of water toys.
No question, Galaxy is an exquisite yacht, a product of Benetti’s naval architecture technicians, made even more effective and enjoyable by its owner’s participation and innovation. The Australian owner deserves applause for his formation of the creative team – Benetti’s project manager Walter d’Avanzo; owner’s representative Neil Cheston from Camper & Nicholson; and technical surveyor Greg Morrison. That is definitely a winning team, presenting an outstanding product. <end>

Review by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy.


Builder: Benetti Shipyard, Livorno, Italy
Construction: Steel hull, aluminum superstructure
LOA: 184’
Beam: 34’
Draft: 10’
Displ.: 805 tons
Fuel: 34,252 gals.
Water: 5,285 gals.
Engines: 2x CAT 3512B, rating C HD, 1,850 hp@ 1600 rpm
Max Speed: 16 knots
Cruise Speed: 15 knots
Long Range Speed: 12 knots
Range @ 12 knots: 5,000 nm
Generators: 1x CAT 155kW; 1x CAT 200kW; 1x CAT 30kW
Bow Thruster: Vosper
Watermaker: 2x Idromar 3000 gals/day
Stabilizers: Vosper
Propellers: 2x Five Blades Benetti design
Exterior Styling: Stefano Natucci
Interior Styling: Stefano Natucci / Owners
Guest Accom: 14 persons
Crew Accom: 14 – 16 persons
Classification: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping – MCA compliant

For further information, contact...

Benetti Yachts
Via coppino 104
55049 Viareggio – Italy
Tel: + 39 0584 3821
Galaxy's General Arrangements and Deck Plans...

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