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Review: Benetti's 213' - "Ambrosia"

 
 
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The Bridge: Up high on the ultra-sophisticated bridge deck, every ship’s function and gear element is monitored, with a bank of 22” video screens which picture navigation, depths, course, and engine performance at a glance. Electronic switches and operations are also checked and double-checked, controlling the vessel’s position and heading by means of active thrust or position maintenance. Monitoring systems include night vision cameras on the fly deck; a Gyrocam incorporating inertial guidance gyroscopes and searchlights which can focus on an object up to 3 kilometers away.
Instrument Panel: Directing the physical location of the yacht is the sophisticated Konigsberg dynamic positioning system which provides automatic control and heading by the Brunvoll bow thruster and maneuverable azipods, which determine precise control in restrictive spaces. Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers enhance supervision of the vessel underway and in exposed anchorages by eliminating roll.
Skylounge - Looking Forward & Port: In the panoramic saloon, ease and quietude reigns, with cozy and comfortable sofas, deep-cushioned easy chairs, splashed with an overall light ecru-pink motif. At one end is the 42” plasma TV accessible to all. Cocktail and gaming tables, in cherrywood, are at beck and call, while overhead lighting is unobtrusively designed as small squares laid out in a checkered pattern.
Skylounge - Looking Aft: Looking aft from the port side, a wet bar divides the panoramic saloon from the Stargate. The arrangement of seating, tables and small study to port all lend to an elegant, relaxed atmosphere.
Skylounge Dining: Glamour exudes on the upper deck in the Stargate Room, a masterpiece orb of excitement and scrumptious taste, unique so far in yachting. The circular ceiling glistens with heavenly constellations of both northern and southern hemispheres, displayed with a thousand fiber-optics. Driven by electric motors linked to the vessel’s GPS, it revolves to show the heavens in place at that moment in the sky, over the yacht’s position. (No need to go outside to view the heavens). The glass-topped dining table seems to float over a lighted bas-relief of the moon’s surface – molded in glass – by artist Astolfo Turelli, based on satellite photos of the moon.
Skylounge Foyer: Trompe l’oeil is a phrase that means “fools the eye” and in Ambrosia’s SkyDome stairwell is a mural that unfailingly hues to that mark. The elegant works of art decorating these walls, also by Turelli, were inspired by a series of gilded panels recovered from the 1930s luxury liner S.S. Normandie. The actual gilded panels now grace the halls of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Main Deck Foyer: The main deck foyer becomes a gathering place to witness the staircase mural as it winds down in golden splendor, showing the marvelous color and detail of Turelli’s exacting art.
Main Deck Dining: From spectacular to extraordinary, Ambrosia’s dining hall resounds with wonderment at each turn. Entering the hall through two sliding glass doors, the art patron is greeted with the superbly etched glass, also by Turelli, representing designs of the Copernican Universe. Full beam width, a dozen perfectly positioned, upholstered chairs are situated beneath yet another graceful art expression in the multi-layered geometric glass chandelier. Every repast is dining in an art museum.
Salon Seating: In the main saloon, an eclectic flavor rebounds in soothing quiet, amid well-lighted space. Large glass windows illuminate the airy, open room, as clustered tables and chairs underline the expression of conversation, relaxation, and peacefulness. At the beam, a long stretch of couches engages the warmth of togetherness. Four classical alabaster lamps sculpted by local artisans add to the atmosphere of grace.
Main Salon - Looking Forward: With a mirrored ceiling and reflective finish, the eye-candy is doubled in the Veranda Main Saloon. Finished with a full complement of libations, a set of chairs post for service before the sculpted bar. Abeam, a cluster of chairs and tables awaits a rare treat… a grand piano. In this day of digitally piped music, Ambrosia's opulent fashion would be shallowed by a soundtrack.
Galley - Left: Ambrosia’s well appointed galley is set up to inspire the most dedicated chef and serving crew, with stainless steel equipment and the latest in culinary fashion. Storage and preparation areas are set to feed a party of near-unlimited capacity.
Galley - Right: The typical commercial-grade, yacht galley means lots of stainless and walk in fridges. Ambrosia's galley, in contrast, was lifted straight out of restaurant, with line cook grilles, stainless back-splashes, heat lamps over the island station and floor drains to wash the residue away!
Master Office: The Owner's study is situated on the main deck, as a prelude to the master stateroom. Fashioned with burnt-orange Mexican tile floors, ideal for high traffic use, the office is opulent yet business-like. The owner's desk is located adjacent to one of Ambrosia's master port windows, providing a view for pondering or serious decision-making. To keep up with the latest in world affairs, a flat screen television is built into the wall directly in front of the desk.
Master Stateroom: Fittingly decorated, the owner’s suite makes use of the finest materials and rich handcrafting to provide his home away from home at sea. Beam wide, the suite, decorated with a decided Art Deco elan’, locates an island king-size berth in the center, facing aft. A mirrored ceiling adds spirit as well as doubling the already ample visual space. Directly across from the copious berth is a wall-inserted 42” plasma TV, which dominates the entertainment module. Rich with hand-crafted, cherrywood upholstered furniture, the interior glows with expensive fabrics. There are double walk-in closets.
Master Bath: His and hers bathrooms in the owner’s suite feature separate clear-dish wash basins set in light gold onyx marble, but meet in the middle with an oversized Jacuzzi jet tub, also set in onyx. There is a step up to the glass-enclosed shower-for-two, mirrored ceilings, as well as tile flooring.

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