We’ll Raise a Glass to That

The 140-foot Cheers 46 will soon debut as Benetti's first fast-displacement model.

Benetti Veloce 140
Hull No. 1 in this series has the largest engines ever installed at Benetti's Viareggio shipyard.Courtesy Benetti Yachts

Italian builder Benetti Yachts is preparing to unveil Cheers 46 at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She is a Veloce 140, the first yacht in Benetti's fast-displacement series.

Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio, working with the Azimut-Benetti Research and Development Center, designed the hull, which Benetti calls D2P (displacement to planing). It has an energy-efficient cruise speed of 12 knots as well as a top speed of more than 20 knots, according to the builder. The twin 3,500-mhp MTU 12V 4000 M93L engines are the largest ever installed at Benetti’s shipyard in Viareggio. Fin stabilizers are by CMC Marine.

A Brazilian owner who has owned other Azimut-Benetti models commissioned Hull No. 1 of the Veloce 140. Exterior styling is by Stefano Righini, with interior design by Britain’s Redman Whiteley Dixon and the owner’s personal consultant. Both interior and exterior décor are by architect Joao Armentano, who used light-gray and slate-gray woodwork along with silver-lacquer decorative accents and white-lacquer ceilings.

Features include upper-deck dining for 16 guests, two spa pools (one on the sundeck and one at the bow), a main-deck gymnasium with an opening side terrace and five guest staterooms (including the master) on the lower deck. A beach club is at the stern.

Learn more at www.benettiyachts.it.