Benetti Vica is a Villa among Vessels
When it comes to building superyachts, as is the case in any industry, some manufacturers carry more prestige than others. Yes, that seems a bit incongruous considering you’ll be spending multiple millions of dollars no matter which firm you commission to construct your dreamboat, Annie, but going with a trusted name is always a smart move. And few shipyards based along the Mediterranean specializing in yachts are more trusted than Italy’s Benetti, which has been in business since 1873. And the firm’s latest creation – the Vica – marks a bit of a departure for the Italian outfit.
Appearance-wise, the Vica doesn’t break much new ground for Benetti or the industry in general, with long, flowing lines punctuated by some rather sharp points spread out over 50 meters (or 164 feet) of length. However, in terms of its construction, this yacht is new territory for Benetti, as it features a fiberglass hull encasing an aluminum superstructure. As a result, the hull is strong and durable yet relatively light.
Vica’s living quarters are, of course, made of much less industrial stuff. The lavish main lounge – which features a bar and a baby grand piano, among other things – is trimmed in cherry and rosewood stained in their dark, natural tones with carpets, drapes, and chairs and sofas in crème and other earthy tones. There’s a 12-person formal dining room, a semi-enclosed saloon, and six luxurious suites, one of which – intended for the vessel’s owner – occupies the full beam (i.e. width) of the boat and boasts a private balcony, a study, and his and hers en suite bathrooms. The Benetti Vica really is like your own floating villa…and priced accordingly, no doubt…