Benetti Iron Man is a Yacht Worthy of Tony Stark
With winter approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a bit hard to get excited about yachting this time of year. Of course unlike homes, these big boats aren’t tied to any one point on the map, so when the weather in Stamford or the Hamptons starts to turn nippy, you can raise anchor and make a beeline for the Caribbean. And the latest effort from Bentetti is definitely the sort of yacht you’ll want to take with you to as many ports as possible.
Constructed in Italy by Benetti and designed by Stefano Righini, the 38.1 meter (which works out to precisely 125 feet) Iron Man – which is indeed named after the Marvel superhero at the request of the buyer – features a cutting-edge hull design called Displacement to Planing (D2P for short) that allows for a smoother ride and reduced fuel consumption whether the vessel is just puttering along or running flat out at 22 knots with the two MTU 12V 2000 M94 engines delivering their full 2,636 horsepower apiece. Furthermore, the superstructure makes extensive use of carbon fiber and epoxy resin, which Benetti claims makes the superstructure about 40% lighter than a same-sized unit made using conventional materials and techniques.
Of course, the advanced and modern goodies continue inside. Superstar yacht interior designer Alfred Karram Jr. worked with the owner to come up with a bright, high tech looking color and material scheme featuring black, gray and white granite, stainless steel, black leather and exotic grayish woods. The full-beam owner’s suite features a large dressing room, a his and hers bathroom and a small saloon, while an additional eight guests can stay aboard in the two VIP suites and two twin cabins on the lower deck. Other amenities include a fully-equipped gym, a hot tub, sun deck with an open dining area and a lateral garage opening. So basically, this boat has most of the comforts of home…without having to rake leaves or shovel snow.