Following her eight-month refit, Benetti’s steel and aluminum 170.6ft (52m) motor yacht SOLAFIDE (previously VIANNE), is back on the water with a whole list of upgrades at the owner’s request, including a complete restyling of the interiors, upgrades to the fuel consumption capabilities and new stabilizer fins. Built in 1995, Lusben had nearly 100 team members working to get the refit done as quickly as possible for the summer season.
Maintenance work was completed by Lusben, with interior restyling done by Yachtique – the Azimut|Benetti Group interior design division. The goal was to bring her styling up to more modern standards, while keeping the initial build vision and spirit intact. Upgrades to the performance have had a knock-on effect in reducing fuel consumption and noise pollution.
While furniture and initial architecture was preserved, the interiors got a complete makeover to be more in line with the owner’s style and vision.
Commercial Director at Lusben, Gianni Paladino shares, “This was a major refit experienced side-by-side with the owner and the Yachtique design team every step of the way. We are confident this is the first stage in a project that will involve further major work at our shipyard in the coming years too. We can’t wait to be able to continue this collaboration, not least because this storied Benetti yacht is absolutely captivating.”
Maintaining a synergy with nature, keen attention to detail was given to the color palette to embrace natural woods and muted ivory tones with a mixture of natural textures throughout.
Each stateroom was given an upgrade, with similar delicate fabrics and materials while embracing neutral tones and elements found in nature. Both the owner’s suite and VIP cabin were given completely new ensuites, with hand-picked slabs by the owner of Carrara Marble. Further upgrades were given to the lighting with a switch to low energy impact LED technology, improvements to the switch panels and air conditioning to further minimize the carbon footprint of this classic Benetti motor yacht.
Lusben Viareggio Site Director, Paolo Simoncini, comments, “As work progressed, the owner was very enthusiastic and receptive to our ideas and decided to add to the list of work initially agreed. We nevertheless delivered on time while ensuring the highest standards of quality and attention to detail. The credit for this goes to the entire work team and to Gianluca Maggiorelli, who coordinated the project managers and, despite the delicacy of the yacht, was able to put the owner’s wishes into practice and complete work according to the planned timeline.”