John Staluppi – that’s a name in the yachting industry. Not as a designer, not as a shipyard – as a very experienced yacht owner. Known for very fast and very luxurious displacement yachts as well and yachts named after James Bond movies (in this case: Spectre aka FB269).

I have never worked with him or met him, but he is one of my favorite yacht owners because he has interesting projects.

Currently, Mr. Staluppi has project Skyfall under construction in Turkey, owns a Trinity called Skyfall and refitted a Palmer Johnson called Skyfall II. The Trinity is currently for sale. Also, the project Skyfall in Turkey is for sale.

For Spectre, John Staluppi returns to Benetti. He owned the “Diamonds are forever” (FB253) some years ago. He comes along with Frank and Bas Mulder of Mulder Design for the naval architecture who are also responsible for the stunning The World is not enough and Octopussy. Staluppi appointed Giorgio M. Cassetta for the exterior design. The yacht will have a top speed of 21 knots but also a cruising range of 6,500 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Benetti, Mulder, and Staluppi sound like a mission to build the ultimate one and I am currently like a little child just right before handing out of presents at Christmas.

Benetti FB269 Spectre

Vincenzo Poerio – Benetti CEO comments:

“We are delighted of John coming back, especially with such a request, we can define as a very exciting “new challenge”. This relationship – with a so faithful client give us a responsibility even heavier than our usual. We are sure to meet once again with his desires. By the way is an unrivaled signal of Benetti’s great commercial success – based on customer listening in addition to our working teams unmatchable capabilities to realize any kind of Owners’ request”.

John and Jeanette Staluppi say:

“We are very happy to be building our new yacht with the Benetti team as my wife, Jeanette and I were extremely pleased with “Diamonds are Forever”. The new venture will be of a much higher standard with new modern day high tech systems, and once again working with Frank and Bas Mulder. With the combination of expertise between Benetti, Mulder and our design team, we believe this will be our greatest project.”

M/Y Spectre is scheduled for launch in summer 2018.

Benetti FB269

Main Specifications

Length over all:69.30 m
Beam:11.70 m
Draft:3.20 m
Exterior Design:Giorgio Maria Cassetta Design
Interior Design:Benetti Shipyard
Naval Architecture:Mulder Design
Main Engines:2 x MTU 2,580 kW @2,100 rpm
Max Speed:21.2 knots
Classification:ABS Compliance LY3
Accommodation:6 (2 Master cabin + 2 VIP + 2 Guest)