Benetti FB253 61m, this is the official name of the project – but for his Owner Mr. John Staluppi, an experienced yacht owner and fan of the inimitable James Bond saga - is it Diamonds are Forever.

Diamonds are Forever concept and layout have been meticulously crafted around every owner requirements. Her elegant external lines are based on Benetti’s naval architecture and engineering producing a balanced combination of traditional design elements and modern innovative style solutions.

Onboard, customisation meets all yacht owner needs and desires, bringing Diamonds are Forever into a class of her own, with a brief to ensure a layout that offers maximum guest satisfaction in terms of space, services and comfort, in the light of making her an ultra successful charter yacht. The customisation of the project included the arrangement of the cabins, the location of the wheelhouse, the interior decor and the addition of a top deck above the flybridge to create a private panoramic deck 12m above sea level.

The spacious interior layout comprises two panoramic master suites and four guest staterooms, a guest elevator to all decks, a full beam sky lounge and vast open and shaded deck spaces. Of particular note is the additional top deck, located above the sun deck, which is also served by the central elevator. The aft part of the sun-deck also allows easy touch and go helicopter operations.

The accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, is formed by 4 cabins located on the lower deck, a split level VIP suite come 2nd Owners suite at the front of the main deck and the master Owners suite forward on the upper deck, both with a 180° view sea view. The main deck level is complemented by a fitness room and a relaxation & beauty parlor, which can be open to all guests or sectioned off as part of the VIP/2nd owners’ suite.

The magnificent Owner’s suite, as with the rest of the yacht’s layout, has been well thought out for guest use, with the opulent hallway providing seclusion for each area comprising; private study, bathroom, separate toilets, walk-thru wardrobe and the plush main bedroom.

The completely custom design furnishings and interior decor are by Evan K. Marshall/Usonia V, a London-based interior specialist who has already designed several yacht interiors for Mr. and Mrs. Staluppi.

The sumptuous classic interior uses fine Italian marble, onyx, Madrona burl wood, gold leaf, mother of pearl and Marieux crystal, with great attention paid to every detail to achieve maximum visual impact.

Diamonds are Forever has a maximum speed of 16 knots and an oceanic range of 4,800 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Main Specifications of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Length over all:60 m
Max. Beam:10.40 m
Max. Draft:3.0 m
Full load displacement:900,3 t
Main engines:Caterpillar - 3512B 1380 KW @ 1600 RPM
Max. speed:15 knots
Range @ 12 knots:4,800 nm