Benetti Yachts launched the 47-meter elegant and sporty looking aluminum yacht Panthera.

Panthera (building number FB502) is the second one of Benetti’s 500 series. The first one is the Imagination launched in 2010. The third yacht with the building number FB503 is currently in build and will be left her shed in spring 2014.

Her hull construction promises comfortable cruising. Noise and vibration are almost redressed. The style of Panthera reflects the owner’s refined personality who has commissioned a contemporary yacht featuring timeless elegance. Clean, soaring lines and large tinted oval windows go perfectly with the metallic silver color of the exterior, silver shades being the dominant colors of the Panthera. On the exterior, the teak detailing (traditionally black) is gray; and the interiors have a sophisticated combination of lighter and darker gray tones. A key feature highlighting the contemporary and carefully thought- out aesthetic of the FB502 is given by the large fashion photos hung throughout the yacht’s main areas; whether in black and white or colour, large or small, framed or unframed, the images portray the magnetic feminine allure of gorgeous international models and actresses, adding, even more, glamour to this sophisticated yacht.

Panthera is a luxury yacht, refined yet never opulent. To achieve this, Benetti architects and designers worked very closely with the Owner and his staff, so there was no need to engage any other external designer. The owner representative had clear visions regarding design and realized her ideas with determination. The work was largely one of subtraction, of eliminating excesses and ostentation; the result is a style which suggests pure beauty under the banner of simplicity, something far beyond the merely fashionable.

The FB502 has four decks: lower, main, upper, and sun deck.
The lower deck is dedicated to the guest cabins. The VIP cabin is amidships with a double bed at full-beam, walk-in closet, and ensuite bathroom. There are two additional double-bed cabins, each with private bathroom. All bathrooms have refined finishes in different Bisazza mosaics. Towards the bow and with a separate entrance, there are four twin-bed cabins for the crew. The mechanical room is astern of the VIP cabin; and even further astern is the garage which accommodates both a tender and jet ski, with a large door opening onto a marvelous stern swimming platform providing nearly 10 m2 for beach chairs, shower, and a highly original custom-designed trampoline.

The main deck is a semi wide body. Climbing aboard astern, the elegant exterior saloon functions as a lobby onto the main saloon and is tastefully furnished with custom pieces from major Italian design companies. The fabrics and lamps are by Armani Casa as is the large, ten-person dining table, and the chairs surrounding it are by B&B. Moving towards the bow, past the main foyer, in one area there is the pantry. The other leads to the Owner’s suite at full-beam with a spectacular view towards the bow and access to a private exterior lounge; the lounge is exclusively for the boatowner’s use, ensuring maximum privacy even at the port. The cabin also has a spacious office, walk-in closet, and ensuite bathroom with marvelous Bisazza mosaics.

The upper deck has a large exterior area astern with couches and a covered sky lounge; it also has a second VIP cabin, the captain’s cabin, and the interior piloting station. At the farthest point to the bow, there is a second area dedicated to open air living with enormous sun pad in the middle. The upper deck sky lounge is one of the Panthera’s really special areas. It includes a fully equipped media room with terrific lounge couches of the german brand Tommy M and a maxi 46-inch movie screen; it can also be transformed into a disco with strobe lights and RGL LEDs complete with a cutting-edge stereo sound system including a high-end vintage turntable for vinyl records at 33 and 45 rpm.

The sundeck offers guests a large sun pad, a corner bar, and awnings both to the bow and stern of the pool for maximum flexibility.

Main specifications

Length over all:47.00 m
Beam:8.80 m
Draft @ half load:2.60 m
Displacement (half load):340 t
Gross tonnage:492 GT
Fuel:55,000 l
Fresh water:12,000 l
Black and grey water:6,620 l
Accommodation for guests and owner:10 persons in 5 cabins
Accommodation for guests and owner:9 persons in 5 cabins
Main engines:2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73 3,915 hp @ 2.050 rpm
Generators:2 x Northern Lights - 400V - 50 hz
Max. speed:24 knots
Range @ 22 knots:1140 nm
Range @ 12 knots:3400 nm
Flag administration in charge of compliance & type of complianceABS/MCA - Large Commercial Yacht Code - LY2 – Unrestricted range
Flag:Cayman Islands
Class register:ABS + A1 Commercial Yachting Service, + AMS