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Italian yard Benetti has delivered the 63-metre (207-foot) superyacht Metis, formerly known as Project Balance, to her German owner.
Construction on the steel and aluminium yacht commenced on speculation in late 2016 in Livorno before the yacht was sold by Yacht Moments, who has also overseen project management.
Metis features a modern exterior design characterised by a long vertical bow by Giorgio M. Cassetta and innovative interiors by London-based studio Bannenberg & Rowell and Birgit Otte Interior Design.
The superyacht is fully custom and provides accommodation for up to 12 guests across eight cabins, which consists of a spacious owner’s suite spanning 162 square metres on the upper deck. The highly private space boasts 180-degree views through windows surrounding almost the entire perimeter and, along with the master cabin, offers two bathrooms with walk-in wardrobes, a lounge area and 55-metre bow-deck terrace with a touch and go helipad.
Another key feature of Metis is the superyacht beach club, which features fold out sections on both sides and at the stern, to inject a strong sense of interaction with the sea.
Elsewhere, the main deck saloon incorporates an open-plan layout, with the lounge flowing through to the dining area. Both of these areas, alongside the lounge area on the upper deck, are positioned at a 30-degree angle when compared to more traditional layouts to provide those on board with unusual vantage points.
Dickie Bannenberg, director of Bannenberg & Rowell, said, "Metis' unique layout has freed us from what I call the ‘tyranny of alignment', allowing us to unlock new corners and views of asymmetric designs. This approach in particular is reflected in the beach club.”
The stylish asymmetric layout allows space for a children’s playroom and nanny suite on the main deck, while the crew quarters provides accommodation for up to 12 on the lower deck. A captain’s cabin is found aft of the helm station on the bridge deck, which also offers a sun deck with a dining table, bar, hot tub and sun pads. Metis’ interior design is described as modern with materials including bleached oak, carbon fibre and leather.
Giorgio M. Cassetta, exterior designer, added, “Metis is a modern and timeless yacht, which displays large volumes behind flowing lines and innovative features. The design is simple, yet characteristic of Benetti.”
Power comes from twin MTU 12V4000M53 engines for a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Source: Boat International
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