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The Oasis 40-metre (131-foot) M/Y “Rebeca” breaks the rules in the yachting world, while respecting the “Made in Italy” elegance and tradition evoked by the Benetti name. The yacht reveals the brand’s most glamorous side, while at the same time offering an adventurous response to a new concept of life on board.
Made from composite materials, she is powered by two MAN V12 engines and extends across four decks, with five cabins for 10 guests and four cabins for seven crew members, including the comfortable captain’s cabin.
The exterior styling by British superyacht design firm RWD is defined by an elegance that expresses a modern and highly distinctive style: a perfect combination of Italian refinement and classic British lines. The interiors, created for relaxed and informal comfort and reminiscent of an elegant open space loft, are designed by New York firm Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture.
The upright bow, the vertical windscreen with full-height wheelhouse glazing and the automotive inspired style accents, are elements proposed by RWD. At the same time, the yacht reveals her glamorous side with big outdoor spaces for socialising, parties and open-air living. The outdoor terrace has a unique layout because of the total absence of physical and visual barriers: from the main lounge over to the steps leading down into the water, the flow is unbroken and the view of the horizon unimpeded. Designed as a multifunctional space, the beach area is somewhere to have fun and play games during the day, before being transformed into a sophisticated lounge for more formal occasions at sunset or later in the evening.
Entering the water is made easy by a big central transformer that can be lowered into the water and raised to provide a wider and more convenient way to board and leave the yacht. Just steps from the sea, the real focus of this area is the infinity pool, which is a rarity on yachts this size. Offering over seven square metres (75 square feet) of surface area and 5,500 litres of water, it is fitted with a heater and a hydromassage function. The freshwater in the pool is managed using its own separate tank and is regularly collected, filtered and returned to the system to avoid waste. A central sunbathing island dominates the area, together with a C-shaped sofa and a coffee table, while on the right hand side of the platform, a hatch in the deck provides access to a toy room where smaller water toys can be stored.
The garage, which is on the starboard side, can contain a tender up to 6.3 metres (21 feet), while the jet ski is stored in a garage in the bow.
The Sun Deck is a 90-square-metre (969-square-foot) area dominated by a rectangular table that seats 12, with a second circular Jacuzzi in the bow and an infinity bar from where there is an excellent view of the terraces on the decks below and the ship’s wake while cruising.
An organic design with minimalist detailing and muted colours are some of the elements chosen by Bonetti/Kozerski to give the settings continuity. Big glazed surfaces and glass doors help blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. The main lounge has teak flooring and two sofas for guests arranged in an arc.
The master suite can be reached from the aft starboard side of the main lounge, through the main lobby and a multi-purpose space that can be used as a gym, an additional guest cabin or a private office, as desired by the owner. The master suite is an elegant space with a variety of patterns in the fabrics of the bed headboard and walls. The bed faces aft and the large full-height windows on both sides make natural light a feature of the interior design. A central corridor leads further forward to the dressing room and bathroom, both divided into his and hers areas.
The skylounge has a cinema space with a lounge and a second more informal dining area.
On the port side of the ship, a door provides access to a big galley with a central island. From here, the crew can enter their own quarters in the bow on the Lower Deck or use a separate route and a private stairway to go to the upper decks.
With excellent hull efficiency, she has a top speed of 18 knots. At a slow cruising speed of 11 knots, fuel consumption is just over 100 l/h and the yacht has more than enough range to complete a transatlantic crossing.
The gangway, transformer and electro-hydraulic mechanisms are custom designed for the boat by top suppliers who work with exacting interface specifications to guarantee maximum reliability and durability.
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