The new Benetti Vision 145' BV018, dubbed Checkmate, was launched with great fanfare in the Darsena Italia Basin, historic home of the Benetti yard. Unit BV018 is only the 15th yacht built for the top-of-the-class Vision line.
After the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle across her bows, the yacht slipped smoothly into the Mediterranean from a specially built ramp to the notes of Giuseppe Verdi's “Và Pensiero”.Present at the ceremony were the owner, a well-known surgeon from Washington, D.C., and his family, together with all the Benetti staff involved in her almost two year long construction.
The new Benetti Vision 145' is almost 44 meters long, with a beam of over nine meters. Armed with twin 1,300 HP Caterpillar engines, the lithe beauty is capable of a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising range of over 3,500 nautical miles.
Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of the Mega-yacht division of the the Azimut-Benetti Group, said during the ceremony: “We are particularly proud of our latest launch, the 100th fiberglass yacht built in Viareggio since 1998. This is a an example of a perfect blend between timeless design, world class construction, safety and an extremely high quality on-board life, both for the owner and his crew.