Benetti’s original – new Oasis project proposes a another way of interpreting life on board in close contact with natural surroundings without affecting elegant Made in Italy styling which the brand exports everywhere.
Benetti’s new Oasis 40M reaches out toward new boundaries proposing a lifestyle which glorifies adventure and contact with nature. Oasis 40 is a kind of crossover matching Benetti’s style, a vessel which is half way between an explorer and an expedition model but nevertheless with a sophisticated and refined aspect which comprises both the traditional Italian brand and RWD studio’s classic British style which carried out the project design work. Two ingredients went into this project design: elegance and style which are heading towards that adventurous typical spirit found in the kind of yacht we’re looking at devised for that discerning owner who loves to cruise along exploring new places.
A vertical bow clearly stands out as much as a vertical windshield installed into the helm controls station recalling the styling borrowed from the automotive industry like the silver lining which surrounds long cut glass panels which lighten the existent atmosphere further. The focal sector is clearly in the stern where the beach area opens up on port and starboard side reaching a surface area of 90 square metres. The convivial beach platform is devised to be enjoyed by day mainly but is also ideal for water side parties at night and more formal venues.
Part of the beach area is submersible up to a metre below the waterline, it can be raised to facilitate launching and recovering water toys and a RIB. A seven square metre infinity pool contains 5,500 litres of water which are normally stored and filtered in a separate tank before being used again without wasting the water stored in the service tanks. The pool offers a water massage system and a heating and a water cooling one as well. This section is largely taken up by a sun bathing spot situated in the centre and by a lounge furnished with a “C” shaped sofa and a coffee table. Three steps lead off to the highest point of the entire beach area and to a large living room which is accessed by crossing a grand curved sliding door en suite with a clutter free interior layout to offer the best panoramic views of the surroundings.
The interiors’ project design work was carried out by Bonetti/ Kozerski Architecture studio debuting in New York’s Yachting World. They chose smart, minimal and informal styling, based on precious material like light Calacatta marble hues, Vagli, teak and rosewood. The teak flooring in the main living room area runs from starboard side to portside welcoming guests in a lounge area followed by a dining section, with a bar cabinet which when opened reveals an impressive back lit onyx panel.
Alternatively the yard proposes several other solutions in terms of decor like the one which envisages a spacey American bar instead of the dining area transforming the entire space into a veranda looking out toward the sea. The remaining section of the deck is taken up by a professional galley and the owner’s suite which comprises a private study, a dressing room divided into two parts and a bathroom which is also divided into two sections. Four cabins are reserved for visiting guests and a further four are for the crew.
Another feature Oasis sports is the Bridge/helm controls station situated on the upper deck which has not been designed to be used solely by the ship’s captain but as a convivial place to share with the captain while cruising underway. It is equipped with comfortable seating for six and a lovely 180° panoramic view. The helm controls station includes a modern “light bridge dashboard” developed by Benetti and Seastema with technical military derived origins.
This same deck comprises a sky-lounge toward the stern section is equipped with a movie screen and a second dining area. Proceeding up to the 90 square metre sun deck we come to a rectangular table seating twelve, a Jacuzzi and bar.
Oasis has been developed in compliance with the highest building standards currently on the market. “Obiettivo 50” as Benetti names them. The teakwood deployed has FSC certification, the steel is polished by hand seven times over to obtain a shine with more than a 95% gloss. The entire structure is laminated with vinyl resin, the drive shafts are equipped with flexi universal joints to reduce vibration and noise. The quality of the air below decks is guaranteed by an ATU treatment system and outside exhaust gases are shuttled below the waterline via an electric pump when boat speed reaches 7-8 knots preventing the exhaust fumes from rising up to the liveable areas along the decks.
by Daniele Carnevali
For further information: Benetti Yachts
LOA: 40.80 m
Beam: 8.50 m
Draught: 2.14 m
Displacement: 310.00 tons
Fuel tank capacity: 45,000 litres
Water tank capacity: 8,000 litres
Engines: 2×1,400 HP MAN V12
Top speed declared: 18 knots
Range at 11 knots: 4,000 nautical miles
Concept + Exterior Design: RWD
Interior Design: Benetti Interior Style Department + Bonetti/Kozersky Architecture D.P.C.
Construction material: VTR
Class: RINA, C Cross Malta Hull • MACH Y.