Benetti is one of the oldest builders of luxury motoryachts in the world.

Established by Lorenzo Benetti in 1873, the company began life building wooden boats used for local and international trade.

After the death of Lorenzo, his two sons Gino and Emilio took over the management of the boatyard. They changed its name to Fratelli Benetti and quickly built up a reputation that extended beyond the Mediterranean. After the Second World War, with the disappearance of commercial sailing vessels built from wood, Benetti changed direction and began producing pleasure craft made from steel. Then in the early 1960s the boatyard produced its first luxury mega yachts.

Since 1980 the fleet has included big motor yachts in the 30 to 60 meter range and beyond, not least the famous 86-meter ‘Nabila’.

In 1985 the Boatyard was acquired by the celebrated Turin-based boat builder Azimut Spa, which brought in new management and transformed Benetti into the modern, technologically advanced reality we know today: a forward-looking and innovative boatyard, but also one that proudly retains its traditional values of experience, skill and a passion for fine craftsmanship.



Lorenzo Benetti (1844-1914) buys the shipyard Darsena Lucca and establishes the Benetti shipyard which he directs for the next forty years, assisted by his sons Gino and Emilio towards the end of his tenure.

1873 – 1904
Lorenzo Benetti launches over 30 vessels; five schooners, three tartans, 13 brigantines, eight navicellis and three cutters.

Lorenzo Benetti secures state authorization to build his second shipyard in the Darsena Italia, where the registered office is still found today.

With Lorenzo’s death, Gino and Emilio rename the shipyard Fratelli Benetti and continue their father’s business.

After Gino Benetti’s passing, his sons Giuseppe and Virgilio take his place, while Emilio’s sons Maurizio and Bertani assist their father.

1873 – 1935
The Benetti shipyards launch over 100 sailing vessels: 21 schooners, three tartans, 63 brigantines, 12 navicellis, seven cutters and six barkentines.

The Benetti shipyard launches “Maria”, pioneering the first steel hulled, diesel vessel. Maurizio and Bertani manage the project.

With Emilio the management of the Fratelli Benetti shipyard is handed down to his nephew Giuseppe and Giuseppe’s youngest son, Lorenzo. The latter, making the previous generation’s legacy his own, will later become a protagonist in the sector of international luxury yacht construction.

The Benetti shipyard launches “Vanina”. Designed to win the Admiral’s Cup by the American naval architect Scott Kaufman for an Italian owner, “Vanina” is the first of a long line of sailing and motor yachts.

“Nabila” iws launched. With exquisite interiors, she is 86 meters long and displaces 2465 tons. Designed by Jon Bannenberg for Adnan Kashoggi, “Nabila” becomes the most famous yacht of her time.

The owner and president of Azimut, Paolo Vitelli, takes over the “Fratelli Benetti shipyard” and renames it “Benetti shipyard”.

The Benetti shipyard launches “Rima”, the first vessel built under the new Azimut management. Designed for a client from the Middle East, her interiors are designed by Terrence Disdale. Even with her steel hull, “Rima” is quite fast.

The Benetti shipyard builds the “Azimut Atlantic Challenger” to attempt the Blue Riband trophy for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic.

Launch of the first 45 meter “Ambrosia”. With a Chinese owner, she is the brainchild of exterior architect Stefano Natucci and interior designer François Zuretti, the most extraordinary yacht build by Benetti up until then.

Launch of “Golden Bay”, the first of a series of 50 meter yachts to be build by the yard.

Partial acquisition of the Moschini shipyard in Fano and launch of the first Benetti Classic 35 meter, “Stella Fiera”.

Building of new offices in Viareggio and vast enlargement of the construction facilities.

Launch of “Reverie”: at 70 meters, she is the second biggest vessel ever built by the yard. Azimut buys the ex Lusben Craft 41000 sq. meter yard in Viareggio harbor.

Launch of “Patricia”, the first Vision 45. The acquisition of the Moschini yard in Fano is fulfilled. The third “Ambrosia” is commissioned; at 65 meters, she is the first yacht in the world to use ABB’s Azipod, a state of the art diesel-electric propulsion system.

Azimut Benetti acquires the Fratelli Orlando shipyard in Livorno. “Libra Star” and the first Tradition 30 meters are launched. In September Benetti delivers their 70th over 30 meters yacht.

An agreement is reached with Fincantieri for the construction of yachts over 70 meters. The Classic 120’s is introduced.

Benetti receives and unprecedented order for four 59 meters yachts. The 56 meters “Galaxy” is the first yacht to be launched at the Livorno shipyard. The Composite range of yachts is brought to completion with the introduction of the 24 meter “Benetti Legend”. The third “Ambrosia” is delivered.

Construction of the new shipyard in the Darsena Lucca, with space for fitting-out three 50 meter yachts at the same time. Introduction of the new Benetti Class range, semi-custom yachts from 93 to 164 feet.

Introduced in Livorno the new 47 to 55 meters aluminum semi-planing range. The first two yachts of the Benetti Class range are unveiled at the Canns International Boat Show: the Delfino 93’ and the Tradition 105’.

The Crystal 140’ is launched, the third model in the Benetti Class range.

The Benetti shipyard takes its first order for an over 90 meter yacht and launches the Classic Supreme 132’, the fourth model in the Benetti Class range.

Benetti 140th anniversary

There was two World premiere the Tradition Supreme 108’ in Cannes and the Veloce 140’, the first model of the new range Benetti Class Fast displacement yacht, made her world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The most distinguishing feature of the Veloce 140’ is the Displacement to Planning (D2P) hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio and the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Centre.

There was the World Premiere of the custom yacht FB265 M/Y II.II at Monaco Yacht Show, this 63m is the finest example of yacht design and performance. M/Y II.II features elegant details and finishes and is a family-oriented yacht, dedicated to comfort, functionality and style, M/Y II.II has superby appointed interiors and boats two spacious Owner’s suites. M/Y II.II includes a private Owner’s lounging deck and a fully equipped sun deck spa. The new model of the new range Benetti Class Fast Displacement yacht, Vivace 125’ was launched in Cannes. M/Y Ironman is the first of the gamma and was sold to a young owner and, as the name reminds us, whose interiors were inspired by the famous cartoon hero, an inventor in love with technology. The furnishings, developed by the interior designer Alfred Karram Jr, are a referral to the very modern style, with a predominant use of grey wood next to the ceiling’s black and white. The crystal dining room table and steel detailing provide a clear sensation of technology


The huge number of yachts Benetti has produced in it’s 143 years will come as no surprise. The sheer quantity unambiguously demonstrates the momentum of our company growth and Clients’ unrestrained confidence in the Benetti brand. You can view a continuously updated timeline of our yachts on the link below.