The elegant and modern composite displacement boat Motopanfilo 37M is a yacht suspended in time, an example of classicism projected into the future. Her roots are in the design of the Benetti motoryachts of the 60s. The first hull named Koju was presented during this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.
Francesco Struglia, in collaboration with Benetti, designed the external lines, taking up the shapes and style of the past, while joining the hull and superstructure in a single harmonious shell. The profile, characterised by neat and clean cuts, has been elongated and refined with austere shapes.
The design of these boats was extremely clean and linear, without over-decoration. The hull and superstructure were conceived as a single volume, linked together by one or two perfectly coplanar style powers; the extended lines drew an elongated profile and closed with the classic round stern, making it an integral part of the boat.
The interiors were warm and welcoming, characterised by the abundance of wood used for both the structures and the furniture, white sofas and touches of blue that, over time, have given life to an identifying style.
The Lazzarini and Pickering studio designed the interiors, also inspired by the nautical tradition of the 60s, with modern technical and stylistic solutions. Loro Piana Interiors completely covered the interiors and parts of the exteriors, which are characterised by timeless elegance and furnished with classic summer and sea materials, first of all linen, in shades of white, blue and malachite.
For this extraordinary project, Benetti and Loro Piana Interiors have created an important partnership which results in the complete setting up, by the Maison, of the interiors and part of the exteriors of the yacht. The 37M Motopanfilo is therefore dressed in materials and fabrics of timeless elegance, also linked to an approach to life and design typical of that time.
But the Motopanfilo 37M is not the restyling of a successful yacht, but an all-round “today” project that finds inspiration in the past to project itself into the future, bringing with it an approach to life and design typical of a certain period, as well as some remembrance marks drawn from Benetti’s cultural heritage.
Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering, regarding the collaboration with the Maison, explained: “Loro Piana Interiors expresses the artisan sense of industry, which is an essential and unique component of Italian design and products that best combine research, design and quality. Taking on new challenges and developing new technologies with extraordinary elegance and great attention to quality is the perfect expression of Italian savoir faire.”
Giovanna Vitelli, Vice President of the Azimut|Benetti Group, said she was very proud of this collaboration and commented: “There are many values that unite Benetti and Loro Piana Interiors, first of all the craftsmanship for the product and the taste of timeless elegance. This is precisely the stylistic code of the new Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, which collects the nautical heritage of our past and projects it into the future. A perfect combination therefore with the Loro Piana Interiors style.”
Koju can accommodate ten guests on board, including an owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck and a further four guest cabins on the lower deck.
In terms of performances Koju has a top speed of 16 knots, and a transatlantic range of 3,800 nautical miles at 10 knots.