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The first Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, Koju, is a reinterpretation of a decades-old nautical style in a modern yacht, making it a recipe for a successful series. Take a look around one of this year’s BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards finalists

David Bowie had one. So did Monaco’s Prince Rainier III. With long bows, tapered superstructures and distinctly nautical styling, the Benetti yachts built in the 1960s and 70s attracted celebrities and royals alike. This era of yachting is often regarded as the ultimate in maritime fashion, so it’s understandable that the Italian builder might want to revisit it 60 years later. The new Benetti Motopanfilo 37M was created to do just that, breathing new life into the “dolce vita” age of yachting.

“The new 37 metre is inspired by the leading models of the 1960s and 70s and by the stylistic code of that era,” says Giovanna Vitelli, vice president of the Azimut-Benetti Group. “She’s the materialisation of Benetti’s glam heritage but made to satisfy the tastes and needs of contemporary owners.”

Hull No 1 was started on spec but has since attracted an American owner. Named Koju, she will be used privately as well as being available for charter in the Caribbean this winter.