30 January, 2023


January 30th, 2023

Project FB283, a new 62-metre full-custom motor yacht built by Benetti with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, under our management and owner’s representation, hit the water in Livorno for the first time in a private ceremony on January 26th, 2023.

Although I have seen some of them in over a 25-year career, it is always a great emotion to witness the launching ceremony of a full-custom project of this size and importance. We are honoured to have been entrusted by the owner with the consultancy and management of his project, giving us the privilege of sharing this achievement with him” says Nicolai, Managing Partner and Director of Project Management.

Involved in the development of the yacht from an early stage, as the owner’s representative and pre-purchase advisor, we supported the client by managing and coordinating the definition and development of the preliminary design and technical specification, as well as the negotiation and closing of the contract, along with the client’s legal advisor. During this phase, we expertly guided our client through the entire decision process. We ensured that his project vision was correctly translated into a comprehensive technical specification and that all his requirements were included in the yacht construction contract.

After the contract was signed, we managed and coordinated the entire construction process on behalf of the owner, protecting his interests and ensuring that the project was developed and built in accordance with the contract by monitoring the progress, supervising each construction stage and reporting the state of the project to the client.

The outbreak of the pandemic within a few weeks of the YCC closing added an extra challenge and complexity to the management of the build. We remotely managed the development of the executive project design and engineering through the Covid-19 lockdowns. Under these circumstances, we greatly appreciated the ability of the whole project team to quickly adapt and overcome the difficulties of the time and successfully deliver this phase on schedule. This was just the beginning of a very productive and collaborative cooperation between the builder’s and owner’s teams. It is thanks to this great collaboration and the synergies between the experiences of everyone involved that the FB283 is set to become a reference for Italian expertise in yacht building.

The project features naval architecture engineered by Van Oossanen Naval Architects who developed the hull lines to meet the owner’s speed requirements and a contemporary design by Giorgio M. Cassetta of Cassetta Yacht Designers who penned the exteriors and interiors providing the project with an elegant and modern look with luxury still understated details.

Project FB283  will now move to the dock for final completion. During this stage, we will work together with the Benetti team to oversee the completion, testing, commissioning procedures and sea trials to achieve final acceptance and delivery of the yacht to their owners on time in April this year.

Project FB283 Team
Builder: Benetti
Exterior Designer: Giorgio M. Cassetta Design
Interior Designer: Giorgio M. Cassetta Design
Naval Architect: Van OOssanen Naval Architects
Owner’s Rep. & PM:  Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management

We would welcome to hear about your project, contact us at info@nicolanicolai.com to start planning your future superyacht and book your perfect voyage on board with us!

Photo Courtesy of Benetti.

Ph. Giuliano Sargentini