July was the auto evolution Italian month, a month long virtual celebration of Italian style and excellence in design and performance in automotive, two-wheeler and Marine industry. Let’s wrap up this party with one final bow to a design that has stood the test of time and proves that few do better than the Italians when it comes to classics: Federico Fiorentino’s Belafonte superyacht concept.
Introduced in late 2014, The Belafonte avoided that Superyacht concept slippery tendency to “think outside the box”. Ironically, Fiorentino thought outside the box and delivered a project that is still considered modern, futuristic and yet elegantly timeless to this day. So a classic.
As Fiorentino explained Forbes In the same year: “A yacht does not have to be revolutionary.” That does not mean that you have to blend in or dampen originality, but that disruption for the sake of disruption should not be an end in itself. “There are some designers with strong personalities; They don’t necessarily make revolutions, but their styles are very distinctive. I think the Belafonte (and all of our other designs) has this basic characteristic. It is not necessarily a revolutionary yacht, but it has a strong personality and cannot be confused with any other yacht. “
Indeed, The Belafonte is unmistakable. It’s both modern and classic at the same time, with a striking bronze hull with automotive design elements that make it what it is immediately noticeable – and unforgettable. The design is inspired by small Dutch day boats, with the stainless steel detail on the bow paying homage to the Alfa Romeo Grille and so anchored this futuristic ship in the 60s and 70s. The overall design is clean and simple, with stark contrasts and unexpected combinations like mahogany cap rails and polished steel as a contrast.
It is 50 meters long, has three decks and an open back, reminiscent of motor boats. Performance would be on par with motorboats, too, although the level of comfort and luxury is undoubtedly super-yacht worthy.
Fiorentino initially envisioned The Belafonte at a top speed of 24 knots. A year after the project was presented, the designer conducted a study with Van Oossanen Naval Architects to further develop it. As such, it was found that the Belafonte thanks to the fast displacement hullwhich would also allow significant fuel savings. At a cruising speed of 13 knots, the superyacht could have transatlantic range and could even have transpacific range if sails at an even more leisurely speed of 9 knots.
Accommodation on board would be for 10 guests in five cabins: a VIP suite, two double cabins and one double cabin. The master suite would be huge with 84 square meters of living space, with its own office, a fold-out balcony, two bathrooms and two walk-in closets, as well as access to the private sundeck and the forward lounge on the main deck.
Amenities include a formal salon, dining area, two pools, a sky lounge with its own bar and outdoor dining area, and a gorgeous but minimalist beach club. For the project, Fiorentino mainly focused on the exterior, mentioning that the interior layout would not be designed until a potential customer came over. That too allowed for customization certain elements; After all, when you’re paying $ 26.4 million (Fiorentino 2014 estimate) for a superyacht, you want one final word on what goes where in terms of the rooms and the stuff you put in them.
An owner for The Belafonte has not turned up after all these years, but if it does, it can be expected to be completed in 2.5 years. Fiorentino knows Just the right kind of man or woman who would commission such a super yacht that he compares to one Porsche or a Aston Martin. “Sports car with an elegant touch, [and] modern lines mixed with classic elements. This yacht calls for the same kind of person who would buy these cars. “