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1999 Benetti Golden Bay Series

** SOLD **

  • $15,995,000 USD
  • Peter Thompson
  • Sold
  • Used
  • Motor Yachts
  • 1999
  • Benetti
  • Golden Bay Series
  • Cannes, FR
  • Power
  • 164ft / 49.99 m
  • 29ft 2in / 8.89 m
  • Mtu
  • 12v 396 Te94
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Steel
  • 2012-12-13
  • 2013-10-18
  • 1525347

CUOR DI LEONE (ex M/Y LIONHEART) is a 50m/164ft Benetti - the 4th in their Golden Bay series. She was extensively refitted in 2010/11 at a cost of 4 million USD.  Work included full repaint, new generators, new carpets throughout and much more. See spec for full details of work undertaken. The owner is highly motivated to sell!


Vessel Walkthrough

CUOR DI LEONE (ex M/Y Lionheart) is a 50m (164ft) Benetti - the 4th in their Golden Bay series. She is another fine example of this company’s Italian flair and elegance in design.  She was designed and built to be able to undertake long cruises and charters in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and other exotic areas of the world. Accordingly, this large motor yacht provides every possible comfort and luxury.  Her interior styling is by Stefano Natucci and features the use of exceptional materials and highly original details.  Sanded and vibrant honey coloured oak burl has been used for the yacht’s furniture and panelling.  The bathing areas display the lovely and exclusive marble, honey onyx.  Also present throughout is the extensive use of mirrors further enhancing the feeling of space onboard.

Stepping aboard via the hydraulic passerelle, the inviting aft deck comprises cushioned bench seating, 4 large wicker arm chairs, a glass topped coffee table and 2 occasional wicker tables. 

Double sliding doors lead into the Main Saloon.  Underfoot are new 100% pure wool custom made carpets throughout. Immediately to port is a marble topped bar with 3 bar stools.  Just forward of the bar are two large sofas, arranged in L formation with a glass topped and intricate metalwork coffee table.  Opposite the sofas is a 44” TV.  External light can be controlled by the 3 sets of blinds (3 different thicknesses) electrically operated.  These are present throughout the yacht.  Different moods can also be created by the use of dimmable spotlighting.

Forward is the glass topped dining table capable of seating 12 guests with cream leather covered chairs.  Through a door to port is the lower pantry which has dishwasher, sink, ice maker and small desk and chair.  Forward of this is the fully equipped professional Galley (details of equipment on page 5).  Taking the starboard passage forward from the dining room leads to the Foyer for use when the vessel is berthed side to.  There is a day head just before the double doors entering the Master Suite. This comprises an Office with couch, desk and 2 black leather covered chairs.

A sliding door leads through to the full beam suite. Centrally positioned King sized bed, with 42” TV opposite. An armchair and footstool to port. Large oval windows flood the area with natural light.  There is an extensive wardrobe with 2 double hanging spaces at both port and starboard doors through to the full beam bathroom.  The stunning marble and onyx bathroom comprises his ‘n’ hers wash basins, WC, bidet, rainhead shower and centrally positioned Jacuzzi bath. Dressing table to port. Gold fittings throughout.

The 4 spacious guest suites on the lower deck are accessed via a staircase from the Foyer. Comprising 2 identical Queen suites and 2 identical Twin suites. The double suites comprise Queen bed, small couch, dressing table and full height wardrobe. The bathroom features bath tub, WC and wash basin.  The Twin suites feature a drop down Pullman berth each and the ensuite features a shower, WC and wash basin.

Taking the marble staircase up from the Foyer leads to the Bridge Deck. Turning right leads, via the Navigation Station, to the wheelhouse which has 2 helm chairs and a central black leather bench for guests.  Turning left leads to the fifth guest suite and skylounge.  The guest suite can be either a twin or a double depending on requirement.  Generously sized with dressing table and hanging wardrobe.  The bathroom features a shower, WC and wash basin. This can also be used as a day head, accessible via a separate door from the Sky Lounge.

The full beam skylounge has two large sofas with 2 ornate coffee tables.  In addition, a card table with 2 chairs and a bar with ice maker and small sink. A pop up 42” TV is between the port and starboard doors leading to aft bridge deck.

The upper pantry features dishwasher, dumb waiter, sink, Delonghi Nespresso machine, Philips Saeco Exprelia ‘bean to cup’ coffee machine, microwave and fridge.  In addition, 2 Eurocave wine fridges.  The crew can access the sundeck from here via a sliding hatch for unobtrusive service.

The bridge deck offers a choice of spaces; the Portuguese bridge with semi circular seating and round coffee table, or the aft deck which offers a shaded marble and glass topped dining table for up to 12 guests with full beam aft cushioned seating and foot stools.

A wide staircase on the port side leads up to the sun deck. This features sweeping deck spaces which are nicely separated and very functional as either entertainment or relaxation areas.

Forward is a raised, very large sunpad area with unobstructed 360 degree views.  Mid way is a large Jacuzzi, adjacent to the marble topped bar with sink, 2 fridges and a grill/BBQ.  Under the arch is a large dining table with 5 chairs on one side and fixed cushioned bench seating on the other.  The aft end of the sun deck is a raised area with double sun loungers, chairs and tables all in stripped, sealed teak.

Finally the foredeck which houses the rescue tender, waverunner, 2 jetskis, all launched using the 0.6 ton capacity crane. A spacious Bosun’s locker also has escape hatches from the master suite and crew cabins.   The guest tender is housed in the aft garage and launched via the 1.7ton capacity overhead gantry crane. The transom opens up to form a substantial swim platform.


Main deck: Full beam master suite with King size bed (200 x 200cm).  'His and hers' bathroom incorporating Jacuzzi bath and shower

Lower deck: 4 further staterooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. These comprise 2 double (Queen beds, 195 x 160cm) and 2 twin. The twin cabins each have an additional pullman berth

There is a day room on the upper deck that can be converted into a guest room (either double or twin) with ensuite bathroom facilities.  In double configuration the bed is a super queen (195 x 180cm)

Crew Quarters

Bridge deck: Captain’s double cabin with ensuite shower, sink and WC

Lower deck forward: 5 twin bunked cabins, all with ensuite shower rooms.

Mechanical Equipment

Generators: 2 x Northern Lights 155kw (installed 2011)
Hours - Port: 308  Starboard: 620 (12 July 2011)

Stabilizers: VT Naiad
Bowthruster: VT Naiad
Water makers: 2 x HEM(2 x 500litre/hour)
Fuel separator: Alfa Laval
Oily water separator: DVZ
Sewage treatment: Hamman
Toilets: Vacuum
Air Conditioning: Condaria

Navigational and Communications Equipment

Navigation equipment:

Radars: 2 x Furuno 21XX series black box Radar/ARPA
1 ‘X’ Band and 1 ‘S’ Band
Electronic display: Transas 4000 ECDIS program with worldwide chart folio installed and includes a 480mm Simrad multifunction LCD display
Systems monitor: L.Y.M.S. systems monitor & alarm system displayed on a 380mm touchscreen LCD display
Gyrocompass: Sperry Mk10
Speedlog: EM200
Autopilot: LMP STA Adaptive Autopilot
Repeater Display: CPlath Navidata Multifunction
Satellite Compass: Furuno SC50
GPS: Furuno GP-150
Depth sounder: Furuno FCV-581L
Repeater Display: Furuno RD-30
AIS: Furuno FA-100
Multifunction display: B&G H3000 Multifunction nav display system (position, winds, depth, speedlog, etc.) with displays on the bridge, wing stations & captains cabin
Inmarsat C Terminal: Furuno Felcom 15 with Skanti PRN9000 printer
MF/HF Transceiver: Sailor TU5150 with CU5100 Control Unit / DSC
Navtex receiver: Furuno NX-500
Weather Fax Receiver: JRC JAX-9A

Communication equipment:

Internet: VSAT
GSM: 2 x Nokia
Voice & Data: Thrane & Thrane 250 Fleet Broadband (2011)
Data: Sat C
PABX: Panasonic
VHF: 2 x Raymarine RAY240E VHF & DSC
Hand held VHF: 2 x ICOM
Hand held UHF: 14 x Motorola
VOIP: VSAT telephone line

Audio and Visual Equipment

Flatscreen TVs and DVDs in all cabins

42” flatscreen TV in the master
44” Fujitsu flatscreen TV in the main salon
42” flatscreen TV in the sky lounge
30” LG flatscreen TV in the VIP
4 x 20” flatscreen TVs in the lower guest cabins
30” flatscreen TV in captains cabin
Marantz/Linn audio throughout
Crestron controls in guest cabins
Wi-Fi throughout vessel and outer decks, with Cisco N routers (installed 2011)
DVD library
SKY & Direct TV receivers
2 x Wii systems
Karaoke system

Deck Equipment

Opacmare hydraulic passarelle
Marquip boarding ladder(for use on port or stbd quarter)
Motarmar 600kg foredeck crane with wireless remote control
2 x Jabsco searchlights
Kahlenberg horn
2 x vertical anchor windlasses with mooring capstans on foredeck
2 x mooring capstans on aft deck
1700kg garage crane with wireless remote control
BSC Marine hydraulic boarding ladder on the stbd side


2 x Zanussi Oven
6 x Induction hobs
1 x Induction wok
1 x Zanussi Deep fat fryer
2 x Microwave Oven
2 day fridges in galley
Walk-in fridge freezer (Condaria)
2 x icemakers
3 x Miele dishwashers: galley, crewmess & upper pantry
3 x washing machine + 3 x clothes drier (Miele)
Dumbwaiter from lower pantry to upper pantry

Refit 2010 / 2011

Major works completed during the USD 4million 2010/11 refit:

·        Complete repaint with Awlgrip

·        Apply fresh antifouling

·        Install 2 new Northern Lights 155kw diesel generators, including all new cabling and a new Power Management System

·        Install a new 80kw load bank

·        Install new Tai Ping tufted custom carpets (100% wool) throughout

·        Overhaul stabilizers, anchor windlasses and aft mooring capstans

·        Replace teak deck forward of the bridge, all other decks recaulked and sanded

·        Modify all the SS handrails on the sundeck to add height and strengthen

·        Construct a new sofa on the main deck aft

·        Relocate the existing Vsat antennae from the mast to above the bridge for an improved, unobstructed view of the sky

·        Relocate the existing TV antennae to the old Vsat position and purchase and install a new one for the opposite side of the mast in place of the old Sat B dome. Purchase and install an arbitrator switch to control the 2 TV antennae’s

·        Purchase and install a Thrane & Thrane 250 Fleet Broadband system to replace the obsolete Sat B system

·        Completely replace and upgrade the WiFi system on board to new Cisco N routers and to give complete coverage throughout, and on the outer decks

·        Replace floors and wood grating in all crew cabins

·        Increase the exhaust ducting capacity for the dryers to improve cooling and efficiency

·        Improve the galley ventilation extraction system

·        Overhaul and repair the existing galley equipment

·        Polish all the marble

·        Reguild much of the gold plating on fixtures

·        Much work done to the A/C system including pump overhauls & replacement, condenser cleaning, new frequency drivers, etc.

·        Resealing of all windows

·        Install an emergency power pack for the foredeck crane to be used in the event of a blackout

·        Extra structural strengthening installed in the bow area to prevent fairing cracking

·        Deck and flooring strengthened in the way of the foredeck crane

·        A new azimuth was installed on the foredeck crane

·        Polish stainless steel anchor pocket plates

·        Transom door systems overhauled

·        Starboard boarding ladder systems overhauled

·        Install new engine and stern drive in the guest tender

·        Repair bow thruster propeller

·        Replace main engine exhaust valves, bypass valves and water injection units

·        Construct new sea chests

·        Sandblast and galvanize the anchors

·        Installation of new emergency lighting and embarkation lights

·        Service dive compressor

·        Install new marble floor in the VIP cabin

·        Install new marble on the table forward of the bridge

Safety and Fire Protection

2 x 20 person Life rafts
2 x full set of flares
4 x Line throwing rockets
Hand held Iridium phone
Hand held Garmin GPS
Video surveillance on main deck. Panasonic cameras(installed 2011), DVR, UPS, 15” LCD monitor on the bridge and a 17” LCD monitor in the crewmess
2 x SARTs
Fire fighting equipment that exceeds requirements
Emergency lighting including embarkation lights (installed 2011)
Safety equipment as required by Lloyds and Cayman Islands
Autronica Fire Detection system with gas alarm panel for garage


6 meter Novurania Equator RIB (2008) with a 2011 installed FNM Marine HPEP 250hp turbodiesel engine and Mercruiser Bravo III sterndrive.
4.5 meter Novurania RIB with 60 hp Yamaha outboard (2006)


2 x Kawasaki SXR800 stand-up jetskis (2009)
1 x Yamaha VX1100 Deluxe Racing Edition Waverunner (2011)
Water skis
Kids kneeboard and wakeboard
Towable toys (banana, donuts and flyfish)
Fishing gear
Powerplate Machine
Cross trainer
Snorkelling equipment
8 x sets of scuba dive gear
Bauer Capitano 100 lpm scuba air compressor


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Worth Avenue Yachts

150 Worth Avenue Suite 136
Palm Beach, Florida, 33480