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6 staterooms
164' 0" (49.99 m)
29' 2" (8.89 m)
8' 7" (2.62 m)
Year Built:
Motor Yacht
2 engines MTU 12V396 TE94
Cruise Speed:
13 Kts. (15 MPH)
Max Speed:
16 Kts. (18 MPH)
United States
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Basic Information

Motor Yacht
Model Year:
Year Built:
Refit Year:
United States
Fly Bridge:


164' 0" (49.99m)
29' 2" (8.89m)
Max Draft:
8' 7" (2.62m)

Speed, Capacities and Weight

Cruise Speed:
13 Kts. (15 MPH)
Cruise Speed Range:
Max Speed:
16 Kts. (18 MPH)
943578 Pounds
Gross Tonnage:
496 Pounds
Water Capacity:
3265 Gallons
Holding Tank:
502 Gallons
Fuel Capacity:
19813 Gallons


Total Heads:
Captain Cabin:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:

Hull and Deck Information

Hull Material:
Deck Material:
Hull Configuration:
Full Displacement
Hull Color:
Hull Designer:
Exterior Designer:
Stefano Natucci
Interior Designer:
Stefano Natucci

Engine Information

12V396 TE94
Engine Type:
Fuel Type:


Likely the best of the ever-popular Golden Bay series, LUMIERE has 6 staterooms and an excellent charter record. She has been lovingly maintained and has had a full W6 service on her MTU main engines as well as significant upgrades to her mechanical and engine room systems and navigation and communication equipment. She has a light, bright and airy interior, fantastic sundeck and garaged tenders.  

Vessel Walkthrough

SOTAVENTO is a 50m (164ft) Benetti. She is the fourth in their very successful Golden Bay series. SOTAVENTO is a 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. 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-colored oak burl has been used for the yacht’s furniture and paneling and the bathrooms are finished in lovely marbles, and honey onyx.

Stepping aboard via the starboard side hydraulic passerelle, the inviting open aft deck has a full-beam cushioned bench seating, 4 wicker armchairs, a glass-topped coffee table and 2 wicker tables.

Underfoot are new 100% pure wool custom-made carpets. To port is a marble-topped bar with 3 bar stools. Just forward are two sofas with a glass-topped and intricate metalwork coffee table. External light is controlled by the 2 sets of blinds (2 different thicknesses), electrically operated.

Forward and open to the main salon is the dining room with a glass-topped dining table capable of seating 12 guests. Through a door to port is the main deck pantry with a dishwasher, sink, icemaker and small desk and chair. Forward is the fully equipped professional galley. The starboard passage forward from the dining room leads to the foyer. There is a day head off the hall just before double doors that lead to the master suite. The master suite also has an office with couch, desk and two chairs.

A sliding door leads through to the full beam suite from the office. A centrally positioned king-sized bed is centered with TV aft. An armchair and footstool to are port. Large oval windows flood the area with natural light. There is extensive wardrobe space with 2 double hanging closets at port and starboard doors through to the full-beam bathroom. The stunning marble and onyx bathroom comprise his and hers washbasins, WC, bidet, rain head shower and central Jacuzzi bath. There is a dressing table to port, and gold fittings throughout.

The four (4) spacious guest suites on the lower deck are accessed via a staircase from the foyer. There are 2 identical queen suites and 2 identical twin suites. The double suites are comprised of a queen bed, couch, dressing table and full height wardrobe. Their bathrooms feature bathtub, WC and washbasin. The twin suites have a dropdown pullman berth in each and the ensuite bathrooms feature a shower, WC and washbasin.

Taking the marble staircase up from the foyer leads to the bridge deck that leads to the navigation station and wheelhouse. The wheelhouse has 2 helm chairs and a central black leather bench settee for guests. Aft of the staircase leads to the fifth guest suite and sky lounge. The guest suite can be either a twin or a double. Generously sized with dressing table and hanging wardrobe and fantastic views. The bathroom has a shower, WC and washbasin. The sky lounge has its own separate day head.

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

The bridge deck pantry features dishwasher, dumb waiter, sink, coffee machine, microwave, fridge and, 2 Eurocave wine fridges. The crew can access the sundeck from here via a sliding hatch for unobtrusive service, and there is also a dumb waiter.

The bridge deck offers a choice of spaces the Portuguese bridge with semi-circular seating and a coffee table forward with four lounge chairs, or the aft deck which offers a shaded dining table for up to 12 guests. There is a full-beam cushioned settee aft and footstools around.

A wide and shallow staircase on the port side leads up to the sun deck. The sundeck features sweeping deck spaces that are nicely separated and very functional as either entertaining areas or relaxation areas.

Forward is a raised large sun pad area with unobstructed 360-degree views. Midway is a Jacuzzi, adjacent to the marble-topped bar with sink, 2 fridges, and a grill/BBQ. Under the arch is a dining table with 5 chairs on one side and fixed cushioned bench seating on the other. The aft end of the sun deck has a raised area with double sun loungers, chairs and tables, all in teak. There is a large-format daylight television on the aft sundeck.

The foredeck houses the smaller tender and 2 wave runners all launched using the 0.6-ton 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 by the 1.7 ton overhead gantry crane. The transom opens to form a substantial swim platform with fantastic water access.


MAIN DECK: The full-beam master suite is on deck with king-size bed. 'His and hers' bathrooms with Jacuzzi bath and shower is full beam forward.

LOWER DECK: There are four (4) guest staterooms on the lower deck. There are two queen bed staterooms and two twin-bed staterooms, all with en-suites. There is a pullman berth in each twin stateroom.

UPPER DECK: There is a day room on the upper deck that can be converted into a guest stateroom (either double or twin) with en-suite bathroom with shower.

CREWS QUARTERS: Captain’s double cabin with en-suite shower, sink and WC on the bridge deck Five (5) upper and lower berth crew cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms with shower on the lower deck.

Entertainment and A/V Equipment

RTI controls & unify routers
Wi-Fi throughout vessel and outer decks Cisco N routers DVD library
Apple TV
SKY & Direct TV receivers
1 x Wii systems/ 1 x PS2
Master Cabin: 42" Flatscreen
VIP Cabin: 30" LG Flatscreen
Guest Cabins: 4 x 20" Flatscreen
Sky Lounge: 42" Flatscreen
Sun Deck: Large Daylight TV
Captain's Cabin: 30" Flatscreen

Communication and Navigation Equipment

Communication Equipment
VSAT high-speed internet
Panasonic PABX telephone system
VOIP VSAT telephone line
Sailor CU5100 MF VHF Fixed SSB
2 x Raymarine RAY240E VHF
2 x Sailor VHF
2 x ICOM VHF Handheld
14 x ICOM UFH Handheld
2 x Nokia GSM Cellular phone system
Panasonic Intercom

Navigation Systems
Palladium Glass Bridge with 24” LED Bonded Glass Display
2 x 15” Multi-Touch Displays
7” Sunlight readable touchscreen
7” Widescreen SVGA monitor
2 x Apple Mac Mini

2 x Furuno 21XX series black box Radar/ARPA
1 ‘X’ Band and 1 ‘S’ Band
Gyrocompass: Sperry Mk 10
Satellite Compass: Furuno SC50
Repeater Display: C Plath
Multifunction Display:B&G H3000 Multifunction nav display system (position, winds, depth, speedlog, etc.) with displays on the bridge, wing stations, and captain’s cabin
Autopilot: LMP STA Adaptive Autopilot
Depth Sounder: Furuno FCV 581L
GPS: Furuno GP-150
DGPAS: Furuno GP-37
Inmarsat: Thrane & Thrane 250 Fleet Broadband (2011)
Sat C: Furuno Felcom 15 with Skanti PRN9000 printer
Data: Sat C, Nero SAT voice and data
MF/HF Transceiver: Sailor TU5150 with CU5100 Control Unit / DSC
Weather FAX: JRC JAX-9A
Speed Indicator: EM200
Navtex: Furuno NX5-00
AIS: Furuno FA-100

Main Machinery

Main Engines 2 x MTU 12V396TE941, 680kw each 2,226HP W6 in 2016
Engine Hours 10500 since W6 major overhaul as of 7/2019
Transmissions ZF with auxiliary oil pumps
Propulsion 2 x direct-drive propeller shafts with oil bath shaft seals
Output 308V/50Hz
Generators 2x Northern Lights (Alaska Diesel) 155kw (installed 2011)
Generator Hours 16,5000 hrs. as of 7/2019 Both just completed the 15,000 overhaul

Ancillary Machinery

Air Conditioning 3 x Aqua Air chiller units
Air Compressors 2 x new 2016
Bow Thruster VT Naiad
Fresh Water Maker 2 x HEM (2 x 500 liters/hours)
Fuel System Alfa Laval
Fuel Filters Racor
Oily Water Separator DVZ oily water separator
Sewage Treatment System Hamman Sewage Treatment Plant
Toilet System Jets vacuum
Stabilizers VT Naiad, (not zero speed)
Steering System Jastram Hydraulics with electric pumps
6 x Under Water Lights 
Helm/Control Stations Bridge and two wings

Deck Machinery and Equipment

Anchor Windlass System 2 x vertical anchor windlasses on foredeck
Aft Warping Capstans 2 x mooring capstans on aft deck
Boat Crane Motarmar 600kg foredeck crane with wireless remote control (1700kg garage crane with wireless remote control)
Davit Nautical Structures davit on foredeck
Passarelle Opacmare hydraulic
Accommodation Ladders Marquip boarding ladder (for use on port or starboard quarter)
BSC Marine hydraulic boarding ladder on starboard side
Spotlights Jabsco
Paint Exterior Awlgrip 2013


Fuel Capacity 19,813 US Gallons (75,000 Liters)
Water Capacity 3,265 US Gallons (12,360 Liters)
Watermakers 264 US Gallons p/d (1,000 Liters p/d)
Lube Oil 317 US Gallons (1,200 Liters)
Waste Oil 317 US Gallons (1,200 Liters)
Grey Water 608 US Gallons (2,300 Liters)
Black Water 502 US Gallons (1,900 Liters)


Maximum 16 kts @2,100 rpm
Cruising 13 kts @1,400 rpm
Economical 12 kts @ 1,250 rpm
Range 3,500 nm at 1,250 rpm, consuming 250 lph

Galley and Laundry Equipment

Main Galley Equipment Cooking Equipment
2 x Space combi ovens (2018)
6 x Induction hobs
1 x Induction wok
1 x Zanussi deep fat fryer
2 x Microwave ovens

2 x Day refrigerators in galley
1 x Walk-in refrigerator
1 x Walk-in Condaria freezer

3 x Miele dishwashers: galley, crew mess & upper pantry

2 x Icemakers
Dumbwaiter from lower pantry to upper pantry and sundeck

Main Laundry Equipment
3 x Washing machines
3 x Dryers (Miele)

Security, Safety and Firefighting Equipment

Cameras Panasonic cameras (installed 2011), DVR, UPS, 15” LCD monitor on the bridge and a 17” LCD monitor in the crew mess
Video surveillance on main deck
Charts Transas 4000 ECDIS program
with worldwide chart folio includes a 480mm Simrad multifunction
LCD display
Ship’s Safe Owners stateroom and Captain’s cabin
Firefighting equipment exceeds Class requirements
Fire Control System Autronica Fire Detection system with gas alarm panel for garage
Portable CO2 Class approved
Engine room Halon
Alarms L.Y.M.S. systems monitor & alarm system displayed on a 380mm touchscreen LCD display
Life Rafts 2 x 20-person life rafts
6 x Life Rings 
2 x SARTs
SAT Phone 1 x handheld Iridium phone
GPS 1 x handheld Garmin GPS
Flares 2 x fullset
Searchlights 2 x Jabsco searchlights
Lighting Emergency lighting including embarkation lights (installed 2011)
Horn Kahlenberg
Medical Equipment Safety Equipment as required by Lloyds and Marshall Islands
4 x line throwing rockets

Tenders and Toys

Main Tender 6-meter (19’ 08”) Novurania Equator RIB with 250hp turbo diesel engine and Mercruiser Bravo III sterndrive
Rescue Tender 4.5-meter (14’04”) Novurania RIB with 60 hp Yamaha outboard
2 x Sea-Doo jet skis
Bauer Capitano 100 lpm scuba air compressor
Snorkeling equipment
Water skis
Kids kneeboard and wakeboard
Towable toys

Recent Upgrades

Since purchasing SOTAVENTO (ex LUMIERE) in 2013, her current owners have invested a significant amount in upgrades and overhaul of the yacht, including the following:

W5 on engines completed November 2019
New Teak on the aft deck and general maintenance to all other areas
OverHead panels in the interior replaced where needed
New A/C chillers 
Cap Rails Varnished
Marble and Onyx polished
W-6 overhaul of both main engines, winter 2015/2016
New main engine exhausts 2016 with polished SS shields
Full paint job on all machinery
A-5 overhaul of both transmissions
Entirely new perforated engine room sheeting for noise insulation
New Alpha Laval
New electric motors on watermakers
New stabilizer cooling pumps
New stabilizer hydraulic pumps
New clean oil transfer pump
New dirty oil transfer pump
Rebuilt fire pump
Rebuilt bilge pump
Rebuilt freshwater pumps
New freshwater filtering units
New freshwater accumulator
New air compressors
New air conditioning compressors
Installation of Palladium Glass Bridge
Interior upgrades
Stabilizer upgrades
15-year Lloyds Class renewal
Redesign and rework of sun deck

2018 Refit

Propeller dismantled, dynamic balance, installation, propspeed paint applied
Fabrication of one new rudder as requested by class
Overboard vent grills removed and painted
Service anchor windlasses and capstan
Generators overhauled electrical and mechanical parts
Transom door sleeves lock pins, dismantling the door sleeve lock pins, check cylinder, reinstalled and calibrated.
Stabilizers serviced, dismantled the hydraulic and mechanicals parts, hoses replaced, bearings etc.
Bow thruster serviced
Main stern gangway overhauled
All valves have been replaced
Sandblasting the bottom hull, antifouling applied
Recaulking the windows
Superstructure painted with matt black
Galley floor replaced
Shaft lines dismantled
Fanextraction from Engine room replaced
Sea chest exhaust valves replaced
Thickness test
Megger test
Annual safety equipment serviced
Radio survey
Installation of a new MF unit in the radio room
Magnetic compass calibration and new deviation table
Fire alarm system updated
Horn serviced
Annual survey to rescue crane
Insulation around the raiser in main engines
Alignment test on shafts
MTU Borescope inspection
New zincs
Sensor on anchor hatch replaced
Mirror in VIP cabin replaced
Guest tender serviced and paint repair, propeller replaced
Paddle wheel from speed sensor replaced
Starboard stairs repainted
Polished entire boat
Bow table marble replaced
Anchor plate polishing
Shaft lines sealed and oil replaced
Rudder system cleaning and check all components

Unfortunately, this boat is not available for sale. It will be removed from the website soon.

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