The 46.57-metre yacht Balista (ex: Project 12) was launched by the Italian shipyard Cantieri di Pisa in 2013.
Sporting naval architecture designs by Italian duo Cantieri di Pisa and Arrabito Naval Architects, the motor yacht is a high-performance vessel belonging to the Akhir range.
Her exterior lines were designed by the Rome-based studio Galeazzi Design and the vessel showcases a versatile three-deck layout with a host of amenities for onboard entertainment.
The sundeck, which is divided into three sections, features shaded and sunlit lounging areas forward and aft, a bar and a centrally located Jacuzzi. The main deck aft area also features lounging areas, and alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the skylounge.
The elegant interior on board Balista is the brilliant work of the UK designer Mark Berryman who created a welcoming ambience with a touch of luxury by incorporating Italian woodwork with dark marble, plush furnishings and leather accents.
Both the main saloon and skylounge provide the ideal space for relaxing, and fold-out balconies off the skylounge with sliding Asian-inspired doors seamlessly blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors.
This Italian-built yacht can sleep up to 14 guests in seven staterooms comprising the main-deck master suite, a versatile VIP cabin that serves as either a full-beam stateroom with a lounge or two separate staterooms, two double-bed staterooms and two twins.
A set of two MTU 16V 4000 M93L diesel engines allow Balista to cruise at 22.5 knots and reach a top speed of 24.5 knots, whereas at economical speed she reaches a transatlantic range of over 3,000 nautical miles.
Now, we all know that, despite regular servicing and checks, with age yachts of any kind are statistically more likely to develop unexpected technical issues.
This has been the case also for Balista that recently called upon the assistance of Palumbo Superyachts Naples for repairs.
Being high season, the yard provided their immediate availability. Experienced engineers were deployed to detect and solve the problem of the reported water leakage in the shortest time possible, so to minimize the unforeseen stopover period.
Sure enough, the whole job was effectively and efficiently completed at record speed, and Balista got back to the sea offering her guests complete peace-of-mind cruising for the rest of the season.