James Packer Takes Delivery Of His $290 Million Benetti Superyacht

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Aussie casino tycoon James Packer recently let go of a considerable amount of shares in his Crown Resorts company for a reported US$1.8 billion (AU$2.6 billion), and to celebrate, has decided to treat himself to a custom yacht from Italian superyacht builders Benetti.

The longest yacht Benetti has ever constructed at 354-foot, the US$200 million (AU$289.4 million) creation is named IJE after Packer's three children, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle.

The spectacular 'gigayacht' is powered by twin MTU 3,800 hp diesel engines with a top speed of 18.5 knots (34kph) so Packer can island-hop with ease from the Med to the reef and anywhere in between.

Designed by British yacht makers RWD, Packer's dream water cruiser is split into five decks with 11 cabins accommodating 22 guests and 15 crew cabins. Highlights include a cinema, sauna and massive heated swimming pool. There's more than 10,000sqm of outer deck space that includes a fire pit and outdoor dining area. There's even room at the rear of the IJE for a couple of 45-foot tenders.

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