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Yachts International

Yachts International

Spring 2021

Yachts International Magazine brings the pleasure and passion of worldwide luxury yachting home to American yachtsmen interested in purchasing the next yacht of their dreams.

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4 Issues

in this issue

4 min
hammer + chisel

The largest of the marble seashells are more than 4 feet in length and can weigh close to a ton. They are titans compared to the homes of the marine mollusks they are modeled on, but in photographs, they could easily be mistaken for the real thing. Part artistic sculptures and part faithful replicas, they are the meticulous result of a husband-and-wife team producing objects of astonishing beauty and originality. “My wife, Raffaella, and I met when we were students at Pisa University,” says 70-year-old Roberto Quai. “She was studying natural sciences, and I was studying geology, so you could say we’re ideally qualified to carve shells out of stone.” Of mixed Italian and Ethiopian descent, Quai has marble dust in his veins. His father operated several quarries in the former Italian…

5 min
elements of surprise

Earthbound nature and cosmology provide the predominant design ethos of the 223-foot (68-meter) Abeking & Rasmussen Soaring. Working in close collaboration with the owner, Germany’s Focus Yacht Design wove these themes into the fabric of the yacht in direct and subtle ways. “An interior design reflects the personality of the person for whom it is created,” says Thomas Mühe, managing director of FYD. “It stands to reason that an interior is all the more remarkable if the client has an interesting story to tell.” Having developed a relationship with the owner during the four-year build, Mühe is privy to any deeper meaning behind the various design elements he integrated into the yacht. “However,” he adds, “even without knowing precisely the owner’s intent behind the special pieces we created, the artwork has universal…

5 min
young at heart

A design highlight is the smooth transition between the exterior and interior. Full-height glazing and teak soles that match the exterior decking make sure guests never feel far from the sea. But there’s more to the airy, uncluttered interior design than meets the eye. There was tangible excitement on the dock when Rebeca, the first 134-foot (40.8-meter) Oasis 40M from Benetti, made her debut in the swanky seaside setting of Italy’s Portofino late last summer. Clearly, we were all looking at something different—which, of course, was Benetti’s intention from the beginning. “We decided a few years ago to create a new collection that targeted a younger clientele and a more informal onboard lifestyle,” says Federico Lantero, product marketing and communication director at Azimut-Benetti. “We liked the idea of an SUV of the…

4 min
the power of legacy

CL Yachts can claim one of the longest-lived pedigrees in all of yachting. The company traces its roots back more than 140 years to Cheoy Lee’s commercial shipbuilding endeavors in Shanghai. Today, it turns out yachts with a focus on efficient design with tough, seaworthy hulls. The latest from this builder is the CLB88, designed by New York-born, Milan-based designer Jozeph Forakis. The CLB88 won a 2019 Good Design Award for transportation, presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The CLB88’s exterior lines intricately weave the feminine with the masculine. An arrow-straight sheerline allows the gentle curve of the superstructure to play coyly against the sky, while also invoking an undeniable sense of sturdiness. But the yacht’s look is not just for show. It was built using carbon fiber and…

4 min
st. vincent and the grenadines

The islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the southern Caribbean, have long been beloved for their unassuming charm. While substantial resorts and superyacht hubs dominate the islands to the north, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have remained more rustic, more natural and—some would argue—more authentic in terms of the Caribbean’s true spirit. It’s still possible, in this part of the Caribbean, to cruise into a harbor, dinghy ashore and spend an hour or two sipping rum punch as the lone visitor chatting up the owner of a colorful beach bar. Since 2017, when the monstrous hurricane season devastated some islands to the north, more and more private and charter yachts have been discovering the wonders of these islands to the south. The island of St. Vincent is the largest…

6 min
chasing the dream

Legend. Divergence. Revolution. Explorer. The names sound like titles for Hollywood blockbusters. In fact, they are the breakthrough series of Ocean Alexander yachts that Evan K Marshall designed in collaboration with the Taiwanese shipyard. They also sum up Marshall’s career trajectory of being expansive and free from set precepts. Eight or so years ago, Richard Allender, Ocean Alexander director of U.S. operations, contacted Marshall to refresh and diversify the brand with an array of innovative models. Prior to Marshall’s redesign, the brand had a very narrow Pacific coast-oriented client base. Ocean Alexander wanted to retain its DNA, but also expand into new and distinct markets. Marshall wholeheartedly accepted the mission. “Working with Ocean Alexander on series yachts has been extremely rewarding,” Marshall says. “The brief for semi-production versus custom presents a different…