Refit: Lürssen - Coral Ocean
How many times have we read the word ‘timeless’ also in these pages? Generally associated to a yacht design, at times used inappropriately only to emphasize a model’s good looks. But in the case in point it wishes to express its true significance. “Coral Ocean” sports a timeless design capable of defeating the marks of time. I am sincerely convinced that buffs for things vintage will agree with us. First and foremost those who were able to admire her September last in the course of the latest Monaco Yacht Show. “Coral Ocean” boasts flowing lines a lovely silhouette and offers when seen from the stern a graceful harmonious flaring in spite of her 23 years. She once was one of the queens of the MYS. And yes she doesn’t show it at all. She hit the water for the first time back in 1994 with her original name ‘Coral Island’ she’s known to superyacht brokers for having been one of the finest and first models built by the late Jo Bannenberg. With all of her 72 metres- a masterpiece in terms of style and class she was conceived for private use and was never seen on any yachting magazine.
After having spent a good many winters at Lürssen’s shipyard where she was built, and where she was updated to comply to the latest norms, “Coral Ocean” is finally available on the charter market and pictures of her sumptuous interiors have finally been published. Let’s begin from the main deck. The saloon’s interiors recall those of a Polynesian house by the sea sporting coarsely woven and untreated natural materials from burr oak to marble. The upholstery’s hues range from cream to brown conveying a strong ethnic aspect to the entire area which is further enhanced by works of art coming from African and Asian cultures. The living area is furnished with comfortable sofas contouring an Italian cut glass topped table and projector with a retractable screen. By opening up a large panel situated into a lateral bulkhead you can step out onto a terrace for an enchanting ‘al fresco ‘ experience. The decorative finishes here
comprise bark, silver leaves and birch burl. “Coral Ocean” has accommodation for up to twelve in six cabins. Four are guest suites which extend along the lower deck. Each one of these, features a diverse characteristic while all have a dedicated private bathroom. A pure hand crafted wool rug from New Zealand depicting breaking ocean waves, strengthens the feeling of a welcoming house at the seaside on “Coral Ocean”. The Gym and wellness areas can be accessed directly from the guests’ zone, this was at the time a rare feature, and an exclusive prerogative for very few superyachts. The VIP suite is situated along the upper deck, and is equipped with a dedicated internal bathroom, and changing room. this suite accesses directly to a private study which can double as television/entertainment area. The interior decor of this area is made up of birch burl panels, oak flooring and oak burr and parchment furniture. The furniture, comprises a pair of handmade mahogany chairs and a television set table designed by a British craftsman. The stern saloon sports coherent patterns, with a VIP suite which is enriched with Indian decorative elements and crockery. The owner’s suite is situated along the top deck and boasts a large bathroom and wardrobe/changing room. From up here you can enjoy the sight of an incredible panoramic view thanks to all of the glazed semicircular panelling and to the skylight above, which deliv--
ers loads of natural light and also from the double bed which rises higher up or down accordingly at the press of a button. The foyer accessing the top deck reveals an old slot machine and several eucalyptus panels.the stairway leading to the main deck is decorated by a bronze sculpture of a waterfall. Access to the sun deck which houses an infinity pool equipped with a wave/flow generating motor, requires that guests cross a covered area sporting ports which look into the pool itself so as to best admire the wonderful mosaics forming the pool’s walls. Two separate areas can be reached via a magnificent stairway in the stern. The first one is a barbecue situated on the top deck area ideal for informal meals and ‘sundown’ long drinks, the other is more suited to formal gatherings along the upper deck which is equipped with sliding lateral glazed cut glass panels to keep the wind out. Two custom made 8.60 metre tenders powered by Yanmar 315HP engines are stowed along the main deck. The specially made tenders are kitted out in two different configurations, one is an open version, the other a limousine. A number of jet skis and other water toys are also available for visiting guests. Once the area has been freed up from tenders and toys it can double as a partying spot capable of accommodating up to about 80 people. The deck forward of the helm controls station houses a Zodiac 4.50 metre Rib deployed as rescue boat, a BSC open 60 and two Sea Doo GTX Limited is 260 models. There are 15 crew cabins distributed between the main and lower decks in addition to the captain’s cabin which is situated next to the helm controls station. The lower deck also comprises ample space for laundry, ship’s stores, freezers and other technical areas. Thanks to a pair of Caterpillar 1,947 HP engines “Coral Ocean” can reach 17 knots. Her cruising range is of 6,000 nautical miles. For further information: www.lurssen.com