CRN Cloud 9
Preceded by news, indiscretions, fleeting images, the displacing 74 metre built by CRN in Ancona Italy finally took to the water debuting at the latest MYS (Monaco Yacht Show) last September and entered that short list of protagonists. Its main virtue: pe
A wonderful yacht, not one where the bow is praised, the foyer, the owner’s suite, but rather the one where the overall aspect is so strikingly beautiful it takes away every possibility of admiring her single components. Okay we confess.this definition is nothing else than the transposition of an ancient recurring thought: expressed by Lucio Anneo Seneca who, in celebrating feminine grace was probably referring to Pompea Paolina his wife. And yet the sense of this sentence expresses perfectly our difficulty in classifying, sectioning, undoing, summarizing what we’ve observed about Cloud 9, CRN’S latest work. In reality, the word which best expresses the overall sense is ‘harmony’, this because the idea which comes to mind is that of a perfect alchemy between the minds that have crafted the project’s various components. This means the in house engineering team, Zuccon International Project, Winch Design and New Construction which is Burgess Agency’s new construction division acting as project manager representing the owner. A couple of doubts arise for this name, that among the diverse interpretations that can be given about the meaning of it given by the owner for his ship, where the most suited is the most mystical: in fact Cloud 9 is one of the fundamental phases made along the path to enlightenment. It corresponds to ‘bliss’ perhaps. Then let’s proceed a little longer with this concept of “togetherness”, because the fundamental feature according to us of this 74 metre is exactly based on the continuity between outside and inside, between the exterior and the interiors. In other words there is never, meaning never a moment you feel the stillness often experienced when crossing from one corridor to another in hotels and along other ships, as you move along the yacht’s decks or walk from one spot to another even inside. And more so when the interiors are richly, lavishly decorated, the sea seems further away. Probably in the eyes of visiting guests rooted in their residential vision of things, it is “safer” for it to be just so. But no, not on Cloud 9 it was built by one – for one for whom psychological and visual contact with water is something he wants, expects it, loves it. No wonder then the infinity pool contouring the stern area along the main deck managed to deliver a sharp sense of continuity with exterior surroundings that will make the three or more metres which divide the deck to the water’s edge unperceivable. And not to mention the beach club which this contact makes it so very real, physical thanks to the lower deck’s streamlined extension which tapers off down to sea level just off the water when the transom opens out. It’s worth reminding this ingenuous invention is CRN’S. The first to realize it in 2006 for 54 metre yacht “Ability”. It reached perfection in 2009 when it was installed on 60 metre “Blue Eyes”. But this is not all for Cloud 9 as there are two other accesses to the sea other than the stern beach club. There are two side openings as well which are used to launch and recover tenders and water toys and two hydraulically operated balconies which can double as massage parlour/ hairdresser on one side the one along the main deck and the other which is situated on the lower deck which allows guests to embark and leave walking past an elegant reception area. Indeed it is easy to visualize little groups of guests or pairs talk away while comfortably seated in welcoming lounges starting with the exterior ones already mentioned. However there are another two considerably large but structural lounges. The first is the sun deck which is equipped with a hydro-massage pool, bar area galley, a dining table seating up to 12, sofas and loads of sun pads which allow
you to spend a whole day up there, in the place on Cloud 9 with the best view. It is about 13 metres above sea level. The second of the two is situated along the whole of the upper deck’s surface area comprising the helm control station’s glazed window like ports and the extreme bow end: It is really a multi function zone – vocationally a place in which to chill out – which, like the fly bridge during a brief pause in a port offers a meaningful advantage, that of being far from indiscreet onlookers’ eyes as they walk leisurely along the quays. The upper deck’s bow area can when need be double as a touch n’ go helipad. Then we come to the shared interior areas, they’re practically all situated aft of amidships; an imposing living area on the main deck, with a large “U” shaped sofa placed at centre contoured by straight sofas on each side which can offer a perfect view of a pop up screen thanks to which the whole area turns into an extremely elegant movie room. The sky lounge on the upper deck is simply awesome and thanks to its precious painted panels recalling the sky’s colour schemes as it mirrors the surroundings it conveys an almost unreal atmosphere. The adjacent dining area deserves a few lines, since at this point wanting to overcome the embarrassment of having to choose whether to lay the indoor table or the one ‘al fresco’ the outside one has been equipped with a circular shaped slot made up of curved glass pop up panels which face aft covering a section of 120° which are ‘de facto’ a small engineering miracle but the shield effect is extraordinarily spectacular. Going up to another level we come to a multi media room: an area which is dedicated to the owner’s family. Here you have the most private section of the whole ship: the owner’s apartment. So as to delimit its boundaries the 400 square metres or so of covered surface area is entirely furnished with precious white wool and silk carpeting made of a single piece by expert hands.
The bedroom can swivel around a king size bed as if it were a cog round which spins a wheel from which you can enjoy a great view over 180° and where on the other side of the semi circle what goes on is hidden – thanks to a dedicated study of the perspectives which targets absolute privacy. This bedroom’s set up and decor is specially interesting it splits two ways: on one side the left one which is decidedly feminine sporting a large bathroom enriched with four varieties of precious marble boasts a lovely bath tub and shower unit and leads to a spacious wardrobe; while the other side on the opposite side is decidedly masculine, it comprises a study/ changing room/ wardrobe/ toilet and shower unit. It is worth highlighting that in this precious private setting, the sublime class of the furniture and decor is carefully planned not to go beyond the level of extremely refined luxury. To be quite honest this is also true of the guest quarters even if to a lesser degree – the VIP suite situated along the upper deck and the six double cabins along the main deck and more so also the fitness area, corridors, landings, hallways and stairs. Last but not least do not think the crew’s comfort has been forgotten: aside from a slight austerity given by the role, the comfort of the captain’s cabin placed directly behind the helm controls station is not far behind the VIP’S in much the same way as the cabins reserved for the 21 crew members situated along the lower deck. They’re all very welcoming with dedicated bathrooms. The mess room/lounge in which crew members can relax when not on duty is comfortable and so is their dining area. But talking of the crew without mentioning what is their fundamental role: the working/running of the ship. It is equipped with the best on the market in terms of appliances, galleys, entertainment, refrigerators, soundproofing, A/C, safety, emergencies, and not to mention the engines. Two hefty Caterpillar 3516C engines developing 2,682 HP each can propel Cloud 9 to a top speed of 16.5 knots and an econ speed of 12 for a range of 6,000 nautical miles. Decidedly Cloud 9 is a natural “globe cruiser”. For further information: CRN; Via Enrico Mattei 26, 60125 Ancona; tel.+39 071 5011111; www.crn-yacht.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
TECHNICAL DATA LOA: 74.00 m – Beam: 13.50 m – Draught: 3.50 m – Gross tonnage: 2,218 GT – Displacement fully laden: 1,650 t – Construction material: steel hull – Superstructure: aluminium alloy – Type of hull: displacing – Fuel tank capacity: 250,000 litres – Water tank capacity: 40,000 litres – Daily production of desalted water: 32,000 litres - Guests: 16 (12 in charter) – Crew: 22 – Helipad load: 3,000 kg – Engines: Caterpillar 3516C 2 x 2.682 HP – Generators: Caterpillar 2 x 275 kw 380V; 1 x 175 kw 380 V – Noise level in cabins: 48 DB – Naval architecture: CRN Engineering Department – Exterior design: Zuccon International Project – Interior design: Winch Design – Project manager CRN: Raffaele Giannetti – Owner’s project manager: Burgess – Charter agency: Burgess – Class: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Malta Cross LR 100 - A1 – SSC – “Y”, Mono, G6, Malta Cross LMC, UMS MCA LY2 compliance
Cloud 9 CRN