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Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - by Chuck Ans­bacher

The lux­ury yacht ex­pe­ri­ence is more at­tain­able—and lav­ish—than ever. Start nav­i­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties with these four stand­outs.

THE LUX­URY YACHT EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS MORE AT­TAIN­ABLE—AND LAV­ISH—THAN EVER. START NAV­I­GAT­ING THE POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES WITH THESE FOUR STAND­OUTS.

The ocean calls to us, and we flock to it, drawn by its life­giv­ing vi­tal­ity and un­know­able pow­ers. From its sandy shores to its deep­est canyons, hu­man­ity has spent cen­turies ex­plor­ing earth’s vast wa­ters and in­vent­ing new meth­ods to ex­pe­ri­ence them. As our chart­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties have ad­vanced, one ves­sel has stood above the rest in its abil­ity to pro­vide a lux­u­ri­ous gate­way to the sea: the yacht. Per­haps no other word in the English lan­guage can con­jure the same vi­sion of ex­clu­siv­ity. The un­par­al­leled lux­ury of your own fives­tar ho­tel, the ma­jes­tic splen­dor of the ocean trans­formed into your back­yard, an oa­sis of re­lax­ation, an end­less pri­vate play­ground, and, be­neath it all, the most lav­ish means of travel ever known—this is the prom­ise of life on a yacht. And while ex­clu­siv­ity is cer­tainly the first word in yacht­ing cul­ture, new fron­tiers of ex­pe­ri­ence and own­er­ship are open­ing this world as never be­fore. From day trips to week­long char­ters, the time is now to ex­pe­ri­ence the ocean in a way you may have only dreamed pos­si­ble.

FOR A DAY

What, you may won­der, is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a boat and a yacht? “The dif­fer­ence is who makes your drinks,” jokes Pa­trick Cur­ley, a co­founder of Yachtlife, an app start-up de­ter­mined to make waves in the of­ten oner­ous world of yacht char­ter­ing. “If you’re on a boat, you’re mak­ing your own drink be­cause you’re driv­ing. If you’re on a yacht, you have a crew that’s mak­ing it for you.”

This tongue-in-cheek an­swer proves a point: Yacht­ing is, above all, a lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence. But as with many such ex­pe­ri­ences, it can be dif­fi­cult to come by. The Hamptons has all the el­e­ments nec­es­sary for a world-class yacht mar­ket to thrive—from an abun­dance of wa­ter to the high-net-worth in­di­vid­u­als en­joy­ing the sum­mer on its leg­endary beaches—yet the cul­ture has never taken root out East as it has in Mi­ami, the South of France, and Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Yachtlife plans to change that.

By bring­ing the ease of rent­ing a va­ca­tion home to the lux­ury day-char­ter yacht space, Cur­ley is pos­i­tive that Hamptonites will ex­pe­ri­ence the ocean in a way that has pre­vi­ously been out of reach. “When you play around with the app,” he ex­plains, “it’s lit­er­ally like you are book­ing a ho­tel room or an Airbnb.” This is in con­trast to the nu­mer­ous emails and spec sheets one usu­ally has to sift through to book a day char­ter. From a 25-foot Van­dutch to a 145-foot Chris­tensen, Yachtlife pro­vides ac­cess to a fleet of yachts that can be taken for days or weeks at a time.

“Char­ter a boat from Sag,” says Cur­ley, “go all the way to Shel­ter, eat lunch, have some rosé, go back on the boat, cruise up to the North Fork, go to a vine­yard—it’s re­ally go­ing to change the ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple. We’re def­i­nitely very ex­cited for the Hamptons.”

FOR A WEEK

Day char­ter­ing may pro­vide a taste of the yacht life, but once you spend a week on a boat in the Ba­hamas or the Mediter­ranean, you will do it ev­ery sin­gle year for the rest of your life. Char­ter­ing for a week or more at a time de­liv­ers the ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­tended-stay yacht­ing without the com­plex­i­ties (moor­ing, crew, main­te­nance) that come with own­er­ship. And if you have the means, char­ter­ing a mega-yacht— any­thing over 75 feet long—can be a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Shawn Laird, Northrop & John­son’s di­rec­tor of char­ter man­age­ment for North Amer­ica, spot­lights one such boat. “Party Girl is an iconic, 205-foot mo­tor yacht,” says Laird. “She has an ele­gant in­te­rior de­signed by Cris­tiano Gatto, is one of the top char­ter yachts in her class, and is also one of the newer mod­els in her genre.”

On the seas since 2013, Party Girl has two owner suites, one with 180-de­gree views and a pri­vate bal­cony; eight state­rooms (as op­posed to the usual six); and a beach club on the wa­ter-level deck.

Party Girl also comes out­fit­ted with all the wa­ter toys you can imag­ine, in­clud­ing four Yamaha Waverun­ners and a wa­ter­slide.

“The boat is suited for fam­i­lies or cou­ples,” says Laird, “or even one cou­ple that wants to get away and be com­pletely iso­lated. And ev­ery­one is treated to an ex­cep­tional level of in­di­vid­ual ser­vice.”

“Party Girl is suited for fam­i­lies or cou­ples, or even one cou­ple that wants to get away and be com­pletely iso­lated.”—shawn Laird

FOR A DREAM

For a rar­efied few, mega-yacht own­er­ship is in the realm of ac­tual pos­si­bil­ity. For the ma­jor­ity of yacht­ing en­thu­si­asts, how­ever, it will al­ways re­main the stuff of dreams. And as dreams go, none are more rous­ing than the Ju­bilee, a boat in a class all her own.

This once-in-a-life­time Burgess mas­ter­piece is the largest yacht ever con­structed in the Nether­lands, the cra­dle of yacht­ing; more than five years in the mak­ing, the 360-foot stun­ner de­buted in June in the South of France. With ex­te­rior styling by Lobanov De­sign and in­te­ri­ors by Sor­gio­vanni De­signs, Ju­bilee eas­ily sleeps 30 and fea­tures unique de­sign el­e­ments inside and out.

“All the ac­com­mo­da­tion is on the main deck and above,” ex­plains Ru­pert Nel­son, Burgess sales di­rec­tor in Monaco, “so all cab­ins have full win­dows to the sea, and the owner him­self has a du­plex—the top two decks on the yacht.” The ex­te­rior’s sleek out­fit­ting of glass and alu­minum gives the il­lu­sion of nine decks, but it has the usual four. “All of that is ba­si­cally hand-cut, hand-welded, hand-pressed, hand-shaped, then fed,” says Nel­son, “so ev­ery curve on a yacht takes five times as much as a straight line or a straight edge would do. That’s a phe­nom­e­nal amount of work.”

With an aquar­ium, swim­ming pool, gym, he­lideck, wa­ter-level beach club, out­door din­ing area for 20, out­door movie screen­ing area, and count­less ul­tra­luxe ameni­ties, Ju­bilee is truly a dream come true.

“All the ac­com­mo­da­tion is on the main deck and above, so all cab­ins have full win­dows to the sea, and the owner has a du­plex.”— Ru­pert Nel­son

FOR A LIFE­TIME

For those with a passion for the yacht­ing life but a de­sire for a more per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence on the open seas, a more mod­est ves­sel without the need for a full crew can of­fer both lux­ury and in­ti­macy. In this class of yacht, the Riva 56’ Ri­vale is un­ri­valed.

“There is no other boat like it,” boasts Mauro Micheli, chief de­signer at Of­fic­ina Ital­iana De­sign. “It is unique in the open seg­ment of these di­men­sions.” Un­veiled ear­lier this sum­mer on Lake Iseo in Sar­nico, Italy, the Ri­vale model was cre­ated for both long cruises and shorter day-cruis­ing trips.

Ele­gant both inside and out, it fea­tures siz­able ex­te­rior spaces and a sporty pro­file. “It is de­signed for dy­namic own­ers who want to take an ac­tive role aboard their mo­tor yacht and do their own skip­per­ing,” ex­plains Ser­gio Beretta, CEO of Of­fic­ina Ital­iana. This means that while you may be stir­ring your own mar­ti­nis, you will also have the power of the twin 1,000- or 1,200-horse­power MAN en­gines at your fin­ger­tips, pro­pel­ling the boat to an im­pres­sive cruis­ing speed of 31 or 34 knots, re­spec­tively— more than twice that of most mega-yachts.

“Be­cause of its close con­nec­tion to the sea and the gen­er­ous spaces it af­fords, it is per­fect for shar­ing with friends or fam­ily,” says Beretta. The two fully out­fit­ted en suite cab­ins—a master suite and a VIP cabin—en­sure that longer jour­neys will be as rest­ful as they are in­vig­o­rat­ing.

“The Riva 56’ Ri­vale is de­signed for dy­namic own­ers who want to do their own skip­per­ing.” —Ser­gio Beretta

The all-new, cut­tingedge Riva 56’ Ri­vale. op­po­site page: The plush 205-foot mega-yacht Party Girl.

Char­ter­ing a yacht just got a whole lot eas­ier thanks to Yachtlife, whose local fleet ranges from a clas­sic Hamptons day cruiser like this one to a 145-foot palace on the wa­ter.

With a Jacuzzi, a beach club, luxe state­rooms, and your own per­sonal chef, give your­self and 11 friends the pri­vate va­ca­tion of your dreams aboard Party Girl (be­low).

Char­ter­ing Burgess’s Ju­bilee is like hav­ing your own pri­vate ocean-go­ing ho­tel, com­plete with a swim­ming pool and out­door din­ing area for 20 (ABOVE) and a place to land your he­li­copter.

Blend­ing state-of-theart en­gi­neer­ing with ele­gant de­sign, the Riva 56’ Ri­vale of­fers sleek metal­lic ex­te­rior de­tails and chic in­te­ri­ors, in­clud­ing a spa­cious main deck (right) and a com­fort­able lounge and gal­ley (be­low).

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