The Ul­ti­mate Bach­e­lor Pad

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As the in­te­rior de­sign­ers of the old Como, in ad­di­tion to the sail­boats Corinthian and was the ob­vi­ous choice for the in­te­rior de­sign of Crich­ton’s lat­est yacht.

“Hav­ing es­tab­lished a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the owner over a num­ber of years and sev­eral large yacht projects, in many re­spects the brief was to con­tinue on from the first Como,” says Toby Ecuyer, a part­ner in the Bri­tish de­sign firm. “Neville has a pro­gres­sive out­look and the in­te­rior of the lat­est Como re­flects that ap­proach by build­ing on lessons learned from the old yacht and push­ing for­ward with ma­te­ri­als and in­te­rior ar­range­ments.”

The de­sign team de­vised a soberly mas­cu­line and calm­ing am­biance based on bleached oak and high-gloss Ma­cas­sar ebony. The mir­ror fin­ish of the pol­ished stain­less steel in the over­heads, far from feel­ing in­dus­trial or harsh, lends the in­te­rior an in­ter­est­ing dy­namic and the im­pres­sion of higher ceil­ing heights. Clas­sic white mar­ble was se­lected for the bath­rooms with more or­nate im­per­ador mar­ble for cen­ter­pieces, such as the bar unit that strad­dles the slid­ing glass doors be­tween the main salon and the aft deck. The bar is bi­sected by the slid­ing glass doors and a be­spoke stain­less steel wine cooler cov­ers the gap when the doors are open—a so­lu­tion that re­flects minute at­ten­tion to de­tail.

There were sev­eral dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing the hang­ing art­work. The owner even­tu­ally opted for sim­ple black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy and asked RWD to source works by new and in­no­va­tive pho­tog­ra­phers. This was done by re­search­ing auc­tion house port­fo­lios around the world to build up a com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion, which was then pre­sented to the owner to make a fi­nal choice.

“He’s an in­cred­i­ble owner to work with be­cause he knows ex­actly what he wants,” con­cludes Ecuyer. “He has a keen eye for de­sign and un­der­stands im­plic­itly whether a so­lu­tion will work or not.” —J.R.

LOA: 151ft. 7in. (46.22m) LWL: 146ft. 3in. (44.6m) Beam: 29ft. 6in. (9m) Draft (loaded): 7ft. 5in. (2.2m) Con­struc­tion: alu­minum Dis­plac ement: 352 tons Gross ton­nag e: 406 En­gines: 2 x Cater­pil­lar C32 ACERT

86-inch mir­ror TV on the din­ing room bulk­head or ad­mire the seascape with­out hav­ing to re­ar­range the fur­ni­ture. En­gi­neered by Fead­ship, the sys­tem re­lies on com­pressed air to pro­vide near-silent, fric­tion­less ro­ta­tion, but it was im­por­tant that the mech­a­nism re­cessed into the deck did not de­tract from the head­room in the guest cab­ins be­low, or in­crease noise lev­els from the en­gine room. At the push of a but­ton, the light­weight, com­pos­ite plat­form im­per­cep­ti­bly lifts up on its bed of air and can be pushed around us­ing one hand.

Fead­ship is more ac­cus­tomed to build­ing high-vol­ume, steel-hulled dis­place­ment yachts, and Como is a com­pact ves­sel by Fead­ship stan­dards at just un­der 500 gross tons. Max­i­miz­ing stowage space was a pri­or­ity for her cap­tain, Mark Smith, who in­ter­vened to ad­vise the ship­yard on where ex­tra inches could be gleaned. He dis­cov­ered, for ex­am­ple, a gen­er­ous gap be­hind the wash­ing ma­chines and dry­ers in the laun­dry, which were pushed back to in­crease the floor area. Naval ar­chi­tec­ture: Dubois Naval Ar­chi­tects Ex­te­rior styling: Dubois Naval Ar­chi­tects In­te­rior de­sign: Red­man White­ley Dixon Guest cab ins: 2 dou­ble cab­ins, 2 twin cab­ins, 1 master suite Crew: 8 in 4 cab­ins Builder: Fead­ship Year: 2014

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