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DDif­fer­ent peo­ple achieve the feel­ing of be­ing on cloud nine in dif­fer­ent ways. For the Aus­tralian owner of the 243-foot (74-me­ter) CRN Cloud 9, spend­ing time aboard his high-tech home afloat does the trick. “A per­fect state of hap­pi­ness,” he says, “ex­actly de­scribes how we feel when we are on board.”

The owner is con­stantly on the go with mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses, but when Cloud 9 launched last year, he took a sab­bat­i­cal with his wife and their two chil­dren, ages 6 and 9. They brought along a nanny and a tu­tor, who used the yacht’s dual-pur­pose gym/ school­room for morn­ing lessons—the gym equip­ment tucks eas­ily out of sight and the TV be­comes an in­ter­ac­tive “chalk­board.” Af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded ex­plor­ing new ports of call, with a good mea­sure of play­time and swim­ming for re­cess.

“He not only works hard, but he also likes to play hard,” says An­drew Winch, founder of Winch De­sign, which han­dled in­te­rior de­sign on Cloud 9.

Cloud 9 was con­ceived with max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity to suit the owner’s life aboard, and to cater to the top end of the char­ter mar­ket. Hav­ing char­tered many yachts him­self, he knew that healthyliv­ing fea­tures com­mand a pre­mium these days, which is why a gym, spa, beauty sa­lon and mas­sage room were part of his brief. Toys and fun were also high on his list.

“There is a glass-bot­tomed pool and loung­ing area that leads into the main sa­lon/cin­ema, and with the large beach club im­me­di­ately be­low, the recre­ational area spans sev­eral spa­ces with close prox­im­ity to the sea,” he says. “Adults and kids alike love it.”

Cloud 9 is the sec­ond-largest yacht that CRN has built. Con­structed in An­cona, Italy, she rep­re­sents a col­lab­o­ra­tion among the ship­yard, Zuc­con In­ter­na­tional Project, Winch De­sign and Burgess.

“The owner’s ex­pec­ta­tions were un­re­lent­ing, and the at­ten­tion to de­tail crit­i­cal,” says Ed Beck­ett, who was the owner’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the start. “Qual­ity con­trol for the project was top of the agenda, and if some­thing needed re­do­ing, it was re­done.”

Burgess and Winch also were deeply in­volved in the owner’s for­mer Cloud 9, a 197-foot (60-me­ter) CMN built in France. A bird’s-eye view of shows the spa pool for­ward and swim­ming pool aft. The beauty sa­lon on the main deck has a bal­cony for al­fresco mas­sages.

The main deck sa­lon and bar can be con­verted to a cin­ema lounge for 20; The board­ing foyer is where guests are greeted when they ar­rive by ten­der; The up­per deck VIP suite has di­rect ac­cess to the out­side.

“The dif­fer­ence is incomparable,” the owner says, “not just by virtue of the ex­tended length over­all, but be­cause the new Cloud 9 has ex­tra­or­di­nary vol­ume, giv­ing the sense of a yacht far larger than 74 me­ters.”

Cloud 9 is de­signed to be in­for­mally el­e­gant. The owner wanted a ca­sual, beach-style home away from home,” says Winch. “He did not want it to seem like a Clar­idges or Ho­tel de Paris.” To achieve that goal, Winch De­sign gave the owner vi­su­als of every­thing.

“If you com­pare the ini­tial de­sign ren­der­ings with the fin­ished prod­uct, they are iden­ti­cal,” Winch says. “His vi­sion did not wa­ver.”

Sand- and li­nen-col­ored tones with sub­tle gold ac­cents com­ple­ment the preva­lent navy, cobalt, cerulean and in­digo hues. Warm wood adorns soles, ceil­ings and bulk­heads.

“Oak reigns through­out all decks, from the bleached oak of the main sa­lon, with its one-di­rec­tion grain that cre­ates a con­tin­uum of lines, to the ham­mered oak that lines the guest cab­ins, cre­at­ing an op­u­lent leather ef­fect,” says Ste­fano DeVivo, chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer of CRN and its par­ent com­pany, the Fer­retti Group.

Zago, the Fer­retti Group’s car­pen­try arm, cre­ated the cus­tom wood­work. Shells, corals, mol­lusks and found sea ob­jects are in­trin­sic to the dé­cor, lib­er­ally in­cor­po­rated in the tex­tile de­signs and as ob­jets d’art. In keep­ing with the nau­ti­cal theme, pat­terns in the cus­tom beige silk car­pets re­sem­ble sand rip­ples.

All the state­rooms, too, fol­low the rest­ful dé­cor theme. They are not dif­fer­en­ti­ated by a color theme, and all are sized to make sure every­one has enough pri­vate space.

“Whether we are cruis­ing on board with in­vited guests or whether the yacht is char­tered,” the owner says, “it’s much more eq­ui­table to have com­pa­ra­ble guest ac­com­mo­da­tions.”

In ad­di­tion to a ded­i­cated owner’s deck, there are six guest state­rooms on the main deck, and a VIP state­room on the up­per deck with full-height star­board-side win­dows that slide open.

“The owner wanted all the space in­side and out to be free-flow­ing with max­i­mum views and easy ac­cess to the sea,” says Ig­naco Olivia-Velez, head of in­te­ri­ors at Winch De­sign.

Com­mon rooms have mul­ti­ple func­tions, while pri­vate spa­ces are more in­ti­mate. For in­stance, the main deck’s sa­lon can dou­ble as a cin­ema for 20, and the owner’s deck has a me­dia room for a hand­ful of peo­ple.

The tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions stip­u­lated a touch-and-go he­li­pad on the fore­deck, but that space in­stead was con­fig­ured to in­clude shaded loung­ing, din­ing and karaoke. Winch de­signed a por­ta­ble 12-seat ta­ble with fold­ing legs for the area, and it can be used else­where, too.

LOA: 242ft. 9in. (74m) BEAM: 44ft. 3in. (13.5m) DRAFT: 12ft. 9in. (3.9m) CON­STRUC­TION: steel/alu­minum DIS­PLACE­MENT: 1,650 tons GROSS TON­NAGE: 2,218 EN­GINES: 2 x 2,680 hp Cater­pil­lar 3516C GEN­ER­A­TORS: 2 x 275 kW Cater­pil­lar C18; 1 x 175 kW Cater­pil­lar STABILIzERS: Quan­tum Zero Speed BOW THRUSTER: 2 x 160 kW ZF 2001 TT SPEED (max.): 16.5 knots SPEED (cruise): 15 knots RANGE: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots NAVAL AR­CHI­TEC­TURE: CRN EX­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Zuc­con In­ter­na­tional Project IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Winch De­sign CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TION: Lloyds Reg­is­ter LR + 100-A1-SSC “Y” MONO, G6 +LMC UMS MCA LY2 com­pli­ant GUESTS: 16 (12 on char­ter) in 6 state­rooms plus owner’s suite and VIP CREW: 22 in 12 cab­ins BUILDER: CRN YEAR: 2017

“I like to spend time down on the beach club for wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and time with the fam­ily,” the owner says, “so we’ll some­times also dine there by the wa­ter’s edge when in a calm an­chor­age.”

With so many op­tions, the owner has a hard time choos­ing his fa­vorite spot.

“The tep­pa­nyaki bar on the sun­deck is a fun place at lunchtime,” he says. “For quiet times, I en­joy the seclu­sion of the pri­vate owner’s deck, which is en­tirely self-con­tained. There are great views for­ward across a ter­race through full-height win­dows from the cabin. The owner’s suite also has out­side ac­cess from the bed­room, port and star­board, as well as a lounge/of­fice. The beach club of­fers space for loung­ing and din­ing. The fore­deck, while con­structed to be a he­li­pad, is used as an ad­di­tional space for en­ter­tain­ing. has a panoramic view and doors to port and star­board.

“We en­ter­tain a lot on board,” he adds, “so a pri­vate haven with plenty of space and all the ameni­ties is a great con­cept.”

CRN also looked to en­hance the guest ex­pe­ri­ence through the yacht’s sea­keep­ing, ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, fuel ef­fi­ciency and sta­bi­liza­tion. Spe­cial at­ten­tion was given to the crew’s quar­ters, as well; the owner knows that even with the best yacht in the world, the crew make or break a cruise.

The owner, his fam­ily and their guests spent nearly 100 days straight on board fol­low­ing the yacht’s de­liv­ery. By all re­ports, he not only was on cloud nine, but also was in sev­enth heaven.

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