A lux­u­ri­ous floating abode

When it comes to com­bin­ing tra­di­tional yacht re­fine­ments and re­laxed aquatic re­cre­ation, su­pery­acht M/Y Paraf­fin is the whole ball of wax, and more.

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Com­mis­sioned in 1999 by the founder of the Yan­kee Can­dle Com­pany, the 60-me­tre Paraf­fin was his trib­ute to his suc­cess in build­ing a small can­dle busi­ness into a global re­tail em­pire.

Fead­ship Royal Dutch Ship­yards was chal­lenged to de­sign a su­pery­acht that would be equally at home off the cool, north­east coast of the United States, the warmer wa­ters of the Caribbean, as well as re­mote lo­cales such as the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands. This meant that Paraf­fin needed to seam­lessly blend tra­di­tional in­te­rior de­signs such as dark ma­hogany wood and for­mal liv­ing spa­ces with mod­ern, lighter woods and in­for­mal spa­ces for re­lax­ation and aquatic re­cre­ation.

The su­pery­acht changed hands over the years, how­ever, and now Paraf­fin has a new owner and is based in South­east Asia. How­ever, she re­tains her two dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties split be­tween in­doors and out, thanks in part to a re­fur­bish­ment in 2016.

As a su­pery­acht built for 12 guests and a 17-mem­ber crew, Paraf­fin’s great­est

at­tribute is her space. Un­like smaller yachts, which re­quire com­pro­mises, Paraf­fin’s ex­pan­sive rooms could eas­ily pass for rooms in land-based man­sions.

“Paraf­fin is a pri­vate fam­ily yacht that serves as a get­away from ev­ery­day life to a lux­u­ri­ous floating ho­tel with ex­cep­tional ser­vice and com­fort,” says Paraf­fin cap­tain, Raul Oja. “Her cozy and clas­sic in­te­rior makes her a ‘home away from home’.”

A day on the yacht

A typ­i­cal day might find guests an­chor­ing in shal­low, crys­tal clear wa­ters from which to en­joy brunch on the in­for­mal, shaded deck out­fit­ted with light wood planks with an in­laid nau­ti­cal de­sign. A mi­mosa en­joyed at the out­door bar with high chair seat­ing for four can help off­set the effects of the trop­i­cal hu­mid­ity.

As the mid­day sun takes hold and the cool wa­ters beckon, Paraf­fin’s fun side is ready to play. The yacht is chock full of aquatic gear to sat­isfy ev­ery­one from the sun wor­shiper to the thrillseeker. In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional equip­ment like wa­ter skis and snor­kel­ing gear, Paraf­fin also of­fers a Sea-Doo with room for two for ex­plor­ing nearby is­lands.

When the sun be­gins to set, Paraf­fin’s more tra­di­tional, or for­mal, per­son­al­ity is on full dis­play.

Guests can re­lax over drinks from the su­pery­acht’s in­side bar with seat­ing for three that would feel equally in place at a bou­tique ho­tel. Ele­gantly ap­pointed in ma­hogany, the bar’s three long shelves out­fit­ted with strate­gic mir­rors and light­ing make it feel larger than it ac­tu­ally is.

When the din­ner bell rings, guests can take their places in the rec­tan­gu­lar for­mal din­ing room. Like all of the in­ter­nal ar­eas of Paraf­fin, the din­ing room fea­tures tra­di­tional ma­hogany wood with one wall even serv­ing as a 400-bot­tle, par­tially re­frig­er­ated wine rack.

When it is time to re­pair to the grand saloon, guests may for­get that they are at sea as the spa­cious saloon has nu­mer­ous couches and even a for­mal chess ta­ble. In the cen­ter of the room, atop ex­tra plush, light-coloured car­pet­ing, are four couches an­chored around an over­sized cof­fee ta­ble so that each per­son can see the oth­ers for easy con­ver­sa­tion.

When it is time to re­tire for the evening, guests will not be sur­prised to find that the ma­hogany and lighter ac­cents are car­ried through right down to the bed­spreads and pil­lows.

While all state­rooms are ele­gantly ap­pointed, the mas­ter suite could stand in for a pres­i­den­tial suite in a five-star ho­tel. In ad­di­tion to a king-size bed, a panoramic win­dow frames a sit­ting area fea­tur­ing a day bed and over­sized chair, per­fect for mo­ments when one seeks pri­vacy with­out feel­ing con­fined.

While the mas­ter suite sleep­ing area off­sets the ma­hogany with light car­pets and fab­rics, the en-suite bath­room achieves the same ef­fect through the gen­er­ous ap­point­ment of light-coloured mar­ble. Not sur­pris­ingly, the bath­room fea­tures both a stand alone shower and a sep­a­rate Jacuzzi bath­tub as well as dual sinks – all fit­ted with gold-plated fix­tures.

Built to cruise

The only ques­tion, re­ally, is where you want to go. With a range of 3,870 miles, Paraf­fin can sail non-stop from Sin­ga­pore to Ja­pan at an av­er­age speed of 15 knots.

“The yacht was built to be able to cruise around the world,” says Cap­tain Oja. He con­tin­ues, “In her ear­lier years she’s been to Alaska, (the) east and west coast(s) of the US, Gala­pa­gos Is­lands and many more re­mote lo­ca­tions. Dur­ing the past five years be­ing a two-season char­ter yacht, she spent the sum­mers in the Mediter­ranean Sea and win­ters in the Caribbean Sea be­fore 2016, af­ter which she sailed through (the) Suez Canal to reach Thai­land and has re­mained sail­ing in South­east Asia since.”

While M/Y Paraf­fin’s owner is no longer mak­ing her avail­able for char­ter, he is of­fer­ing Paraf­fin for out­right pur­chase through his Sin­ga­pore bro­ker, Ju­lian Chang of Fraser Yachts.

RIGHT: With all the ameni­ties on board, pas­sen­gers don’t even need to leave the yacht to en­ter­tain them­selves

BE­LOW: The up­per deck is per­fect for drinks

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