A TASTE OF FLORENCE
Michela Reverberi’s interior design is inspired by the natural elements of air, earth, fire and water, but it adds a fifth element— “quinta essentia”—that the Roman designer describes as “the highest synthesis of the four elements.” One stateroom, for example, is based on a color palette of burgundy and fiery gold; the VIP suite on aqua blue and pearly gray; and the owner’s stateroom on fresh green and earthy tones.
Reverberi drew on Florentine artisans for the hand-painted silk wall coverings, raised leather finishes, bespoke wood and intricate stonework. The sophisticated bas-relief soles are by Vassalletti, a Tuscan firm that has restored the interiors of historic buildings such as the Kremlin in Moscow. The result aboard Quinta Essentia is an interior décor that is surprisingly feminine and delicate for a yacht with such a sporty exterior profile. —J.R.
Markov, one of Vripack’s naval architects who worked on the project. “She performed very well in terms of comfort and safety, showing no signs of broaching in the most demanding conditions.”
At 873 gross tons, Quinta Essentia is a high-volume yacht for her size, which gave the design team plenty of space to get creative with the interior layout. The starting point for the general arrangement was the beach club, which can be accessed externally from the main deck and internally through a watertight door from the guest accommodations on the lower deck. The space has a sauna, hammam, massage room, 320-square-foot transom platform (the transom door extends across almost the entire beam to cover the side stairs) and smaller portside platform.
On most yachts, the beach club also houses a gym. But unless the owner and guests are prepared to exercise in the depths of the hull underway, the location limits use to when the yacht is anchored and the platforms are deployed. Instead, Quinta Essentia’s gym is on the sundeck to take full advantage of the sea breeze and natural light. The sole is on a slightly higher level than the surrounding decking so the teak can be hosed down without drenching the gym equipment. A wall of floor-to-ceiling glass panels can open onto the lounge seating and hot tub on the open aft deck.
On the owner’s previous yacht, the post-regatta celebrations took place on the main deck aft. That’s where Quinta Essentia is set up for serious partying, with professional sound gear, a bar, lounge seating and a 3,000-gallon capacity pool that recovers heat from the airconditioning system to pre-heat the water in just 10 minutes.
LOA: 180ft. 6in. (55m) BEAM: 33ft. 6in. (10.2m) DRAFT (max): 15ft. 2in. (4.6m) CONSTRUCTION: aluminum DISPLACEMENT: 592 tons GROSS TONNAGE: 873 ENGINES: 2 x 1,400 hp (at 2100 rpm) MAN LE463 GENERATORS: 2 x 600 kW Volvo variable speed ELECTRIC MOTORS: 2 x 150 kW
The accommodations are cleverly devised to provide flexible options for chartering. The full-beam master stateroom on the main deck has a fixed portside balcony, and the VIP suite on the deck above is almost as spacious, which means it can serve as a second owner’s suite with access to sun loungers on the foredeck. Furniture in the four guest staterooms on the lower deck rearranges to create two suites with private lounges.
Considering the time and effort put into developing a technical platform and layout designed around her owner’s specific needs, it is NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: Vripack EXTERIOR STYLING: Dobroserdov Design INTERIOR DESIGN: Michela Reverberi GUESTS: 13 CREW: 13 BUILDER: Italian Sea Group YEAR: 2016