A TASTE OF FLORENCE

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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

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