21 Ultimate Gifts: Dream Boat

THE GIFT

A 328-foot yacht designed by Ken Freivokh.

Two Freivokh-designed tenders.

Starting at $300 million

"Pretty much all of my commissions have come from an owner who had something specific in mind," says yacht designer Ken Freivokh, who is perhaps best known for his part in designing Maltese Falcon, a 289-foot superyacht considered the world’s most technologically advanced sailing vessel. Now, after about 30 years of designing yachts to others’ specifications, he is taking a different approach by offering this 328-foot sea monster (rendering above) exclusively to the Robb Report reader bold enough to helm a vessel built to the designer’s specifications. "This design is more extreme and more aggressive than my previous ones because it has not been developed under the constant watch of a client," Freivokh explains. "With this design, I wanted to make a unique and adventurous statement."

Freivokh, who was born in Los Angeles, studied architecture in Peru prior to graduating with a master’s degree in design engineering from the Royal College of Art in London. He went on to establish a nautical-design firm about 70 miles southwest of London. His projects have included sailing- and motor-yacht concepts for such yards as Sunseeker and Perini Navi. This gift’s four-deck vessel, with an estimated 5,000-mile range and a top speed of 23.4 knots, will be built by a shipyard of Freivokh’s choosing.

Freivokh’s blueprint includes a disco, a sundeck, and a fitness center that will wrap around an open-air swimming pool and waterfall. Below deck, the vessel will house a dedicated 12-seat cinema adjacent to a wine cellar, a master bedroom and two VIP suites, and stowage for two tenders, also designed by Freivokh. Though the yacht will accommodate relatively few people for a vessel its size (12 guests and 18 crewmembers), it will contain two double-height social areas for large-scale entertaining: one aft, for casual open-air gatherings, and another beneath the flybridge at the boat’s center, for more formal affairs. The yacht’s open floor plan will maximize space, allowing occupants to move directly from one area to the next. "Rather than offer the usual proliferation of ornate saloons and lounges," says Freivokh, "the single yet awesome double-height saloon includes a mezzanine card room, library, and business center."

While the design reflects Freivokh’s seafaring predilections, he will rely on the buyer of the gift to decide whether the yacht’s helipad will be equipped with hydraulics to lower the aircraft into a hangar. "Well, of course," he acknowledges, "some details would have to be worked out with the buyer."

Ken Freivokh Design, +44.1329.832.514, www.freivokh.com

The gift will take at least three years to build, by a shipyard to be determined • helicopter not included.

Photo by Jim Fets
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