Best of the Best 2008: Charter Yachts: Trinity Mine Games

The 164-foot Trinity motor yacht Mine Games is making a splash in more ways than one in the Mediterranean this summer. As the yacht impresses viewers along the Côte d’Azur, its captain, J.D. Ducanes, and his guests are exploring the sea in a Triton 1000/2, the first personal submersible ever carried on a charter vessel.

As of this spring, Ducanes had descended to 1,000 feet below sea level in the two-person sub. "It’s built to a safety factor of 4,000 feet," he says, "but I’ll normally take guests 300 to 500 feet down. It takes a lot of time to get to 1,000 feet, and it’s very dark down there."

Mine Games can accommodate as many as 12 guests in five staterooms, including a two-level master suite with a 9-foot ceiling and windows that offer a 180-degree view over the yacht’s bow. Like the master suite, three of the four guest cabins have king-size beds. Mine Games holds nine crew members, allowing for an excellent ratio of guests to crew. Ducanes notes that the vessel’s Quantum ZeroSpeed stabilizers improve guests’ comfort while the yacht is under way and at anchor. The vessel, which is managed by International Yacht Collection, is available in the Mediterranean in the summer and in the Caribbean in the winter, at a lowest weekly base rate of $220,000.

The yacht’s interior is sumptuous throughout. "The owner is very interested in architectural elements, fine cabinetry, and masonry work, and he has a keen eye for detail," says interior designer Patrick Knowles. The floors alone incorporate more than 20 kinds of marble, and hand-painted murals decorate the tray ceilings in the main salon, dining room, and skylounge. Even the day head on the main deck has an intricate mural on its wall.

The yacht is outfitted with a Kaleidescape entertainment system, iPod docks, and large plasma televisions, which are located inside and out. On the sundeck, guests can watch TV from the spacious, communal sun pad or from the swim-up bar next to the hot tub. The main salon, filled with ornate couches, is a more formal space but still quite comfortable. "You can put your feet up, watch the pop-up TV, read a book," says Ducanes. "Guests are using it quite a bit."

International Yacht Collection, 954.522.2323, www.iyc.com

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