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Best of the Best 2007: Semicustom Megayachts

Mark Masciarotte and Marilyn M. Mower

After Christensen Shipyards introduced its Custom Series in 2001 with a 155-foot motor yacht, customers responded with requests for grander spaces and more amenities, and last year the company obliged. The Christensen 157 Marathon (360.695.3238, www.christensenyachts.com) exhibits all the features that make the series so appealing, including well-engineered systems, flawless woodwork, and shortened delivery time. The interior volume afforded by her 29.5-foot beam allows for roomy public areas on the main and bridge decks. The comfortable master suite is located forward on the main deck, and a full-beam VIP suite sits at the aft end of the cabin deck. Four additional guest cabins, each with an en suite head, are situated forward of the VIP suite. All the rooms are finished with leather or fabric panels and high-gloss cherry joinery. The $35 million yacht delivers a top speed of 19 mph and a range of about 4,950 miles, —Mark Masciarotte

The appeal of the Heesen 122 G Force (561.441.6131, www.heesenyachts.nl), the sixth launch in the company’s 3700 series of turnkey aluminum yachts, rests on space planning by Omega Architects that borders on trompe l’oeil. Within a trim raised-pilothouse profile, the $19 million  (base price) yacht manages to fit formal living and dining spaces and accommodations for 10, including a main-deck master suite, a rare feature for a yacht of this size. Monaco-based architect Jean Pierre Gilardino designed an interior in which shagreen inlays and natural white fibers offset gloss-finish ebony and ghostly, silver-stenciled sycamore. A Venetian chandelier, mirrors, and chromed sconces enhance the glamour, as does the black granite whirlpool tub located opposite the king-size bed in the master suite. Belowdecks, four blond sycamore-clad guest staterooms, identical but for the colors of their silk Roman shades and throw pillows, are positioned around a lower foyer at the base of a curved staircase. The yacht reaches 37 mph. —Marilyn M. Mower 

 

The Sunseeker 121 Snapper (+44. 1202.381111, www.sunseeker.com), the first of the company’s line of composite 121-footers, is the largest semicustom motor yacht ever built in the United Kingdom. Sunseeker envisioned the model with traditional white topsides, but the owner, ex–Formula One team leader Eddie Jordan, requested the navy-and-white livery of the company’s Predator line of fast cruisers. Equipped with a pair of 12V 4000 MTU engines, Snapper reaches 30 mph—fast cruising indeed for a conventionally powered trideck motor yacht. Because Jordan plans to offer the boat for charter in the Mediterranean, he chose a five-stateroom layout—a master suite and two suites with queen-size berths on the main deck, and two suites with twin berths below. The alternate layout features a full-beam VIP or second owner’s cabin and two guest staterooms. Wedge-shaped structures that form the base of the arch on either side of the sky deck allow diners to enjoy views of their surroundings while remaining somewhat protected from the elements and hidden from passersby. The main deck includes a large lounge, a full-beam dining area with seating for 12, and a spacious covered aft deck area. The upper salon, with its bar, huge windows, and big-screen TV, is likely to serve as the main space for parties. Sunseeker will offer each of the next two 121-footers, under construction in Poole, England, at a base price of about $19.5 million. —Marilyn M. Mower

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