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Charter Choice: High Seas

Bailey S. Barnard

Like a high-performance penthouse apartment at sea, Vertigo combines the advanced naval architecture of a racing yacht with the comfort and style of an upscale urban home. The 220-foot sailboat, which New Zealand builder Alloy Yachts completed last May, features ample interior and exterior spaces for as many as 12 guests, a fleet of toys that includes a custom-matched 26-foot limousine tender, and a world-class crew. Since last September, when Vertigo entered the charter fleet of Monaco-based management firm YCO, the yacht has graced the waters of Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the South Pacific. This summer Vertigo is heading to the Mediterranean, where the sleek, five-cabin ketch is sure to take its place among the charter world’s top sailing yachts.

Decked Out | Celebrated naval architect Philippe Briand designed Vertigo to go nearly anywhere in the world. While under sail, the yacht can cruise comfortably at 18 knots, and it boasts a range of 4,000 nautical miles under power of its dual Caterpillar C32 engines. In the year since Vertigo launched, the yacht has seen ports in Singapore, Langkawi, Burma, Fiji, and elsewhere.

To ensure passengers enjoy views of Vertigo’s far-flung destinations—and have space to entertain along the way—Briand worked with Alloy Yachts to create 4,900 square feet of open decks. “We’re all excited about utilizing [Vertigo’s] large, stylish outside deck areas,” says Melanie Cook, the yacht’s chief stewardess. “And we can’t wait to host a glamorous party or two in the Med this summer.”

The yacht’s enormous foredeck is an ideal location for such a party, as well as for morning yoga sessions. The flybridge—with its plentiful seating areas, large aft sun pad, and central dining table—is the spot of choice for open-air lounging and casual dining.

Below the flybridge, the main deck’s aft dining area is home to a 12-seat marble table, one of Vertigo’s five primary dining spaces. Here and throughout the yacht, guests can enjoy meals prepared by Swiss-trained chef Peter Mueller, whose Asian-fusion dishes might include fresh fish caught by the passengers themselves. The yacht also charters with a portable grill, which the crew will transport to shore for beach barbecues.

In addition to the dining area, the yacht’s main deck—which converts into an outdoor cinema with a drop-down film screen—is also home to a 10-person hot tub located just forward of the stern’s fold-down double stairway. The stairway allows access to the sea via Vertigo’s aft swim platform (see page 128).

Interior Motives | Encompassing nearly 5,200 square feet of guest space, Vertigo’s interior seems all the more spacious thanks to its uncluttered design scheme. The yacht’s owner tasked French designer Christian Liaigre with creating an “urban at sea” atmosphere for the yacht. To that end, Liaigre selected a simple color palette and materials such as brushed oak, leather, and stainless steel, and he had every piece of furniture custom-made to match Vertigo’s living spaces.

The main salon, which is located beneath the flybridge and forward of the aft deck’s open-air dining area, exemplifies the ship’s modern-home motif. The area is partially separated from the cockpit and main interior dining area by a wall of black sandblasted walnut. Located on either side of this wall, and in other areas throughout the yacht, are liquid-crystal glass panels that switch from transparent to opaque with the touch of a button.

Other high-tech highlights aboard Vertigo include the yacht’s entertainment system, which features Apple TV–equipped display panels in the main salon, the children’s playroom, the four guest cabins, and the 430-square-foot master suite. Using Google Earth technology, the TVs display a 3-D image of the yacht on a global map so that guests can see where they are in the world at any time.

Tender Moments | Several of Vertigo’s design elements aim to encourage guests to get in the water. Amidships, the yacht is equipped with two drop-down swim platforms for easy access to the sea. One platform is situated starboard off the yacht’s gym; the other is located port side off one of the multiple toy lockers. The main deck connects to the water via a double staircase to the aft swim platform.

The yacht’s standout toy—its custom-built 26-foot limousine tender—is stowed in a stern garage behind the staircase and aft platform, both of which open to launch the boat. Vertigo also charters with a jet tender and two rigid-inflatable boats for taking out various towables, plus four kayaks, two paddleboards, four mountain bikes, and a pair of dinghies, which the crew uses to teach passengers how to sail. (Crew members will even organize impromptu regattas for guests to test their newly acquired skills.) In addition to seasoned sailors, Vertigo counts a divemaster and fishing expert—equipped with eight full sets of dive gear, a compressor, and tackle for both deep-sea and shallow-water angling—among its 11 crew members.

Chartering Vertigo
Builder: Alloy Yachts (www.alloyyachts.co.nz)
Year launched: 2011
Length: 220 feet
Cabins: 5
Guests: 12
Crew: 11
Cruising Speed: 18 knots
Winter Cruising Area: Southeast Asia and South Pacific
Summer Cruising Area: Mediterranean
Lowest Weekly Base Rate: Approximately $297,000
Management: YCO, +37.793.501.212, www.ycoyacht.com

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