Keep on Playing Together

  • Kim Kavin

The way the owner of Mine Games sees things, a yacht’s sundeck should be more than just a place to get a tan. For the sundeck of his new, 164-foot, four-deck megayacht from Mississippi-based Trinity Yachts, the owner had interior designer Patrick Knowles create spaces that would facilitate conversations between passengers—large groups of them. Hence the 10-person dining table in the middle of the deck (above and right) and the forward sunpad (also visible in both photos) with its yellow-striped bolster cushions that follow the contours of the yacht’s windshield, allowing guests to sit up and chat while enjoying unobstructed views. "An entire group of charter guests can sit on the sunpad," says Capt. J.D. Ducanes. "They can have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the table. And we installed two umbrellas and an awning for shade. If you’ve been in the Exumas in the summer, you know that’s a must."

Refining Moments
Hand-painted designs appear throughout Mine Games, including in the main salon and skylounge. Artist Martin Karadzhov of Luxury Murals in Pompano Beach, Fla., who previously had worked in the owner’s home but never on a yacht, took color and styling cues from Knowles’ marble floor designs—which include some 20 varieties of stone—as well as from the yacht’s furnishings, which were chosen before painting began. Knowles, in turn, incorporated complementary design details such as the custom-made, gold-embossed paper on the main salon’s pilasters and the gold-leaf fretwork on the rectangular air-conditioning vents between the salon’s windows and ceiling. "The fretwork served as an architectural element while at the same time concealing the air-conditioning grille," Knowles says. "We brought attention to it instead of trying to make it disappear. Above all else, the owner asked me to remember ‘detail, detail, detail.’ "

The elegant sofas in the salon left Capt. Ducanes concerned that guests might find the space overly formal, but that has not been the case. "The sofas are ornate, but very comfortable," he says. "You can put your feet up."

Chat Room
According to Capt. Ducanes, the most popular dining area on Mine Games is the deck table outside the skylounge. "We probably use the table in the main salon about a fourth of the time," he says. "Both the tables are round, allowing everyone to communicate easily." Knowles made the formal dining area (above) seem more intimate by placing the wall sconces about six inches lower than those in the adjacent main salon. The alabaster chandelier situated close to the table also is intended to serve this purpose. In addition, the dining room’s round tray ceiling creates a space clearly separate from the salon, which has a square tray ceiling. On the deck outside the skylounge, the crew can encourage congeniality by removing leafs from the table and lowering it to cocktail level.

Chamber Music
You enter the two-level master suite through the owner’s office, which connects to a private sitting area with a 9-foot ceiling. The king-size bed, situated a few steps up, faces windows that offer a 180-degree view over the yacht’s bow. The paneling is made of cherry wood with bubinga and burled maple inlays. The light-colored material on the sides of the bed’s headboard serves as a counterpoint to the dark wood in the room’s extensive joinery work. "The material is Majilite, a faux leather, embroidered with a chenille texture," Knowles says. "I wanted something that was whimsical and free-form to break up the room’s more formal elements." Knowles also placed wrought iron railings on both sides of the bed, an unusual design touch for a yacht.

An even more uncommon feature can be found beneath the boat’s aft swim platform: a two-person submersible, the first ever for a charter vessel. Capt. Ducanes is happy to take guests for rides in it.

Chartering Mine Games
PASSENGERS: 12 | CREW 9
ACCOMMODATIONS: 1 master suite, 4 double cabins (2 with Pullman berths)
NOTABLE AMENITIES: two-person submersible, hot tub with swim-up bar, outdoor plasma TVs, zero-speed stabilizer, satellite TV
LOCATIONS: Mediterranean in summer, Caribbean in winter
BASE PRICE: $220,000 per week
CONTACT: International Yacht Collection, 954.522.2323, www.iyc.com

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