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Masters of the Mediterranean

Bailey S. Barnard

MOGAMBO
Built by Germany’s Nobiskrug, the 241-foot Mogambo is available to charter for a limited time in the Mediterranean this summer. The superyacht’s four aft decks offer an abundance of outdoor space, much of which can be shaded with retractable canvas awnings. The large door at the water-level swim deck lifts to expose a teak-clad “beach club,” a large space where guests can lounge by the water. This area includes a steam shower, a massage room, and a beauty salon. Here, guests can receive massages, manicures and pedicures, and haircuts from the professionals, which include massage and beauty therapists, who belong to the yacht’s 17-person crew. The sundeck features an eight-person spa forward, and aft is a digital film projector hidden within the couch. Thus equipped, the deck can serve as an outdoor cinema. Mogambo’s interior highlights include a home theater; a master suite with a 50-inch television paired with Bower & Wilkins speakers; a gym surrounded by windows and located amidships on the sundeck; and a main saloon with windows that reach from the floor to the 8-foot-high ceiling. The yacht charters with paddleboards, a pair of tenders, and four personal watercraft.

Chartering Mogambo
Builder: Nobiskrug 
Delivered: March 2012 
Length: 241 feet 
Cabins:
Guests: 12 
Crew: 17
Summer Weekly Base Rate: Approximately $711,000 (€550,000) 
Highlight: Paddleboarding in the crystalline waters off the coast of Saint-Tropez 
Contact: Hill Robinson, www.hillrobinson.com

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Configured with two master suites, the 200-foot Benetti-built Diamonds Are Forever is ideal for charter parties whose primary guests are two couples. One of the suites is located forward on the main deck; the other is forward on the next deck up. Both stretch the 35-foot beam of the yacht and offer panoramic views forward through large blocks of windows. Below the main deck are four additional staterooms, which, with the master suites, enable Diamonds Are Forever to accommodate as many as 12 guests. The yacht’s owner, whose previous yachts also were named for James Bond films, worked with the designer Evan Marshall to outfit the interior.

A central elevator travels to five of the yacht’s six decks; stairs lead from the fifth deck to the observation deck, which is some 40 feet above the waterline. Guests can easily make day trips to the shore, thanks to the yacht’s trio of tenders and four Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
 
Chartering Diamonds Are Forever
Builder: Benetti  Delivered: January 2012 
Length: 200 feet  Cabins: 6  Guests: 12  Crew: 15
Summer Weekly Base Rate: Approximately $427,000 (€330,000)
Highlight: Taking in 360-degree views from the observation deck during sunset cocktail hour
Contact: Ocean Independence, www.oceanindependence.com

LADY LINDA
This is the owner’s third yacht by the name Lady Linda, and at 187 feet, it is the largest and most magnificent of the three. Built in Gulfport, Miss., by Trinity Yachts, the vessel has an interior that features ornate detailing and styling that ranges from classical to Art Deco. Evan Marshall’s design includes birch and poplar burl woods and an abundance of marble and onyx. He outfitted the full-beam master suite with his and her bathrooms and walk-in closets; the female amenities in both are considerably grander.
 
The yacht’s 33-foot beam allows for spacious guest cabins and numerous areas for social gatherings. A gym located amidships converts to a sixth cabin, enabling the yacht to sleep 12 guests. The sundeck, with its large Viking grill, marble bar, and strobe lights, is ideal for hosting parties; the aft portion of the deck can serve as a dance floor.

The yacht’s wide beam also enables Lady Linda to have a draft that is just 8 feet deep, which means the yacht can access shallower ports that are off-limits to most vessels of this size.

Chartering Lady Linda
Builder: Trinity Yachts 
Delivered: May 2012 
Length: 187 feet 
Cabins: 6  Guests: 12  Crew: 13
Summer Weekly Base Rate: Approximately $416,000 (€322,000) 
Highlight: Donning snorkel gear when the yacht is anchored in shallow waters, grabbing one of the Seabobs,
and setting out for an underwater expedition
Contact: Burgess, www.burgessyachts.com

KANGA
Though considerably smaller than many high-profile charter yachts, Kanga, the first launch in Wally’s WallyAce line of 86-foot semicustom yachts, features a smart layout and a minimalist design that allow the vessel to accommodate 10 guests comfortably. The Monaco-based builder Wally, known for its futuristic designs, delivered Kanga to its owner in August. The yacht has dual master suites located aft on the water-level lower deck. Both offer direct access to the stern’s beach deck through floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Large blocks of rectangular windows line the outward-facing wall of each suite. Two twin cabins, each with a full en suite bathroom and a Pullman bed, are located just forward of the master suites.
 
The teak-covered sundeck offers plenty of space for sunning and lounging and also provides shade to the aft dining area on the main deck below. Windows surround the main-deck wheelhouse and saloon, affording passengers 360-degree views of their surroundings.

Chartering Kanga
Builder: Wally
Delivered: August 2012
Length: 86 feet  Cabins: 4 
Guests: 10  Crew: 4
Summer Weekly Base Rate: Approximately $64,500 (€50,000)  
Highlight: Taking a plunge into the Mediterranean off the dive platform that rises from the stern’s beach deck
Contact: Floating Life, www.floatinglife.com

LA PELLEGRINA
The first example of the French shipyard Chantier Naval Couach’s 5000 Fly series, the 164-foot La Pellegrina is also the largest French-built vessel with a Kevlar-infused composite hull. This material gives the yacht an unusually light 315-ton displacement that enables a 4,000-nautical-mile range and a cruising speed of 25 knots. With those capabilities, La Pellegrina can serve charter parties planning to explore large swathes of the Mediterranean.
 
The owner’s suite occupies all of the second deck. It includes a private balcony aft that is large enough to accommodate 12 dinner guests. The suite’s many interior amenities include a hammam. The VIP cabin, located below on the main deck, is nearly as impressive and offers panoramic views forward. An additional seating-and-dining area is located on the sundeck, where guests can soak in a six-person hot tub. All of the yacht’s entertainment functions and conveniences—including lighting, heating, and air-conditioning—are controlled through iPads.

Chartering La Pellegrina
Builder: Chantier Naval Couach 
Delivered: August 2012 
Length: 164 feet
Cabins: 6
Guests: 12
Crew: 10
Summer Weekly base rate: Approximately $360,000 (€275,000) 
Highlight: Cruising for a few days among the islands of Greece, courtesy of the yacht’s 25-knot cruising speed
Contact: Floating Life, www.floatinglife.com

This article was originally published in the February 2013 issue of Robb Report. Click here to read more articles from this issue.

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