Best of the Best 2013: Megayachts: Couach La Pellegrina
Though more than a century old, Chantier Naval Couach only began building megayachts two decades ago. La Pellegrina (+33.556.223.550, www.couach.com; available for charter through Floating Life, +41.91.690.0064, www.floatinglife.ch), which Couach delivered in August, proves that the French shipyard has mastered the art. The 164-foot vessel, the first in Couach’s 5000 Fly series, is the largest French-built ship to have a Kevlar-infused hull, a design that enables an unusually light 315-ton displacement and contributes to the boat’s considerable range of 4,000 nautical miles. Long journeys can be enjoyed from La Pellegrina’s ample deck space, which includes a large padded lounge and a six-person hot tub on the sundeck. The minimalistic interior of the four-deck, six-cabin yacht, which sleeps as many as 12 guests, offers nearly 5,400 square feet of living space. The master suite occupies the aft section of the upper deck and is outfitted with a hammam; a comparably sized VIP suite affords panoramic views forward. Passengers can use Apple iPads throughout the yacht to control the lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and entertainment functions, which include an MBL audio system in the main saloon.