They are perhaps the ultimate in luxury, these sleek, floating mansions that have all the comforts of home, and then some – at sea.
They have wonderful names like Atlante, Graceful, Kismet, Nirvana, Seahawk, Serenity and Stella Maris and features to match, whether those be a gym with an ocean view, a 49-foot-by-10-foot indoor pool or an open-air cinema. Throw in some terraced gardens and you’d be on many a grand estate. We bet they have those, too.
They are the world’s superyachts, and teNeues Publishing Co. has berthed them in “The Superyacht Book,” (285 pages, $75), a gorgeous tome fit for the spacious living room of any of these beauties — and yours as well.
“Yachting is continually changing,” “Superyacht” editor Tony Harris writes. “Design, engineering and technological advancements are consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible in order to meet owners’ demands.”
These are not your granddaddy’s yachts. Today’s fleet, he continues, contains an increased use of glass and a casual beach club vibe to bring owners and guests even closer to the sea. Then, too, diesel electric hybrid propulsion systems — easier on the environment and fuel efficiency — as well as global satellite communications ensure that the superyacht remains cutting edge.
But you don’t have to know anything about yacht design and engineering — indeed, you don’t have to know port from starboard — to appreciate the plush furnishings of 11.11, built by Benetti; or the multipurpose space of the Atlante, built by CRN, which can house three custom tenders (boats) or serve as a semi-enclosed lounge or open-air movie theater; or the Persia-meets-Art Deco spa-like style of the Kismet, built by Lürssen.
You just want to melt into these pages, cuddle up with a good book — preferably this one on superyachts — and declare to your captain, “Sail away.”
For more, visit teneues.com.