The 177-foot (54-meter) Rahil, the first new megayacht in four years from Mariotti Yachts, made her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last week.
You may recall that Mariotti Yachts was previously known as Admiral Mariotti Yachts. Admiral Mariotti Yachts was a partnership between the Mariotti team and Cantieri Navale Lavagna, which produced a few megayachts. Arguably the most famous was the 177-foot Sea Force One, a wildly (some say wacky) custom creation delivered in 2008, with a DJ booth on the upper deck, black-velvet walls in the master, and a giant steel parrot hanging in the saloon. The partnership ended when Cantieri Navale Lavagna declared bankruptcy in 2010. (Cantieri Navale Lavagna was purchased later that year by the Italian division of a China-based company.) The Mariotti brand is now fully owned by T.Mariotti, a long-standing builder specializing in cruise ships and which made its first entry into the megayacht market with the 2002 conversion of a 169-foot (51.5-meter) ferry named Dionea.
A purely private yacht (Sea Force One charters), Rahil measures the same length as Sea Force One and shares Luca Dini as the designer, she has an entirely different look inside. Teak, wenge, and oak woods combine with equally earthy-toned leathers, fabrics, and stonework. Leather is most effectively used on the treads of the stairs rising through the megayacht. But, should guests also enter the wheelhouse, they’ll note blue leather envelops the walls. Accents in mother of pearl, gold foil, bronze, and black offset the warmth of the above-mentioned materials in all of the guest spaces.
Of course, there are also pops of color throughout Rahil, which has a 34-foot (10.5-meter) beam and accommodations for 12 in the owner’s party. The upper-deck saloon, for example, has eye-catching velvet chairs in an acid-green tone. Each guest stateroom has its own identity due to color choices, too. As you’d expect of a 177-footer, Rahil enhances the owner’s suite with balconies, fitted with glass panels to bring the seaside sensation closer. The suite also has a skylight.
Mariotti Yachts says that Rahil can top out at 18 knots, powered with twin 2,720-hp Caterpillars. She’s classed to ABS and meets MCA requirements, and she further has the RINA Comfort Class certificate, which pertains to sound and vibration in passenger and crew areas. RINA’s Comfort Class standards meet or exceed the IMO’s requirements.