Judging from the crowd–easily a hundred people–that gathered for last evening’s christening of Shadow Marine’s Allure Shadow, the concept of a shadow boat is catching on. And judging from at least one conversation I overheard, owners are planning to use the megayachts as more than just a toy carrier: They want these rugged-looking vessels for their primary yachts.
Even though Allure Shadow, 220 feet LOA, wasn’t fully outfitted yet, the handful of staterooms plus relaxation areas that were complete were dressed to impress. The photos here don’t do her justice, so trust me when I say the main-deck games room (middle photo) would give the nearby personal cinema a run for the fun factor–though it was tempting to kick back in the cushioned seats in the theater and watch the rest of King Kong, which was playing in full Surround Sound. Each of the six guest staterooms, all on the foc’sle deck, have deep oval windows as well as private balconies. This includes the kids’ stateroom, outfitted with bunks, of course, though I suspect the small set would have a lot more fun on the helo deck, watching the helicopter take off and land.
And speaking of the helo deck, that’s where the most oohs and aahs were elicited from the attendees, including me. It was all because of the skylounge (bottom photo). It’s spectacular in expanse and in accommodation, with a dining table raised a step above the seating area, and both overlook the helipad aft. A bar just forward and to starboard keeps libations flowing pre- and post-dinner. The 65-inch TV mounted behind the dining table was displaying an aquarium scene last evening, though thanks to Allure Shadow‘s Kaleidescape system, guests could request any of the movies stored on the main server.
Because of the crowds last evening, I’m planning to go back during the boat show to get a better look at all the deck areas and rooms. If all goes well, I’ll have a feature in Power & Motoryacht in the coming months, too.