UPDATE, NOVEMBER 30, 2016: Darnet Design reveals that it is handling interior decor for VSY 64, which now has an owner, too. Six suites, including a panoramic owner’s suite with fixed balconies, are aboard. Children get their own lounge on the sundeck. The owner wants an overall cozy atmosphere, so lightly stained walnut is lining most relaxation area walls. Textured leather, marble, and high-gloss elm wood with stainless steel inserts also appear throughout. The owner has a real passion for diving, so a dive center sits below decks. Related to this, design elements inspired by coral reefs will appear throughout the yacht, as metal inserts in soles and raised decorative panels. Most surprising, though, is a fire pit forward on the sundeck. Delivery: 2018.
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Stepping aboard a 200-foot-plus megayacht less than two years after you commission her is uncommon. It’s possible in the case of the VSY 64, the third megayacht from the Italian builder. The hull and superstructure, plus engineering platform, are complete. Equally noteworthy, design contributions come from two notable names in yachting.
A central listing of Edmiston, the VSY 64 measures 209 feet (63.8 meters). She’s based on the same technical platform as two previous VSY deliveries, Candyscape II and Roma. This means that styling is by Espen Øino, with naval architecture by the builder and Laurent Giles Naval Architects. It also means that VSY 64 (a.k.a. Duchess of Tuscany II) is expected to see a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, under Caterpillar power. Furthermore, the megayacht has a true Dynamic Positioning system, from Kongsberg, just as her sisters do.
But, the shared technical platform does not mean that VSY 64 is exactly the same. Rather, the shipyard has incorporated different systems and improved spaces, particularly for the 16 crewmembers. An example of the former: diesel-electric bow and stern auxiliary thrusters. For crew, there’s a larger laundry, and placed in better proximity to guest cabins. (A suggested layout shows three below decks. You can additionally treat three VIPs to main-deck accommodations, and yet another couple to an upper-deck stateroom.)
The VSY 64 can be configured according to your wishes. But you may appreciate the layout ideas. They include a glass elevator that rises up to the sundeck. That gives you quick access to the gym, and an aft pool. Naturally the suggested configuration also includes a main-deck master suite and a tender garage. Two primary tenders plus a handful of watertoys can stow here. Good walk-in dry stowage plus refrigerator and freezer rooms ensure you can stay away from shore for lengthy periods. And, a helipad makes arriving and departing while offshore easier.
To put the VSY 64 into better perspective, consider that her gross tonnage should be about 1,100, quite voluminous. Beam is a healthy 36 feet (11 meters), too. VSY and the design teams say that 5,296 square feet (492 square meters) of interior space is yours to enjoy with friends and family. Outside, it’s 4,833 square feet (449 square meters).
Asking price for the VSY 64: €49.5 million (about $55. 246 million at press time).