Slipping into the water for the first time, Kalliente also got her first taste of champagne in recent days. The owners of this Dominator 28M Illumen took part in the christening and launch ceremony at the shipyard.
The 92-footer actually started out a little smaller, at nearly 87 feet (26 meters). She was a semi-custom concept project introduced at the 2014 Cannes boat show. After the buyers signed a contract, the yacht grew a few feet longer. But, Kalliente kept the five-stateroom configuration and 22-foot (6.72-meter) beam originally proposed. (On a related side note, the series also offers four total staterooms.)
Kalliente also kept the light, bright atmosphere characterizing the Illumen series. For example, arched glass lies forward in the main-deck master stateroom. In addition, that glass includes sliding doors, to gain access to a cozy foredeck. Then there’s a sliding sunroof in the suite, too. Guests enjoy plenty of natural light in the saloon, thanks to floor-to-ceiling ports. The owners collaborated with Alberto Mancini to enhance the atmosphere even more, via backlit onyx. Other materials used include ebony and Zebrano wood, plus oak, for contrast.
On a related note, Dominator uses virtual reality to let owners preview the interior design they want. Buyers can “walk” through the yacht and see each room as if it were fully finished and furnished. They can then request changing paneling, leathers, or other materials and see the new design with one press of a button.
Because Dominator wants to emphasize performance, Kalliente features Fortjes pod drives and a semi-displacement hull with a blade-like bulbous bow. Construction is carbon composite, to save weight and therefore boost speed, too. Twin MTU diesels should allow a top speed of 21 knots.