A 174-footer (53-meter) may look and feel overwhelming to some megayacht owners and guests. Not Tala, though, as Luiz DeBasto, whose DeBasto Designs is her stylist and interior designer, asserts. In fact, “No one will feel lost,” he explains, since the focus is as much on cozy togetherness as it is big gatherings.
Under construction at Turquoise Yachts, Tala has big volume, about 720 gross tons. You may not necessarily get that impression, though, on purpose. “My objective was to make the exterior less bulky,” DeBasto continues. “I wanted the design to show movement and purpose from any angle.” He does so by having one, long line extend from Tala’s swim platform forward, rising steadily up to the mast. That same line then comes down to the wheelhouse windows.
Even with more than 30 feet (9.3 meters) of beam, Tala keeps several areas intimate. This applies as much outside, especially on the sundeck, as it does inside. The sundeck, for instance, has a handful of spots for the 12 people in the owners’ party to spread out and hang out. Some can gather at the bar, while others soak in the hot tub. Everyone can come together for meals, especially when the chef serves lunch straight from the barbecue on deck.
Down at the waterline, the beach club puts more choices for separate pursuits at everyone’s disposal. Dive enthusiasts can strap on bottles from the dedicated dive store. Those who want to work off the extra piece of dessert they enjoyed can hit the gym tucked inside the beach club. A sauna is part of the beach club as well.
No matter what they pursue, the owners and guests should enjoy a relaxing ambiance aboard. Tala will show off light tones primarily. Woods, stone, and other materials come together as main decor features as well as accents. DeBasto Designs is additionally ensuring the overheads have as much visual interest as the walls and rest of the surroundings.
Come delivery in 2020, Tala will feature a private breakfast room in the owner’s suite. This suite as well as a VIP suite sit on the main deck, while eight further guests stay below decks. While the owners’ cruising plans are confidential, the megayacht should see a 15-knot top speed with Caterpillar power.