PHOTOS: Jeff Brown and Lionel Bouffier
More and more, megayacht buyers realize they can enjoy impressive speed without compromising on impressive range. This discovery led to the launch of Samurai, which makes her global debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this week.
Built in Turkey by Alia Yachts, she is a remarkable performer thanks to naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The Dutch design studio engineered Samurai to see a top speed of 20 knots. This therefore makes quick work of island hopping. In addition, she should enjoy a range of 4,250 miles at cruising speed. This preserves transatlantic range, something where some other fast yachts fall short.
Samurai certainly doesn’t fall short in her interior, either. The British design studio RWD created a striking Asian-influenced atmosphere, in quite an unusual way, too. Five of the suites—including, of course, the master suite—sit on the main deck. A study convertible to a sixth guest stateroom is perched up on the bridge deck. Even with this uncommon configuration, though, Samurai treats the owners well. The master suite not only has a skylight, but also encompasses 937 square feet (87.1 square meters). Check out the entry, too, below.
The yacht treats all guests well, in fact, especially outside. Samurai has a terrific foredeck lounge, with facing settees. One of the settees is ideal for sunbathing as well, far from prying eyes.
Samurai will charter in the Caribbean this winter, via Y.CO, starting at $441,000 per week. Suitable for a charter yacht of her speed, she carries a fast—and big—tender. It’s a 41-foot (12.5-meter) Brabus Axomar chase boat, capable of 55-knot speeds.
Click any of the thumbnail images below to launch the photo gallery. In the meantime, Alia Yachts continues work on Nozomi II. Started on spec, she has a volume of 240 gross tons in just 106 feet (32.4 meters) of length. She fulfills increasing customer requests for impressive volume without losing the intimacy of a more manageable size.
Alia Yachts aliayachts.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl
Monaco Yacht Show monacoyachtshow.com