A common assumption holds that the larger the yacht, the easier the designer’s job, since more space means no confined quarters. Interestingly, designers say larger yachts are harder to keep intimate. Gresham Yacht Design’s latest concept, the superyacht Emir, invites owners to entertain big parties in splendor, simultaneously creating cozy areas for just a handful of family and friends.
Similar to Gresham Yacht Design’s Thor Explore, the 394-footer (120-meter) meets SOLAS standards for up to 36 passengers. Owners and guests can arrive in grand style via helicopter, landing on either of two helipads. (Notably, on a side note, Gresham Yacht Design incorporates fold-up bulwarks to keep the helicopter secure one everyone is back onboard the yacht.) Upon entering the heli-lobby, owners and guests can choose to relax in the handful of saloons on the decks below. Alternately, the owners can retire straight to their suite if they land on the helipad above their private deck.
In fact, here’s where the superyacht Emir starts emphasizing intimate get-togethers. The owners have a private saloon, which while grand is still ideal for just Mom, Dad, and the kids. Consider, too, the adjacent private dining area and games table. Balconies just off the saloon invite the family to spot the next destination as it comes closer into view.
Next, the superyacht Emir puts a handful of cozy seating areas on the upper level of the impressive two-deck main saloon. Between the two levels and Emir’s 62 feet (19 meters) of beam, the saloon is, as Gresham Yacht Design puts it, a show stopper. However, the collection of conversation areas keeps it from being overwhelming. Additionally, balconies keep the inside-outside connection, extra important on such a massive megayacht. The same is true for the full-height glass on each level of the saloon. Furthermore, should the owners want to throw a big bash here, privacy can come from the flick of a switch. The glass can turn opaque, and blinds can drop down.
Carrying a kitted-out dive center and abundant watertoys, Emir makes the maximum out of alfresco enjoyment, too. Since she has a cantilevered swimming pool on the main aft deck, guests can chat with those who are boarding watertoys just below. Kids can take turns making faces at their parents via the submerged glass window facing the swim platform, too.
Whatever a client may ultimately decide design-wise, the superyacht Emir stands capable of global cruising and independence from shore. She should see a range of 7,000 nautical miles, plus top out around 20 knots. Gresham Yacht Design recommends azipod propulsion for extra maneuverability. Of course, the yacht will comply with stringent emission-reduction regulations and strive for even higher environmental mindfulness. One possibility: a power station to reuse organic waste material.
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