PHOTOS: Giovanni Malgarini
A well-known expression holds that the family that eats together stays together. In the case of Crowbridge, the family eats together while they cruise together—so much so that the galley is the focal point onboard. This is just one surprise of several that make their Cantiere delle Marche megayacht a true custom expression of their lifestyle.
Commissioned for cruising off the beaten track, Crowbridge features interior design by Tomasso Spadolini. The owners are repeat clients for the Italian designer, further having owned several yachts previously. Interestingly, though, Spadolini notes that those yachts were all semi-displacement yachts. This time around, they wanted a custom displacement yacht for more comfort, especially in weather that would have kept them ashore with their planning yachts.
The 138-foot (42-meter) Crowbridge, with a beam of 29 feet (8.5 meters), has generous volume inside. Since the owners spend weeks at a time onboard with their grown children and grandchildren, the ambience is homey. That even extends to the galley, which looks anything but the commercial workspace found on so many megayachts. That said, however, it has multiple refrigerators and freezers for long passages. Additionally, it has a dumbwaiter connecting to the pantry one deck up. Even more cold stowage sits in the toy garage, as well as a five-foot-high (1.6-meter-high) tunnel under the guest area connecting the crew area to the engine room.
The laid-back atmosphere and cheery color scheme continue throughout the yacht, from the saloon (top) to the staterooms (below). Interestingly, contrary to tradition, the owners wanted six guest staterooms below decks. Three doubles are for their grown sons, while the other three are twins for the grandkids. Similarly noteworthy, the master suite forward on the main deck has a settee that converts to a bed.
While those spaces are purely for private time, Crowbridge does have social areas reflecting together time. A saltwater hot tub on the sundeck, for instance, can remain half-filled while underway, for the grandchildren to have fun. Most of the rest of the sundeck emphasizes sunbathing, but it does also have a small dining area. And, while a dining area sits adjacent to the saloon, an extendable table in the skylounge can serve the same purpose.
“Experienced owners invariably bring a lot of good ideas to custom projects like this and make life easier for the design and build teams,” Spadolini reflects. “I know for a fact that the family will have some wonderful times onboard.”
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