Creative use of space and overall design makes the leisure areas inside and out aboard the 174-foot (53-meter) Turquoise yacht Jewels akin to those of much larger yachts. It was important to the owners, since they plan to entertain large groups. However, they made sure the build and design teams understood that intimate gatherings were equally a priority. That’s why Luiz De Basto, Jewels’ stylist, confidently says of the overall setting, “No one will feel lost.”
The owners and a few of their guests, along with Turquoise’s construction team, celebrated the megayacht’s launch last month. With a 30’5” (9.3-meter) beam, Jewels has the amenities modern cruisers desire. These include a sundeck for all-day enjoyment, for example, complete with sunpads, a hot tub, a TV, a bar, and a handy day head. They further include a healthy-size swim platform for boarding the primary 21-foot (6.3-meter) tender and PWCs. The owners collaborated with H2 Yacht Design for the general arrangement and décor, mentioning early on that they wanted traditional appeal. Specifically, teak with gold inlays, plentiful stonework, bevel-edged mirrors, and colorful fabrics needed to set the mood.
That amounts to a lot of ambience, considering the Turquoise yacht Jewels has 720 gross tons of volume and accommodations for 18. Although every design studio personalizes projects for owners, H2 Yacht Design and these clients took things up a notch. James Bermudez of H2 Yacht Design points to the elimination of the customary beach club to add a guest stateroom below decks. A total of five are below decks, in fact. Additionally, four more friends and family can stay on the bridge deck, in two cabins adjacent to the lounge here. Finally, and similarly quite personalized for these owners, a VIP accompanies their suite on the main deck.
Superyachts with high guest capacities and high gross tonnage can look massive, even a bit beefy, in their styling. De Basto strove for the opposite effect. “With Jewels’ enormous volume, my objective was to make the exterior less bulky and give a feeling of a forward dynamic movement,” he explains. He does this through a long line stretching up from the swim platform to the mast, and then down again to the wheelhouse windows.
The Turquoise yacht Jewels will see delivery by the end of the year, handled by a crew of 10 and her captain. Sea trials in the coming weeks should confirm a top speed of 15 knots under Caterpillar power.
De Basto Designs luizdebasto.com
H2 Yacht Design h2yachtdesign.com
Turquoise Yachts turquoiseyachts.com