Plenty of yacht designs pledge to let you live at sea, feeling immersed in the surrounding scenery. But, they don’t always succeed in giving you ample space, or the sense of volume so coveted these days. The yacht Pesa II proves that these desires can be delivered in a sporty-looking and equally sporty-performing project.
A Maiora 35 Exuma model, this 115-footer (35-meter) has impressive volume not only compared to performance-oriented motoryachts of her size range, but also ones more sedate in style. In fact, her 300-gross-ton volume is akin to that of much larger yachts. Given, too, the floor-to-ceiling glass on the main and upper decks, boundaries essentially disappear.
It’s fitting, since the owner of the yacht Pesa II chose an interior design that calls to mind the natural environment. In fact, everything inside and even alfresco furnishings adhere to what’s called organic design. Organic design prioritizes using natural materials and shapes mimicking the natural world. Additionally, earthy colors lend a warm, comfortable feeling. Minimalism plays a role as well, in terms of simplifying the décor and letting spaces speak for themselves.
The best examples aboard the yacht Pesa II are the wood design details overhead, mimicking waves. Around the windows in the skylounge, meanwhile, wood detailing appears again, although this time in rib-like forms. Throughout the superyacht, the owner wanted lots of flowing lines and curves, with fewer flat surfaces and sharp corners. The overall effect is quite soothing. You’d never know that the Next Yacht Group Centro Stile, the design arm of Maiora’s parent company, Next Yacht Group, had a challenge on its hands with the myriad arcs and bends.
Yet another way that the yacht Pesa II immerses her owner and guests in nature: a skylounge that becomes a flying bridge on demand. Firstly, the 506-square-foot (47-square-meter) lounge has sliding-glass doors aft. Next, a large portion of the ceiling slides open as a sunroof (or moon roof, depending on the time of day). Thirdly, and equally unexpectedly, the side windows lower. With the doors open, the newly formed indoor-outdoor space extends just shy of 1,400 square feet (130 square meters).
Since the Maiora 35 Exuma series allows customization beyond aesthetics, the owner of Pesa II took advantage beyond enhancing immersion in nature. For instance, he requested the wheelhouse be forward on the main deck. It remains connected to the captain’s cabin, too. Of course, a second steering station is outside, on the upper deck, since that’s where plenty of captains prefer to be. Even the owner prefers to be here—and take the wheel himself on occasion.
As for taking that wheel, powerful performance is at his or his captain’s fingertips. This particular Maiora 35 Exuma series achieves a top speed reportedly approaching 33 knots. It’s 2 knots shy of the customary top end, due to weight from a special request: a battery bank. The owner wanted peaceful overnights while at anchor, therefore avoiding the hum (or emissions) of gensets. Remaining in place, though, are the waterjets, standard for all Maiora megayachts. They boost maneuverability and efficiency (waterjets are more efficient at higher speeds than traditional propellers are). Whether the yacht is cruising shallows or deeper waters, sound and vibration should be kept at bay. The builder employed sound-absorbing panels and resonators, the latter damping high-pitched sounds and humming.
Something notably missing from the yacht Pesa II ties in perfectly with the concept of enjoying the natural environment. None of the four guest staterooms contains a TV. The owner and his wife wanted everyone to spend time together and to better enjoy where they’re cruising. That, in the end, is what we all covet.
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More About the Yacht Pesa II
LOA: 114’8” (34.99 meters)
Beam: 25’9” (7.9 meters)
Draft: 4’7” (1.45 meters)
Guests: 10 in 5 staterooms
Engines: 2/2,000-hp MTUs
Range: 1,100 nautical miles at 10 knots
Stylist: Next Yacht Group Centro Stile
Naval Architect: Next Yacht Group Centro Stile
Interior Designer: Next Yacht Group Centro Stile