The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 23 – Winter 2010
An original sixty metre Motoryacht with fittings that will project the guests towards an idyllic journey to the Orient, works of art and furnishings that are reminiscent of far away seas are largely responsible for the feeling you will get upon visiting Blue Eyes.
Hull N.126 by CRN of the Ferretti Group, is hall marked by Zuccon International Project for the external design whereas Fabrizio Smania takes a bow for the interiors. The experience of the designers, the ability of the Yard and the dream of her lady owner who was very involved and participated in the whole creative process of every single detail on board, converge in the shear technology and applied research of this 60 metre wonder.
The underlining theme of the project was travel, somewhat obviously expressed by works of art such as the glass world globe set at centre cockpit. Blue Eyes was conceived for her owners’ pleasure, to just embark upon that ‘ideal’ cruise each have inside even if at anchor. Hence, we were not at all surprised to find a large semi-circular book case and piano at centre, greeting us as we walked into the saloon of the main deck.
A very deliberate chromatic effect was very apparent here as indeed it is on the rest of the boat. Needless to say the amount of purposely built equipment is considerable and we don’t just mean the numerous “finishing touches” nor the furnishings themselves which would be quite common on boats this size, but more specifically, sliding doors or moving parts of the hull just like the snazzy solution in the stern whereby instead of a garage we find an outdoor lounge looking out the stern bridge.
Undoubtedly, a lot of thought and construction prowess went into this yacht where despite no lack of space, everything was painstakingly measured to the nearest millimetre. Amongst the plentiful references to sea voyages found on board Blue Eyes, an anchor stands out in paintings, decorations, etchings and objects, as a vivid reminder that it is a sea voyage one is undertaking thus kindling that sense of adventure that only cruising can give. As we have mentioned, there are all sorts of works of art on board which have required some alternative thinking in terms of their safe keeping whilst allowing the beholder to admire them at will.
Let us now take a closer look at the technical elements of this prestigious yacht by CRN. The hull is displacing and made of steel whereas the superstructure is aluminium built. The design comprises three decks plus sun-deck. At the stern end, the lower deck sports a beach lounge, a generously sized internal area with air-conditioning and an entertaining view over the stern beach , which in turn provides maximum relaxation at sea level.
The garage has consequently been moved all the way to the bow area and is big enough for two 7.5m RIB tenders that can freely go in and out through the two side openings in the hull. Staying forward, we find the engine room and annexed control room from which any equipment on board may be monitored. The guest area develops amidships and comprises two master state cabins with double bed set diagonally, and two further twin cabins all four with en suites. The forward end of the same deck hosts the crew’s quarters that includes comfortable sleeping accommodation as well as a mess room and common room for free time entertainment but also fitted with digital equipment to survey the equipment on board even when work is more relaxed. Turning now to the main deck, the stern area hosts the large cockpit overlooking the beach area below. Moving forwards takes us to the main saloon with its two semicircular book cases which aptly appear to ‘embrace’ the piano set at centre.
This part acts as a prelude to the journey which is about to begin inside the yacht itself, calling on art, therefore literature, music, and figurative art heralded by precious examples such as sculptures, prints and paintings. The main saloon is divided into two halves which interconnect through a central passage way, the first leads to the stern area we have just described whereas the second, leading forward, has large sofas, seats and small tables annexing the dining room with its longitudinal oval table.
Moving on forward, we have the service areas to port, such as the galley occupying a square shaped area whilst a passage way to starboard leads to the owners’ quarters comprising an office, the master cabin occupying the full beam complete with veranda to the side created by courtesy of a mobile bulkhead. A full size dressing table , large bathroom with proportionate circular tub, separate closet, all round marble with anchor chain motives, complete the area. The upper deck is again dedicated to doing as little as possible, aided by a large extra comfortable cockpit fitted with semicircular sofas and tables, an outdoor dining table and a further sky lounge with more sofas, media entertainment, and a truly spectacular view towards the outside. A further master state cabin is located forward to port, fitted with a double bed.
A lobby with seats and a desk lies to starboard whilst going further forward we find the bridge annexed by the Captain’s quarters to port, a day bathroom, and with a helm station of very impressive proportions occupying a dominant position also hosting two small semicircular sofas in each corner from where to enjoy the cruise. Externally, forward of the bridge, there is another sun bathing area with sofa and sun beds to the side that precede a manoeuvres area which also could host two further tenders or ski-jets. However the area dedicated to outdoor privacy is the sun-deck which sports a circular Jacuzzi surrounded by large sun beds.
A dining area with oval table awaits in the stern as well as a helipad area. A fully equipped gym is located amidships including a sauna and thermal baths. Style and technology of the highest levels epitomise this wonderful yacht accompanying its passengers in the realms of reality and idyllic fantasy.
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by Angelo Colombo