Great Sails

There are many ways to sail the seas, just as there are many yachts to sail the seas with. But in 2015, there were only three that matter. Anchors up and cast off to cleave waves and plough waters with our picks for the best production, semi-custom and fully-customised yachts of last year, so as to narrow your purchase decisions for this year.

1. Wider 32

Price: FromUS$360,000 (S$513,000)

In designing a tender for its 46m model, Italy’s Wider created an exquisite express cruiser. The Wider 32 has an axe bow and low transom, which make it easy for passengers to board from or disembark to a larger vessel, while also giving the boat an attractive streamlined look. The main deck can convert from a sunbathing pad to a dining area or permanently configured as either one, with a removable awning that shades the entire space. The area belowdecks is furnished with two couches that can serve as sleeping berths. A mini galley with a stove ring, a fridge, and a sink is hidden behind the cabinetry. At the bow is a full-beam bathroom with a shower. Two 260-hp Mercruiser Turbo Diesel engines propel the boat to a top speed of 37 knots, and the composite hull is designed to guarantee a smooth ride.

2. Riva 122 Mythos

Price: Available upon request

Lightweight aluminum construction enables the Riva 122 Mythos, the latest and largest model in the Riva range, to reach a top speed of 27 knots and cruise at 25 knots. The first model features a three-cabin layout; the standard Mythos layout, however, includes four cabins and the option to add a fifth. The yacht’s saloon is furnished with three white-leather sofas and a 55-inch TV that drops down from the ceiling. The master stateroom features natural-wood furniture and chrome-plated accents. A large Jacuzzi, a sun pad, and a bar are on the upper deck. At the stern, a hydraulic platform allows for easy diving into the sea and can be used to launch the 16-ft tender or personal watercraft stored in the garage.

3. Perini Navi Grace E

Price: N/A (Custom-built)

The most striking feature of fully customised superyacht Perini Navi’s Grace E is its sundeck, designed as a health spa at the request of the owners; they wanted the 73-m trideck super­ yacht to be a spa at sea. Designer Phillippe Briand accommodated that request by outfitting the 232-sqm space with a hydro­ therapy room that includes a cold plunge pool, a meditation room that features a 180-degree view of the sea, and a massage area that is connected to a hammam-style steam room. The deck’s outdoor area features six sun pads, a hot tub, and shaded seating pods. A remarkably quiet diesel-electric power plant provides a measure of tranquility on the high seas; the noise level in the saloon reaches just 45.5 decibels, which is about as loud as it is in a library, even as the propulsion system is propelling the yacht at 14 knots.

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Published 10th February 2016