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Some superyachts aren’t so super | Manolo for the Home

Some superyachts aren’t so super

My mom has a boat — it’s a little boat meant for fishing and cruising around Long Island bays. One can sun oneself on the bow and then slide into the water when the sun’s rays get a smidge too hot. All in all, it’s a seaworthy vessel with few affectations. Even though it has an inner cabin, I wouldn’t want to spend the night. The lack of a commode puts me off.

Given the chance, however, I’d certainly take a yachting holiday…just like Prince Charles and Camilla are doing right about now. On their official tour of the Caribbean, they’re traveling aboard one Sir Donald Gosling’s £50 million “superyacht” Leander. According to the Daily Mail, they’ll have a crew of twenty-four hands, two master bedrooms to choose from, a twenty seat dining room, a pool, a gym, and a helipad for those unexpected drop-in visitors.

But is it nice? Eh, I think the innards of the aforementioned superyacht resemble a hotel rather than a home. A good yacht, in my humble opinion, ought to look stately in a subdued way, and being that a yacht is a traveling vessel, it should be comfortable without being fussy.

That bedspread screams hotel

The picture quality isn’t fantastic — consider that a warning — but the room seems rather resortish to me. I would have gone with clean lines with plenty of whites and blues…predictable, yes, but I’ve always thought boat interiors deserve to look boatish. What’s the fun in waking up in your superyacht if it just look like any old room?


Oh goodness, that fabric…

I’m pretty sure that the hideous upholstery you see before you is the same as that which covered the interior cushions in one of my mom’s old boats. Perhaps it’s some sort of nautical standard…of ugliness? Maybe it stands up well to salty sea air? I do wonder if this boat might fetch more than £320,000 per week if it was a touch prettier to look at on the inside.

This is better!

Now that’s more like it! Were I traveling with the happy couple, I think I’d spend most of my time out lazing away on what is assuredly a high-quality deck chair, ordering my share of the staff to tell me all about life at sea.

4 Responses to “Some superyachts aren’t so super”

  1. Judy March 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm #

    I’ll bet that grand piano needs to be tuned every day or two, in the salty sea air! Probably a piano tuner on board too, though.

  2. Never teh Bride March 10, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Maybe one of the twenty-four hands doubles as the tuner? I can imagine the want ad: ONE EXPERIENCED BUTLER NEEDED — MUST BE ABLE AND WILLING TO TUNE PIANO DAILY.

  3. fkdlsfk March 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    Maybe Leander is not up to your standards but it is an extremely historic and admirable vessel and actually does have class and grandeur. Maybe the author of the article would maybe favour a Sealine or maybe a caravan.

  4. leeapeea March 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    Well, fkdlsfk, if that *is* your real name, perhaps I am too classless to appreciate miles of ikat upholstery in my music room.

    Never Teh Bride, I agree with your design sensibility. Weather it’s a nautical theme or not, I don’t think I’d want my floating villa to look like… well… a floating villa. I’m a little nervous that all the knick-knacks will come toppling down in rough weather.