YachtCharterFleet discovered what makes the 60m/197ft motor yacht ‘Light Holic’ such a spectacular addition to the charter market when the team was invited on board for an exclusive tour in Nafplion, Greece.
Light Holic was launched in 2011 as the sixth in CRN’s 60m series, a semi-custom line styled by Giovanni Zuccon of Zuccon International Project. But, departing from her sisterships, she is undeniably a free spirit with big, open, free-flowing spaces and a charmingly playful attitude.
Arriving by tender, YachtCharterFleet was able to take in superyacht Light Holic in all her glory. Easy on the eye, her elegant, sleek and aerodynamic profile features a slender bow jutting out over the water, while her cream-coloured hull adds an extra mark of distinction to her good looks.
Much applause must go to Zuccon here as, not only has he created large volumes within, he has cleverly concealed them from the outside by utilising continuous lines, keeping the superstructure surfaces as simple as possible and avoiding any unnecessary details.
The interior, meanwhile, was styled by Paris-based architects Cristina and Alexandre Negoescu who, together with CRN’s style centre, incorporated every inch of Light Holic into their design to create a free-flowing layout with a contemporary feel.
But, after changing hands in 2013, the yacht welcomed a number of new additions. The original cool colours, warm materials and reflective surfaces still abound, but there are a whole host of new artworks which add a light-hearted, quirky vibe to the once minimalist surrounds.
These changes are even visible in the six staterooms, which include a master suite forward on the main deck, a double cabin on the upper deck, and three double cabins and one twin cabin on the lower deck. With this accommodation line-up, she is able to sleep up to 12 guests on a private charter vacation.
Entering via the aft deck, guests are welcomed into the main salon by a curving bar topped in black and gold-vein Portoro marble. White floorboards run underfoot, matching the white sheer oak cabinetry with natural white Galuchat coverings and the white lacquer of the bookcases.
Up on the ceiling, a unique sun decoration spreads its steel rays over the lounge below, where two curving, white leather sofas and silver velvety armchairs face a sculpture-like coffee table made out of straw marquetry.
The seating area also sees a switch from floorboards to a fine wool carpet featuring a wavy pattern, said to emulate a seabed sculptured into ridges by the tide.
Mixing up the Art Deco vibe are new colourful artworks, including a heart-shaped sculpture made out of crushed Red Bull cans
Forward of the lounge, behind a dividing bureau equipped with a pop-up TV, is a formal dining area where a glossy white table top perches on a chromed steel base surrounded by a collection of black and white Vitra Panton chairs.
A light fixture made of layered white and gold discs looks over the 14-seater table, and this second ceiling feature, the shiny surfaces and monochrome colour scheme are all demonstrative of the original art deco spirit running throughout Light Holic.
Mixing up the 1930s vibe, however, are a number of new colourful artworks, including a heart-shaped sculpture made out of crushed Red Bull cans.
Stretching across the forward part of the main deck is the spacious master suite, entered through a private office to starboard. With a black lacquer desk and black leather chairs, the study is the only space on board where dark materials have been used.
The sleeping quarters, meanwhile, take styling cues from the main salon. Making a reappearance are the white sheer oak units, and the combination of pale floorboards and ridged wool carpet. White Galuchat leather has been used again too, this time on the wardrobe doors.
A huge bed with a white leather headboard faces forward towards a large TV placed in a mother-of-pearl screen. This separates the sleeping quarters from the bathroom and dressing area and, kept below ceiling height, creates a sense of visual continuity.
Perhaps the biggest highlight, however, is the open-out balcony – a signature piece from CRN. Designed as a breakfast nook, the terrace features a coffee table and Fendi armchairs, and can be used while Light Holic is underway.
Also of note is the innovative sound-damping system in the bed area, designed by CRN in collaboration with Videoworks, and the Pop Art prints, including Roy Lichtenstein’s Nurse and Kiss V, which adorn the walls.
The lower deck is dedicated to four guest cabins spanning off a circular central corridor. Each stateroom is equipped with a relaxation corner and desk, a porthole with a backlit sliver leaf mirror frame and its own soft colour scheme.
There are a number of similarities between the guest staterooms and the master suite, including the white oak cabinetry and pale floorboards, which dominate again, and the open relationship the sleeping quarters have with their en suite.
The three-quarter-length walls dividing off the bathrooms continue to offer an increased sense of openness, and this effect is used again in a VIP guest cabin on the bridge deck, which sees a wardrobe completely covered in straw marquetry partially separate the two spaces.
Also on the upper deck is a light and airy skylounge. Situated forward is a gold-coloured bar, which surveys a central seating area made up of a semi-circular white leather sofa, curvaceous armchairs and a white three-tiered coffee table with stainless steel legs.
The wool carpet of the main salon and master suite makes another reappearance, and also matches the ridges on the base of the bar. Also back is the oak cabinetry, which follows the curve of the seating on either side of the lounge for an extremely fluid feel.
Colour is injected through the gold and silver scatter pillows, as well as a number of vibrant artworks. A 3D lenticular print behind the bar, spelling out ART, transforms from an image of all four members of The Beatles to that of just John Lennon, depending on the angle from which it’s viewed.
From afar, a picture of the currency symbols ‘¥€$’ appear simply as ‘YES’ but, looking closer, dice are seen to make up the piece. A large sculpture of a wrapped sweet bears the name Cartier, while similar sized cherries are scattered about.
When compared to her sisterships from the CRN 60m series, Light Holic’s aft deck is much larger because space has been taken from the main salon. This was done to make more use of the area as, compared to other outdoor spaces, the main deck aft is generally much more protected from windy weather.
A sumptuous alfresco lounge awaits guests stepping on board here. A similar colour scheme to the interior has been used, with soft, neutral tones making up the upholstery and woven leather detail on both the seating and coffee table.
Wraparound decks mean guests can access the main foyer amidships to starboard directly from here, and two sets of staircases on both sides lead to the bow where, known as the viewing deck, a round of seating and sunpads offer a secluded area in which to relax.
A staircase to port in the interior entryway on the main deck aft, opposite the bar, then leads to the upper deck aft, where a perfect space to entertain awaits.
Two curved seating areas to port and starboard aft are moulded into the bulwark, replicating the flowing lines of the upper deck salon within.
Guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks here before sitting down to dine around a large oblong table capable of seating 14 guests. Ensuring everybody is kept refreshed, there is a small bar tucked into the forward port-side corner below a staircase that spirals up to the sundeck above.
Not only can the sundeck aboard Light Holic be reached via an aft staircase, but the central glass lift also provides access to this top deck. Stepping out of the lift, guests will find themselves in an enclosed area with windows overlooking the forward section of the deck.
Here, there is a raised sunbathing station with a Jacuzzi at its centre. A walkway running around the step-up plinth forward enables crew members to easily serve drinks to guests making the most of the relaxation opportunities on offer.
Back in the indoor area, there is a gymnasium where guests can work out while taking in wonderful views of their cruising grounds and, aft of this, there is a white bar and outdoor lounge area covered by a Bimini. The aft-most section, meanwhile is furnished with a line-up of chaise loungers open to the sun.
The love for open spaces and outdoor areas is also expressed through the beach club
The love for open spaces and outdoor areas is also expressed through the beach club. The stern hatch transforms into a large swim platform, furnished with comfortable sun beds and making access to the wide selection of water toys as easy as possible.
Behind the platform is a wide indoor space furnished as a lounge. Guests can enjoy the proximity of the sea while unwinding in the area, and other highlights include a large white lacquered wardrobe, which stores the diving equipment, and a removable polished steel shower.
|Length 60m / 196'10|
|Beam 10.2m / 33'6|
|Draft 3.1m / 10'2|
|Gross Tonnage984 GT|
|Built| Refit2011 | 2014|
|Max Speed15.5 knots|
|Cruising Speed14 knots|
|Fuel Consumption490 LPH|
|Range 4,000 nm|
|Range at 12 Knots|