Review of superyacht ‘Quattroelle’ who emerged from the Lurssen Shipyard early 2013 as an exciting and much anticipated new edition to the global yacht charter fleet.
At an impressive 88m/288', M/Y Quattroelle was built for an experienced owner who required a luxury yacht that combines world-class design with undulated comfort, keeping the four L’s of love, life, liberty and luxury at the forefront of the brief throughout the build.
A conscious and successful effort has been made by her renowned Italian designers at Nuvolari-Lenard Design, who have teamed up with the award wining shipyard Lurssen for this first time on this project, to create a sleek and elegant profile despite her immense volume. They are also responsible for her luxurious interior, which last month was revealed for the first time since her launch as well as the crew uniforms and even the two custom Colombo tenders.
The Owner of 'Charter Yacht Quattroelle', a North American businessman, is familiar with the Lurssen shipyard having bought the 58.5m/192’ ‘Motor Yacht Capri’ a year after her 2003 launch. The broker for that deal was Rob Moran of Moran Yacht & Ship who also represented the owner on ‘Quattroelle’ and served as project manager during the build.
For his new superyacht, space was a crucial element of the design in order for his family to spend quality time together enjoying various activities. This goal has undoubtedly been achieved with an impressive eight indoor communal areas on offer, finished in various styles for different purposes.
The design of Quattroelle features a strong connection between inside and outside spaces has been achieved on this luxury charter yacht through intelligent design features and an impeccable attention to detail. Out on the bridge deck, the upper saloon plays host to a luxurious seating, TV screen, bar and a self-playing Steinway piano and opens onto a comfortable shaded seating area that faces the infinity pool and sunpads.
Her vast main deck is divided into several living areas, a successfully well-appointed layout that makes her ideal for charter vacations. Upon entering, a wood and marble floored foyer that houses a majestic staircase and all-access elevator provides a classically elegant yet impressive feel. Quattroelle's main saloon is separated from a library area forward by a partition wall, predominantly made of glass, while structural elements form a break between the seating area and an aft gallery.
Guests can enter the elaborate formal dining area, which offers seating for 16 and can be enlarged for up to 20, straight from the foyer. The outer bulwarks of the room have been designed as outboard folding flaps that when down provide spectacular panoramic views. This area can be completely separated from the main saloon to allow for intimate and private dining amongst an elegant décor of rich woods played off against a cream palette, highlighted by a beautiful chandelier that catches the light.
Unlike many charter yachts, also located on the main deck alongside five of the guest staterooms is one of ‘Quattroelle’s’ most popular features, a large cinema room. Rather than being hidden behind a soundproof door, an innovative sliding wall panel opens the more casually furnished space up into the corridor that leads to the cabins, forming a pleasant flow between the formal and communal areas.
By placing five of the staterooms on the main deck as opposed to the lower deck, space in each area can be maximised plus it allows for a clear separation between crew and charter guests. The styling in each cabin on board Quattroelle varies, however a palette of warm browns, beiges and blues have been used throughout.
The remarkable Owner’s deck above could be considered an apartment in itself, housing two children’s cabins, a private study, two outdoor terraces and a master suite with his and her bathrooms and dressing rooms. Through wide, curved glass doors, the Owner’s saloon sweeps onto the terrace which can be set for small or large dinner parties. Breath taking 180-degree views allow life at sea to be incorporated into the décor that boasts and warm yet contemporary feel.
A strong connection between inside and outside spaces has been achieved on this luxury charter yacht through intelligent design features and an impeccable attention to detail. Out on the bridge deck, the upper saloon plays host to a luxurious seating, TV screen, bar and a self-playing Steinway piano and opens onto a comfortable shaded seating area that faces the infinity pool and sunpads.
Glass sliding doors have been installed throughout to emphasise the feeling of freedom and space that ocean living offers. The extent to which the designer, owner and builder have worked to together on this project is evident at every turn to provide a truly successful flow and flexibility of space.
Two exterior staircases connect this pool deck with the sundeck that features a gym, sauna, steam room and jet pool. Treated water for both the pool on the bridge and the Jacuzzi on top deck is stored in separate holding tanks with individual temperatures so that the pool and the Jacuzzi are ready for use on short notice. As with the interior, the layout of the exterior decks not only comfortable but designed to be highly functional and versatile.
The exterior decks on Quattroelle have been designed to offer the same well-balanced, sociable feel of the indoor living areas. Every need is met and exceeded with enough relaxation, sun lounging and al fresco dining areas to keep everyone entertained, one of her most notable features being a spectacular infinity pool on the sundeck.
From the sundeck, down all five levels to the stern – which descends into the water for easy access to the sea and water toys – the aft decks are open and connected by double sets of stairs. Heading towards the aft through the stern door, a large bathing area is provided as well as a huge fold out bathing stair which can also be used as a pick up point for guests.
The crew on board charter yacht Quattroelle are the same crew from the owner’s previous yacht ‘Capri’ and have seen the project develop from the very start. Captain Paul Bell became an important part of the building process alongside chief engineer Robert Millar, contributing their own ideas and suggestions from first-hand experience and long standing relationship with the owner.
The Captain commented on the new build: ‘the yacht is an overall amazing unison of engineering and design perfection moulded with crew input, which created the ultimate experience for our boss.’
‘Quattroelle’ is clearly a superyacht built for ultimate pleasure and comfort yet also represents a masterpiece in design and Lurssen engineering. Powered by 2 CAT engines of 2.000 kW each, she reaches a top speed of 17 knots and has a range of 6.000 nm. She is extremely quiet running and thanks to her HUG particle filters and soot burners which are fully compliant with the current IMO air pollution requirements she uses low emissions and boasts excellent fuel economy.
Motor yacht Quattroelle also has the latest Zero speed stabilizers to ensure a smooth passage and a steady anchorage, and for charter guests visiting spots where anchoring is forbidden, she is fitted with a state-of-the-art full dynamic positioning system.