Stepping aboard during the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, the team at YachtCharterFleet discovers what makes the 65m/213ft motor yacht SEANNA such a popular charter yacht.
Custom built by Benetti in 2011, SEANNA celebrates family living, outdoor recreation and functionality while radiating her own unique blend of class and charisma.
Superyacht SEANNA certainly creates a good first impression. Lined up in Antigua's Falmouth Harbour Marina, her clean, crisp and slender silhouette was the epitome of gracefulness thanks to the skilful hand of esteemed naval architect Stefano Natucci.
Easy on the eye, her profile rightfully hints at the refinement within. What is not so obvious, however, is the surprising yet effective use of space across her voluminous interior and exterior.
Take the main deck aft for example. Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD), the UK design house behind SEANNA’s interior, fulfilled the Owners’ wishes for a cinema by transforming the area usually reserved for a main salon into a space geared towards watching movies.
Generally speaking, the aft deck of a superyacht doesn’t afford much privacy, especially when docked in a busy port. Therefore, by creating a chic cinema room with a sumptuous U-shaped sofa, black-out blinds and a 100-inch television, RWD has shifted the centre of attention inside.
The décor here is reflective of SEANNA’s overall style, which has been headed up by US-based Susan Young Interiors. Walls are upholstered in horizontal bands of off-white Edelman leather, offset by the walnut frames in which they are tucked, and matching the pale-coloured seating and carpets.
Charcoal scatter cushions add further contrast, while the recessed tray ceiling is framed by glittering ovals of linked nickel, adding subtle metallic accents overhead.
Rather than a formal dining room - considered to be ‘a colossal waste of space’ by her Owners – the space forward of the cinema room has been divided down the centre line by sliding pocket doors to create a cosy library to port and a foyer area to starboard.
The feel of the library is slightly more masculine than other areas aboard the motor yacht due to the use of dark wooden wall panels, a smoky grey velvet sofa, and a gas fireplace with black marble surround. But the mix-up provides a warm and cosy setting ideal for intimate gatherings.
Meanwhile, the foyer area impresses with its flexibility. A circular table serves as a meeting place, but can be extended to form an oval dining table capable of seating at least 10 guests, thus converting a typically underused area into one with a variety of functions.
High back chairs in a luxuriously textured cream fabric and a glittering chandelier showcasing the reoccurring motif of linked nickel ovals create a touch of understated elegance to the surrounds, and is a taste of things to come in the grand entrance hall forward.
Conventions have been turned on their head as RWD makes the most of SEANNA’s generous 12-metre beam
A white marble floor with linear patterns in taupe and charcoal joins the leather wall panels, and the nickel ovals are present once again, this time forming the balustrade of a wide, sweeping staircase.
Natural light streams through cutaways in the superstructure above and filters through the frosted glass of stately walnut doors, which slide out of side pockets to hide the industrial entryway.
The forward section of the main deck is dedicated to the master suite in what may appear to be more in keeping with the traditional layout of a superyacht. Yet, on closer inspection, conventions have been turned on their head as RWD makes the most of SEANNA’s generous 12-metre beam.
Accessed via a central corridor leading off the main hallway is a mini spa to starboard made up of two separate massage rooms. Pocket doors allow for couple massages and the dark wooden wall panels of the library make a reappearance but, interspersed with glass mosaic tiles, make for a more soothing environment.
An office is located to port opposite the spa, while a master suite formed of three distinct but flowing areas spans across the breadth of the yacht further forward. Either side of the central sleeping quarters are his and hers lounges, which lead forward to separate walk-in wardrobes and their respective en suites, nicely finished in grey veined marble.
Dark wooden cabinetry and steely grey furnishings are offset by the crisp white carpets and leather wall panels. The overall feel is sleek and uncluttered, yet the curved walls add a sense of cosiness and the suite is definitely a tranquil retreat for the principal charterer.
Guest accommodation on the lower deck is comprised of three double cabins and two twin cabins, while a VIP suite is located forward on the upper deck. These are no major surprises in these staterooms, although their soft furnishings, which vary from gold to coral to pale green, may appear at odds in a yacht such as SEANNA where bold colours are scarce.
In contrast to the snug hideaways on the deck below, the upper deck is the domain of family living. A large, multi-purpose skylounge takes centre stage, with wide wooden floorboards underfoot, and soft furnishings and rugs in light grey and silver hues.
A beautiful backlit bar crafted by Seattle-based Peter David Studio runs parallel with the port bulwark forward, facing a circular games table surrounded by plush, high-back chairs. The seating continues across the aft expanse of the salon thanks to two separate lounge areas formed of sumptuous sofas and armchairs.
Specially commissioned artworks by abstract landscape artist Jared Rue are dotted across the room, while the Owner’s collection of Chihuly glass lines display cabinets to starboard, matching the reflective nature of the reoccurring nickel ceiling detail.
Those wondering what other surprises charter yacht SEANNA holds will be enlightened on the sundeck.
Glass double doors slide open to reveal an expansive upper deck aft, which is undoubtedly SEANNA’s most favoured dining spot, with a large 14-seater teak table at its centre. As the exterior staircases and built-ins are pushed outboard, unobstructed views to stern can be enjoyed throughout the day.
Those wondering what other surprises charter yacht SEANNA holds will be enlightened on the sundeck. The space under the radar arch has been remodelled into a teak-clad lounge where breakfast can be enjoyed around a casual dining table and cosy seating areas offer refuge from the sun.
Full-width glass doors forward lead out to a curved bar and secluded seating area, and steps ascend to an oversized hot tub surrounded by sun pads. The aft section of the sundeck, meanwhile, is lined with chaise loungers for the sun worshipper’s in your party.
A staircase rises from the sunning area aft to another secret hideaway: an observation lounge that offers unimpeded views forward. And SEANNA’s outdoor offerings do not end here. Guests can get close to the ocean in a chic beach club after working out in a water-side gym to starboard complete with a drop-down side terrace.
Every inch of SEANNA has been carefully thought out by RWD to maximise its appointed function, whether it be a cosy snug, a family hub or a spot for outdoor recreation and, coupled with the sleek and stunning décor from Susan Young Interiors, she is proof of what eschewing conventions can result in.
|Length65m / 213'3|
|Beam12.10m / 39'8|
|Draft3.5m / 11'6|
|Gross Tonnage1426 GT|
|Max Speed17 knots|
|Cruising Speed12 knots|
|Fuel Consumption400 LPH|
|Range 6,000 nm|
|Range at 12 Knots|