Next up in YachtCharterFleet’s series of reviews following the Antigua Charter Yacht Show is the 60m/197ft motor yacht SLIPSTREAM.
With a silver superstructure and jet black hull, which hint at the commanding interior within, SLIPSTREAM never fails to leave a lasting impression.
Launched in 2009, SLIPSTREAM followed the first of a new line from Cherbourg-based CMN Yachts: the 58m/190ft motor yacht ‘Netanya 8’. SLIPSTREAM, however, evolved alongside her sistership, the 60m/197ft motor yacht C9, with an extra two metres in length, a fixed swim platform and improved access to the engine room to found the CMN 65 Line.
A linchpin in all three builds was the London-based Andrew Winch Design, responsible for the interior and exterior styling. Yet, in a testament to the wide-ranging skills and creativity of the design studio, all three yachts embody a unique and completely distinct identity.
Those well-acquainted with SLIPSTREAM often recommend stepping abroad through her starboard side door where a trio of colourful totem poles set against a black fossil marble stairwell rise up from the central atrium to provide an unforgettable first impression.
Hand carved by the British Colombian artist Stanley Clifford Hunt, the sculptures symbolise the owner’s spirits in animal form and point to his passion for native art. As well as a number of Pacific Northwest offerings, paintings of Aboriginal artworks also feature heavily throughout the yacht, referencing the owner’s birthplace of Canada and adopted home of Australia.
Aft of this entrance hall is the main salon where rich earthy tones in a large aboriginal painting are reflected in the high gloss ebony dining table it looks over and the dark wenge mullions, which wrap their way across the ceiling. Leather dining chairs and bulkheads in pillar box red contrast with the plain white carpet, perfectly adding to the drama.
Opposite the dining table and further aft is a collection of comfortable sofas and plump armchairs, which face a circular glass coffee table. Dividing the open plan space is a central sideboard with a roll-down blind, and sliding bulkheads on either side can divide the lounge and dining areas into two separate rooms.
Also on the main deck is the spacious master suite, which sweeps across the full breath of the yacht encompassing an office, sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a walk-in closet and a private observation lounge with access to the foredeck.
The minimalist study is first to greet guests entering this apartment-like setup. A custom made desk of high gloss ebony with a cream leather insert has been afforded a sea view, and the room leads through to the assertively-styled master cabin.
Woven leather bulkheads in a warm red hue act as a headboard and, reflected in the opposite wall, are joined by curved black pillars on either side. Above the bed, made up in black linen, is an eye-catching, bright red, circular light fixture with high-gloss wood at its centre and a mirror border.
The powerful colour scheme of black and red is further highlighted by the wool cut pile carpet in a soft taupe shade. Curved sections of the black bulkheads open at the touch of a button to reveal a walk-in wardrobe and the main bathroom, and a short passage way leads forward past the second bathroom to a raised observation lounge. Decorated in a fresher, monochrome palette, the semi-circular retreat offers incredible ocean vistas and a more serene setting in which to relax.
A trio of colourful totem poles set against a black fossil marble stairwell rise up from the central atrium to provide an unforgettable first impression
Four guest cabins, meanwhile, are located on the lower deck. The two cabins forward can be arranged as either singles or doubles whereas the two cabins aft are fixed doubles and have the added bonus of a bathtub. Each stateroom differs slightly in its colour scheme, but all share the same central panelling of rippled walnut.
A surprise VIP suite is found on the port side of the bridge deck. The stateroom is not much different in size to the guest cabins below, but benefits from full-length French windows, which open onto a private balcony where the lucky occupants can enjoy a private breakfast together.
On the bridge deck aft, meanwhile, is the skylounge. Although the same size as the main salon below, the upper lounge is much more relaxed, with cream wall panels and carpets, soft furnishings in cream and charcoal, and weathered limed wenge beams.
Electronically controlled, a four-metre cinema screen unrolls upwards from a chaise lounge to meet the ceiling while a projector drops down from above and black out blinds unfurl to cover the windows. Sumptuous sofas and armchairs complete the ‘movie night’ arrangement.
Further aft is a signature Andrew Winch design feature. A circular dining table of limed wenge is surrounded by curved floor-to-ceiling windows, which slide open to create a semi-alfresco setup and allow access to a comfortable lounging area on the deck.
One of the highlights of the yacht, however, is the sundeck. Extremely functional and well-equipped, it is where charter guests spend most of their day when on board. Forward is a Jacuzzi, protected from the elements by glass windscreens and surrounded by an expanse of sun pads.
Under the shade of the hardtop and its fabric canopy, which allows sunlight to softly filter through, is a rectangular dining table, and a more casual seating area runs across of the width of the sundeck aft. Sliding glass doors across the centre of the deck stop the area becoming a wind tunnel and are joined by a glass-topped bar, open air shower and discreet day head.
Other assets of the yacht include Quantum Zero Speed Stabilizers for comfortable cruising, easy access into the waters from the fixed bathing platform and a gymnasium on the bridge deck, which can also act as a further stateroom.
Bold, masculine and hard to forget, SLIPSTREAM is guaranteed to wow with her striking looks but, with superbly executed, versatile spaces inside and out, she also promises an extremely comfortable and relaxed yacht charter in the upmost luxury.
For more details on M/Y SLIPSTREAM, please contact your preferred charter broker.