On board CAPRI 192' Lurssen

BUILT BY LURSSEN YARD, THIS IMMACULATLY FINISHED 192 FT YACHT HAS FIVE DECKS, EACH OUTFITTET IN A DIFFERERNT STYLE BY AMERICAN DESIGNER GLADE JOHNSON. DESIGNED TO UNDERTAKE LONG VOYAGES,WITH A RANGE OF 8,500 MILES AT 13 KNOTS, CAPRI IS EQUIPPED TO LIVE ON BOARD FOR SEVERAL MOUNTHS AT A TIME WITHOUT PUTTING INTO PORT…

WORDS BY FRANCOIS DUPREY.PHOTOS BY STEPHAN BRAVIN.

The observation lounge on the uppermost deck is a most tranquil refuge.

On the upper deck the two tables can be joined to accommodate a crowd or left individually for small gatherings.

The vast sun deck sports a Jacuzzi in the center and a retractable roof that can shelter half the deck.

The gym is off of the observation lounge which opens up onto the sun deck.

Delivered on August 11th, Motor Yacht CAPRI immediately set out on her first Mediterranean cruise, before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. The superyacht is instantly recognizable amidst the flotilla of other moored yachts for her attractive and imposing appearance, and is undoubtedly one of the best designed yachts both from an architectural and technical point of view. Certainly she is one of the very first of this size to have five outfitted decks, four of which have extensive sea views. This was one of the specifications set by the yacht’s American owner when the project was first begun in March 2000, at a meeting in Seattle with Captain Russell O’Donohue and Robert J.W. Moran, chairman of Moran Yacht and Ship Consulting in Fort Lauderdale.   

Motor Yacht CAPRI is fitted with at-anchor stabilization fins, with a Datum fuzzy logic controller, keeping her steady whether underway, drifting, at anchor, or at the dock. Her uppermost deck, almost entirely hidden from view, is a very tranquil refuge. A dazzlingly white open-air sun terrace in the bow with wide banquette seats around two side tables extends out from a very modern saloon/bar decorated in pale leather and pastel shades—contrasting with the patinated woodwork that gleams in the light of a large window affording panoramic views of the sea and sky. A passageway aft of this luxurious observation saloon leads into a proper little gym which opens out onto the vast stern deck on the same level. This is arranged for sunbathing, with a spa pool in the center. A retractable roof shelters more than half of this deck, the largest section of which also serves as a helicopter platform if required. You notice how everything is immaculately finished down to the finest detail. Great attention has clearly been paid to making everything solid and reliable. This is reflected for example in the way the engineers at Lürrsen have added a small crane specially for handling the rescue boats, and provided a foldaway staircase for ease of access to the superstructure; also in the way that the sliding access doors have been made wider than necessary.

 

The décor of the yacht contrives to create a different mood on each deck. When you go down onto the fourth deck via the monumental stairway you find a second huge saloon/bar which has two large circular sofas and a cozy, intimate atmosphere. This saloon is softly lit and decorated in toning shades of ivory, white and light beige, set against the deep pile New Zealand wool carpet hand woven in Germany and the ornate ceilings with moulded cornices. The enormous side windows are like vast painted seascapes; the saloon extends out through a wide opening onto the outside deck and a large sheltered sun terrace where some 16 people can sit around the long table.

Further forward on this deck to port you find a galley-servery connected to the main galley by a dumbwaiter which operates between all five enclosed decks, like the second stairway which is reserved for the use of the 13 crew members. Next to this servery is a centralized computer and entertainment room, enclosed and very accessible, for transmitting programs to the plasma and LCD screens found in all the cabins and saloons. Passing through the servery or along the central passageway from the saloon you come to a landing leading into the wide and very convivial navigation bridge. This is fitted out in a classic décor of green leather and varnished teak which gives it an air of gravitas. A long raised sofa faces the instrument console of this state-of-the-art bridge on which all the data from the navigation instruments is displayed on seven digital 19in TFT screens with full computer control, vessel monitoring, and management functions. Since electronics are sometimes prone to failure, all the computerized instrumentation is backed up with redundant servers and conventional equipment, all hidden away in side lockers. From this bridge, a fully functional command post, you control practically the entire ship.

The captain’s cabin is situated to starboard on the same landing. It is furnished with a desk, double bed and elegant marble bath-room, and decorated in the same style as the bridge. Opposite it you find a small office for data communication and, aft of this office, a music studio with full sound insulation where the owner likes to play his guitar.

Descending the grandiose staircase dominated by marble frescoes and mosaics you arrive in the grand entrance hall on the main deck, with a hanging closet and day head. The latter, like all the bathrooms on board, has mirrors in antique gilt frames that reflect the silver gilt taps and the friezes carved into the marble. Passing through an electrically operated automatic sliding door (which like all the doors can also be controlled from the navigation bridge) you enter the regal dining room, furnished with antique style high-backed chairs around a large table that seats eight to twelve guests. Here the interior designer has avoided monotony by using several different types of wood veneer for the décor, with pleasing results. A door to port opens automatically into a servery adjoining the galley, which also has a sea view and is as spacious and well-equipped as the kitchens of many large restaurants.

Furnished with deep sofas, wide armchairs, and a large painting of a West Coast landscape, the main saloon is very comfortable.

With a seascape out the semi circular bay windows and a chess game all in place, the saloon is a multi-purpose room.

Adjacent to the main saloon,the dining room can be closed off by wide  double sliding doors.

 

The master suite is entered via  a hall/library, followed by an office.

The dining room directly adjoins the main saloon but can be closed off by means of wide double sliding doors to give it a degree of intimacy. The atmosphere in the saloon, furnished very comfortably with deep sofas and wide armchairs beneath a large painting of a typical luminous landscape, is one of luxury and refinement. A chessboard set out on a table bears witness to the peaceful nature of this room, which is surrounded by a large semi-circular bay window giving a spectacularly panoramic view. This window does not have a central opening directly out onto the stern deck; rather it opens onto the side decks, as if to maintain some privacy in the saloon.

Going through the entranceway to star-board you come to the owners’ suite, with extensive sea views through large windows in the sides of the yacht. This suite consists of a small hall/library and a twin VIP stateroom, followed by a very spacious office opening directly into the large sitting room/bedroom. This is decorated in several different types of wood veneer, shown off to great effect in some remarkable marquetry. In the bathroom a striking transparent etching of the Isle ofCAPRI’s most famous port decorates a large glass screen above the full-sized bath. This bathroom, fitted out entirely in onyx and teak, is divided into two sections, with a shower to port and dressing area to starboard.

The king-size bed in the large main room of this suite is flanked by night tables. The décor here, characterized by the borders of hand-woven fleur de lys round the edges of the carpet, is aristocratic in style and reminis-cent of Louis XV.

Returning through the entrance hall on the starboard side you descend onto the second deck, still above the waterline. You find your-self in a hall giving access to the four guest cabins in the central section of the ship, all offer sea views through vertical portholes. Each of these cabins covers an area of nearly 323sqft and all are decorated in practically identical style, but in different colors, along the same theme as the owners’ suite. Each has a plasma television screen hidden away behind a mirror, and a bathroom with a proper bath.

A long passageway leading forward from the hall between the guest cabins brings you to the seven twin cabins for the crew, each with its own shower room. These cabins are a good size and comfortably furnished in a pale wood trim, with a small foldaway TV/LCD screen above each bunk and portholes looking out over the sea.

From this passageway you descend to the lowest deck via the stairway between all five decks which is reserved for the crew’s use. This tank deck, located below the waterline, is arranged with a large mess for the crew and an adjoining servery, connected to the galley by means of the dumbwaiter. Aft to port are the very voluminous coldrooms, with extensive freezer space and even a freezer room used for freezing compacted garbage at sea, or as a convenient crew fridge while docked. Here also you find a long laundry room equipped with industrial-size washing machines and dryers and a wide, powerful ironing press.

This is a piece of professional equipment generally installed in cruise ships. There is plenty of space on this deck, and the layout has been carefully designed to allow storage of large quantities of food and other essentials so that long voyages over several weeks can be made without having to stop for fresh supplies.

A hatchway on this lower deck opens directly into the machinery room situated in the central stern section of the hull and ideally laid out. Around the two 1900hp Caterpillar engines there are three high-powered generators of 260kW each in their separate rooms. This impressive power source is primarily for peace of mind, as only one of the three is needed for the ship’s entire electrical supply. In the control room the mechanical engineer has a complete range of control instrumentation, with some 360 sensors connected to software that continuously analyzes the functioning of the engines and all the other equipment, particu-larly any liquid discharges. CAPRI is a clean motoryacht, with catalytic converters, soot collectors, and treated grey and black water, designed to recycle her cooling water once it has been separated from the exhaust gases so as not to pollute clear waters.

 The entire stern section of the motoryacht is taken up by a garage designed to hold the yacht’s two 23ft tenders, a ChrisCraft and a semi-rigid, and two SeaDoo three-person waverunners. These are launched and recovered through two doors in the sides which open upwards, so there are no tenders taking up space on the upper decks or on the swim platform directly adjoining the garage. This is arranged to serve as a platform for embarking and disembarking and also for swimming, with a hold to starboard in which the diving equipment and compressor are stowed.

Generally the ergonomics of the deck plans designed by Glade Johnson are very successful. The wide, well-protected side decks and easily negotiable stairways all contribute to the exemplary ‘traffic’ flow system. Internally, careful thought has gone into keeping the passageways and stairs for the crew members completely separate so

that the owners and their guests are not disturbed. They are able to enjoy the same degree of privacy when they are moving about on the three open decks outside. As her captain remarks, CAPRI bears all the hallmarks of the seaworthiness for which Lürssen is renowned.

Notes about CAPRI from a conversation with the owners…………..

by Jill Bobrow

The four guest staterooms on the second deck (above water level) all have plasma screen televisions and desired sea views.

The owner’s suite includes two bedrooms; one with a king-size bed and the VIP with twin beds adjoins it.

A luxurious onyx and teak bathroom with large bathtub, separate shower, and dressing room is graced by an etching of the Isle of Capri.

Sky Lounge

The bridge, fitted in green leather and teak, has a long raised sofa facing the instrument console.

Guests VIP

A ski chalet in Aspen, a villa in Tuscany, a cottage in the Cotswolds, a beach house on Bequia…what do these have to do with CAPRI ?…Nothing. Second and third homes are all possibilities for people who are fortunate enough to have a little discretionary income. However, the owners of Capri chose a different path. Rather than root their leisure time on land, they elected to build their dream yacht—the quintessential ‘moveable feast.’ Living in Seattle, they enjoy a strong affinity to the water. Experienced yachtsmen, this couple previously owned a 148ft Feadship, so they are more than a little familiar with boats and the sea. In fact, now, they cruise Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands on a fairly regular basis aboard their 34-footer—an easy-to-handle runabout requiring no crew! C a p r i f o r them is a little bit of a different story. It is 192 feet of luxury, style, and technology. The owners are well aware that with a yacht, you can take all your personal things with you, live comfortably in familiar furnishings, and be at home wherever you are. This concept, while not novel to readers of this publication, is still an intriguing notion that bears continuous exploration. More and more, discerning individuals building extraordi nary superyachts have a sense of creating their own special mobile world.

 The gestation period for CAPRI has been three years. In August of 2000, subsequent to significant research, the owners met with Peter Lürssen on the Isle of C a p r i and signed a letter of intent. With the assistance of their broker Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ship, they put together a detailed plan and a contract to begin construction at the Lürssen Shipyard in Germany. The union worked well. Quality was of paramount importance and Lürssen’s qualifications and reputation are impeccable.

Asked to maximize on space and beam without losing proportion on the external lines, designer Glade Johnson had his work cut out for him. Sleek and curvaceous, CAPRI has turned out exactly the way the owners anticipated. Curves inside and out are a recurring theme; the owners did not want any sharp edges.

Another important design aspect was to maximize natural light. To that end there are curved panoramic windows on three levels, the upper deck, the observation deck and the main deck. “The wonderful thing about traveling by boat is that you are always in a new place with beautiful surroundings,” says the lady of the yacht. “We wanted to maximize natural light and landscape.” Wraparound windows ensure this. “To us, being on  Pacific and beyond, but initial plans are for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Primarily a family boat, C a p r i will also be available for chartering.

Capricious, this CAPRI? I think not. She was built by owners who were remarkably hands-on in terms of input and involvement. Extremely environmentally conscious, this Pacific Northwest couple went to great lengths to make sure that as many of their systems were as green as possible. For instance, they used state-of-the-art technology to ensure the ultimate in wastewater treatment. They were thrilled with Lürssen’s ability to fulfill all their wishes and desires. Chateaux, condos, haciendas… who needs them…when you can be at home aboard a yacht like CAPRI! No wonder the owners are thrilled with their newly launched superyacht.The sky lounge has circular sofas in a cozy setting and is softly lit to add warmth to the neutral white and ivory tones.

Published: 3rd Mar 2004