Lürssen’s Capri - Sense and Splendor

Sense and Splendor

Capri does more than evoke the famed Italian isle—she shows how intelligence and elegance can coexist.

While most master baths aboard megayachts are visions of marble or onyx (or both), the one aboard Capri is truly astonishing. In this enormous room—larger than the VIP stateroom aboard many custom yachts—you’d be hard-pressed to take your eyes off the backlit glass etching that depicts the port in the Isle of Capri where the owners signed the contract to build her. The extraordinary glasswork curves between two lacquered teak columns and behind the full-size tub, and the tub itself is more like an onyx throne, given the way a stair ascends to it, flanked by arched gold handrails.

The master bath is arguably the most lavishly appointed room aboard this 192-footer, although four of her five decks do have individually distinct decors to set them thematically apart. (The bottom-most deck is reserved primarily for tankage, as well as a handful of chill rooms and stores, with a sizeable crew mess and lounge fully forward.) As dramatic as the overall effect is, however, to reflect solely upon the decor, by Glade Johnson, would be to overlook the other key focuses of this steel and aluminum vessel. In commissioning Capri from Lürssen, the owners gave particular consideration to the comfort and safety of the guests aboard as well as the preservation of the environment they anticipated cruising in.

Since Capri was intended for both personal cruises and for chartering in regions like the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mediterranean, she had to be a stable platform. But not just for times when she’s underway—her Koop Nautic stabilization system has an at-anchor mode, which works to keep the typical rolling motion to a minimum whether the yacht is underway or, as the model’s name implies, at anchor.

It’s also worth noting that Capri has an entire room below decks devoted to her stabilizers. According to Capt. Russell O’Donoghue, this resulted from many meetings between the yard’s team and the owner’s team (of which he and broker Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ship were a part), both before and after the contract was signed, as O’Donoghue particularly wanted excellent access for all ship’s systems.

Something of particular importance for the owners was the safety of their young children. That’s why there are safety gates at each of Capri’s exterior stairways and a lack of sharp edges where walls meet and on most of the furnishings. To keep an additional eye on them, the owners requested that the children’s cabin be adjacent to the master suite, which is forward on the main deck. The twin-bed stateroom is tucked to port, accessed via the owner’s office and has an emergency escape (mandated by MCA, since the yacht was built to comply with the safety regulations) in the sole.

The owners are also environmentally conscious, so they wanted Capri to leave anchorages essentially the way they were when she entered them. Not only are there soot filters and catalytic converters on her twin Caterpillar 3512 mains, but all grey and black water (including laundry water) is treated and held in a large holding tank in the tender garage. There’s also a trash compactor on the lowest deck, steps away from a cooler room; all garbage is first compacted, then frozen to reduce smells. This cooler room provides the additional benefit of permitting Capri to cruise unimpeded between remote locations where provisioning would be difficult and even to pursue horizons for upwards of a few weeks at a time.

Sense and Splendor

Part 2: Capri features a hydraulic “door” on each side of the garage that folds up.

And speaking of horizons, all guest- and owner-accessible decks provide excellent sea views. No mere ports onboard this 192-footer; instead, Capri features large, oval windows in the four spacious guest suites, including their en suite heads. The main and upper decks, as you’d expect of a megayacht, are lined with deep windows as well to let light spill in. The effect is particularly striking in the grand-scale sky lounge, where various tones of white cover nearly every surface and piece of furniture from the overhead to the carpeted sole. It’s also put to good use in the observation room (forward) and gym (aft) located on the uppermost deck.

The extraordinary vistas afforded by the abundance of windows brings up an interesting fact related to me by Peter Lürssen, the head of the eponymous yard, who took me through the yacht: There’s a total of 15 tons of glass onboard, stemming mostly from the use of extra-thick panes, since the owners mandated that no storm shutters be installed. (Another related fact: The sunshades for the pilothouse windows are inside, so there’s no need for the crew to clip on screens outside, as is done on most yachts.)

Even with all of the emphasis on the interior features of the yacht, no shortage of attention was paid to watertoys and their deployment. Capri totes a 23-foot RIB and a 22-foot Chris-Craft, plus a handful of three-person PWCs, kayaks, and plenty of dive gear (there’s a separate dive room with a large compressor just aft and to starboard of the tender garage). Instead of launching the toys directly aft via a fold-down or fold-up transom, Capri features a hydraulic “door” on each side of the garage that folds up. While the doors are in the open position, the garage can cleverly double as a boarding platform and tender dock.

No shortage of attention was paid to styling, either, thanks again to the artistry of Glade Johnson. Capri is graced with abundant curves, making her contemporary enough to stand out from other yachts she may encounter in her travels yet not so trendy as to make her styling outdated within a year or two. Even her mast received special treatment; according to Peter Lürssen, because the owner didn’t like the large scale of the one on his previous yacht, Capri’s mast can retract.

With her abundance of relaxation areas and the efficient way that crew and guest traffic is arranged, it’s easy to understand why Capri’s owners have been enjoying their time aboard since taking delivery last summer. They and the construction and design teams struck a balance between safety- and comfort-related features, as well as the indulgences that make oceangoing life such an attractive proposition.

Just one question remains. If the yacht happens to pull into the port in Capri where the contract was signed, will they opt to take in the real view or the artful one in their bath?

Published: 1st Mar 2004