Superyacht of the Week: Melek, the fiftieth yacht from Perini Navi
Melek is the ninth yacht delivered in Perini Navi’s 56 meters series. and the fiftieth yacht overall produced by Perini Navi since its foundation in 1983. The newest member of the Perini Navi family was launched in September 2010, and is a real head turner.
Melek is a natural evolution in the popular 56 metre series, which has been subtly restyled by the designers at Perini Navi.
The greatest innovations in this yacht are in the design of her flush foredeck, which houses the built-in tender storage, and in her aluminium superstructure with its sleek aerodynamic lines. In collaboration with Ron Holland, hull lines and appendages have also been optimized for better performance during navigation.
Brand new and different from all of her predecessors in the series is the look of the exterior: grey chrome accents on the superstructure, the masts and the boom, give Melek a sporty look.
Melek is a ketch and her masts have been designed and manufactured at the Perini Navi Masts Division. Both her main mast and mizzen are in aluminium and are 58.37 and 47.97 m high respectively, while her furling boom is in carbon fibre. Her sail plan has a total surface of approximately 1,500 square metres.
Melek features a large aft cockpit is protected along its perimeter by transparent panels. The open-air living area features two huge “L” shaped sofa’s, an al fresco dining area, retractable TV screens and plenty of storage area concealed within the furniture. Here also there is a day head and a semicircular external staircase that leads to the flying bridge.
On the flying bridge there is an ample sunbathing area, a beautiful round Jacuzzi, probably the best looking Jacuzzi ever seen on a sailing yacht, and two “L” shaped sofa’s with built-in refrigerators.
Melek’s interior, designed entirely in-house, is both traditional and innovative, classical and modern, and has a strong and decided personality. The elegance of cherry with walnut inlays is enhanced by the use of leather, wenge, brushed spruce and parchment.
The main saloon is an open space rounded off in the corners by leather-panelled cabinets. At the centre of the saloon there is an unusual three-ramp staircase: the two lateral ramps mirror each other and lead down to the guest deck, the central ramp leads to the flying bridge.
The main staircase, thanks to a series of illuminated show cases, perfectly divides the areas of the saloon into a living area furnished with an large and comfortable sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table, a dining area with a round table that can be extended to seat 12 and another area with an “S” shaped sofa, two small armchairs and a card table. An unusual and refined solution for separating the saloon form the indoor bridge is a cherry wood folding door whose panels can be folded away completely, much like an accordion.
The owner’s suite is full beam and astern. Divided into two areas, it has a bedroom with a double bed, a sofa and desk and a large bathroom.
The bathroom, on top of a bathtub and an ample shower, also features a beautiful central island with a double sink on one side and a vanity table on the other.
Towards the bow there are four double guest cabins, three with double beds and in-suite baths and another with two twin beds and a Pullman berth. This cabin too is in-suite.
Melek’s transom can be folded down hydraulically to become a terrace on the sea with a handy and wide built-in staircase. The yacht also has a lateral platform that can be used both to launch the tender and for easy access to the sea.
Melek is available for charter this summer in the Mediterranean, contact your charter broker for more information.