SuperYacht of the Week: Destination Foxharb’r Too, a Patrick Knowles Design masterpiece
Saturday, 10 January 2009
By C.C. Schindel.
Trinity Yachts, LLC, located in Gulfport, MS, has become one of the world's elite US-based builders of custom superyachts. In the Spring of 2008, they launched Trinity Hull Number T036, Destination Foxharb’r Too. With an interior created by Patrick Knowles Design, this 161-foot superyacht with a 28-foot beam, is the culmination of a proud tradition of high-quality craftsmanship and design, state-of-the-art engineering and construction, and cutting-edge technology.
With classic Trinity lines and serene Patrick Knowles Design style, Destination Foxharb’r Too, adds the newest dimension to the superyacht market. Her tri-deck aluminum hull and superstructure design includes a respectable 2150 Hp propulsion system from two Caterpillar 3512B diesel engines, providing her with a maximum speed of 20 knots, a sustained cruising speed of 18 knots, and a cruising range of 3000 nautical miles, at 10 knots with 10% fuel reserved. Her electrical power is provided by two Kilopak 99 kW gen sets.
Advanced stabilization comes from a Quantum 2x Active Fin with digital controls with Zero SpeedTM and a Quantum 150 Hp bow thruster. Also onboard are state-of-the-art electronics throughout, which include: V-SAT constant Wi-Fi internet, Crestron video and audio equipment with surround sound, flat screen TV’s with individual satellite receivers, and iPod docking stations. Destination Foxharb’r Too is also environmentally friendly, equipped with an ozone-based water-treatment system.
Her interior reflects a one-ness with nature, refreshingly pure and natural style influenced by an exceptional attention to detail that is expressed in a symbiotic selection of surface textures and material choices. The wood used onboard consists of Honduras Mahogany, Lacewood, Macassar Ebony, and Redwood Burl. Stone work includes Beaumanier Light Limestone, French Limestone, Classic Walnut Travertine, Luberon Limestone, Dore Royale marble, Zen garden pebbles, and river rock pebbles.
Calmly fitted with sophisticated fabrics, fine millwork, artisan stonework, hand-carved glass, and satin nickel accents, this superyacht is a must-see for anyone. Complimenting the fitted design is the sparse art pieces shown on her bulkheads, including a stunning mural in the dining salon that provides a dramatic backdrop.
When asked about the process it takes to design the interior of a superyacht like Destination Foxharb’r Too, Patrick Knowles shared with us that he started:
“…with a very in-depth series of conversations with the builders/owners, to fully understand their expectations regarding her interior and intended use, such as for private or charter use. Next, a GA is developed which leads to a process of characterizing their desires into 3D sketches, giving the owners a glimpse into the potential personality of the vessel. With this information we decide on the specifications for finishes and colors first and then the furnishings and fabrics.”
Patrick Knowles also added that each design is unique and is created from the personality of an individual, family, or other focal element. If asked asked to duplicate a style, either one his own or one done by another designer, he will use the original concept as a guideline only, incorporating elements unique to the current project which, when completed, turns out to be another interior all its own.
Moving through her decks we better understand the essence of the Destination Foxharb’r Too.
Starting on the Main Deck the focal features include the full-beam master stateroom, main salon with full wet bar, lounge area with entertainment center, and formal dining area for up to 12 guests. On the aft main deck there is a covered and casual seating area with another full wet bar with bar seating, as well as port and starboard access to the swim platform, and stairwell to the overhead bridge deck.
Entering the Master Stateroom, just forward of the main deck starboard foyer, fine wood paneling, doors, and trim are emphasized with richly colored woods and patterns. The master stateroom’s grand entrance includes a settee to port and a vanity to starboard. This split-level space hosts dual private en-suite facilities, his with shower and hers with Jacuzzi tub and bidet.
Two port-side stairs access the walk-around king-sized bed that faces forward to panoramic, sea horizon views, through an array of beamed windows facing the foredeck, offering magnificent, 180-degree views from the stateroom’s upper level. Beautifully designed wood paneling and curved mahogany patterns contrast with the off-white hues of the couches and carpeting, enhanced by a striking overhead chandelier.
Separate, but adjoining, the master stateroom is a simply laid out owner's study/lounge, featuring a large sofa and chair. If desired, this area could also become a fifth guest stateroom, which features a Queen Bed sleeper sofa and full en-suite facilities. Interestingly, this was only one of two interior design changes requested by the owner. In the original layout, Patrick Knowles shared with SuperYacht Times, that this area was planned as a separate guest stateroom.
When asked by SuperYacht Times, Patrick Knowles stated that his favorite area on this superyacht was the Main Salon. He felt that this area is the embodiment of the entire essence of the vessel. "It captures all of the elements that make Destination Foxharb’r Too the craft that she is… simply natural. Where the majority of her interior visible surfaces (i.e., millwork and stone)", Patrick Knowles tells us, "were designed and selected to represent as natural a state as possible".
Here, in the spacious main salon, we find plush free standing furniture, including two large couches that face each other across the beam. A conveniently-placed full bar is located aft. The warm, rich colors and shades of copper, bronze, and burnt-orange settle-in luxuriously with the light ochre furnishings and light tawny carpeting, providing a warm, natural, and captivating welcome.
The overhead features a unique and organic chandelier surrounded by warm accent lighting. From the Main Deck we go below, to the Interior Deck, where four additional staterooms, 2 forward and 2 aft, are located featuring equally impressive facilities and calming natural theme.
The two aft spacious staterooms, each feature a walk-around king-size bed, push-button activated 26-inch flat screen TV with DVD, individual satellite receiver, and surround sound. En-suite features head, marble countertop with sink and spacious shower. Small circular starlight’s above provide discreet overhead lighting. While richly decorated with decorative quadratic cabinetry, the guest rooms are spare of extra furnishings, such as fine art on the walls, maintaining its simplicity. Located forward and port is the third spacious stateroom, with walk-around king size bed, with similar en-suite amenities.
A fourth guest stateroom, located forward and starboard, offers twin beds in well-groomed carved wood frames, with opposing walls in light gray, also in the quadrangle pattern. With windows, en-suite head/shower, there is also ample closet space and a small writing table. Forward, are the Crew Quarters which include three double-bunk staterooms, recreation, dining, and entertainment areas.
The Pilothouse Deck includes the leisurely comfort of a Sky Lounge, offering a full turquoise, blue glassed top bar and accompanying game table. Towards the bow, a 62-inch TV rises on demand for outside entertainment. The Bridge features a royal blue leather couch mimicking the circular shape of her overhead lighting. A single leather Captain’s chair anchors the command center with six wide screen monitors that instantly deliver current and stored information to the Captain.
The semi-shaded Flybridge and Sun Deck features a Jacuzzi for 6 to 8 guests surrounded with large sunning pads, two chaise lounges, full wet bar, al fresco dining to port, and day head.
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