Superyacht of the week; World Premiere of 88 metre Musashi
By Jochem Kaan, photos courtesy of Sinot Yacht Design
Every now and then, one comes across a superyacht that instantly catches the eye. Such is the case with Musashi, her exterior quickly fascinates an onlooker with her looks, which are robustly strong yet elegantly gracious at the same time. With an excellent pedigree, coming from the Feadship stables, and exterior and interior design by acclaimed Dutch design agency Sinot Yacht Design, Musashi promises to be a superyacht nothing short of excellence.
Taking her name from one of the most famous samurais in Japanese history, this thoroughbred superyacht reflects one of her namesake's most unique qualities. Miyamoto Musashi not only was a highly skilled swordsman, even a sword saint, but he wisely also believed in the necessity to excel in fields such as sculpting and writing. Hence, the name Musashi stands for strength balanced with delicacy.
As light and eye-catching as her exterior may be, as with all good design there is more to Musashi than meets the eye. With an LOA just shy of 88 metres, she embodies a unique style that is a direct result of the combined efforts between the highly skilled teams of De Voogt and Sinot. This uniqueness is what makes her instantly fascinating, combining a delightful sense of openness and a more subtle closeness within lines that are masculine and firm.
The yacht is all about detail. Sinot did not only create the entire guest interior, exterior and every piece of furniture, but also handpicked all of the loose item, such as the yacht’s porcelain and cutlery.
A key concept for the development of this vessel, was to provide both sublime luxury and privacy to the owner and his family and guests. One of many examples of this concept, is the application of exceptionally large windows, which create a luxurious inside-out feeling or provide a more intimate setting, if and when required.
As Sander Sinot points out, “the large windows flood the Musashi's interior spaces with abundant natural light.” This delicate sense of openness is enhanced by the long external walkways, allowing guests to seemingly seamlessly flow from inside to outside without ever losing that transcending sense of spaciousness. On Musashi, space is all around, whenever you want it to be.
A splendid eye for detail can be seen throughout the superyacht's decks, both inside and out. One key element of design at this level, is the way this attention for detail strives for perfection on the one hand, while on the other there is no addition of any purposeless details.
The grand windows guarantee ample amounts of natural light throughout Musashi's interiors. Combining comfort with optimal user-friendliness, the interior designers combined the refined lines from Japanese Design with elements from Art Deco. This, combined with fully custom designed furnishings and the application of the finest of materials, resulted in an interior design that is as remarkable as are her external features.
With the tranquil atmosphere that defines the entire yacht, special attention was paid to the design of the Owner's private quarters. With an intimate ambiance set in luxury and finesse, high quality materials were selected to create a design that transcends the mere materials and combines them, to form a homely and vibrant personal dwelling for the Owner.
With clean lines, the occasional subtly rounded edge, a refined lighting scheme and a colour palette that is based on natural anigree wood, creamy silks and stainless steal, the Owner's staterooms (both on the bridge and upper deck) feel grand yet modest, something characteristic that can be experienced throughout the whole of Musashi's appearance. Sander Sinot tells us that designers “strove to create an intimate, homely atmosphere where the owner could retreat.”
As for special features, this vessel offers plenty. The spacious upper-deck lounge is one of these, with the ability to accommodate a company of up to 18 guests, this area shows a darker, more intimate and richer character with generously sized, custom designed furniture. Comfort was constantly kept in mind, with the furniture being extremely comfortable despite their geometrical shape. With a grand dining table, various lush seating arrangements, dramatically large windows around, this space, like so many others on board, oozes stylish comfort from every pore. Effortlessly flowing from inside to the aft deck, al fresco dining, cocktails and lounging are just some of countless possibilities to be enjoyed here, submerged in homely privacy.
Connecting all decks internally, the central hallway offers a memorable feature with a stairway consisting of steps made out of several layers of compressed glass encompassed by a stainless steel casing. High levels of transparency were maintained throughout these spaces, despite the glass elevator by Lift-Emotion spanning three decks. On a vessel like this, it undoubtedly evokes great anticipation to discover where those steps might lead you next.
Perhaps it might be the cinema lounge, which is fully equipped and offers a sublime audiovisual experience for guests, with double loungers that can excellently be used as daybeds when this area serves as a lounge.
Every guest cabin on board is about comfort, with space and daylight as top priorities. Designed in Musashi's signature style of tranquillity and luxury, these staterooms offer oversized beds, large en suite bathrooms and such amenities like 65-inch television screens. As with all of Musashi's spaces, exceptional levels of detail are the key to success in these luxurious guest cabins that offer rest and relaxation for every guest on board. For each spacious bathroom, a simple motto seemed to have been sufficient for the design process, namely 'bathing'. Not only bathing in the most conventional sense, but also bathing in natural light, space and, more importantly, bathing in luxury. With a rich application of light woods and delicate lighting, Musashi transforms bathing into an art form. Combined with a fully equipped sauna, spa and gym area, one might find it easy to forget that the outside has so much to offer as well.
Externally, Musashi's sharply yet delicately designed decks offers guests a splendor of space. The main aft deck offers a grand external storage for the vessel's two large tenders. The upper aft deck supplies guests with ample opportunity for lounging and al fresco dining. Fore, a generously sized cockpit assures assures guests the possibilities of relishing the surroundings; space, views, a breeze and the sun. And for cooling down, a large Jacuzzi, also one of the yacht's notable pinnacles of design and craftsmanship, can be found on the sun deck, along with sunbeds an vista views that will take your breath away.
In short, Musashi is a superyacht that puts the emphasis on super.