Lürssen Yachts delivered Saint Nicolas, its new 230’ motor yacht in May 2007. Saint Nicolas, whose project name was Nemo, is the second of three more or less identical yachts, which were ordered by one client at the North German shipyard Lürssen.
The first launched was Apoise (project name Marlin) in April 2006 and the third one will be Martha Ann (project name Shark) which will be delivered in April 2008.
At huge 70 metres, this yacht features modern lines and a contemporary style. Designed by Espen Oeino with a beam 12,80m, she boasts extraordinary volumes for a yacht of her length.
Saint Nicolas has six decks and, with her vast guest areas, is perfect for entertaining. Since she is fully compliant to MCA code, she will undoubtedly become a star on the charter circuit.
On entering the yacht, the first impression is of spaciousness and elegance. Interior designer Francois Zuretti has used a neutral but warm colour scheme and the finest quality material to create a classical, luxurious style which is carried throughout the yacht.
From the large foyer area on the main deck, one has access to Saint Nicholas’ six decks either by stairs or in an ornate glass lift, which runs through the centre of the boat.
On the main deck is found a large formal dining room, which is easily served by the nearby galley and whose classic cream leather, dark wood panelling and magnificent chandelier make it the perfect location for an evening dinner party.
Adjoining this room is a lounge area, in which is found a grand piano, bar, sofas and coffee table. From here, french-doors lead outside onto an outdoor dining area, from which steps descend, giving access to the bathing platform.
Forward on this deck is the palatial owner’s suite, with a master bedroom, en suite bathroom, study and raised viewing area from which one can relax while observing the ship’s progress.
The suite features the contrast between dark wood panelling and soft cream coloured furnishings, in keeping with the feel of the rest of the boat, and the bathroom is decorated with marble, onyx and gold fittings, creating a mood of relaxation and spaciousness.
Of the five guest cabins, one is a VIP suite which is found on the bridge deck and boasts a fine view from its large windows and with easy access to the main lounge.
The remaining four are divided into two double and two twin cabins, each with adjoining marble-decorated en suite bathrooms and all located on the lower deck.
Taking advantage of the panoramic sea view from the aft bridge deck is a circular antique dining table seating eight, ideal for a formal dinner, which adjoins a bar of walnut and marble and leads into the main lounge area, where guests can relax on sofas, watch television or play at the card table.
This deck also hosts the wheelhouse and captain’s room and office. The wheelhouse is cleverly arranged to allow a spacious appearance and therefore a good working environment for captain and crew, as well as good access to machinery for monitoring or service.
The internal area of the upper deck is devoted to the owner’s children: a giant colourful play area complete with bean bags, toys and board games with access from one side to a cinema and from the other, outside to the pool.
The swimming pool itself is partially covered with an adjoining U-shaped bar, one side of which enables guests to enjoy a cocktail from a bar stool submerged in the pool, while the opposite side remains dry.
The opportunities for sunbathing or simply enjoying the sea view span from the outside dining area on the upper deck to the sun-beds and gym located high up on the sun deck, as well as the open air aft areas of the bridge and main decks.
On the bottom deck is a comfortable and spacious crew area consisting of a lounge complete with sofas, dining area, internet access and a crew gym, all of which can be accessed from the six en-suite crew cabins on the floor above by means of a separate crew staircase. This deck also houses efficient storage and service areas and the large engine room. Just aft of this area is the yacht’s garage which houses the three large tenders, which can also be launched from the garage through the hull aft.
Powered by two CAT engines of 1.500 kW each, Saint Nicolas will reach a top speed of 15,5 knots and has a range of 4,000 nm.