ISA launches the fifth ISA 120 M/Y Illusion at the end of June and delivers her in mid July. The black and white boat featuring darkened walnut highlighted with Lalique inlays stainless steel trim and beveled mirrors throughout the interior.
Hull number five of the highly successful composite based ISA 120 series is a one hundred percent custom built project developed from a close cooperation throughout the design, build and up to delivery between the shipyard, the owner’s family (represented by Lady Green) architect Pietro Mingarelli, Alex Lees-Buckley of Camper & Nicholsons Monaco, and not least of all Captain Mark Wilkinson.
Externally at first sight what differentiates illusion, from her sister ships is the black stripe running the length of the hull encompassing the portholes along with the stainless steel strip at the deck level. Once aboard it is evident that the external deck arrangements and furniture are quite unique. The layout on the flybridge features a large black mosaic lined Jacuzzi on the centre line fwd flanked by two generous sunbathing areas on each side, totally sheltered from any breeze (notably when cruising up to 35 knots). There is also a bar and a large dining table for eight, a cocktail area and large sunbathing area right aft. All the furnishings have been finished in dark stained teak complemented by stainless steel trim and fine fabrics. The main aft deck is finished din the same style again with dining for eight or cocktails at the high low table.
Whilst the external styling does not substantially alter the style of the ISA 120’ series, the interior of Illusion is uncharacteristic of the range. The interior loose and built in joinery is in darkened with dominant highlight in Lalique inlays (integrated into the furniture and back lit on the master and VIP), stainless steel trim, beveled mirrors and fine leather ceilings throughout dining and coffee tables are glass topped with mirrored bases which give them the appearance of being transparent.
Technically Illusion has the latest generation MTU’s running triple water jets and achieving speeds in excess of 34 knots at half load with a full compliment of guests and supplies. Impressive and the fastest 120” yet. Her sea keeping is said to be astonishing. Following the recent delivery of the 47m Aquamarina clearly Illusion is simply further demonstration of the fact that ISA are highly capable of fulfilling the dreams of the most discerning owners.
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