When it comes to industry accolades, that of being the world’s largest composite production superyacht must rank pretty highly on the list. Hitting the water in late November 2020 following a gruelling and complex four-year build – originally started on speculation – the first 54.37-metre Majesty 175 from United Arab Emirates-based builder Gulf Craft, cruised through her maiden sea trials at the turn of the year. As we await her delivery to her ‘prominent UAE businessman’ owner later on in 2021, we take a look inside the superyacht and discover what it is that makes her so distinctive.Photo: Gulf CraftAs Gulf Craft’s largest and most complex project to date, and well-deserving of the title of ‘flagship’, the Majesty 175 is a composite superyacht constructed from carbon fibre and vinylester, with a beam of 9.62 metres. Despite coming in at 780 GT, she can cruise through areas of just 2.25 metres of water thanks to her shallow draft.Photo: Gulf CraftWith naval architecture for the vessel springing from the drawing boards of Massimo Gregori from the Tuscany-based Yankee Delta Studio, the Majesty 175 was designed inside and out by Cristiano Gatto Design studio. Founded in 2001 by Cristiano Gatto, former General Manager at the well-known superyacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard, Cristiano Gatto Design studio can be found tucked away in Preganziol, near Treviso in the north of Italy.
Photo: Gulf CraftNotably, Gatto’s responsibility for penning both the interior and exterior areas of the vessel allowed him to focus to a large extent on the practical elements of the yacht’s design, placing ease of movement for those on board as one of his top priorities. As the designer highlights: “Analysing the project in its functional aspects, leaving aesthetics aside, the fact that I had the possibility to approach the project as a whole allowed me to rationalize circulation on board by having a central staircase and lift amidship, as well as two symmetric exterior staircases located on both sides in correspondence to the interior staircase in an X-Y orthogonal axes scheme.”Photo: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftIn terms of her layout, the Majesty 175 provides guest accommodation across seven staterooms, whose design strikes a contemporary and warm note, blending seamlessly with the rest of the interior and exterior areas. The owner’s suite can be found on the upper deck forward and allows dual-side access to a five-metre-long pool with a unique swim-stream feature. There to take care of guests’ every need are up to 10 crew, who are housed across six large cabins, with an additional private cabin available for the captain.Photo: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftThe theme of unity in the vessel’s design crops up on many occasions when speaking to the man behind the pencil. When asked about the standout elements of the Majesty 175, Gatto explains: “No element stands out, as the project has been developed as a ‘unicum’. The reason behind this is that we pursued cohesiveness and all details and materials have been designed or chosen to work in perfect harmony with one another. Every single item, element, detail, material work as a member of an orchestra giving life to a symphony.”Photo: Gulf CraftThat said, of course, there are numerous standout aspects and amenities which it would be remiss not to mention for the Majesty 175, from her infinity pool at the forward deck to her hybrid sky-lounge which can be converted to an open sun deck. From a stylistic point of view too, details are everything. Self-confessed ‘marble addict’ and connoisseur Gatto explains that the cladding and finishing of the marbles used in the bathrooms is an element of the design he finds “very interesting” from both a constructive and aesthetic point of view.
Photo: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftPhoto: Gulf CraftNotably too, with onboard connectivity a key concern for any modern superyacht owner and guest, the Majesty 175 is also equipped with all of the latest tech, including an ethernet and wifi network that integrates as an automation system for controlling devices, lights, curtains and blinds.Finally, ending on a technical note, the Majesty 175 brings so much more than just looks to the table, offering high-level performance to boot. Sailing through her sea trials back in January, the Majesty 175 reached a top speed of 17 knots thanks to her heavy-duty twin diesel MTU 12V 4000 M63 engines which deliver 1500kW each. The superyacht is capable of achieving a transoceanic range of 4,000 nautical miles while cruising at 10 knots. The Majesty 175 is also kitted out with two fixed pitch six-blade propellers, 175 kW Kohler generators and two pairs of TRAC fin stabilisers, as well as a SOLAS rescue boat and emergency generator to ensure the total safety and security of all of those on board.Photo: Gulf CraftTo discover more about the Majesty 175 and the rest of the Gulf Craft fleet, contact the company using the details below:
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street
P.O. Box 521
Umm Al Quwain
United Arab Emirates
T: +971 6 740 6060
E: [email protected]
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