A metaphorical journey through the relish of the east, crossing through the silks of Venetian glories and docking in the depths of the Coral Sea among madrepores and shells, sea creatures and colourful corals. Like one of the vessels of the old British Navy which sails the seas towards the east in discovery of the still unknown world, full of grandeur, the most recent 60m long Blue Eyes model from the CRN shipyard, follows routes full of memories of the love for the ancient Mandarin China and the various expressions of the sea.
Blue Eyes is primarily an expression of the Owner’s wife personality that has actively participated in the creation of every single detail of this ship, from the design of the name which she created herself to the choice of its decor to the tiniest details, for example, the curtain tiebacks, each one different from the other and carefully studied and handmade with evocative themes of ancient China and the sea.
As soon as one gets on board, the theme of the journey becomes clear: an original work of art designed by the shipowner and purposely created as an alternative to the usual conversation area at the centre of the aft deck. The globe is incised in glass, illuminated with Swarovski which shines in the sunlight, as though indicating the route between different times and cultures which will be experienced by the guests on board this modern vessel.
Blue Eyes is certainly a boat “with a difference”: aft, on the main deck, one is immediately embraced by a huge semicircular library at the centre of which stands an imposing white grand piano which strongly contrasts the dark polished mahogany walls. The floors are made of warm parquet covered with ancient rugs.
A central sliding door leads to the main salon with comfortable custom-made oriental sofas made from blue-dyed white Venetian silk matching the carpet and the silk curtains. The lamps depict symbolic figures of the Dragons of China.
Two doors with a central gold leaf logo obelisk separate the main salon from the dining room. In this area the classic polished mahogany is muffled by the extensive use of Perspex for the table and the chairs: being transparent, Perspex enhances the light and “exposes the soul”. A Picasso painting adorn the walls of this area.
The leitmotif of the entire boat is a marine chain which is also taken up as a romantic decoration on the perimeters of furniture as well as in the engravings of the table and the marble in the foyer which leads to the bow.
A luxurious and personal owner’s cabin is preceded by a private English-style office where an old Chinese table with inlays and carvings has the function of a desk. The ceiling features an ancient map of the winds.
The owner’s suite is also in shades of white and blue exploring the depths of the abyss with the shape of the wall lamps and the textiles with marine knots prints and a white Tai Ping soft carpet with prints from ancient rugs.
The open terrace overlooking the sea, a very private area designed for moments of relaxation with absolute privacy, has become a distinctive mark of the CRN brand. The owners cabin features a full beam spacious bathroom with a large Jacuzzi and a separate shower.
The lower deck has a more classic old English navy style: a journey to distant times evoked by the ancient maps which adorn the mahogany walls. The guest cabins are in shades of gold and white with twin beds and marble bathrooms featuring symbols of the ancient East.
The sky lounge of the upper deck is conceived as a covered extension of the exterior deck. The sky lounge features the cheerful and colourful theme of the Coral Sea, animated by coral reefs and very rare corals that adorn the area and are picked up again in the decor of the lamps and the curtains embellished by matching hand-made tiebacks.
Outside is a dining table for 12 with delicate inlays of marine figures and two sitting areas with typical blue and white sea coloured cushions.
In the centre of the upperdeck there is a VIP guest cabin with a double bed, with white and blue shades and a big silk bedstead whose designs are also reproduced in the fringes of the bedspread.
An original spacious sunbathing area welcomes visitors on the bow in front of the wheelhouse, allowing them to enjoy the view while cruising. On the edge of the bow, which is usually used for water toys, there is an armchair requested by the ship owner, a legacy of sailing experience, almost an appendage stretched out over the water facing the destination.
A large sunbathing area with sun beds and couches welcomes guests on the sun deck and can easily be turned into a helipad for touch-and-go 3000 kg helicopters. A dining table for 12 provides pleasant moments in the shade of a Bimini bar. Forward there is a Jacuzzi with a sunbathing area. From the lobby on the same deck, covered with marble and embellished with shell compositions preserved in precious reliquaries, one can access the wellness area and its Technogym - equipped gym and adjacent slate Turkish baths.
Open spaces and outdoor living areas are given special attention by CRN who was the first to introduce the concept of a terrace overlooking the sea which finds its best expression on the Blue Eyes: with its folding door it can be transformed into a wonderful beach club of 60 m², with sofas, deck chairs and leisure areas that enliven the area, a friendly space par excellence.
Blue Eyes is powered by 2 Caterpillar 3512B engines that can reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum of 15.