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Superyacht of the Week: Gulf Craft’s new Majesty 155

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Unveiled during a Royalty-attended ceremony in June at Gulf Craft’s facility in the UAE, the Majesty 155 became the largest yacht to emerge from the sheds of the Middle Eastern ship builder yet. Well established by now, the decision to move into a larger size range came as a natural step for Gulf Craft following on the success of their existing Majesty superyacht line-up. The new 155 model is designed to not just to push the boundaries in what is possible in this size range, but to also prove what exactly Gulf Craft is capable of.

Few yacht builders succeed in designing a vessel that appears to be much larger than what her overall length actually suggests. Gulf Craft managed to do so by creating an elegant and flowing exterior that builds on the established Majesty yachts’ image. From her catching mast shape down to the sweeping curves in the hull design by Yankee Delta Studio, the 155 exudes power, performance and no small amount of elegance while underway or at anchor.

Starting from the spacious sundeck, it soon becomes clear this area is set up with socialising and ultimate relaxation in mind. Several meeting areas, each with their own purpose, have been laid out in such a way for guests to easily move around the deck space, without ever feeling overly separated. A circular meeting area has been set up forward providing excellent views ahead, with a bar and two dining/lounge areas aft. These spaces are all covered underneath a louvre-style deckhead structure.

The very aft section of this deck is kept exposed, fit for those looking to spend time in the sun. A balcony-style cut-out, a feature also found on the Majesty 135, looks down upon a beautiful mosaic lined Jacuzzi below on bridge deck.

With plentiful space provided by the 9.6m beam, the Majesty 155 can afford innovative additions such as hidden internal deck staircases; a feature commonly found on much larger yachts. These make access to the various decks far more convenient for crew, who can do so without disturbing guests relaxing in the aft decks.

On main deck below, wide side decks are further extended with a fold-down balcony on the starboard side, leading directly into the main salon inside. At anchor the large transom door can be opened to reveal a spacious beach club at water level. The door provides much needed shade to the interior space, with a square full beam swim platform is reserved for sunbathing and relaxing in between the watersports fun. A hydraulic swim ladder drops down to allow for easy access in and out of the water, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling adventures.

Forward of this is where the yacht’s 6.2m Williams tender and two jet ski’s are housed. These are launched laterally through a side opening garage door.

Inside, the 155 has been decorated in a calming and tranquil atmosphere, creating a luxurious yet homely environment fit for royalty. Throughout a clever display of LED lighting enhances the already spacious feeling that the oversized windows create. Classy materials such as premium leathers, Onyx and Crema Marfil have been used to decorate The main salon again reminds one of being on a larger yacht, with excellent space in between the custom furniture and bulkheads, and wide corridors leading one’s eye forward, curios to explore the remaining interior spaces.

The main lobby is one the access points to the custom elevator installed on board the Majesty 155. Dutch elevator specialist Lift Emotion designed the elevator to reach all three interior guest decks, from the lower accommodation deck below, to the upper salon above.

Moving further forward one reaches the marvellous full beam master suite. With the bed offset to port side, the arrangement leaves good space to access the en suite on the starboard side while allowing guests to enjoy the view outside from the comfort of their own bed. The dreamy ocean-inspired en suite alone will be enough to get you out of bed in the morning. A wonderfully bright space with clean lines and functional storage spaces is proof of the world-class design work and craftsmanship that has gone into the Majesty 155.

This particular model of the 155 is fitted with a cigar lounge on main deck, just before you reach the master suite. This space can be outfitted on future models with a gym for instance. The interior spaces are designed around the wishes of the client, and even the superstructure can be altered to suit the taste of the owner.

Above on the upper deck, a simplified panoramic lounge is where guests can come to unwind after the day’s events. Wonderful views from every seating area along with direct access to the aft deck outside make this the perfect interior hideout when in port.

The remaining 8 guests are housed in the same level of luxury as found in all areas on board. Two beautifully appointed twin cabins forward and two doubles cabins placed midships means owners no longer have to decide which are their favourite guests, as all these cabins are finished in absolute luxury. Each offer their own en suite, with large portholes providing ample natural light and stunning views from these near water level quarters.

As their first full-displacement vessel, the Majesty 155 is designed as long range cruiser, capable of reaching a range of 4,200nm at 10 knots. Her twin MTU 12V 4000 M63 engines, optimised for long range cruising and longevity, propels the yacht to a leisurely top speed of 16 knots. Gulf Craft has continued their skills in composite construction and opted to construct the 155 from GRP. The advantages of the material is clear to the yard and their skills in the application made this an obvious choice.

By Charl van Rooy

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