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Superyacht of the Week: MCP Yacht’s superyacht Mars

SuperYacht of the Week

One might not necessarily think of Brazil as a leading superyacht manufacturing country. Images of white sandy beaches and typical palm tree-lined boulevards come to mind instead. Even though this might be true, MCP Yachts, with their 106LE model, are making it increasingly more difficult to simply dismiss the region as a future yacht brand destination. Mars is the first addition to their 106 Limited Edition line, and encompasses a robust athletic appearance with, as we discovered, a surprisingly plentiful set of superyacht amenities.

Launched in 2014, the 32.30 metre Mars is a superyacht aimed at clients wanting to break the mould in a 30m+ field filled with conventional performance yachts, often lacking a true sea-going platform. MCP Yachts, with their rich background in naval architecture and construction of fast offshore supply vessels, have achieved in not only designing an eye catching superyacht, but a functional and trustworthy vessel capable of blending in on the French Riviera as much as the Red Sea.

Mars’ sundeck is where the exterior pleasure on board starts. This open deck has been fully optimised to serve an essential role in outdoor entertaining, with MCP opting to rather install vital equipment and appliances which guests can use, instead of dedicating the available space to sun bathing alone. A central island has been fitted with a fully functional outdoor galley comprising of a grill, large fridge spaces and ice maker. This also acts as an informal bar area, served by large skylights in the deckhead above, creating a magical ambience during the day or at night.

The forward section of the sundeck is where guests can find a spacious Jacuzzi and a raised sunbathing area offering excellent views while relaxing the day away. Flybridge helm controls are placed on the starboard side creating a demanding position for the captain during docking manoeuvres. The aft deck is used to stow her tender and water toys using a davit crane, also found here.

Below on main deck, MCP have created a stylish lounge area where guests can get comfortable during more informal dinning occasions and family gatherings. This strictly functional space is a prelude of what guests can expect when entering Mar’s interior areas. From here, a staircase on either side of the aft deck leads one down to the vast beach deck area. This is just one of many guest spaces that display the yacht’s innovative engineering design and high build quality.

The beach club consists of a split level area with a two separate opening hatches; one folding down, extending the exterior deck space and revealing the water’s edge, and another opening upwards, through which guests can access the sunken sauna, bar area with day galley, and conveniently placed day head. These are features commonly found on much larger yachts, and certainly sets Mars apart from her size range competitors.

Up forward a wrap-around Portuguese deck leads to a series of exterior social and dining areas. The expansive foredeck will certainly be used as one of the main outdoor areas on board, offering guests the opportunity to sun bath in private, or escape bustling marina activity by enjoying undisturbed informal lunches when in port.

Mars’ exterior and interior areas were designed in-house by MCP’s team of designers. They have worked closely with owners on both 106LE projects respectively, to deliver a high quality product with custom touches that each client would appreciate. The interior is one such area where clients are given the opportunity to adjust the layout and decorative styling features. The main salon continues Mars’ futuristic silver exterior with a combination of rich silver fabrics, steel accents and the use of light coloured panelling to further enhance an already voluminous interior.

The dining area forward of the lounge is brilliantly flanked by full height single-piece windows that offer exceptional views and natural light to this area. Further windows set into the bulwarks on main deck lends uninterrupted vision during formal dining occasions. On starboard side a folding balcony creates a patio style entrance to the main salon, accessed through two oversized sliding doors.

Moving forward from the dining area, to starboard, is the entrance to the master suite. The full beam suite is fitted with dual level windows that create an interesting play on the light that enters the cabin. Mars’ simplistic interior is kept intact here with a minimal use of extravagant decorating features. In addition to a study area as one enters the cabin, large wardrobe space spread throughout the suite and an intimate breakfast table, there is a full beam bathroom with his and hers areas, separated by an enormous rain shower. The yacht’s great interior volume is best experienced here, with her high freeboard and near vertical bow adding those much needed extra centimetres.

A central staircase takes guests down to their accommodation on the lower deck. Here one finds four large en suite cabins consisting of three double and one twin cabin arrangements. All interior spaces have been fitted with the latest in advanced smartphone technology that allows guests access to control lighting, sound systems, curtains and the monitoring of on board systems, all from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet.

The raised pilot house has been specifically designed in such a way to free up valuable space for guest accommodation on the lower decks. This position also allows for excellent visibility while navigating and is again reminiscent of a space not commonly found on a 32 metre vessel. Mars is powered by two CAT C32 ACERT engines developing 1,825hp each. These, and her all-aluminium construction, allows for a top speed of 27 knot, and a more comfortable cruising speed of 20 knots. While cruising at around 11 knots, she consumes a mere 88 litres per hour. With her Naiad stabilisers, she is not only quick, but comfortable too.

With their 106 Limited Edition line MCP Yachts are putting the Latin American region on the map as a serious superyacht construction contender. Hull number two of the series is already nearing completion and is set to offer the same level of customisation and build quality.

By Charl van Rooy

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