For Arabian yacht builder Gulf Craft and its top-of-the-line Majesty Yachts range of superyachts, a new addition to the family demands attention. With the launch of the new Majesty 100, that is exactly what it received as new and existing clients as well as international press were left impressed by the innovative spaces on board and combination of styles that together make up this new breed of Majesty megayachts. Named Nahar, we stepped on board in the French seaside town of Cannes to get a closer at her impressive features.
First revealed at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2017, the first unit of the all new Majesty 100 and the flagship brand of UAE shipbuilders Gulf Craft, encapsulates the expertise and experience Gulf Craft has garnered over 35-years of yacht building.
Delivered in 2017 to a repeat client of the yard, Nahar exudes an imposing presence, with her high bow tracing back amidships to enclose the on-deck owner’s staterooms that make full use of the 7-metre beam. The flowing facets of the exterior lines lend a dynamic appeal to Nahar, while the high vantage point of the forward social area will no doubt make it a popular spot for guest and owner alike.
The captain benefits from a raised pilothouse and an efficient interior arrangement, with wraparound glazing protecting the forward section of the upper deck. Nahar is the first in Majesty Yacht’s collection to have a partially enclosed flybridge, allowing guests sitting within its spacious sky-lounge area to enjoy panoramic views. Aft, the interior space flows seamlessly into the terrace, and by simply sliding down the glass panels and opening the folding doors fully, the salon converts into an indoor-outdoor lounge space.
Moving down, we drop into the raised wheelhouse, characterised by its 270-degree vertical glass panels which are a first for Gulf Craft. Here the captain commands the two 1,900 hp MAN engines, providing Nahar with a maximum speed of 23 knots. Here Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft, states: “The superior engineering and hull design makes her very fuel-efficient. This is obviously not just apparent in the top speed, but also in an extensive range in excess of 1,500-miles when operating at displacement speeds.” Bamps also notes that the shipyard elected to fit the Majesty 100 with a V-drive propulsion system, therefore locating the engines further aft than is traditional.
Moving to the main deck we find sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood through the main salon. In the forward master stateroom the abundance of lights and views that pour in through the lateral glazing highlights the clean contemporary nature of the interior design.
Down below we find the guest accommodation benefits from the choice of propulsion system, with the generous volumes of the en-suite cabins belying the 104’ overall length of the yacht. Guest entertainment is well taken care of with a high-end AV-package that includes Bang & Olufsen speakers, ensuring a crisp and rich quality soundtrack to the movies, TV shows and music selected from the yacht’s main server.
Last but certainly not least, two hydraulic extendable balconies are found fixed on both ends of the aft-seating area, offering passengers an extended cockpit space and uninterrupted views to the horizon. Concluding, Bamps states: “Because of her practical yet powerful attributes in both engineering and design, the Majesty 100 is perfect for entry-level superyacht owners, whether they are looking for a waterfront retreat or an ocean-going adventure. Its delivery marks an exciting new phase in the model’s milestone, and we’re thrilled to see our team’s efforts come to fruition.”