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Superyacht of the Week: Numarine’s magnificent Marla

SuperYacht of the Week
Written by
Charl van Rooy

Having been able to step on board Numarine’s new 32XP superyacht called Marla in Turkish waters was perhaps the best way to experience the boat for the first time. This new pocket explorer with its purposeful and dynamic ‘get-out-of-my-way’ look is unlike anything the Turkish builder has undertaken to date and not only pushes the shipyard’s boundaries but the capabilities of the region and yacht building nation as a whole.

Marla cuts a striking figure where she lies outside the luxurious Marti Hemithea Boutique Hotel in Marmaris on a blistering summer’s day. We traveled to the Turkish seaside resort town to get a closer look at Numarine’s new flagship model and to meet with the man behind the forward-thinking brand, President and CEO Omer Malaz. With the first three units already sold and a fourth about to enter production, this steel hulled go-anywhere luxury cruiser is proving exactly as popular as predicted by Malaz.

As we step on board, Malaz leads me directly to the master suite. An unusual starting point for a boat tour, perhaps, but not if you consider its prime location. Not many 32-metre motor yachts have an upper deck owner’s suite and even fewer that are so well laid out. Every morning at anchor starts with a larger than life view through a huge sliding door, flooding the already spacious cabin with an abundance of natural light that highlights the natural materials used in the decoration of the space. Side windows also slide down to elevate that indoor-outdoor experience to the next level.

Facing forward, a passage to starboard leads you to the master en suite bathroom that is laid hand-picked slabs of marble, a particular interest of the owner. To port, another passage leads to the wheelhouse and also connects to a floating central staircase taking you down to the main lobby.

What could be classed as an owner’s suite on any other yacht of this size, the VIP stateroom is located forward on the main deck. Particularly spacious and well-appointed, this cabin is reserved for primary family members and close friends. Just some of the features include a large TV, lounge area, work desk and walk-in wardrobe. Raw materials including textured oak flooring, copper elements, and leather create a natural yet high-end feel that instantly makes you feel at home.

Just down the main passage on the starboard side is Marla’s onboard gym. Here guests can get the day started with a workout while enjoying an exclusive view through split full-height windows.

Carrying on down the central staircase, that is wide enough to easily fit two passing people, you reach the lower accommodation deck. This level consists of four symmetrical double and twin cabins to provide overnight space for up to 12 guests in total.

Back on main deck, the main saloon is made for family life with its comfortable, oversized furniture and simple layout. The use of dark materials and surfaces goes nearly unnoticed as this apartment-style area gets filled with so much light, it allowed the owner to opt for darker tones than what would normally be expected on a 32-metre. The reason for this is not only the large side windows but also the impressive volume that instantly creates a sense of freedom when inside.

The outside areas are just as impressive and is where Marla really comes into her own. The upper aft deck was designed to carry a nine-metre tender to offer guests a comfortable ride to shore. As a Numarine owner himself, Malaz knows how important this is and even had an impact on the design of the 32XP, as he explains. “The project started out as a 30-metre yacht, but I wanted to be able to store a large tender on the upper deck. I spend a lot of time in Mykonos where it can be quite windy and choppy. So often I see large yachts that transfer their guest to shore in a five or six-metre tender and these guest arrive at the dock, soaked and clearly displeased. I wanted to avoid 32XP guests having the same experience so we extended the upper deck to house a nine-metre tender that will be able to serve a variety of purposes.”

One level above is the 60-square-metre flybridge with its outdoor helm station and expansive entertainment space. A central dining area is served by two side islands from where the crew can prepare meals and drinks. A dumbwaiter drops down directly into the galley two decks below to ensure food arrives on the table at just the right temperature.

With the tenders neatly stowed away on the upper deck, the stern is kept free to house a large beach club area that is connected by dual staircases to the main deck and features a lounge and handy day head. Built-in umbrella fittings makes setting this space up a breeze for Marla’s crew.

Marla’s impressive range of 3,000 nm comes from naval architect Umberto Tagliavini’s efficient displacement hull form and the use of two CAT C18 engines that at the same time provides a top speed of 14 knots when needed. Numarine’s engineering skills also proved useful in creating a noise-free experience on board even with the generators and engines running, and we leave the dock in near silence as Captain Tony steers Marla into the Turkish sunset.

Photos by Jeff Brown / Breed Media

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