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Superyacht of the Week: on board the 36m Laniakea

SuperYacht of the Week
Written by
Charl van Rooy

Having recently been handed over to her owner, the 35.6-metre Laniakea is now cruising the clear Turkish waters near Bodrum as the yacht is put to the test during her maiden season at sea. Here we take a closer look inside this modern classic cruiser built by Su Marine.

Designed by Taka Yachts’ Osman Tanju Kalaycıoğlu, Laniakea can be seen as a refined evolution from the studio’s 2014 project named Darwin, a 28.5-metre classic cruiser drawn in the same golden-era style.

Spread across three decks, the steel-hulled yacht’s interior is designed to accommodate 12 guests in seven cabins. The skilled Turkish carpenter’s handiwork was brought to the forefront as beautifully crafted wooden surfaces are kept exposed throughout all guest areas. The large main saloon, in particular, stands out for its elegantly shaped deck head beams that add a touch of flair and elegantly frames the space.

An on-deck master suite is on offer along with twin and double guest cabins on the lower deck.

The same can be found on deck, with capping rails that wrap around each deck and even the entire upper deck structure’s wooden frame has been left exposed, giving a taste of what lies underneath.

The upper deck aft is where Laniakea’s tender is stored but becomes a wonderfully spacious outdoor entertainment area for hosting larger groups.

Another prime outdoor area has got to be the foredeck lounge. This private cockpit is ideal to escape for an afternoon of relaxation surrounded by the comforts of home.

Descending down the dual staircase at the stern takes you to the large swim platform

The engine room is fitted with two 600 hp Caterpillar engines that will push Laniakea to a top speed of 13.5 knots. True to style, Laniakea cruises at a gentle 11 knots with an impressive range to match.

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