Superyacht of the Week: onboard Gio Chi Thè

Written by Charl van Rooy

Since unveiling its Vintage Series line of yachts in 2011 with the launch of the 42-metre Magari, Codecasa’s classic-inspired range of oceangoing vessels has become synonymous with the Italian shipyard. Since the first launch of the series, each unit has taken on a different form with a unique set of features. The latest addition to the line, launched in June 2016, is no different. We step onboard to take a closer look at the 43-metre Gio Chi Thè.

Although each unique its own way, Codecasa’s Vintage Series each come with a high level of technology and modern features installed on board. This stands in contrast to the traditional style of the design of these cruisers, which formed the starting point of design for the entire line. With its defined lines and elegant proportions, several styling cues harchs back to the golden age of gentleman’s cruisers, echoed in the angled narrow bridge windows, straight bow design, and even the deep blue hull colour.

But this is where the traditional charm ends. Gio Chi Thè is nothing but a modern, sophisticated superyacht designed for today’s discerning owner. Outdoor spaces are plentiful and generous, making her an ideal family getaway cruiser. The sun deck is equipped with a Jacuzzi that has been placed forward, providing a great view over the foredeck but also freeing up the remainder of the deck space with several built-in sunpads neatly arranged around the outside.

A popular feature that was incorporated in the 50-metre version of the line was a Portuguese Deck with a liveable area for guests when at anchor or underway, and this has been transferred to Gio Chi Thè as well, which is regarded as a natural evolution of the Codecasa 42 in the same class.

Thanks to the increased length on this particular unit of around half a metre in the stern area, Gio Chi Thè offers her crew a more comfortable working environment in the lazarette, especially with the tender stowed in position inside.

The interior, by Tommaso Spadolini and the Codecasa team, is a continuation of the classic look of the exterior but with a fresh twist. A bright and beach-like environment welcomes guests as you enter the main saloon with a few colourful touches making this a very comfortable and homely space. Another noticeable feature are the larger windows across the entire ship in comparison to the Codecasa 42.

As a Full Beam version, Gio Chi Thè’s master suite forward on the main deck benefits from a new layout that provides greater space in this part of the ship and a real on-sea experience with the side windows now the only thing separating you from the elements and views outside. The stylish owner’s apartment comes complete with a private office as you enter the suite. The suite itself is decorated with a slightly grander flair than the daily guest spaces, but still retaining that bright and airy ambience that runs throughout.

The skylounge upstairs is ideal for more intimate family gatherings after dinner or as you cruise to your next destination.

A panoramic staircase, only possible as a result of the new Full Beam layout, takes you below deck to the guest accommodations. This deck is a symmetrical layout consisting of two VIP staterooms aft and two twin cabins forward, all finished in the same level of luxury with innovative lighting solutions creating a wonderfully light and crisp sleeping area.

Equipped with two Caterpillar 3512C main engines,Gio Chi Thè isable to reach a top speed of 16.5 knots in light displacement conditions with a cruising range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 11 knots.

Photos by 3dSign


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