Superyacht of the week: Sailing yacht Ganesha

The stunning superyacht Ganesha was delivered by the acclaimed Dutch shipyard Vitters in the fourth quarter of 2013 to her experienced owners. With her sleek lines and slender silhouette she is a beautiful sloop that seamlessly combines elegant style with top performance and efficiency. From her smooth, uncluttered exterior to her stylish lightweight interiors, she undoubtedly has the heart and soul of a racing yacht yet doesn't compromise on comfort in any way.

At 46 metres, Ganesha was conceived from an owner's brief that aimed to take performance to new levels while simultaneously ensuring uncompromised comfort, seaworthiness and reliability. Her layout, all areas onboard and all aspects of her designs were conceived with great attention to detail, resulting in a luxury sailing yacht that's equally comfortable with competitive sailing as she is with leisurely cruising. From her launch. she was used as a home under sail for her owners and their family, visiting the Caribbean and the America's Cup races in Valencia.

Ganesha has been a bar-raising project for all parties involved. Vitters, Dubois Yachts for design and Newcruise for interiors all collaborated with the owners to realise their ultimate sailing yacht. One of the main aims from the initial owner's brief was to create a vessel that easily changes from family relaxing mode into sailing within a span of seven minutes – which is the duration of the onboard dishwasher program. So efficiency and comfort are key for Ganesha, examples of which can be found throughout her decks. For instance, a lifting keel results in increased stability and Dubois Yachts created the highest power/weight ratio of any Dubois yacht to date.

Beautiful sleek lines, a clean and uncluttered flush deck, her powerful rig and the weight saving focus that was top priority throughout all stages of the project, are just some of ample aspects that prove Ganesha to be striving for perfection. Even the finest of details have been designed not merely to give a clean impression but enhance safety for crew and guests alike. The uncluttered, minimal deck space is a great example of this approach.

Outside, a fixed carbon bimini with large panes covering the main cockpit is combined with vertically sliding glass windows. This results in a highly comfortable area that can easily be closed off from harsher elements when necessary. This area is spacious and open, with stunning surrounding views and several lounging areas for guests to enjoy. It's also the main dining area onboard, easily transformed from inside to al fresco dining and seating a company of up to ten guests comfortably. A wonderfully panoramic U-shaped cockpit aft is the ideal spot for lounging and relaxing when at anchor, as well as taking in the stunning views while cruising. It's easy to imagine ample hours spent looking aft and outwards over the sea or taking in some sun after a refreshing swim.

All guest areas are spacious and flooded in natural light, with the main saloon boasting a particularly open and airy ambiance courtesy of panoramic windows and large overhead hatches. With lounge and bar areas, the saloon is the central guest area and can be easily connected to the aft deck to create an extended living space.

The name “Ganesha” obviously references the well known Hindu divinity with the friendly face of an elephant, symbolising benevolence, grace, kindness and playfulness, all key aspects of the yacht's general personality. This is also reflected throughout the vessel's interior designs, light colour palette and material selection. For instance, distinctively grained leathers, a special lacquer found in the bathrooms depicting an abstract elephant skin pearl pigmentation effect and Indian influenced geometric patterns add to Ganesha's distinctly elegant style. Playful paisley patterns add vividness and life into all interiors, from the large main saloon to the three guest suites and master quarters that can be found belowdecks.

Offering accommodation for a company of 8 in these 4 spacious guest suites, all quarters are designed in a similar style with an individual main colour to add personal ambiance. The full beam master suite is spacious and light, with lounge and office areas, big en suite bathroom and ample storage space. Modern lines, geometric patterns that subtly runs across walls and cabinetry, a soft lighting scheme, friendly colours combined with a vibrant orange are the main design ingredients for a master stateroom that offers a friendly contemporary atmosphere.

The three additional double suites, each with luxury en suite, offer luxury dwellings for all guests, each equally spacious and stylish.

Ganesha is as much about performance as she is about comfort, about efficiency as she is about luxury, and about tradition as much as she is about contemporary technology. She is a sportive yet friendly vessel, equally comfortable with soft family cruising as she is with taking on an adrenaline packed regatta.

By Jochem Kaan



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