Superyacht of the Week: The 43 metre explorer Axantha II

Drawing from the original concept of the first Axantha, JFA Shipyard recently announced the april 2011 delivery of Axantha II. Immediately catching the eye with her distinctive looks, this 141ft/43m explorer boat instantly invokes images of faraway destinations, making one want to sail the worlds oceans in the appealingly adventurous way that this elegant vessel undoubtedly offers.

With the ability to comfortable accommodate a company of up to 11, including the owner, and an autonomous range of 7900 miles, this vessel is an excellent choice for those who desire to see the world in style and comfort. With a crew of eight and various sumptuous amenities, there is no doubt the future holds excitement and adventure for those lucky enough to venture onboard.

Setting out for the unknown in the company of Axantha II undoubtedly is an experience all to itself, as she is uniquely elegant and refined. Entering the main deck saloon and dining area, what instantly catches the eye is the warm interior design, subtly exuding an atmosphere of classic, adventurous delight yet keeping a stature of modern comfort.

American Cherry woods are the main ingredient for a comfortably luxurious interior design, perfectly balanced by lighter toned floors and ceilings, and appropriately complimented by navy blue accents throughout, notably visible in furniture upholstery throughout the design. Her spirit of freedom and exploration has been subtly integrated in the interior accessories and the reserved collection of art on the yacht. Pictures of seafaring vessels and typically appropriate objects like octants and compasses tend to spark the imagination and invite ones thoughts to wander across the horizons and beyond.

The main saloon is cosily private, with Axantha II's layout designed in such a way, that she offers guests optimal access to all aft outside areas yet offering soothing and intimate surroundings inside. Aft outside spaces are mainly reserved for guests whereas the forward deck is particularly intended for crew use and tender storage.

Two 5.6m ribs can be found here, perfectly equipped for small expeditions. The main aft deck outside area offers a lounging area, equally suitable for al fresco dining, and a fully equipped wet bar.

The main saloon area offers one spacious environment for either lounging, inside dining, cocktails or simply reading a book. Two comfortable sofas with additional seats, full dining area and additional bar offer more than enough possibilities for guests to engage in conversation or simply enjoy each others company.

Through a small hallway, adjacent to the high standard equipped galley, and down the main staircase front of the main saloon, one descends upon the lower deck where all gust cabins and the owners quarters can be found. The full beam owners stateroom offers a lounging area, centrally placed double bed and private office space, all spacious and rustic. Additionally, en suite bathroom, separate toilet and luxuriously sized walk in closet are at the owners disposal.

The guest cabin configuration consists of four equally comfortable cabins, placed around the central guest corridor, with en suite bathroom, and respectively three double beds and two singles. Added in two of the double-bed cabins a total of two pullmans, housing a total of ten guests in the vessels signature conservative and elegant style. Notably adding to quality of onboard living, are the considerably low levels of sound emission which have been consistently tested throughout the vessel.

Upstairs, Axantha II extends her possibilities even further, offering a large lounge/study/library area equipped with semicircular sliding glass doors, bringing the outside in when desired and making this area equally flexible as it is elegant, perfectly balancing informality with tasteful ambiance. Outside, ample space can be enjoyed on a royally sized lounging sofa or any of the available sunbeds. The sliding doors, opening to virtually full superstructure width, ensure the airiness and comfort of an effortless flow from inside to outdoor living.

An absolute necessity for reliability for taking on the longer journeys that this tasteful vessel undoubtedly will embark on, is a robust and trustworthy collection of technical equipment and an additionally practical engine room. In Axantha II's case, the engine is remarkably spacious resulting in easy access and, more importantly, effortless maintenance. The engine rooms takes up the entire width of the lower aft area, equipped with large workbench.

Axantha II is intended for charter use and will begin her season in the Mediterranean area before embarking on some undoubtedly more ambitious journeys to the distant and less densely populated areas of the globe.

JFA Yachts
+33 (0)2 98 60 49 48
[email protected]

By Jochem Kaan
Photos by JFA, B.Stichelbaut and B. Muncke



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