Superyacht of the Week: The 73 metre Grace E

The third in the Picchiotti Vitruvius series from the Perini Navi Group, Grace E was launched earlier this year and made her world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Her interior designs are the work of Remi Tassier, who created a sophisticated yet contemporary, elegant feel throughout that welcomes guests from the moment they walk in. Remi comments, “The spectacular appearance of the atrium is achieved with a composition of a circular tower lined in hand woven wavy Gold threads laminated in a curved glass which encloses the lift capsule around which winds the staircase of soft woven leather steps. The result seems as though the sun has illuminated the heart of the boat.

Grace E was awarded the Baccarat trophy for the Best Interior Design at 2014’s Monaco Yacht Show, a coveted recognition given to the best vessels on display at the show in Monaco.

She accommodates up to 12 guests over 7 luxury staterooms consisting of 2 VIP cabins located on the main deck, with 2 spacious double cabins and 2 twin cabins located on the lower deck. All cabins come with en suite facilities. She also easily accommodates a crew of up to 20. The sophisticated design of Tassier is evident in every room, with the main saloon decorated in a subtle yet fresh colour scheme of whites and creams with dashes of colour provided by the artwork and furniture pieces.

This area is full of comfortable, large seats for guests to relax or entertain and is surrounded by windows, adding to the fresh ambiance with an abundance of natural light and spectacular views. Remi says, “The harmony of this palette of natural and sophisticated materials with pure timeless lines produces a relaxing ambiance and allows the Owners’ collection of contemporary Art, especially selected for the yacht to fully express itself and reflect the refined taste of the Owners.”

Amongst the extensive entertainment facilities available on board is a Kaleidoscope Movie Library as well as a concierge desk, ensuring that guests staying on Grace E have everything they need during their stay at their fingertips.

Her exteriors are designed by Philippe Briand and extend over five decks, one of which is entirely dedicated to health and wellbeing, and four of out five of which are connected by an elevator.

The wellness deck features a gym, massage room with steam sauna and hydrotherapy equipment in addition to the ample 3.5 metre exercise pool found on the main deck. The gym looks out of all-glass doors, providing yet more fantastic views for guests to take in, no matter what they’re doing. The meditation room also provides 360 degree views to guests, and outside, the aft sunbathing area includes a Jacuzzi, expansive sun pads, stylish loungers and a circular bar. Completing the wellness provisions, a salon for beauty treatments is located on the upper deck.

Commenting on the connection between the indoor and outdoor living spaces, designer Remi Tassier states, “Communication between exterior and interior spaces has been given priority in the two saloons with large openings to the exterior decks. The arrangement of the exterior decks was given special attention particularly for the development of custom made furniture with unique characteristics such as the up and down folding tables with “L” shaped built in sofas around them on the aft main deck or the circular tables with multiple extensions allowing for seating positions for 10 to 16 people on the upper deck with a huge lounge bed all around.” The aft deck lounge is spacious and the ideal environment for enjoying al fresco meals or relaxing with drinks.

Amongst her many facilities and amenities on board, she also boasts a total of four tenders. These include a 9.2 metre Cockwells Jet Tender Jet Drive, a 7.2 metre YachtWerft Meyer Jet Tender Jet Drive, a5 metre YachtWerft Meyer Jet Tender Jet Drive and finally, a 3.3 metre Avon Sports RIB Jet Drive. In addition to her number of tenders are an equally impressive selection of water toys, including two Jetsurfs, two Seabobs, four 2-seat Seadoo Waverunners, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment and an array of inflatable water toys.

Grace E features the same hull and superstructure design elements that characterise the Picchiotti Vitruvius series, of which the 50 metre Exuma and the 55 metre Galileo G are her predecessors. The design assures efficient and long range navigation, but with unique characteristics as far as the specified propulsion system. Grace E features an advanced new generation diesel-electric propulsion system with two Azipod fixed pitch propellers, by ABB. The system allows for major achievements in fuel and power consumption, long range, efficiency and remarkable noise & vibration reduction relative to traditional propulsion units. She will have a maximum speed of 16.5 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots and a range of 7,500 nm at cruising speed.

The yachts captain, Eddie Cooney, commented, “Sea trials confirmed that the use of electrical Azipods for the propulsion of Grace E has made for exceptional quietness and comfort while navigating. This result is due to the fact that the yacht does not have traditional shafts but a system that does not create propeller noise. There is little evidence that the boat is underway unless you are looking out the windows and actually witnessing the changing landscape. We expect that this will be a very much appreciated asset to guests cruising aboard.”

Grace E is currently available for charter for the winter season in the Caribbean, and throughout the Mediterranean in the summer season.

By Gemma Fottles

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