“Sailing on boats for 27 years, I could never find what I really wanted on a yacht,” comes the reply from Andreika’s owner as I join him on his yacht in Miami. I’m here find out what led him to build this first Alpha Custom yacht that is set to become the leader in a line of semi-custom motor yachts under the same name. With a name that’s derived from combining his brother’s and his own daughters’ names, this should already give you an idea of the apparent family aspect that is highlighted throughout the entire yacht.To fully appreciate Andreika and the vessel’s ability’s, one first needs to understand the intended use and approach behind the unique setup on board. One thing is for certain; for a 32-metre motor yacht Andreika has a rare layout which has been developed for a very specific reason. Working with H2 Yacht design, the owner retraced his every step on board yachts over the past three decades to arrive at what exactly is necessary, what is not, and what is missing on board most yachts in this size range that he can improve on.He found that on a tri-deck vessel of this size a lot of time is spent in the sky lounge on the upper deck as well as the flybridge, leaving the main saloon unused for most of the day. As a result, a two-deck layout was opted for, essentially ‘eliminating’ the conventional main deck. “What you are left with is a highly functional, one-level landing deck that stretches from the versatile outdoor lounge and dining area aft all the way forward past a cosy indoor lounge, on-deck guest suite, galley and wheelhouse.”My tour begins on the aft deck. This area is certainly one of Andreika’s main attraction points that makes her so special as a 32-metre yacht. An incredibly bright and spacious outdoor area designed for al fresco living greets you as you enter the yacht from the swim platform steps. Here a fixed oversized sun lounger, shaded outdoor lounge and enclosed 12-seating dining area together creates a large family area where guests can be entertained or intimate gatherings can be held depending on the occasion.The dining area can either be left open as a normal aft deck setup, or be closed on all three sides in cold or windy climates. The teak deckhead reminds you that you are in fact still only enjoying the exterior deck spaces despite all the home comforts you find yourself surrounded with. Bulwarks on this deck have been completely eliminated and replaced with stylish tubular oval-shaped stainless steel railings to give guests an uninterrupted view from the dining area outside but also the saloon as you wander inside.The 2.5-metre-high deckhead continues almost seamlessly to the interior into what can be seen as a sky lounge at main deck level. Accessible via two entranceways on either side of the big screen TV, the saloon has an L-shaped lounge offset to the starboard side with a passageway to port that leads you all the way through to the bridge up forward.A special feature here is the custom sky windows that have been angled inward to allow more vertical sunlight into the lounge and give guests not only a view to the water, but to the sky as well.Forward of the saloon and past the on-deck guest cabin is the galley with direct access to the main deck outside in order to serve guests on the flybridge above or the dining area on main deck aft.Three additional guest cabins along with the full beam master suite are all located on the lower deck. An important aspect to the layout for the owner was to dedicate enough space to crew; the people who, unlike guests or even an owner, spend 365 days a year on the yacht and are in charge of keeping all guests and the yacht safe and in ship shape. For this reason, the VIP suite has been moved into the forepeak right at the front of the yacht – a space generally issued to crew quarters. Crew accommodation is moved aft to take up the full beam of the vessel where they will also enjoy a smoother and safer ride during longer passages.The master suite sits amidships and enters into a spacious full-beam suite through a stylish corridor. An offset bed makes spaces for a personal lounge on the starboard side where a larger than life closet is situated adjacent to the bright and functional en-suite bathroom.Back on deck, a wide staircase on the starboard side main deck takes you up to the flybridge. One hundred square metres of entertainment space is laid out here in separate lounging, dining and relaxing areas that can be customised to suit just about every type of event. This is a single level deck with retractable bimini structure under which the entire family can gather to reflect on the day’s sights and scenes. A TV on either side of the table makes enjoying sporting events a breeze for everyone at the table.A bar looks out over the tranquil bay where Andreika is anchored and has been designed especially for guest use only. A second crew service bar is just behind the guest bar where meals and drinks can be prepared without crew having to interrupt surrounding guests.Forward is a deep plunge pool big enough for six with a wrap-around couch providing space to chill out overlooking the foredeck.On a technical level, Laurent Giles developed the semi-displacement hull shape especially for this project which is designed to deliver a comfortable ride in all conditions. Andreika can cruise at 16-18 knots with a range of 600-800 nautical miles. At an even more economical speed of 10.5 knots, she will be able to reach 2,000 nm while only consuming 57 litres per hour.
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