The very experienced owners, who have many years behind them cruising the 7 seas, required top notch design and engineering as well as seagoing comfort for their guests and crew.
Together with their family, they were very much involved in the whole design and building process.
Their captain, Chris Ramos, build engineer Pete Corteen as well as yacht broker Kevin Callahan of ‘Moran Yacht and Ship’ supervised the project and brought in their huge spectrum of experience and consolidated knowledge.
Just like her predecessors ‘Solemates’ and ‘Arkley’, Lady Kathryn V is a very voluminous yacht and her exterior design by Espen Oeino is dominated by sleek, curved features which have been expanded throughout the entire yacht.
Adam Lay has created generous and warm areas in which the design blends elegantly with rich woods.
The interior joinery is a combination of maple and anegre. A warm fruit-wood stain colour was identified early-on in the process while sitting next to one of the fabulous pieces of furniture in the owners’ home.
In some special areas, such as the dining room, owners’ study and main salon are demi-lune cabinets.
Walnut is used in combination with Oak burl to create a contrast to the joinery elsewhere on-board.
Mr. Jack Fhillips along with the owners, created a classical, elegant and sophisticated interior while maintaining maritime colors of blues, whites and creams. Adam Lay’s bulkhead design blended beautifully with the lightness of the fabrics and the custom, luxurious, soft loop carpet provided by Jack Fhillips.
To enter the yacht, there are two “main” entrances. The main lobby, traditionally accessed via the side deck, and the main salon which is used mainly for parties on-board when docked side-to at her home port, Palm Beach.
This meant both entrances had to be suitably impressive.
The main entrance lobby has it’s space and light maximised by an architectural staircase atrium which takes-in the lower deck, main deck and bridge deck with a skylight which encourages light to enter the space from the sun deck above.
The staircase curves around a honey Onyx column and bronze sculpture which is a particular favorite of the owners.
Inboard of the staircase there is a double height mirror, which was inspired by a Georgian window at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England. This allows light to cascade into the main entrance lobby lighting the stonework floor with compass motifs, and intricate wrought-iron and gilded balustrades.
The main salon entrance allows greater movement of space, also allowing a bar to be set-up on the main deck.
The main salon is a vast space full of intricate detail, particularly in the carved columns and capitals.
The owners’ exquisite taste in antique furniture means this space was always going to be a canvas to show off their furniture in the best possible light. Comfortable seating aplenty, there is a Steinway grand piano to port, which is frequently played by a Stewardess, and a bar to starboard, all of which stand on a beautifully crafted walnut parquet floor.
The proven layout, used in most of Lürssen’s sixty meter yachts, was developed and changed to suit the owners’ personal requirements, being split into smaller more intimate and cosy spaces than the aforementioned yachts.
The main entrance lobby leads into the main salon with dining lobby and dining room to port where it can be serviced by the main deck pantry.
The formal dining area can be completely separated through the sliding doors which ensure a certain intimacy when dining.
The dining room was particularly important to the owners as they entertain frequently on-board and the atmosphere and style of this area had to not only be second to none, but also provide stowage for multiple sets of dinnerware, which presented interesting challenges in terms of how best to disguise the commodious stowage space.
A chandelier was top of the list of features to be included despite the challenges involved in securing it at sea. Cabinetry inspired by Chippendale combined with luxurious fabrics on the bulkheads, provided by Jack Fhillips, finish the effect with grace and splendor!
The main salon and dining area are the only departure in colour from the rest of the yacht.
The main salon is accessed directly from the dining room, or via the dining lobbies. All of which were specifically thought-through and designed to maximize flow for effortless entertaining.
Walking forward from the main entrance lobby past the elevator foyer and main deck dayhead, you enter the owners’ private accommodation through glass panelled doors which continue the flow of light through into the owners’ lobby area.
This area incorporates hidden stowage for the guest area as well as the owners.
The solid paneled doors to the owners’ study create a feeling of privacy and the study itself has huge windows which maximize the light and views.
With an antique desk and chair inboard and two comfortable chairs outboard, this is a space to relax or work in.
The TV rotates out of the forward bookcase as if it was not there!
The study leads to the owners’ private salon, again using the Chippendale style of joinery with pleated fabric behind glass fretwork doors.
Sliding doors between the owners’ cabin and owners’ salon mean this area can be opened-up or closed off and access to the bathroom forward is still possible through the starboard side door.
The owners’ cabin itself is to port, a slightly wider space than the owners’ salon, and has intricate carvings on the Chippendale style joinery along with a beautiful hand-carved half-tester above the bed.
Jack Fhilipps’ French wall lamps continue the feeling of antique glamour and full height windows mean when this area is opened-up as one, it feels tremendously light and airy.
A new feature, unique to Lady Kathryn V, is the owners’ sea terrace portside, which is accessed via the owners’ cabin. With a distinctly nautical yacht club feel, this area opens to the elements via a huge shell door. Sitting on the platform offers incredible views forward just under the flare of the hull.
Forward of the owners’ cabin are his and her dressing rooms and water closets which lead to the full-beam bathroom which can be closed-off on centreline if desired for complete privacy.
These are complete with luxurious curtains which pull over the enormous half-round central glass-walled shower.
To port (her side), is an oval bath tub with Jacuzzi, dressing table and basin cabinet, and to starboard (his side), is a large chest of drawers, basin cabinet and TV.
Storage is always high on the agenda and the bathroom does not escape the continual attention to where to stow things with a large centerline cabinet opposite the shower for laundry baskets and clean linen.
Four guest cabins are located on the lower deck.
The two forward guest cabins are the primary guest cabins for the owners’ two sons which comprise of king sized beds, escritoire/TV cabinet, dressing area and en-suite bathroom, one with a bath/shower and one with a dedicated shower.
Extra large vertical portholes ensure that much natural light is given to each cabin. The two further cabins are equally well appointed with Queen sized beds, dressing area and en-suite bathrooms.
A fifth guest/VIP cabin is situated on the bridge deck to port which is similar in décor to the lower deck cabins but with the advantage of large windows looking out over the side decks making this a particularly light and bright space.
The bridge deck lobby complete with dayhead leads to the bridge deck salon/movie theatre, a dual-use space which offers a salon area which can be opened to the bridge deck salon aft, making a cavernous entertaining space, or which can be closed-off via hidden doors and electric sliding panels to create an exclusive movie theatre with pantry access to the port side for excellent service.
The bridge deck salon offers a tremendous view through multiple full-height windows, which will convince every guest onboard that this is the best place to be.
Guests have the choice between several seating opportunities, from one of the comfortable sofas or big arm chairs to the bar.
For the guests who prefer fresh air the outside a deck offers more seating space as well as a large table for al-fresco dining.
The bridge and captain’s cabin are situated forward of the upper deck foyer.
The “paperless” state-of-the-art bridge can best be described as the best that today’s technology can offer.
A centerpiece with sofa and a large chart table behind is reserved for guests who enjoy following the latest technology at work.
From the bridge deck lobby leads a staircase upward to the sun deck.
Immediately the finish on the walls, a pristine white stone, is noticeable and hints at a change of mood.
The top of the stairs (and arriving via the elevator) reveals an all-white almost heavenly space which incorporates white Thassos marble walls with columns, a floor with dark blue accent ‘drops’, white painted fretwork and mirrored doors.
This area, called L’orangerie, was inspired by the Orangery at Kenilworth House on Hampstead Heath and the Hotel Cap d’Antibes.
Intended to be completely different from the rest of the yacht, this area is light and bright and incorporates a gym, with one-way mirrored glass allowing users to see out whilst being able to work-out in complete privacy, a steam shower, sauna with changing room and a casual dining area as a central hub.
As the link between the two most used outside spaces, the sun deck forward with Jacuzzi, dining tables and bar, and the sun deck aft with dining table and casual seating, this area has been one of the ‘must see’ areas of the yacht.
Another unique feature of this 61 m Lürssen is the top deck, a 6th deck to allow guests to relax in the shade below the radar arch or lounge on the sky bed while sunbathing or viewing the stars.
The yacht is very well laid-out to ensure that the crew can service the yacht in the best manner.
The professionally equipped galley which includes tremendous storage space is placed on the main deck on the port side adjacent to the dining area and makes every chef’s dream come true!
In addition to the captain’s cabin there are 7 crew cabins which are located on the lower deck.
The crew mess on the tank deck which was developed as a unique area to this yacht with a small kitchen forward and u-shaped seating aft is simply enormous and is the ideal place for the crew to relax. Forward is the spacious and superbly equipped laundry area.
Equally impressive, as the owners and guest areas are, and as one would expect from Lürssen, is the engine room. It is not just a technical room but a masterpiece in its own right and which the owner can be proud of to show off to his/her guests.
Powered by two Caterpillar engines of 1,455 kW each, Lady Kathryn V reaches a top speed of 15.5 knots with a range of 7,000 nm. Advanced sound and vibration-reduction features guarantee an extremely quiet running yacht.
She is fitted with zero speed stabilizers and lies comfortably on the water.
From the engine room, a watertight door gives access to the tender garage which has large shell doors on either side.
One tender on each side as well as a large selection of sports equipment e.g. wave runners, kayaks and sea bobs are stowed here as well.
From the bathing platform one has direct access to the professionally equipped dive room. A shower is integrated into the door for swimmers to shower off the salt water.
Lady Kathryn V, is a yacht to make you feel at home, not only for her owners but also for charter guests who want to enjoy only the very best yachting has to offer.
For more information please contact:
Lürssen Yachts via their website: www.lurssen.com