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The Next Big Thing
Part 3: Amidships on Deck 5 are six VIP suites, each with a private balcony.
By George L. Petrie — February 2004
One deck down (Deck 7), the pool trunk/atrium provides a natural demarcation between the pilothouse forward and an open deck area aft that can be fitted to the owner’s request, perhaps with an open-air disco, an observation lounge, or a casual dining area for guests.
On a yacht of such grand proportion, one of the big design challenges was to utilize the abundant interior volume in a way that would not make guests feel like they were sitting in a convention center. Atabeyki avoided this problem by using the yacht’s beam to his advantage. Spanning the width of Deck 6 is a saloon forward, with several intimate seating areas and large wraparound windows so that all guests can enjoy the view. Aft is the main dining room, a circular area with large window panels that can be opened to create alfresco ambiance. Between the dining area and saloon is the aforementioned loggia, 40 by 60 feet and open to either side but sheltered from weather by the two decks above.
Of particular concern was ensuring the privacy of the owner’s suite, a palatial 5,000 square feet of living space forward on Deck 5, with a private garden area on the foredeck spanning Decks 4 and 5. There is no visibility into the owner’s suite from any part of the vessel or the surrounding walkways. Even when the crew is on the foredeck, raised bulwarks ensure the privacy of the owner’s garden area.
Amidships on Deck 5 are six VIP suites, each with a private balcony (appearing as large rectangles on the model) beneath the loggia. The other six guest staterooms are directly beneath, just aft of the main entry foyer (with a large circular entry port as shown on the model). A network of separate passageways lets guests and crew move about the yacht without crossing paths.
Forward on Deck 3 is a theater and an exhibition room for the display of art. The space extends two deck levels high beneath the owner’s suite and has an elevator that can accommodate objects up to about 21 feet long. And on Deck 2 is a docking port for the specially designed 12-person submarine. Atabeyki is especially proud of the fact that the sub exits the hull through the bottom, so the owner can come and go in complete privacy.
On the lowest deck is the engine room and machinery space. The standard power offering is four 7,400-hp MTU diesels that should deliver a top speed of 25 knots and a 4,500-NM range at 20 knots, but Blohm + Voss offers an option of replacing two of the four diesels with a single 26,000-hp gas turbine that will up her top speed to about 33 knots.
Not only is M-147 a yacht of grand proportions, she is also a design with grand ideas, innovative concepts that suggest more creative ways of arranging space to enhance the pleasure of the yachting experience. Whether or not she one day becomes the world’s biggest private yacht, she has already made her mark in a very big way.
Blohm + Voss Phone: (49) 40-3119-0. www.blohmvoss.com.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.