Atlantica — By Diane M. Byrne
There's No Place Like Home
|When is a yacht more like a home? When the owners make that the directive from day one.|
When the 135-foot Atlantica was christened at last November's annual Power & Motoryacht Rendezvous, a fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, one of the owners joked to the assembled crowd that he and his wife finally had a yacht big enough to take to the event. While boats of any size are welcome, the majority of the attendees do arrive in 100-foot-plus vessels, most of which are lavishly appointed.
But Atlantica was different. Sure, she delighted party-goers who took self-guided tours of her and admired her elegantly joined raised-panel mahogany bulkheads and beautiful furnishings. But several went on to remark that the 135-footer felt warm, almost homelike. Without realizing it, they had hit the nail right on the head, for that was the idea the owners had in commissioning their yacht from Christensen Shipyards.
Take her entrance. Some people's first introduction to a home is the front porch. You could say Atlantica has one: her enclosed aft deck. Even though the owners wanted this area protected from the elements, they recognized the value of having refreshing breezes circulate through it, so the side windows can slide open. The room is also equipped with a wetbar, entertainment center, and C-shape benchseat, as well as chairs grouped around a table. The space is so homelike, you're only reminded that you're on a yacht when you look at the teak decking and twin curving stairs that lead down to the swim platform.
All homes have living rooms and/or family rooms, of course, and the yacht counterparts are saloons and sky lounges. Thanks to the handiwork of interior designer Donald Starkey, Atlantica's saloon and sky lounge treat the owners' guests as if they were family. It's practically de rigeur for megayachts to have carpeted soles in their saloons, but Atlantica features hardwood soles and area rugs, underscoring the homey feel. And just as families gather around the television in their land-based homes, the family of this yacht can sink into two large, comfortable couches that face a television that rises from a cabinet aft in the saloon.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.