Bermie — By Diane M. Byrne — February 2002
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Considering commercial and military craft aren't built with the luxuries custom-yacht owners are accustomed to, it's understandable that questions would arise over whether CMN could execute a yacht-caliber interior. One look around Bermie and the doubts are dismissed. Working with the well-known firm Andrew Winch Designs, the yard skillfully created a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, replete with rich burr walnut, straight-grain walnut, teak, sycamore, and oak.
The most successful--and unusual--execution of the design is in the saloon and dining area. For the two to share one room onboard a yacht of this size is definitely different, but the exceptional factor is the teak sole instead of the customary wall-to-wall carpeting. Combined with sole-to-overhead wood shutters that flank the oversize windows (just for show, since shades are present for privacy or blocking sunlight), the feel is like that of a comfortable home.
The curved wall of wood forward of the dining table is replicated in the foyer, forward to starboard, where a combination of light and dark marbles "carpet" the sole at the base of the curving stair mentioned earlier. The hardwood sole pattern returns up in the sky lounge, this time fashioned out of limed oak. Between the oversize windows to each side and the curving glass bulkhead aft that faces out onto an alfresco area, the room explodes with light, making it hard to tear oneself out of the seating area in the center of the room or the small bar forward to port.
Since the key to being successful on the charter circuit is flexibility, Bermie delivers in that regard in the layout of the four guest staterooms, all below deck. Two are fitted with queen-size beds and a third has a double bed, but the double-bed cabin also contains a single berth, good for a child.
The owner is certainly appreciative of his stateroom, fully forward on the main deck. The ambiance is modern and serene, with wood paneling acting as a type of sole-to-overhead headboard for the forward-facing bed and light-tone carpeting. The shutters from the saloon are repeated here as well, and the amount of stowage provided by the two large walk-in wardrobes flanking the large bath will put a smile on the face of any world traveler who can't resist coming home with plentiful reminders of places visited.
The smart space planning isn't just reserved for Bermie's owner and guests. The crew benefits from five cabins forward on the main deck (the captain's cabin is abaft the wheelhouse), each with a private head. Not only is this unusual for a crew area, but it's especially remarkable for a yacht that's both European-built and -owned. Down a few steps from their staterooms is a technical/storage room, with an extra washer and dryer solely for the cook (consider how messy food preparation can be) plus dry stores, a refrigerator, and a wine cooler.
With everything that CMN has accomplished with its first new-build megayacht, it's even more impressive to realize the yard completed the project in 12 months, as specified in the contract. Much of the short turnaround time was aided by the fact that Oceanco supplied the steel hull--Bermie's owner had originally approached the yard about purchasing a same-size spec yacht it was working on, but since he wanted delivery within a year, Oceanco realized it couldn't comply and sold the hull to CMN. The short turnaround time is also certainly due to the determination of the CMN Yacht Division to prove itself.
Bermie has been proving herself worthy of attention, too. Shortly after delivery, she hosted a party during the Monaco Grand Prix. Then in September at the Monaco Yacht Show, brokers and their clients made for a near-constant stream of traffic through her decks.
Looks like both newcomers have learned the ropes.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.