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Exclusive: Crescent Custom Yachts’ Crescent Lady
By Diane M. Byrne
— September 2003

Daring to Be Different
Part 2: Complementing Crescent’s different take on space planning is an anything-but-predictable decor.
   
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But such an impressive performance would be for naught if the space planning weren’t as equally well conceived. Touring the yacht I discovered a few twists, the biggest being the way she handily sleeps an owner’s party of ten instead of eight. While nearly every other yacht in her size range offers three guest staterooms, Crescent Lady manages a fourth between the master and the twin-berth guest accommodation. (There’s also a stateroom with a queen-size bed off the same foyer as these accommodations, plus a VIP accessible off the country kitchen, with a double-door entry that undoubtedly posed a challenge for Crescent’s craftsmen, as space is limited and I have yet to see another yard successfully offer it.) The fifth stateroom isn’t as spacious as the others, but it’s certainly well suited for kids or a child with his or her nanny, featuring bunk berths and an en suite head, which wisely employs a pocket door to prevent encroaching on the stateroom.

Now, you might assume that Crescent was only able to tuck in this extra stateroom at the expense of the master stateroom. But the only thing “missing” from Crescent Lady’s master stateroom in comparison to those aboard the yard’s previous yachts is a Jacuzzi tub in the head. In addition, while the last spec yacht had a walk-in closet to starboard inside the entrance and a full-beam master head aft, Crescent Lady’s walk-in closet and head are both aft, side by side (although the head has the lion’s share of the beam).

Crescent employed more creative space planning on the lower deck. What I initially thought was a simple hanging locker next to the stairs leading down here is actually a laundry room—emphasis on “room.” Some semicustom and custom yachts in the 120-foot size range offer just a stacked washer and dryer, but Crescent uses space below the stairs to create a deep laundry facility that’s even outfitted with a sink.

Complementing Crescent’s different take on space planning is an anything-but-predictable decor, courtesy of Florida-based Robin Rose. In recent years the trend in custom-yacht design has been to employ an abundance of dark woods, enveloping owners and guests in veritable forests. But here Rose mixed fabric wall coverings with medium-tone sapele mahogany, using ebony as an accent. There’s also a decidedly Asian flair to the decor, from intricate, eye-catching tablets on the dining-area bulkhead to wallpaper in the starboard-side foyer depicting scenes of fishermen in boats—even to an opaque shoji-screened privacy door separating the toilet in the master head from the sink area.

The waters remained mirror-calm during our cruise back to the marina, interrupted only occasionally by the acrobatics of flying fish. At one point the captains of Crescent Lady and Centinella III jokingly traded jabs over the VHF about who could overtake the other. Being aboard a 100-plus-footer that’s trying to outrace another certainly is outside the realm of my average experience. But then again, it was a fitting cap to my two days in La Paz, where I discovered that sometimes an anything-but-average approach is the best tactic.

Designed by Robin M. Rose & Associates Phone: (954) 525-6023.
Jack Sarin Naval Architects Phone: (206) 842-4651. www.jacksarin.com.
Greg Tiemann, Tiemann Yachts Phone: (954) 255-0706. Also Crescent Custom Yachts Phone: (604) 301-3900. www.crescentcustomyachts.com.

Next page > Designer’s Notebook > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

This article originally appeared in the August 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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