Kooilust Mare — By Diane M. Byrne —
Home, at Sea
|Part 2: The interior is more minimalist in execution than you’d expect of a custom yacht, no matter the size.|
Also aft is the first of two main ways the yacht permits all aboard to enjoy the surroundings. Look closely at her alfresco seating area on the main aft deck, and you’ll notice a distinct slope outboard toward the transom. This creates what CRN terms a “terrace on the sea,” yielding better visibility for guests relaxing on the large group of settees here; the same holds true in the alfresco seating and dining areas on the upper deck and the chaise lounges on the sundeck above that.
But guests need not be outside to enjoy the view. Many custom yachts these days feature large expanses of glass on the main and upper decks, and Kooilust Mare is no different. The saloon, formal dining room, and sky lounge are especially flooded with light during the day. In addition, the yacht has large, elliptical windows—positioned vertically—below decks, in each of the four guest staterooms (a VIP cabin, two twin-berth staterooms, and one double stateroom). This is a welcome change from the traditional horizontal ports of many yachts.
Nuvolari & Lenard also worked with the owners and CRN on the yacht’s interior design. Even though some of the materials are dramatic—such as the combination of mahogany and rosewood panels, as well as the insertion of metallic strips between the rosewood sections—they don’t detract from the vistas Kooilust Mare provides. In fact, the interior is more minimalist in execution than you’d expect of a custom yacht, no matter the size.
Also noteworthy is the way that some rooms are intended to echo the sea itself. The two double guest staterooms as well as the twin stateroom all feature shades of blue, as does the large leather settee in the sitting area contained within the owner’s suite.
Nearly two decades after Fallingwater was built, Wright reflected upon her creation: “I think nothing yet ever equaled the coordination, sympathetic expression of the great principle of repose where forest and stream and rock and all the elements of structure are combined so quietly that really you listen not to any noise whatsoever, although the music of the stream is there. But you listen to Fallingwater the way you listen to the quiet of the country...” No doubt that all who helped bring Kooilust Mare to fruition can appreciate that sentiment.
MarineMax Phone: (954) 618-0440. www.crn-yacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.