102 — By Diane M. Byrne
|Italian flair and curves galore make the Maiora 102 a gem for on-the-water entertainment.|
Diamonds are a girl's best friend--or are they? While you'd be hard-pressed to find a woman who’d turn down a couple of carats, the better half’s admiration of diamonds doesn’t mean she can’t or won’t treasure other brilliant bijoux.
It also doesn't mean that men are left out of the equation. While the diamond of choice for most of them is the one found in a baseball stadium, they certainly can appreciate the difference between a precious stone and a mere trinket.
Any lady or gentleman looking for a another kind of gem will appreciate the Maiora 102. She’s adorned with enough literal polished stones like marble, granite, and onyx to make your eyes sparkle, and her big-yacht features underscore her figurative luster.
The 102 is the latest import from this Italian shipyard, which is part of Fipa Italiana Yachts. Maiora supplied fiberglass hulls and other components to other European yacht builders for more than 35 years. In 1980 it began building yachts under its own name, and by the end of the decade it had entered the U.S. market. While it does subcontract some tasks, as is the custom among Italian yards, Maiora also has in-house staffs at its construction facilities in Viareggio and Massarosa.
Primary among the in-house jobs is joinerwork. Since each 102 is custom, you have a variety of paneling to choose from; many of Maiora’s clients prefer a formal atmosphere and therefore opt for dark, rich woods like mahogany. The 102 shown here, which debuted stateside at the Miami International Boat Show, was built for the U.S. market with pear wood. Whether it’s covering bulkheads, outlining coffee tables, or adorning handrails, the wood is exquisitely fashioned, highly lacquered, and book-matched. It lends a sophisticated yet inviting air.
That’s exactly the feeling that Pavlik Design Team, which planned the interior decor for this 102, and International Yacht Collection, which represents Maiora in the States, wanted the 102 to convey. It’s especially evident in the saloon, the first place you see the combination of exotic stones and big-yacht features. An elevated white-onyx-topped wetbar takes center stage forward, where many builders of yachts in this size range place the entertainment center (although a 42-inch plasma-screen TV is mounted on the bulkhead behind the bar) or a dining spot. The bar contains an icemaker, stainless steel sink, and stowage. Carrara marble skirts its base in a semicircle, following the curve of the bar’s face and complementing the curved settees and matching coffee tables aft in the saloon.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.