102 — By Diane M. Byrne — June 2001
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So if the bar takes the spot typically reserved for a dining area, where is dinner served? In the galley, as a country kitchen? Well, yes and no. While there is a country kitchen, it's reserved for the crew. The Maiora 102 also features a staple of big megayachts: a separate formal dining room, accessed via a port-side foyer from the saloon. Nearly every builder with offerings in the 100-foot range subscribes to the notion that such yachts are too small to comfortably feature separate dining rooms, so they either place a dining table within the saloon or add a country kitchen to the galley. But Maiora counters that notion with a formal area that handily accommodates a table and eight chairs without making anyone feel as if he or she is up against a bulkhead. Sliding doors create extra privacy and shield noise from the adjacent galley. The room also has abundant stowage for standard personalized china and glassware and cutlery.
Something else Maiora borrowed from bigger megayachts is the inclusion of a small refrigerator and freezer in the guest foyer below decks. This way, anyone wishing a midnight snack need only walk a few paces instead of heading up a flight of stairs above deck. Another small refrigerator and freezer lies aft of the dining room in the port-side foyer, should the libations served from the saloon wetbar call for an accompaniment.
Although not a big-yacht feature that immediately comes to mind for most people, the master stateroom's walk-in closet is distinct nonetheless, since it's nearly the size of a dressing room. It occupies the aft port portion of the full-beam stateroom and has enough stowage for pack rats and shopaholics alike. Its wardrobe doors, drawers, and shelves are all pear wood, smoothly lacquered on every surface.
Even with these unexpected features, the Maiora 102 is also typical for a yacht of her size. Access to the lazarette and engine room, for example, comes via the gently curved transom, which lifts hydraulically. The lazarette can accommodate a PWC, and the engine room has good access for the twin DDC-MTUs, gensets, and related equipment; a panel for monitoring fuel-tank levels; and a main electrical panel with warning lights for all pump functions and major equipment.
Also as you'd expect, the 102 contains well-appointed guest cabins. There are port and starboard staterooms amidships, just forward of the master stateroom; the port-side one contains a pullman as well as single berths, while the starboard stateroom contains a double bed. There's also a full-beam VIP stateroom farther forward, with a queen-size bed. All feature en suite facilities and abundant stowage in wardrobes and chests of drawers that are sculpted into pleasing curves.
The Maiora 102 simultaneously emphasizes aesthetics and practicality elsewhere, too. There are slightly recessed steps leading to the foredeck sunpad, so should someone want to catch some rays while the yacht is running at her reported 22-knot cruise, they'll have an easier time of getting onto the cushion. Cleats are recessed to keep the aft deck clean and prevent ankle-bashing. International Yacht Collection added a bimini top that retracts into the radar arch to the flying bridge, something sure to come in handy in the islands. And if you're the type of person who doesn't like the air conditioning to be running all the time, you'll appreciate the handful of sliding windows--one in the galley, one in the day head, and one in the dining room.
Further underscoring the 102's practical appeal, all appliances and electronics, including an Atlas shore-power converter and Naiad stabilizers (both added by International Yacht Collection), are American-made and/or easily serviced stateside. Handheld showers are on the aft deck and foredeck, and International Yacht Collection also added a wing station to port on the flying bridge.
Whether you subscribe to the notion that diamonds are indeed a girl's best friend or, as the late Malcolm Forbes put it, "nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs," there's no getting around the Maiora 102's polished decor. Add to that her big-yacht features, and you have a gem of a cruiser for your entertainment needs.
International Yacht Collection (954) 522-2323. Fax: (954) 522-2333. www.yachtcollection.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.