Capri — By Diane M. Byrne —
Sense and Splendor
|Capri does more than evoke the famed Italian isle—she shows how intelligence and elegance can coexist.|
While most master baths aboard megayachts are visions of marble or onyx (or both), the one aboard Capri is truly astonishing. In this enormous room—larger than the VIP stateroom aboard many custom yachts—you’d be hard-pressed to take your eyes off the backlit glass etching that depicts the port in the Isle of Capri where the owners signed the contract to build her. The extraordinary glasswork curves between two lacquered teak columns and behind the full-size tub, and the tub itself is more like an onyx throne, given the way a stair ascends to it, flanked by arched gold handrails.
The master bath is arguably the most lavishly appointed room aboard this 192-footer, although four of her five decks do have individually distinct decors to set them thematically apart. (The bottom-most deck is reserved primarily for tankage, as well as a handful of chill rooms and stores, with a sizeable crew mess and lounge fully forward.) As dramatic as the overall effect is, however, to reflect solely upon the decor, by Glade Johnson, would be to overlook the other key focuses of this steel and aluminum vessel. In commissioning Capri from Lürssen, the owners gave particular consideration to the comfort and safety of the guests aboard as well as the preservation of the environment they anticipated cruising in.
Since Capri was intended for both personal cruises and for chartering in regions like the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mediterranean, she had to be a stable platform. But not just for times when she’s underway—her Koop Nautic stabilization system has an at-anchor mode, which works to keep the typical rolling motion to a minimum whether the yacht is underway or, as the model’s name implies, at anchor.
It’s also worth noting that Capri has an entire room below decks devoted to her stabilizers. According to Capt. Russell O’Donoghue, this resulted from many meetings between the yard’s team and the owner’s team (of which he and broker Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ship were a part), both before and after the contract was signed, as O’Donoghue particularly wanted excellent access for all ship’s systems.
Something of particular importance for the owners was the safety of their young children. That’s why there are safety gates at each of Capri’s exterior stairways and a lack of sharp edges where walls meet and on most of the furnishings. To keep an additional eye on them, the owners requested that the children’s cabin be adjacent to the master suite, which is forward on the main deck. The twin-bed stateroom is tucked to port, accessed via the owner’s office and has an emergency escape (mandated by MCA, since the yacht was built to comply with the safety regulations) in the sole.
The owners are also environmentally conscious, so they wanted Capri to leave anchorages essentially the way they were when she entered them. Not only are there soot filters and catalytic converters on her twin Caterpillar 3512 mains, but all grey and black water (including laundry water) is treated and held in a large holding tank in the tender garage. There’s also a trash compactor on the lowest deck, steps away from a cooler room; all garbage is first compacted, then frozen to reduce smells. This cooler room provides the additional benefit of permitting Capri to cruise unimpeded between remote locations where provisioning would be difficult and even to pursue horizons for upwards of a few weeks at a time.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.