Capri — By Diane M. Byrne —
Sense and Splendor
|Part 2: Capri features a hydraulic “door” on each side of the garage that folds up.|
And speaking of horizons, all guest- and owner-accessible decks provide excellent sea views. No mere ports onboard this 192-footer; instead, Capri features large, oval windows in the four spacious guest suites, including their en suite heads. The main and upper decks, as you’d expect of a megayacht, are lined with deep windows as well to let light spill in. The effect is particularly striking in the grand-scale sky lounge, where various tones of white cover nearly every surface and piece of furniture from the overhead to the carpeted sole. It’s also put to good use in the observation room (forward) and gym (aft) located on the uppermost deck.
The extraordinary vistas afforded by the abundance of windows brings up an interesting fact related to me by Peter Lürssen, the head of the eponymous yard, who took me through the yacht: There’s a total of 15 tons of glass onboard, stemming mostly from the use of extra-thick panes, since the owners mandated that no storm shutters be installed. (Another related fact: The sunshades for the pilothouse windows are inside, so there’s no need for the crew to clip on screens outside, as is done on most yachts.)
Even with all of the emphasis on the interior features of the yacht, no shortage of attention was paid to watertoys and their deployment. Capri totes a 23-foot RIB and a 22-foot Chris-Craft, plus a handful of three-person PWCs, kayaks, and plenty of dive gear (there’s a separate dive room with a large compressor just aft and to starboard of the tender garage). Instead of launching the toys directly aft via a fold-down or fold-up transom, Capri features a hydraulic “door” on each side of the garage that folds up. While the doors are in the open position, the garage can cleverly double as a boarding platform and tender dock.
No shortage of attention was paid to styling, either, thanks again to the artistry of Glade Johnson. Capri is graced with abundant curves, making her contemporary enough to stand out from other yachts she may encounter in her travels yet not so trendy as to make her styling outdated within a year or two. Even her mast received special treatment; according to Peter Lürssen, because the owner didn’t like the large scale of the one on his previous yacht, Capri’s mast can retract.
With her abundance of relaxation areas and the efficient way that crew and guest traffic is arranged, it’s easy to understand why Capri’s owners have been enjoying their time aboard since taking delivery last summer. They and the construction and design teams struck a balance between safety- and comfort-related features, as well as the indulgences that make oceangoing life such an attractive proposition.
Just one question remains. If the yacht happens to pull into the port in Capri where the contract was signed, will they opt to take in the real view or the artful one in their bath?
Lürssen Phone: (49) 421 6604 166. www.lurssen.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.