Yachts’ Anjilis — By Diane M. Byrne
— May 2003
|Part 2: The owners wanted a truly custom yacht that reflected their lifestyle.|
The owners applied the same emphasis that they gave the engineering to the interior design and space planning. They both give high marks to designer Dee Robinson, who they said embraced their no-compromise goal of achieving an elegant yet casual interior, reflective of what they call a "deco romantic" look. The owners love the whole aura of that era, from the artwork to the music. "We wanted to carry our personal life onboard," the wife adds, explaining how they even picked out some horse sculptures for Anjilis because they raise Arabian horses. The standout deco design elements include black and gold rectangular columns in the main-deck dining area (they also cleverly conceal stowage for glassware and related items) and striking artwork, depicting skyscrapers, in the three guest staterooms below deck (two queens and one twin).
The backdrop to the art deco atmosphere is satin-finished cherrywood, with mahogany inserts bringing out the warm tones. But more impressive, Anjilis features some of the most intricate millwork I've seen on a yacht this size. The patterns even vary from place to place. Beneath the lid of the hidden martini bar to starboard in the saloon (next to the pop-up 42-inch plasma TV), for example, the pattern is a series of raised circles and oblongs. Even recesses above areas like the dining table (with a dramatic, lacquered-goatskin surface) are lined with wood panels a few inches deep.
Given Anjilis' 124-foot length and raised-pilothouse design, you might expect to find her space planning follows that of most yachts of her size and style: a combination saloon and dining area, with a country kitchen occupying the forward-most portion of the main deck. But remember, the owners wanted a truly custom yacht that reflected their lifestyle and the way they--and their crew--liked to operate, so they made some significant changes.
While the galley is still forward on the main deck, it's an L-shape design without a dining spot. "We didn't think it was gonna work," Smith confesses, "but she made it work." "She" is Anjilis' chef (and the captain's wife), Susan Hodge. As the owners explain, Susan finds the L-shape layout more efficient. Since she and her husband have been with the owners for more than three years, the owners say they felt comfortable deferring many operational decisions to them about seven months before the yacht was completed. Susan even oversaw the sizing of drawers to ensure all the items she planned to use aboard would fit properly.
Since the traditional country kitchen isn't onboard, extra space opened up to include a separate room on the main deck. The master stateroom, right? Actually, a study, but it can double as a stateroom, as it has a pull-out settee and an en suite head.
As for the rest of Anjilis, what deco-inspired yacht would be complete without her very own Fred and Ginger? They're the two PWCs, with matching black-and-white color schemes. The nicknames actually started as a joke between the owners and Robinson; they told me they'd kid that the black-and-white marble sole by the starboard entry on the main deck looked like the perfect platform for the famous duo to dance upon, and when the PWCs were chosen, the names just stuck.
The rest of the flying bridge is definitely the play deck, as a RIB and two Vespa mopeds are stowed fully aft, alongside Fred and Ginger. There's also a hot tub, grill, bar, a handful of sunchairs, benchseating, and an L-shape table; the owners even roll out a treadmill when they've had their fill of relaxing. "We live up there," the husband says.
Throughout our conversation, the owners emphasized how the entire Trinity team had been dedicated to serving them as customers and how they enjoyed the experience. Maybe they enjoyed themselves a little too much. "It was a two-year build, but we made it that way!" the husband laughs. No matter; for all the time and attention they put into this project, I fully expect that the next time I encounter them--"the owner and her husband"--I'll probably find them sitting on the aft deck, gazing out at the water.
Trinity Yachts Phone: (504) 283-4050. www.trinityyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.