It was midway through the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and I stood in the Trinity Yachts tent, waiting to tour its newly christened megayacht Mine Games. By all accounts I should've been thrilled: It was my first boat show as a PMY staffer, and I was about to visit a spectacular vessel. But, truth be told, my attitude was decidedly (and unforgivably) sub par. It had poured all day, and I—shoddy packer that I am—had spent hours ducking in and out of tents sans umbrella. As a result I was soaked, shivering, and finding it mighty difficult to muster any real enthusiasm for the task at hand. Fortunately, that all changed the minute I stepped onboard.
Built in Gulfport, Mississippi, Mine Games is the latest addition to the Trinity Yachts family. She's a 164-foot, 28-foot beam, aluminum trideck powered by twin Caterpillar 3516B HDs that, according to Trinity, give her a top speed of about 24 knots. She can accommodate 11 guests in five staterooms and handle a crew of ten in five cabins.
But above all, her owner designed Mine Games to be a convivial vessel with an atmosphere that's both formal and fun. According to Billy Smith, Trinity's vice president of sales and marketing, "She's not like some boats which have the feel of a museum. The owner wants to entertain. He wants his boat to be beautiful but also really lived in."
In his first meeting with Mine Games' interior designer, Patrick Knowles, the owner specified that he wanted her interior to have a classic, old-world feel marked by two salient characteristics: diversity of materials and attention to detail. Knowles, who imagined the highly finished main deck in lush greens and golds, succeeded on both fronts. The intricate inlays in both the main saloon and dining room feature some 15 kinds of stone and marble. Knowles also selected several types of wood for the rich raised paneling, including American cherry, maple burl, and figured bubinga. Even the textiles, from the wool and linen carpeting to a couch made with embossed mohair in the main saloon, are heterogeneous. And though they're undeniably luxurious, they look inviting, too. Then there are the stunning hand-painted murals on the overheads. Yet Knowles says his favorite decorative feature is the custom grill he designed, which covers the air conditioning vents. Its pattern is echoed in the gold-leaf paper he applied to the main deck's pilasters. It's a subtle touch, but one that really helps give the decor of the open main deck a cohesive look and feel.
This article originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.