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Walk up one more level and you arrive on the the bridge deck, themed in purposeful blue leather, which is the center of the yacht’s operations. An imposing central chart table in the wheelhouse underlines the serious nature of the business of running a vessel of this caliber. The captain has his own large cabin on the starboard side, and there are couple of additional staff cabins located to port—perhaps for the helicopter crew, Lrssen suggests.
Adventurous guests will be rewarded by the climb to Madsummer’s uppermost level, some 60 feet above the sea, where the hardtop-sheltered skydeck, with its jetstream swimming pool, hot tub, bar, and lounges, offers unparalleled views forward and aft, over one of the most impressive and luxurious yachts on the charter market.
Down on the lower deck is the 750-square-foot spa area, on the starboard side just above the waterline and aft of the 12 crew cabins. This superb facility features a sauna and gym looking out over a big, fold-down swimming platform or “sea terrace.” The ship’s tenders are also kept on this level, aft: 20- and 25-foot sportboats, plus a variety of smaller toys and tenders, all launched through fold-up side doors on hydraulic beam hoists. The obligatory rescue boat, meanwhile, is stowed under a hatch on the bow.
Madsummer’s American captain, Chris Beirne, has roughly 22 years of experience in the yachting industry. This is his third skipper’s posting for this owner. With a huge, vaulted, two-story engine room as his domain, British chief engineer Anthony Cooper, from Manchester, can not only boast an ancestor who served with Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory (as a cooper, surprisingly), but also plenty of sea time himself, starting some 37 years ago as a 16-year-old engineer cadet in the Merchant Navy. In the galley, Adam Hall is a prize-winning head chef who trained in Perth, Western Australia, and moved into yachting in 1995.
The remainder of Madsummer’s typically international crew hail from far and wide—the Philippines, New Zealand, Sweden, and South Africa, not to mention Namibia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, and New York City. With 32 of them on call it’s unlikely that any demand, made by either the yacht or its guests, will ever be beyond them. Charter parties look set for the kind of luxurious holidays that are never quite long enough. All good things must come to an end sometime, but as His Bobness almost said—it ain’t over now, baby blue.
Lrssen (49) 421 6604 166.
This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.