Five gifts to gladden the nautical heart of any yachtie
From a gigayacht built for exploration to a posh waterfront property in Mexico, these will make a splash for your favorite sailor.
We all know that person who simply won’t get out of the water, even long after the fun has run its course for everyone else. We often find these folks on boats or beaches among a flotilla of toys where he or she can keep the waterborne fun afloat. Robb Report has selected five gifts for that special water-lover in your life: From a gigayacht built for exploration to a posh waterfront property in Mexico, we highlight some options that will make a splash for your favorite yachtie this year.
And if you’re looking for more luxury gift ideas, check out the complete Robb Report Ultimate Gift Guide for 2017, which includes inspirations in every category from cars to watches to fashion, to travel, and more.
## Holy diver
Price: US$2 ($A2.6) million
Flying beneath the ocean’s surface might sound like something out of a fantasy novel, but DeepFlight’s submarines have been doing it for years. The California firm is the only personal submarine maker to use the principles of flight for underwater travel. The fighter-jet appearance of the fuselage on its latest model, the Super Falcon 3S, has silent-running electric motors that create thrust, while the wings use downward lift to descend as far as 100 metres. Its competitors rely on ballast (or water intake) to rise and fall. The sleek, hydrodynamic shape lets the three-person 3S make agile maneuvers that include breaching the ocean’s surface like a whale. But the true beauty of flying silently underwater is being among the marine life, fish, and large sea mammals without disturbing them. The Super Falcon 3S can pass close to a school of dolphins with virtually no sound. Plus, the bubble canopies allow for nearly 360-degree views. The 3S was designed for a pilot and two passengers, with a potential dive time of 8 hours. Want to test the water before jumping in? The sub maker is launching DeepFlight Adventures, which will be offering its first submarine excursions from a beachfront resort in the Maldives next year.
## Silver bullet
Price: € 3.5 ($A6.1) million
The gleaming silver hull, forward-sloping black radar arch, and white furniture in the cockpit (including a huge sun bed at the stern) make this the most stylish open yacht on the water — and the perfect gift for the yachtie in your life. The Riva 76 Bahamas also has some extremely cool technical features, such as a hardtop that automatically lifts from the foredeck — providing shade over the helm area — and an open lounge forward.
The Italian builder developed this high-tech mechanism not only to provide sun protection, but also to highlight the 76’s beautiful lines. It’s that kind of detail that sets Riva apart from other builders. Other features like hand-stitched leather seats, custom-designed stainless cleats, and stylised deck components distinguish the exterior. The interior has a simple finish with contrasting black and white colours warmed by pinstriped wooden floors.
Because it’s a Riva, there is marble in the bathrooms, hand-stitched leather on the walls, and a good sense of space throughout the interior. The 76 Bahamas is one of the few yachts that works as both a fast day cruiser and luxury spa for weekend retreats.
## Turf and surf
Price: Starting at US$40 ($A52.3) million
The azure waters of the Sea of Cortez are just steps away from this glass-encased, 930 metre square Four Seasons Private Beachfront Yacht Villa in Los Cabos. Designed by Guerin Glass Architects to maximise the sun-drenched seaside location, the customisable home calls for a gourmet outdoor kitchen, swimming pools, and direct access to the sugary beachfront. The layout features six to seven en suite bedrooms with private outdoor decks, a sunken living room, and a formal dining room — plus, the architecture firm will work with the recipient to create a bespoke abode that matches his or her preferences. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass overlook the sea and Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, creating a natural transition between indoors and outdoors.
Though a one-of-a-kind beachfront villa is tempting on its own, what makes this gift truly stand out is the private yacht, 30 metre dock, and captain’s quarters in the backyard — all included in the home’s price and ideal for those who crave the open seas. The recipient will also enjoy an exclusive, invitation-only membership to the Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club.
The villa will be located within the 1,000-acre resort community of Costa Palmas, which includes a 3 kilometre private beach, 250-slip marina, and Robert Trent Jones II–designed 18-hole golf course. Residents can move into the villa as early as the first quarter of 2019.
## A GPS from the high seas of history
Price: US$53,000 ($A69,700)
In an age when having a sense of one’s place in the world seems paramount, what could be a finer addition to your holdings than a compass mounted over your place of repose? Paris-based Galerie Delalande is offering a rare hanging reversed compass, in the shape of a crown, that gallery director Eric Delalande says once afforded a ship’s admiral the luxury of checking his course while resting supine on his bed.
Made in 1766 by Nicolas Lennich of Altona, a royal supplier to the Hanse Hamburg, the 14-inch-tall compass — which evinces some light repairs — is similar to examples in the collections of the Musée de la Marine in Paris, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and the Museo Naval de Madrid.
## Extreme base camp
Price: Starting at US$110 million ($A114,600)
Part of the allure of an expedition yacht is the ability to use it as a home base — a literal jumping-off point — for overwater and underwater exploration in the areas you drop anchor. This spectacular gift for the Ultimate Gift Guide not only comes with a beautiful, well-thought-out adventure yacht, but for Robb Report readers only, the recipient of this gift will also receive complimentary custom tender designs. And this for a vessel that can house several tenders — a fleet of tenders, if you will.
The design of the superyacht, named Mystique, includes stowage space for an Icon aircraft, a Triton submersible, a sailing catamaran, an Interceptor tender, and personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, a dive boat, a limo tender, and an additional luxury tender — perhaps the one designed just for the gift’s recipient. If on-the-water exploration and transportation are not enough, Mystique is also designed with a helipad and a fully enclosed helicopter garage, both of which can adapt to large helicopters. The helipad deck can even be converted into a half-size basketball court.
Onboard diversions and amenities include a double-height beach club, where guests can enjoy the water at sea level, and a guest gym and spa that overlook the large — and sinkable—swimming pool. The pool deck also comes complete with loungers, umbrellas, and cabanas — think poolside Miami or Saint Tropez. A couple of Jacuzzis will relax guests after a game of one-on-one or a machine workout, or perhaps just before their massage in the spa.
Mystique’s design anticipates flexibility, sustainability, and exploration — “travelling to the furthest corners of the world in true luxury,” designer Veronika Schmid says. A steel hull and aluminum-alloy superstructure will be built to Ice Class certification. The yacht accommodates 12 guests within an owner’s suite with private outdoor deck and six guest suites. Space for 25 crew members means that the guests’ every need will be tended to.
“The layout allows for continuous transformation of outdoor and indoor spaces,” Schmid explains. “The open decks can be used for tender and helicopter storage or be transformed into large outdoor lounge or party spaces, featuring a sinkable pool and sufficient open space for a large deejay and dance stage. This adaptability is part of what contributes to this vessel being so ideal for the charter market.” Other flexible spaces include a beach club area that doubles as a tender garage, a pool area that doubles as the tender storage, and a helicopter landing area that serves as a dance floor or sports court.
Even culinary exploration is thoughtfully incorporated into the design with its sustainable “ocean farm.” The yacht’s solar panels help support hydroponic gardens, fish storage, and growing tanks. Additionally, Schmid says, “Food labs with adjacent test kitchens and chef tables offer a completely new dining experience onboard.” Presumably, one or more of the 25 crew will be a chef and sous chef who will prepare gourmet cuisine to each guest’s desires and dietary needs.
Dining onboard can take place in any of several dining areas, including a 12-seat dining table aft on the deck above the swimming pool and adjacent to one of the hot tubs, with a full view of polar ice caps, tropical beaches, or whatever scenery the far reaches may deliver that day.
When asked who might be the perfect recipient of a gift such as this, Schmid replies, “The world traveller not limited by space or location. Someone with an extreme and adventurous lifestyle who loves to entertain new ideas, new friends, and new destinations and — above all — new experiences.”