Starting life as the famous 42m carbon composite offshore racer Mari Cha IV, the challenge given to Rhoades Young Design was to create a luxury cruising yacht from the stripped-out no-compromise racer. Working within the constraints of the existing structure and rig loads, a lifting keel was added and a lightweight interior devised to keep weight gains to a minimum.
Numerous exterior revisions, penned by Rhoades Young Design, include a new guest cockpit – enclosed by long sweeping flanks for extra protection – and an aggressive ‘chiseled’ deck house, inspired by stealth fighter jets, was designed to bring light into the formerly raw carbon hull, where the main luxury saloon now resides.
Every item of the new interior was weighed before installation to ensure that the strict weight targets calculated to achieve specific performance targets were met. This challenge was achieved without compromising the luxury feel of the interior, capable of providing accommodation for up to ten guests and ten crew members if required. The new interior layout was conceived to fit around the boat’s existing structure, and even the doors – made from luxury walnut with leather inserts – were designed to fit within existing cut-outs in the bulkheads.
With an interior brief of ‘Samurai Temple meets Portofino Beach House’ it was clear from the start that this was not going to be an ordinary refit.
(Photography courtesy of Jeff Brown and Peter Neumann)