|REFIT YEAR||Never refit|
|PRICE FROM||$200,000 / Per Week|
2 sea scooters
12 foot classic tender - Marietta - with sail or electric power
6.2m Pasco tender
Baby Grand player piano
Antiques and maritime art throughout yacht
Sonos music system
Crow's Nest viewing station -- 123 feet up the mast -- 2 people can ride
There is always a challenge when building a vessel like sailing yacht MARIE, the 55 meter ketch. Can the designers create a yacht that is more than the sum of its components? In other words, can a yacht intentionally built with classic lines blend smooth with the demands for modern performance? In the case of Vitters sailing ketch MARIE, the answer is overwhelmingly, “Yes!”
When first introduced to the public at the Monaco Yacht show, 55 meter classic Vitters yacht Marie received great reviews. While classic in appearance, the ketch-rigged sailboat belies a modern underwater hull. The ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber rigging with in-boom, roller-reefing systems for both mainsail and mizzen is further evidence of the yacht’s high-performance capabilities. In laymen’s terms – the yacht is fast (up to 17+ knots in a 20 knots breeze), and easy to sail – which means more free time for the crew to attend to the needs of the charter guests.
The sailboat’s interior is very light and contemporary, and features Anigre wood panels and amenities such as maritime-themed fine art, and an antique cannon [of note to military history buffs, the cannon was the one that fired the last shot of the American Civil War, aboard a riverboat in 1865]. The interior was designed around a self-playing Steinway baby grand piano, installed in the lower saloon. The main deckhouse extends well forward of the upper deckhouse saloon offering plenty of daylight to pass through to the lower saloon. Visually, the design creates a feeling of great interior roominess.
As to accommodations, two twin guest cabins flank the corridor that leads to the owner’s cabin aft. There is also a VIP double stateroom forward, across from the formal dining area. but the dining room below, seating ten, with its antique-mirrored skylight and 19th Century silver tableware is appealing too, especially if looking to impress or for privacy.
A unique feature is the private deck entrance into the owner’s stateroom, “protected” by a pair of French-built cannons from the 1700’s… More modern amenities associated with the master cabin include an ensuite steam room in ‘his’ bathroom and a full-size bathtub in ‘her’ bathroom.
Great attention was given to the design of the exterior areas. Positioned forward of the owner’s deckhouse and the rear of the spacious main guest cockpit is an area protected by a permanent bimini top with overhead windows. This is a popular space place to congregate for al-fresco dinner parties. Additionally, there are plenty of cozy spots to relax, from comfortable benches in the cockpit, to the large teak foredeck.
Eco-friendly charterers will appreciate the yacht’s primary tender, named, “Marietta.” A replica of a 1910 captain’s launch, the tender is powered by electric motors, charged via the yacht’s generators). Her range is 31 nautical miles. A second tender is available when speedy transport (at 35-40 knots) is required.