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Last year I was invited to tour Lurssen’s eight North German yards, after their 2016 takeover of Blohm & Voss. At Rendsburg, near the Danish border, the imposing Winch Design 111m Tis was being outfitted, including a custom guest bedroom called the China Seas Suite.
Making her debut at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, it transpires that all of Tis’ eight guest suites represent a unique geographic destination. On the lower deck, the Provence and China Sea Suites can be arranged as singles or doubles.
“Provence is light and playful,” says Lurssen, “with soft yellow pink wallpaper incorporating a bee theme. China Seas enjoys a soft mint green colour palette. Canvas textured walls, bamboo side tables and an embroidered bamboo pattern on the leading edge of the curtains reflect the oriental aspects.”
London-based Winch Design, one of the world’s premier superyacht design specialists, which handled both external and interior styling, adds that “the focal point of the sumptuous guest suite inspired by the China Seas is an artwork depicting a traditional Chinese junk, with her sails fully set, gliding across a relatively smooth ocean.
“Surrounding the painting is a deluxe hand-finished gold frame mimicking the look of bamboo, this being a key theme throughout the suite.
“The colour scheme of the bedroom complements the artwork on the wall, and guests can enjoy a fresh, calming colour palette of soft turquoise, together with shades of subtle pink, sea foam green, creams and gold. The pattern in the silk and wool cream carpet underfoot reflects the bamboo printed on the soft fabric surrounds of the bed bases.
“In the bathroom, the marble is veined with more turquoise tones, this signature colour linking the bedroom and bathroom areas.
“China’s influence continues with an oriental cloud motif repeated on the bathroom accessories, and on the incredibly unique and ornately designed gold taps. Linen panelling on the facade of the vanity creates a feeling of softness, each panel surrounded by signature bamboo bordering.”
Then come the Russian Dacha and Tuscany Suites, and on the main deck, the London, Paris, New York and Marrakech ensembles.
London takes its inspiration from Claridges, with a quintessentially British decor of mahogany and marquetry. The colour scheme is crisp whites and rich blues, with a stunning blue marble bathroom, while Paris is a homage to a bygone age, with Fleur-de-Lis motifs and Toile de Jouy on the fabrics.
New York takes Art Deco to another level, picking the most elegant details from that era, with a nod to the Chrysler Tower. Marrakech has deep pink accents and furniture boasting mother-of-pearl inlay and hand-embossed metal side tables.
We will apparently be seeing Tis before long in Asia-Pacific waters, as her brief was for a vessel that can sail “to the four corners of the world”, along with nearby build mates such as the 136ms Flying Fox (formerly Project Shu) and Crescent (formerly Project Thunder), all delivered in what has been one of the most prolific periods in the history of family-owned Lurssen, the world’s largest private yacht builder.
Tis’ hull is ice-classed, and she is built to demanding PYC rules. Both grand and graceful, her 16.85m beam allows fantastic interior volumes, and her “classical twists” include Calacatta Vogli marble used throughout, while walls and ceilings have custom cream and gold ceiling effects.
Amidships on the main deck is a stunning entrance lobby. The salon breathes fresh life into familiar classic settings with its Versailles looks, while the private owner’s salon and stateroom are a superb and serene haven.
Both beach club and spa are tied geographically, this time through a Capri-inspired décor. Lime-washed oak panels give the space a bright feel and there is a huge bar complete with matching bar stools, dining table and sofas. Through a side door to starboard is a sauna, ice fountain and shower, which leads onto a foldout swim platform.
On the bridge deck, the spa features a citrus theme. The Lemon Grove is a dedicated relaxation room, with carved stone lemon trees climbing the walls. There is a Hammam, a hair salon, a massage room with Capri-themed painted walls and a day head with a bold honey onyx vanity and mosaic floor.
The upper deck is home to the most unexpected room on board, a Parisian Ladurée-inspired tearoom. This is a feminine tribute to the elegant pastime, with traditional tones of pastel greens, pinks and purples. Louis XVI-inspired sofas and armchairs link to the trims on the curtains via scatter cushions, all in the colours traditional to the famous French patisserie.
Tis has a top speed of 18 knots and a range of 7,000nm at 12 knots cruising speed thanks to her two 3,200kW engines. Elastically-mounted engine equipment ensures quiet running, and the three generators are encapsulated in custom boxes, dampening the sound.
Extending zero-speed stabilizer fins deliver a smooth experience both underway and at anchor. The yacht is fitted for Tier III conversion and the exhaust system is equipped with HUG particle filters and soot burners, providing excellent fuel efficiency and lower emissions. A heat recovery system saves energy by using heat loss from the generators for heating the pool.
Helicopter operations can take place from two locations, with the bow strengthened and certified for parking, take off and landings and the aft of the top deck designed for more occasional operation.
When not in use, this deck also doubles as both a dance floor and an outdoor cinema, with removable outdoor furniture. Support boats include two customised 38-foot Wajer tenders in both limo and open versions. Up to five PWCs are stored on board, plus two rescue tenders and various water toys.
The original article appears in Yacht Style Issue 49. Email [email protected] for print subscription enquiries or subscribe to the Magzter version at: www.magzter.com/SG/Lux-Inc-Media/Yacht-Style/Fashion/