AMY (Admiral Mariotti Yachts) has developed and launched a line of fast and stylish yachts in aluminum, ranging in size from 105’ to 145’ since 29 year old shipyard Cantieri Navali Lavagna (CNL), owner of the Admiral brand, and Genoa-based T. Mariotti, a specialist in steel construction established in 1928, merged in 2005.
This is the shipyard that Sea Force One’s future owner chose to realize his vision. Thus, the new admiral of the AMY fleet is a 177’ all steel hull with an aluminum superstructure and a stately cruising speed of 12 knots. With both Caterpillar engines at full power the yacht achieves a 17.5-knot top speed.
Italian designer Luca Dini gave the yacht attractive lines and included several terraces, which have appeared in recent models built by other Italian shipyards such as CRN and Sanlorenzo Yachts. Two are included on the owners’ suite level, and another opens near the main-deck foyer for easy boarding from the starboard side. Above the vessel name is the emblem of a partially masked skull. Other than that, very little can prepare the visitor for the fantastic universe that awaits inside.
Sea Force One’s owner, “Captain Magic”, envisioned a wild and unexpected world to escape his day job in London’s high-pressure banking world. An avid collector of modern art, he selected unique art pieces, which he meshed with music and light to create, in collaboration with designer Luca Dini, an alternate reality.
As we step onboard from the aft deck and the glass doors slide wide open, a rock, oddly shaped like a Buddha, is the first object we encounter in the salon. Backlit fabric-covered panels forming pyramids guide the visitor to the salon’s centerpiece, a video sculpture by Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi. Its mirrored wall features a dozen or so metallic cones that enclose round screens flashing a rapid succession of images in psychedelic colors. Directly in front of the wall, occupying the center of the salon, is a sofa covered in white fur, and a coffee table lighted from inside to reveal an unusual and slightly macabre sculpture. German- born American artist Kiki Smith created the carefully arranged structure of golden bones and skull that occupies the center of the table. A lounge chair, suspended from the ceiling by metallic cables, hovers over the wenge floor under the watchful eye of a silver-plated parrot.
There is no doubt now that we are in for a treat. Moving forward, a lounge area opens onto the main-deck foyer, which provides access to the yacht’s lower and upper decks. This space, which has more than a utilitarian function, has not escaped the attention of the decorator. The steps that lead to the lower deck are lit from the inside and appear to be floating. Glass inserts into the floor accentuate the overall feeling of suspension and offer a sense of the yacht’s true scale. Another unusual sculpture in this area is what appears to be a gigantic fishhook.
The master suite, forward on the main deck, has received particular attention. The owner’s high-tech office includes contemporary furnishings and an alcove with leather paneling, possibly inspired by a recording studio, with banquette seating for five. The bedroom is out of this world, literally. The closet’s mirror doors are engraved with the outline of the Fabulous stars twinkle inside the master stateroom; the suite also has two balconies that allow enjoying the real thing during beautiful evenings
The master’s office is fully functional but also playful; unusual materials and faucets are a cure for the common bathroom
The opposite wall includes constellations bathed in fluorescent lighting. To expand on the theme, the ceiling includes large glass panels, ideal for stargazing. In contrast, the backdrop behind the bed—finished in papier mache by artisans who create masks and floats for a yearly carnival held in the Italian town of Viareggio—reproduces an underwater world. The ensuite bathroom successfully combines unusual materials such as slate and glass mosaic. The faucets allow water to cascade down into two silicone sinks.
The four lower-desk guest cabins are equally contemporary, but the décor does everything possible to stay away from a rigorous symmetry so common in modern interiors. In one of the two VIP cabins, an alcove frames a large round porthole and a shapely desk gently slopes to the floor. Each guest suite presents a different theme, although all have identical paneling and recessed lighting that gives the illusion that the furniture is floating above the white leather soles.
On the bridge deck, professional helm station notwithstanding, everything has been planned to convey a party atmosphere. Just aft of a high-tech fitness room is a disco complete with two turntables for the DJ, a bar and a salon with 46 screens and an LED ceiling. A large oval table becomes a dance floor that protects the leather sole from dancing feet. More than 20 guests can sit on the 1970s-inspired beanbag chairs or on beds suspended with chains inside the sky lounge. “Captain Magic” has hand-picked the original oils that decorate the walls. The party atmosphere spills onto the aft deck and the sun deck, where a sushi bar and a round overflowing Jacuzzi complement the numerous lounge chairs and musical ambiance.
Yet aside from its amazing interior, Sea Force One is a very functional yacht, with a very large garage that transforms into a pool house. Two side openings allow launching the tender and PWCs. From here the engine room and the tech room are easily accessible. The crew quarters, suitable for 12, are located forward on the lower deck. Sea Force One has received Italian classification society RINA’s Green Star (a designation awarded to vessels built with the environment in mind) and is the first to receive RINA’s new Secure Yacht seal. This new designation deals with issues of onboard safety. A multitude of cameras and screens lets crew keep an attentive eye on all the yacht’s exterior areas.
Sea Force One is a highly personal yacht, and as such cannot please everyone. Yet it would be hard not to admire the quality of the craftsmanship. This is a luxurious and modern yacht, well equipped to travel into a magical and wonderful world.
For more information on motor yacht SEA FORCE ONE go to the yachts website http://www.seaforceoneyacht.com or see the Yachts International May Edition.