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NAVIS August / September 2017

Yacht building is both a science and an art. It is a science in the sense that every detail, every square inch, and every feature is precisely measured and designed in the pursuit of perfection. It is an art in the sense that the designer must be obsessed with aesthetics, driven to create something distinctively beautiful, and capable of materializing an abstract idea.

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What L Francis Herreshoff was to the first half of the 20th century when it came to designing classic yachts, Bruce King was to the second half of the century. L Francis sure had an eye for clean lines, and King too has an eye for clean lines, but his designs lean more toward his pursuit of artistic beauty. Since hanging out his Yacht Designer shingle in 1964, Bruce King has created some of the most elegant yachts in the world including the 41.3 meter (135.60 ft) Alejandra. The yacht was built by Mefasa Asturias in Spain at their Aviles shipyard, and she was delivered to her owner in 1993. Since then Alejandra has been turning heads wherever she sailed as fellow sailors admired her timeless beauty and sleek, distinctly Bruce King lines.

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Unicorn, Magnificent Motor Yacht

The night sky is black, and only a hint of moonlight spills through thunderous dark skies. Mystery and intrigue fill the air as she purposely forges through turbulent seas. Emerging from the storm, we see her as a beautiful and rare creature. She is Unicorn, a 55m/177’ custom motor yacht, designed to satisfy the wishes of her European Owner. In 2016, she was launched from Baglietto S.p.A’s shipyard in La Spezia, Italy. It was an exciting ceremony where her Owner, civil, military, and the shipyard’s personnel were present. Following her release to the deep blue ocean, she begins her quest to travel the world.

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Lot99, Stylish & High-Performance Sailing Yacht

She swiftly cuts through the water as strong winds propel her toward the finish line. As if joining the race, a family of dolphins swims energetically alongside the sailboat. Their synchronized jumps in and out of the water delight the sailors of Lot 99. Imagine that you have organized this event between friends, and the defeated must suffer through tall tales of the victors’ strategic brilliance and superior yacht!

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Climb Aboard RIVA Rivale

While the purpose of a boat is merely to move, it seems the purpose of a yacht is to transcend. When you climb aboard the RIVA Rivale, you are not simply moving. You are transcending towards something greater than you could have possibly imagined. The experienced ship builders at RIVA sought to make something entirely unique. They wanted to make something that could distinguish itself even when surrounded by the most ambitiously luxurious of company. Rivale—ironically—is a fine piece of watercraft that seems to have been designed in pursuit of unrivaled perfection.
Though there are indeed myriad yachts that are longer, taller, and stronger than Rivale, it seems there are few—if any—that are so deliberately and carefully designed. This yacht is one whose aesthetic seamlessly flows throughout, perfectly integrating the designers’ commitment to both form and function.

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Coco Prive: One of Maldives’ Best Hidden Gems

Located just 35 minutes by yacht from Male International Airport, Coco Prive is a highly-secluded and uniquely private island in the Maldives that has proven itself to be the perfect escape away from chaos and into paradise. Surrounded by clear, turquoise waters and an ample number of luxurious accommodations, Coco Prive is an exclusive hire only Maldivian getaway that can offer a truly unforgettable experience.

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The Unprecedented Luxury of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn

Any fan of Rolls-Royce knows by now that the brand has firmly established itself as the world’s premier luxury automobile manufacturer. But even with the incredibly high expectations associated with the brand in mind, it still seems the 2017 Dawn is a vehicle that continues to raise the bar.
Without compromising on performance, the Dawn—aptly named to be associated with a new beginning—is characterized by a sleek, sensual design that exudes the utmost sense of class and prestige. The vehicle is a perfect embodiment of co-founder Sir Henry Royce’s creed “strive for perfection in everything you do.” At first glance, the attention to detail becomes immediately evident; this is exactly the kind of vehicle the founders of the company could only hope would still be produced in the 21st Century, and the Dawn perfectly combines the timeless aesthetics of the old with the innovative performance capacity of the new.Rolls-Royce Design Goals

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