The yacht benefits from a selection of unique interior and exterior innovations, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who step on board. With Mystère, it is fair to say that we first met and then exceeded expectations.
Mystère's owner has a preference for volume in length rather than beam. This has given the yacht both the space and the capacity for easy globetrotting. The low centre of gravity optimises Mystère's seaworthiness and power. She sails equally well in the light airs of the Med as on lengthy ocean-going passages.
The lifting keel allows a reduction in draft from 5.75 metres (19 ft) to 3.75 metres (12 ft), combining access to shoal water with excellent sailing characteristics and stability. The powerful sail plan includes a fully battened mainsail on a Leisure Furl Boom from Marten Spars, a jib and staysail on furlers, as well as a Code 1 and an asymmetric spinnaker.
Clean and Lean
The concept for Mystère was to keep the decks as clean and uncluttered as possible. Her exterior styling is characterised by a low pilothouse on a flush deck, with hidden captive winches, under-deck leads for safety, and clear walkways. The main cockpit is sunk below deck level inside a coaming, affording protection yet retaining clear views forward from the wheel. A separate owner's cockpit aft doubles serves as a private terrace, with direct access to the owner's suite. A full cockpit cover can be set or hidden away at will.
The owner's 'modernist ideals' are reflected in the layout, with the distinction between interior and exterior spaces being expressly blurred. For example, the teak deck continues uninterrupted through the saloon windscreen without a visible frame or upstand. This creates the illusion of a flowing deck from interior to exterior, with the roof floating above.
While the design philosophy and lightweight construction required a bare minimum of detailing, the owner still desired a rich, dark and sophisticated interior ambiance. To achieve this balance of modernity and comfort, a rich flat-grain cherrywood was used throughout. This gives a strong modern structure to the bulkheads and furniture, the warmth of which counterbalances the high-contrast materials elsewhere.
The lower deck layout is calm and symmetrical, with carefully planned sightlines and focal points which lead you through the yacht. There is comfortable and flexible accommodation for six to seven guests and six crewmembers. The upper saloon is a magnificent social area offering a 360-degree panorama. This vast light and open area is divided into intimate seating and dining areas, with a bar to port. The navigation area sees carefully matched instrumentation integrated in leather panels, complete with custom leather helm seats.
Comfort and Space
The owner's stateroom takes up the full beam aft of the yacht and includes two double beds. A double bathroom and 'walk in' wardrobe further enhance the sense of grandeur in this lovely area. An intimate raised seating area saddles the interface between the bedroom and the owner's private cockpit. The aft bulkhead in glass floods the bedroom with light, providing sightlines to the exterior and dramatically increasing the feeling of space.
The Finishing Touches
Mystère benefits from the fabulous finishing that makes every Vitters yacht a treat for the eyes. Soles are the darkest wide-planked Indian rose wood, which wraps up the skirting. A discrete stainless steel trim captures the light and defines the floor boundary, making the floor feel even wider than it is. Furniture tops are finished with dark leather inserts, offering contrast with the pale minimalist window linings and deckheads. Custom polished stainless steel lights, switches, lights and milled flat stainless steel handrails are integrated seamlessly into furniture, resembling jewellery on a black evening dress.
Every high performance sailing yacht with a relatively shallow bottom presents engineers with a challenge to ensure that equipment and machinery can be properly serviced. On Mystère smart thinking prevails throughout and access for maintenance is assured. The second challenge was to make the yacht as quiet as possible without adding too much weight. Mystère sets a new standard in achieving low noise levels in a lightweight vessel with a lightweight interior.
Design Tripp Design Naval Architecture
Interior Design Rhoades Young
Owners' Representative Jens Cornelsen Yacht Consultant
Length over all 43.2 meter (140 ft)
Length waterline 38.5 meter (126 ft)
Beam 8.8 meter (29 ft)
Draught 3.75 meter (12 ft) / with lifting keel 5.75 meter (19 ft)
Ballast 40 ton
Displacement lightship 190 ton
Superstructure Carbon on foam core
Exterior paint system Sikkens with Awl-Grip top coat
Hull: Majestic Blue / Superstructure: Bright Silver Metallic
Classification Lloyd's SSC + 100 A1