A particular point of interest is the central stairway and atrium the connect all three decks in a manner unique in the yachting world. Ezralow enlisted the help of Based Upon, a firm that has a proprietary technique that involves “painting” metal alloys in such a way as to create a thin veneer of metallic finish to a surface. The results sparkle for themselves – the staircase shimmers when lit by its recessed lighting. This was in keeping with a design ethic that imbues a celestial ambience into the yacht.
Above all, the owner wanted a home on the water, not the feeling of being on a boat. This certainly prompted such design choices as having a fire place in the master cabin. As it happens, the Russian owner is a regular participant in regattas around the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and Celestial Hope was to be the home away from home on tour. In fact, the owner only decided to put the boat into the charter market late in the build process, which means a lucky chartering family can make use of a master cabin well beyond the norm on charter-oriented yachts.
The master cabin, located on the bridge deck facing aft and making use of the full beam of the boat, is a self-sufficient chamber. In addition to the fireplace, there is a built-in bar and fridge, which disappear into the panelling. A pop-up flatscreen TV is positioned at the foot of bed for lazy timewasting. The adjoining bathroom, located behind the head of the bed, is accessed from either side of the main cabin, and features a bespoke, egg-shaped bathtub and Venetian-style mirrors. Add to all this Celestial Hope’s central entertainment library of 400 DVDs and CDs, and you get the feeling that you could spend quite a bit of time tucked away in the master.
Other guests will not be disappointed however. Each of the remaining five cabins have a seasonal theme and colours to match. Every cabin has an ensuite with marble finishes, a desk area for laptop use and flatscreen TVs that use Celestial Hope’s video library.
The main dining area features a bespoke wooden table built to recall the grain and look of railway sleepers. The upholstery on the chairs is finished in satin, which lends to the total comfort on the boat and is one of those hidden luxuries that become apparent only when you touch it. The owner’s artwork collection graces the dining room, as with other areas of the boat, and Ezralow points out that the framing of such works was a key factor in the design.
In the main saloon, as with the dining area and master cabin, bespoke furniture is everywhere. The lightness of the walls and furniture are offset with dark wood flooring, which, according to Ezralow, serves to make the furniture and carpets “pop-up” and become more vibrant. It also works to increase the field of depth, making the interiors of Celestial Hope seem bigger. The main doors in the saloon can be opened up to the very substantial aft deck, which creates a huge indoor-outdoor party and entertainment area.
Adding in the toys
As Celestial Hope did finally become a for-charter vessel, there are plenty of options for guests to choose from. A media room has been added into the layout on the main deck, which features a cinema, library and office space for the guest unable (or unwilling) to quite let go of the outside world. Broadband wireless internet and a VSAT communications hook up will keep everyone on top of the rest of the world. Comfy settees and a surround-sound audio system ensure plenty of cinematic pleasure after a day on the water.
For the water sports enthusiasts, there are the two Sea-Doos up front, plus a 6.4-metre tender in the aft garage. Scuba diving gear is available, plus a stand-up wave runner and a pair of SeaBobs. After all that is done, Celestial Hope features a couple of great ways to unwind. On the lower deck, just forward of the swim pad at the transom, is a specially-designed Hamman, or Turkish-style steam room/bathing area. Add to that the fact that Celestial Hope’s crew includes two masseuses, who will set up massage tables on the sun deck for open-air spa treatments (placid music included), and you get a very chilled experience indeed.
Celestial Hope features a semi-planing hull, which lets her reach speeds of up to 27 knots. Despite this, the yacht still has ocean-crossing capability, with a range of up to 3400 nautical miles at 12 knots. More importantly for the owner, who intended to have his yacht follow him island-hopping in the Caribbean while competing in various regattas, the speedy nature of Celestial Hope will get charter guests to and from secluded hideaways in time for an evening at some posh resort.
Celestial Hope is powered by twin turbocharged MTU 4000 16V engines, which yield a very quick cruising speed of 18 knots. With her performance standards, charter guests can take in several anchorages in one day, or cover some serious ground to get to more out-of-the-way spots. She is also a quiet runner, with a recorded sound level of 66 decibels in the main saloon.
Putting it all together, Celestial Hope offers potential charterers a very inviting getaway. The clean elegance of her interiors, with so much focus on a luxurious touch threaded into the airy beach house feel, will leave you feeling as if you touched the heavens. The speedy performance and large sundecks are sure to please the nautically minded, while a capable crew, recruited by Nakhimov Yachts, will tend to every need under the stars.
For chartering: www.mycelestialhope.com
Technical Specifications – Celestial Hope
Maximum beam: 9m
Tonnage: less than 500 GT
Displacement at half load: 265 tns
Maximum speed (50% load): 24 kts
Range at 12 knots: 3400 NM
Fuel capacity: 68.8 m3
Fresh water: 16.2 m3
Hull type: Twin propeller motor yacht, hard chine semi-displacement
Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Omega Architects
Interior Designer: Life Styles Interiors
Classification: ABS X A1 Yachting Service AMS
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Main engines: 2 × MTU 16V 4000 M90
Maximum power: 2× 2.720 kW
Gearbox: 2× ZF 7550
Generators: 2× Kilo-pak
Power: 2× 99 kW, 50Hz three phase 230/400V
Stabilizing at anchor: VT Naiad, type 720 with 2 fins