Tim Chang travelled to Miami for the US debut of the Primadonna series with the shipyard’s newly appointed director of marketing, Andrew Chang, an executive from Hong Kong. The energetic duo kept busy during the show, hosting a constant flow of visitors. Indeed, the 127 IAG tri-deck generated quite a bit of buzz, party because at the special show price of US$10.5 million, the fully-equipped twin screw diesel competes, price-wise, with boats nearly half its size.
Captain Doug Hoogs, who handles sales in the Americas, handled the delicate task of manoeuvring the beamy semi-displacement yacht into its spot near the south end of the Yacht & Brokerage Show. The yacht’s wing stations and bow thrusters helped.
Hoogs, whose long and distinguished career in the yachting industry has included managing numerous new builds and refits, had been touting the merits of this new 127 for several months already. Yet, very little can match the experience of actually wlaking through and cruising aboard this yacht. And so, Hoogs was duly pleased that IAG Yachts agreed to ship Primadonna to Florida, so that the American clientele could see first-hand what the new shipyard was able to produce. The RINA-classed vessel, which is certified for unrestricted navigation, was built with charter in mind. The lower-deck accommodations (two staterooms with twin beds and two with queen beds) are spacious and well-distributed around the landing at the bottom of the spiral stairs that connect all guest areas. A separate staircase links the crew accommodations to the bridge deck and the sun deck, providing separate traffic patterns for guests and crew.
Perhaps the most impressive area of the yacht is the exceptionally voluminous full-beam master stateroom. Located forward of the main deck, it boasts phenomenal ceiling height, which accounts in part for the yacht’s imposing presence when seen from the outside. An office, spacious ensuite bathroom with bathtub and walk-in wardrobe complete the suite. Skylights overhead can be dimmed at the flick of a switch. Surround sound and a 46-inch LCD TV screen, concealed behind a mirror, are suitable additions on a yacht built by the division of an audiovisual conglomerate. In fact, the yacht features top-of-the-line sound and video equipment throughout. A sixth stateroom with great views is located on the bridge deck and could easily be converted to a gym.
The captain also enjoys a nice stateroom with high ceilings and ensuite bathroom, just off the wheelhouse. It may be oriented differently on future hulls to allow designers to deepen the wheelhouse a bit, maximising views through practical, vertical windows. The rest of the crew, up to eight people, enjoys attractive lower-deck cabins with small opening portholes.