Published in: Friday, 06 May 2011
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ISA - Mary-Jean II

Famed Italian superyacht builder ISA launched the first of its new 60-metre series with the stunning Mary-Jean II, a yacht that instantly became popular on the charter market thanks to the warm welcome on-board and the brilliant spaces up top

Italian superyacht builder International Shipyards Ancona (ISA) made a quite a name for themselves with the introduction of a series of superyachts that employed long stair cases that connected the entire aft end of their yachts, from the swim pad right up to the sun deck. Though there was some sacrifice of space, these staircases created a unique look that found favour with sun worshipers and lovers of the sleek, rounded look of these yachts.

Last year, however, ISA broke with its own conventions with the launch of a new series of 50+ metre superyachts, starting with the 61.7 metre Mary-Jean II, which did not have that trademark staircases. What has been kept in this family-friendly charter yacht, is an attention to detail and fine Italian styling that continues to mark ISA’s launches. The original Mary-Jean is a 49-metre Campanella, in very traditional styling – the Mary-Jean II is not only a step up in size, but a step out in style.

Starting with external appearances, ISA and the owner made a well-considered decision on hull and superstructure colour – Aristo Blue for the hull coupled with Oyster White on the superstructure. The result is a striking look that is both modern and classically elegant. It is a look that suggests forward motion even when the yacht is at rest.

The engineering and naval architecture are made in-house by ISA while the English designer Mark Berryman is responsible of the warm and welcoming interior decoration.

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Mary-Jean II was designed with the charter market in mind, but that doesn’t mean that she is cold or impersonal – quite the contrary. Although the yacht has been busy on charters, as well as welcoming owner and guests, the feeling when you step aboard is that of a family-friendly environment. The owner has also graced Mary-Jean II with selections from his art collection, with pieces ranging from classical to the pop-modernistic work of luminaries such as Andy Warhol.

The extensive use of light grained, satin finished woods such as teak, bamboo and wengé, in combination with light fabric panels and contrasting marble or carpet inserts in the floors, sustains an atmosphere of substantial comfort. Add to this the imaginative use of large windows everywhere and encouragement to relax is guaranteed for owners and guests alike.  

Mary-Jean II boasts two saloons, both decorated with contemporary furniture and clean joinery. One is on the main deck and one is on the upper deck. The main saloon features a big table forward seating 16 people offset by serving cabinets in a contrasting wengè wood which is used also for the chair frames, whose seats are in soft white fabric. This area is separated by a central column, which conceals a large TV from the aft lounge. The dining area is a much more formal place, suitable for entertaining a potential client or enjoying a five-star, three-course meal, courtesy the yacht’s on-board chef. Once that’s done, the rest of the main saloon awaits, with a mixture of colours, textures and shapes that have been used by Berryman to create a unified design theme throughout the yacht, but that also reflects the purpose of each social area.

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On the upper saloon, one finds a more relaxing area, perfectly suited for an evening of chilled fun after a day in the sun. Everyone will love the cinema feature, which consists of a six-foot wide movie screen that descends from the ceiling deckhead, with a projector located behind viewers’ heads. Here, everyone can relax with a selection of 2500 movies dialled up on the yacht’s Kaleidoscope audio/visual system.

Guests ready to retire have plenty of options. Mary-Jean II accommodates up to 12 guests divided into seven cabins – the main deck master room, four double cabins in lower deck of which two twins feature Pullman beds, one guest suite in main deck, and one VIP suite in upper deck. Most of these cabins are accessed via a centrally-aligned passageway, punctuated by a marble-floored main entrance lobby on the starboard side.

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A giant master cabin, almost 100 square metres in size, includes a fully-mirrored dressing room with vanity, a long free-standing deck and a large en-suite bathroom. The homespun feeling of the master is accented by the use of warm woods and art pieces selected by the owner. There is also an abundance of fine furnishings – including armchairs, a sofa and a recliner – that add to the warmth. Anticipating the need to stay in touch with the outside world, a very large and well-equipped private office has been included just off the master.

The accent is also on outside living: Mary-Jean II features seating areas and bars outside on each deck offering plenty of room for conversation, entertainment and dancing. The outside areas indulge comfort as well boasting huge spaces that allows the owner and his guests, or charter guests, to enjoy open air in some fantastic location.

The large sun deck is divided into several areas: forward in a raised area is a large pool surrounded by a sunbathing area protected by glass panels for port to starboard. Amidships is a marbled-topped bar on port side and a day head to starboard and under the radar arch two fixed square tables in varnished teak made such as to accept an extension of equal size for seating up to 14 people. Buffets on both sides of the deck provide perfect service facilities. Moreover, there is a day head and a shower for guests. In short, you could easily spend the whole day on the sun deck, soaking up views and enjoying cocktails in total luxury.

 

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