Lurssen – Solemates
Lurssen’s 2010 launch, Solemates, offers a prime example of the German builder’s renown for classy, customised finishes both inside and out
Solemates, whose current owner upgraded to a 60-metre Lürssen from his previous yacht, was delivered at the end of July 2010. Solemates is a very voluminous yacht, like her predecessors as Arkley and Linda Lou. Her exterior design was handled by Espen Oeino, famed for providing the sleek exterior design on such yachts as Silver and Silver Zwei, as well as a series of yachts that includes several Lurssens. Solemates is dominated by sleek, curved features, which have been extended throughout the whole yacht.
Glade Johnson, who is responsible for the interior design, has created generous and warm areas, in which the design mixes inviting woods and textures. The design concept has been described as “squared”, as it is based on a strong use of pure rectilinear shapes and strong horizontal lines, which define the form, furniture and décor of Solemates. Glade Johnson has handled the interior design work on such yachts as the Feadships Double Haven and Andiamo – both based in the Asia-Pacific.
Entering the yacht through the main entrance, this squared concept immediately becomes apparent. There is the main staircase, which connects all three decks, as well as the sun deck, which is surrounded by an outstanding, Wenge-covered, square-design. This three-storey grid wall contains inset panes of interesting, beautifully textured art glass and mirror. The space in the middle of the foyer is reserved for an aesthetic and well-lit sculpture.
The layout follows a tried and tested pattern found in many of Lürssen’s 60-metre yachts. The main foyer leads aft into the main saloon and dining area. The dining area can be separated by sliding doors, thus offering guests a way to have a very formal experience, or a to have a slightly more casual meal. The lighting in the dining area was achieved by means of 18 lamps arranged in groups of six, with square parchment shades. This allows for lighting to be set as desired by dinner guests, while adding an air of modernity to the classic styling prevalent in the dining area.
Aft of the dining area is the main saloon. Here, one finds plenty of seating and relaxation space, with big sofas and armchairs literally inviting one to take a seat. This is also the space where the ethos on the interior realizes its ambition of being both intimate and practical. Perhaps that’s because Solemates’ owners are repeat superyacht owners. The TV that is placed on the port side doesn’t retract like most other TVs on modern superyachts. Rather, on Solemates, the TV has simply been framed to make it a part of the décor.
The main saloon provides some geometric contrast with the angular themes of Solemates, with an arcing aft end. Here, curves become more prominent, with settees and chairs set against the rounded aft windows. From the main deck saloon, one can continue to the main aft deck al fresco dining area.
Walking forward from the main foyer you enter the owner’s private accommodation through sliding doors. Solemates will certainly give guests a feeling of luxury and tranquility, but for the owner, this yacht has the potential to be an inner sanctum. Rather than a simple room, there is a discrete owners’ area, complete with a private study.
Moving through the owner’s hallway and passing this study, one enters into the full beam owner’s suite. The bed has been set to one side to allow for a very large seating area and reading corner. The bed, to portside, is set against the reading/lounging area on starboard side. Full height windows let in plenty of light. From here, the owner can enjoy a day on the water and still look after the business in the morning or early evening. A crew-access point just at the beginning of the owner’s area hallway allows for discrete service in the off hours.
Moving forward of the owner’s bedroom, one enters the main owner’s bathroom, a very impressive affair. The owner’s bathroom is dominated by the centre whirlpool tub and the glass-walled, two-person shower fitted with a multitude of shower heads, rain bars and aromatherapy steam functions. One could easily spend a day lounging about the owner’s cabin. The bathroom is on the starboard side, while to port is a huge dressing area. This gives the owner to turn up for any social occasion, perhaps while moored in a luxurious marina, in exactly the right style.
Throughout Solemates owner and guest areas, Maple Burl is the main wood finish throughout the owner and guest areas with accents in Wenge, Anigré and Ebony/Macassar. All the ceilings are in the same style with off-white squared Majilite panels in the domes and off-white lacquered panels in lower ceiling areas. All carpets are cream colored with a very light texture.
While the owner is certainly treated very well, guests will also have a nice stay onboard. Four equally sized guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The design of the guest cabins is consistent and accented by natural stone surfaces and flooring that are unique to each space. Extra large vertical portholes ensure that much natural light is given to each cabin. A fifth guest/VIP cabin is situated on the upper deck, which is similar in décor to the lower deck cabins.
The upper deck foyer leads aft to the sky lounge, which lives up to its name. Here, guests and owner can soak up tremendous views of the sea while enjoying Solemates’ comforts. Thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows and low setting of the furniture, guests in the skylounge can enjoy 180-degree views of the scenery quite comfortably. A U-shaped bar on the port side offers those wishing a more cerebral experience a place to hide. If you wish to take your enlightened state into gambling mode, a card/games table is also available.
Guests wishing to have even more of a view can take in the scenery from the upper deck’s very large aft al-afresco area. A circular table with seating for eight offers casual dining with a open view, while settees and chairs on the sides give added lounging space.
Perhaps the most interesting touch on Solemates is the top deck, which features the yacht’s funkiest attributes. Winding up on the circular staircase from the upper aft deck, guests will find themselves in a large sunbathing area aft that heads forward to yet another dining area. This top-most area is covered by the aft overhang roof, for the best views and comfortable dining.
Opening up the entrance, one goes forward to a gymnasium that can be quickly converted into a discotheque.
With sliding doors, the gymnasium opens up to the forward sundeck area, with more lounges, a bar with comfy ‘captain-style chairs’ surrounding, a raised Jacuzzi surrounded by sunpads – here, the party can’t help but be wet. With the iPad that guests receive, which controls the entertainment and climate control functions of Solemates, a good time is sure to be had.
One of the keys to having a good charter yacht is a happy captain and crew, with relatively easy maintenance and relatively little of it at that. In this, Lurssen’s experience and quality build shines through. The bridge and captain's cabin and ship’s office are forward of the upper deck foyer. This state-of-the-art bridge offers the latest technology. A sofa at the aft end of the wheelhouse has been installed to please those with an engineering bent while underway.
The yacht is very well laid-out to ensure that the crew can service the yacht in the best manner. The galley has plenty of storage space and is located on the main deck on the port side, adjacent to the dining area. This makes serving guests with top-flight creations easy and fast. There are seven crew cabins located on the lower deck, with the crew mess and storage areas located on the tank deck, offering plenty of space for the crew to live and do their work.
Solemates is powered by two Caterpillar engines of 1,455 kW each and will reach a top speed of 15.5 knots with a range of 7,000 nautical miles. Advanced sound and vibration-reduction features guarantee an extremely quiet running yacht. The yacht is fitted with zero speed stabilisers, and has been built to be very comfortable on the water.
From the engine room, a watertight door gives access to the tender garage, which has large shell doors on either side. One tender on each side as well as a large selection of sports equipment that includes jet skis and Sea Bobs are stored here. The emergency rescue tender is located at the bow and launched by articulated crane. From the bathing platform you have direct access to the professionally equipped dive room. A shower is integrated in the aft door for swimmers to shower off the salt water. In all, charter guests aboard Solemates will get to know the quality of Lurssen builds, and also get to know what it takes to own a good charter yacht.