One of the noteworthy new yachts at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show was E & E, a vessel that belongs to an experienced yachtsman who really knew what he wanted out of his new yacht. The starting point for the design and construction of E & E was the owner’s previous boat, his beloved Vripak-designed 126-foot yacht Jasmin.
E & E
’s Turkish owner was aboard during the show, providing insight into the project that occupied him and designers Vripack for a few months. “Having a yacht is something of a hobby, I know, but this does not imply that the approach to the project shouldn’t be 100-percent professional,” he says. “
E & E
was conceived when I decided to revisit Jasmin, a yacht my family and I enjoyed very much together. I wanted an even more comfortable yacht, able to safely navigate everywhere, taking special care of functionality and livability so that my family and guests—also charter guests—could spend wonderful holidays on board.”
Built to ABS class and compliant to MCA’s LY2 code, E & E has a sturdy, powerful exterior design that dresses up a contemporary interior by Art-Line. “We used Jasmin as a starting point and further developed her concept and huge volumes typical of the explorer yacht,” Bart Bouwhuis, Vripack’s director of design, says. “The hull is based on Vripack’s 50 years of experience, and we spent weeks in the basin testing, analyzing and optimizing the hull geometry until we got the result we aimed for.”
Turkish builder Cizgi Yacht, based in Tuzla, came up with the idea of adding a composite wheelhouse to the steel hull and aluminum superstructure, an innovation that lowers the center of gravity and ensures stability both at sea and at anchor. The characteristic that best exemplify E & E’s philosophy is the relationship between performance at sea and an optimized use of exterior and interior areas. An unusual and intelligent layout is the key to a great quality of life on board. Four decks, plus a small sun deck, serve different purposes. The main deck also is the owner’s deck. Its imposing full-beam stateroom is adjacent to the lounge and dining areas, designed to offer various options to socialize or relax. The upper deck is the guests’ deck with four panoramic suites, two of which open directly onto the exterior deck. Forward is a sweeping living room that doubles as a game room, while astern is a large terrace with open-air lounging and dining areas. The deck above is the captain’s quarters with a cabin featuring incredible views just a few steps behind the wheelhouse. Forward of the wheelhouse is a cozy lounging area mostly dedicated to the crew. The tenders are housed on this deck behind faux funnels that conceal stairs ascending to a small, Jacuzzi-equipped sun deck offering a tranquil spot for sunbathing or for sipping a cocktail at sunset.
The concept of quality of life on board extends to the crew. Their quarters occupy the lower-deck section usually dedicated to guest accommodations. E & E is an oceangoing yacht and there is plenty of storage, walk-in fridges and service areas to comfortably face the longest crossing. Particularly noteworthy is a huge storage area, forward of the crew quarters, which we have not seen on even much bigger yachts.
The interior decoration enhances the livability of all spaces. Art-Line’s Frank Pieterse and Marylin Bos-de Vaal worked closely with the owners to develop an enjoyable atmosphere. Luxury and functionality go arm in arm in a timeless décor that marries glossy/cold materials with matte/soft ones, glass and carpets, steel and leather, and mixes curved and orthogonal shapes.
E & E’s exterior is as functional as her interior. Large lounging areas on all decks, walkarounds on both upper and bridge decks, and large side corridors on the main deck help enjoy sea views and provide easy movement when the yacht is under way.
In only 138 feet (42 meters), Vripack, Cizgi Yacht, Art-Line and the owners packed in the type of amenities found on megayachts. ■
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LOA: 138ft. (42.09m)
Beam: 30ft. (9.15m)
Draft: 8ft. 10in. (2.72m)
Construction: Steel hull/aluminum superstructure
Hull type: Displacement
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 Acerts
Propulsion power: 2 x 750 hp
Propellers: 2 x nibral Teignbrige
Speed (max): 14 knots
Speed (cruising); 11 knots
Range @ cruising: about 4,500nm
2 x Kohler 8oEFOZD @ 80kW
+ 1 x Kohler 50EFOZD @ 50 kW
Exterior styling: Vripack
Interior design (guests): Art-Line
Naval architect: Endaze Engineering
Number of guest cabins: 5 to 6
Number of guests: 12
Crew cabins: 7
Classification: ABS, Maltese Cross, +A1, Maltese Cross AMS
Stabilizers: Quantum QC-1200 ZeroSpeed
Builder: Cizgi Yacht, Istanbul