Hakvoort Shipyard, working in close cooperation with Ocean Independence & Ocean Management has delivered the 125-foot (38.25-meter) Soprano to her first-time owners.
With an exterior designed by Diana Yacht Design and an interior by Felix Buytendijk, Soprano stands as a testimony to the luxuries and comfort available on a fully custom yacht of premium Dutch pedigree. Built to exacting specifications of LY3 code, the delightful Soprano is also a welcomed addition to the large-yacht luxury charter market.
Soprano has classical aesthetics and a striking canoe stern—a key element of the owners’ brief. Having previously fallen in love with Sagamar and Spada—both also traditionally designed Hakvoorts—they sought to create their very own.
The delivery of a yacht such as Soprano showcases the family owned yard’s ability to compete using the very latest systems and top-notch facilities to launch a first-class product. A closer look at her classical profile reveals a plethora of ingenious contemporary elements within the soft lines, folds and curves.
“Soprano is a real gentleman’s yacht, blending the timeless beauty of our maritime tradition with lots of modern touches,” says director Albert Hakvoort Jr. “She provides an excellent performance at sea, is exceptionally quiet and is superbly finished: the quality of the materials – the finest marbles and woods – is as important as the seamless way in which they have been fitted together. The owners asked us to create the full package for them – and Soprano certainly delivers."
The clients were highly involved in the build. Soprano is their first superyacht, and the fact that they chose Hakvoort is considered by the yard a true testament to the brand's pedigree. They wanted Soprano to be suitable for charter, knowing they would not be able to use their yacht all the time, and didn't want her sitting idle for long periods. Accordingly, she has three staterooms in addition to the master suite: a full-beam VIP suite and two guest staterooms—with one offering a Pullman bed recessed in the ceiling—and ensuite bathrooms.
The interior is understated in tone and color, spanning rich mahogany, white lacquer and a single type of natural stone: limestone.
“Like myself, the owners prefer unassuming elegance to flashy designs,” Buytendijk explains. “The same combination of colours and materials is found throughout the interior, in the main stateroom, guest areas and lounges, based on a philosophy that any boat below 60 metres should have a unified style.”
The stairs from the guest area come up directly into Soprano’s main deck lounge, as her engine is located amidships. A large pop-up TV screen is concealed in the stairway board. Salon and dining are separated by a low divider delivering a separate yet open feel. The dining room has loads of concealed storage space, ideal for charter.
“The sky lounge is more informal and clearly characterized by a New England beach house style,” Buytendijk adds. “When it’s opened to the aft deck, it creates a single coherent area, with the same furniture inside and out.”
The teak-soled sundeck is quite large for this size of yacht, and includes a hot tub, barbecue and bar. A dumbwaiter coming up from the galley also stops on the bridge deck aft behind a panel.
Ideal for global bluewater cruising and available for charter in the Mediterranean through Ocean Independence, the yacht provides ample accommodation and amenities for 9 guests and 7 crew. With her attractive profile and classic lines and built to the highest standards by Hakvoort Shipyard, Soprano boasts plenty of personality and should be a perfect yacht to relax with family and friends.
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