Yacht Class n°22 (sept-oct-nov 2020)
Both classic and contemporary, both in her exterior and interior style, this Majesty 140, unveiled last year at the Monaco Yacht Show, is distinguished by a decoration, which essentially uses the grey colour, available in several shades. The result is a soothing and classy atmosphere that certainly does not lack elegance!
Written by: Philippe Leblond – Photos : All rights reserved
Pending the completion of the next flagship, the 175 (approximately 53 m), the new 140 feet (43 m), presented in European premiere at the last Monaco Yacht Show, ranks second in the Majesty fleet behind the current standard-bearer, the 155 (47 m), launched in 2017. This new tri-deck yacht was created and designed in-house by the yard’s architects and designers. However, it should be noted that it constitutes the first collaboration of Cristiano Gatto, famous signature in the field of superyacht, regarding interior design. He was also the one who undertook the design of the all-new Majesty 120, which was meant to be launched at the Dubai International Boat Show, and the future 175 scheduled for 2021.
A style that is both contemporary and timeless
It was therefore at the Monaco Yacht Show that journalists were invited to set foot on the last flagship of Gulf Craft, a Dubai shipyard that chose to highlight the Italian designer Cristiano Gatto. This justified the latter taking the floor, well surrounded in the vast cockpit of this new 140-footer whose interior he designed: “I am a little moved because this collaboration was built on a mutual friendship. I have not only discovered a yard dedicated to tailor-made work, but a real family. And I think it shows through the yachts we produce. We have two interior plans for this very large boat that is entirely built on site: light woods, marbles, materials with different textures The lighting has been studied to create different atmospheres”. Let’s discover this Majesty 140, which is already number three and whose decoration corresponds to the US market.
And what is striking, beyond the living space, both generous and harmonious, is a certain uniformity of decoration, all in shades of grey. The result, no doubt somewhat monochrome, is indisputably elegant. An aesthetic choice that blends happily with the exterior style of the Majesty 140, which is based on a certain classicism and should be freed from passing time. From the cockpit to the living room on the main deck, you go from blond teak to grey parquet with the best effect, partly covered by a large light and dark grey carpet, coordinated with the furniture (sofas, armchairs, tables, storage, etc.) in the same colours. Thanks to the large bay windows, daylight largely illuminates and the impression of space is impressive. Taking advantage of the large width of the 140 (more than eight meters), the dining room offers a long table for 12 guests. This is good because the kitchen, whose entrance is in the immediate vicinity, is worthy of that of a Michelin-starred chef. The gangway located on the starboard side heads towards the owner’s suite. Because of its surface and its luxury, the latter is worthy of larger yachts.
Ample, elegant, it has of course a dressing room worthy of the name, a desk and a small terrace for sunbathing, overlooking the sea, away from any other occupant of this yacht. But, the piece of bravery is undoubtedly the bathroom, huge and dressed in very beautiful marbles … grey, it goes without saying. Large windows insulate the shower and bath, as well as the sinks and toilets.
At 10 knots, she can cross the Atlantic
Let’s turn around to descend the beautiful staircase that leads to the lower deck, where the guests and sailors are accommodated. The latter’s cabins, three in number, are accessible by another staircase. The guest area guarantees first-rate comfort, whether in the two cabins with twin beds or the two VIP with double beds. Each one benefits from its private bathroom, we did not expect otherwise, and large portholes for the sea view. Two levels higher, there is first the captain’s space, whose beautiful double-bed cabin communicates directly with the wheelhouse with reverse windshield. The other space is devoted to a large lounge-bar, which opens onto the sundeck where an outdoor dining room and large sofas promise hours of relaxation with a dominant view of the sea, and away from the bustle of docks during stopovers. Let’s stay outside to praise the flydeck, which does not lack charm with its numerous sofas and solariums and its large Jacuzzi, not to mention the bar! And if these places of relaxation are not enough, you can find refuge in the saloon of the foredeck, between the wheelhouse and the jet-ski area with launching crane. Do not forget, on the other hand, under the cockpit, the beach club opening widely onto the large bathing platform, flush with the waves. As for the tender, it is housed in its garage, between the VIP cabins and the engine room. In the latter, two powerful MTU diesels totalling 5 200 horsepower provide a cruising speed of 16 knots (20 max). And, by reducing the speed to 10 knots, the range becomes transatlantic with 4 000 nautical miles.
The interiors meet the customer’s wishes
Of course, in a good yard experienced in “semi-custom” production, Gulf Craft meets the wishes of each shipowner, and the other specimens of the Majesty 140 are very different from that we visited in Monaco. Each one at home!