The prime position of the 85-metre explorer yacht Victorious at the recent 2021 Monaco Yacht Show meant that those who didn’t already know the rip-rolling story behind her build soon did. The construction process flitted between multiple owners and designers for over 14 years until finally, victory was had.
As many saw in Monaco, the rescue mission orchestrated by Victorious’ owner and founder of Turkish yacht builder AK Yachts truly paid off, and what was achieved by H2 Yacht Design, the yard and Michael Leach Design can only be described as a super-stylish home at sea in the form of a more-than-capable superyacht.
Now, the brand-new yacht is available for sale and charter thanks to the help and expertise of the leading brokerage house, Burgess. With many intrigued by what day-to-day life could be like on the mighty Victorious, here are just a few of the delightful design details and key areas that a future owner, charterer and their guests can expect to indulge in during an unforgettable 24-hours on board.
Supreme hang out spots
In the part of the yacht where most would expect to see a sundeck, H2 Yacht Design formed a swanky club-style lounge. It’s an area in which guests can unwind at the end of each day, and make the most of the cigar humidor, glass-fronted wine cellar, angular marble fireplace and curved cream-coloured sofas for evening soirees. For taking some time out to thoroughly enjoy a cigar under the night sky, guests can move to the adjoining aft open-air terrace.
Nearby in the sky lounge, guests can gather upon the seating area for a more intimate occasion, or chill out, drink in hand by the sit-up bar. Styled as an “Ibiza lounge”, the beach-house vibe of the upper main saloon is enhanced by nautical-inspired rope set into the bar and bursts of marine blue across the furnishings. From either space, the wraparound views grant the all-important vistas, and the baby grand piano can be played to perfect the ambience.
If the occasion suits, the helicopter (an AC145 or equivalent) can be boarded from the touch-and-go foredeck helipad reachable from the sky lounge via the walkaround side decks. As this space was built to be multi-purpose, it can also serve as an entertainment platform or a daytime sunbathing spot.
Another firm favourite feature of Victorious is her main-deck cinema room. With deep, plush velvet sofas, a tiered layout and a dark grey interior, this cosy spot is where guests can switch off and be engrossed in one of the latest blockbusters.
As the first owner of Victorious is a family man who has owned a handful of family boats in the Mediterranean, the interior required a child-proof design that didn't fall short of the level of refinement expected of a luxury charter offering. In terms of facilities for the younger ones, the main deck has a children's playroom and the two upper-deck children's cabins can also serve as staff cabins. All of this is evidence of the designer’s efforts to make a yacht that is both functional, beautiful and can stand the test of time.
Guests will find the practical interior remains entirely elegant to form a welcoming villa-esque style with warm natural woods, teak and white oak, and occasional deeper Macassar. Rippled glass, onyx, silver travertine and Calacatta marble add subtle glimmers here and there to promote a relaxed vibe.
The original design lacked a dedicated lower-deck dive store or storage cupboard, which for most, is an essential feature for any big explorer yacht intended to go the distance. As a result, the designers created a well-thought-out area with a storage room for wetsuits and cold weather gear. Once the adventurous guests are good-to-go, two of the yacht’s three tenders – a 12.5m custom limousine catamaran tender (designed by H2 Design) and an 11.5m Fountain 38 tender – can be launched from the main deck aft stowage space. With the tenders off the deck and either moored alongside the yacht or off on an escapade, the main deck aft is a fresh open space that can host anything from a sundown disco, lunchtime buffet to a games or sports event.
The crew are, naturally, more than qualified to be handling the yacht and all her specialities – especially the full-to-the-brim toy store. Here, guests can get to grips with any kind of on-water board, dive deep with the SeaBobs and scuba gear, be ambitious and try their luck fishing, or just have some carefree fun on some of the many inflatables. While these special moments are happening, the one member of the crew who is also a drone pilot can capture it all on camera for guests to keep as a happy keepsake.
Extra-large beach club
One of the first phases of Victorious’ construction oversaw a 6-metre extension of the stern to accommodate an indoor pool in the beach club, along with the addition of a two-metre bowsprit bringing the total length to 85 metres. Since then, the 200-square-metre stylish beach club was further equipped with a wellness centre with the pool decorated with sky-blue mosaic tiles, two lounges and bars, three folding sea terraces, a dedicated gym, a massage and treatment room, a hammam and a beauty salon. For any treatment or spa service, guests can rely on the two crew members who are fully qualified as an expert masseuse and spa therapist and fitness instructor. From here, there is step-free access to an elevator serving all five decks up to the bridge deck.
Able to reach a top speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 13 knots and an explorer yacht range of 14,000nm, Victorious has got the guts to make it across the globe. This is why her charter itinerary is able to cover everything from the Adriatic and West Mediterranean in the summer, to the Indian Ocean in the winter. The 24 guests (12 guests during charters) and 25 crew who get to enjoy such extensive cruising are kept comfortable thanks to her all-new zero-speed stabilisers.
Victorious is listed for sale with an asking price of €125,000,000. For weekly charters, her rates start at €800,000. Any bookings and enquiries can be made directly with her brokers at Burgess by clicking here.
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