Spotlight: Lady May’s turntable saloon swivels 360° for the best view

14 April 2021

Lady May is one of just a few all-aluminium motor yachts flaunting a Feadship badge. Delivered in 2014 as Como, the 19-knot head-turner pairs a striking silver hull with an award-winning interior courtesy of design studio RWD.

The main saloon was designed as an extension of the aft deck instead of the other way around. "In most boats the saloon just doesn’t get used," says designer Justin Redman. "The owner rarely uses the interior dining area so the exercise was to make the saloon space multifunctional, opening it up to the aft deck or making it cosy for watching a movie."

A semi-circular sofa and two sink-in armchairs take centre stage. Often, when you enter a saloon from the stern you see the back of a piece of furniture. On Lady May, the entire seating area, including the coffee table and carpet, can rotate 360 degrees on a cushion of compressed air to face the aft deck, the bar, the 82-inch TV, the dining table or anywhere else. If the view moves, guests can move with it.

When entertaining guests, a sit-up bar spills over from the saloon to the aft deck and can be used come rain or shine. When the aft doors are fully open, the window that bisects the bar disappears too to create a single indoor-outdoor space. 

Everywhere in the boat the potential for outside views is maximised, and this reaches its apex in the owner’s suite, where dark glass wraps the superstructure port and starboard and sweeps around the front, creating a room with substantial views. Of course, given the high bow and bulwarks mandated for dryness and seakeeping, the effect would have been lost except to those standing.

The answer was a six metre-long window cut into the bulwarks on either side that sits flush with the metal. That way primary guests on board can enjoy sea views without even stepping out of bed.

An external helm station is found on the upper deck along with al fresco dining and a bar sheltered by a hardtop. On cooler evenings, the space can be protected by a series of curved windows that slide upwards so guests can enjoy sunset dining without having to sacrifice the view.

Lady May’s naval architecture and exterior design was penned by Dubois Naval Architects, with slender lines that hint at her highly efficient hull design.