How a blind date led to an award-winning interior

26 January 2021

For some, the words ‘blind date’ might conjure up feelings of angst and unease, but for the owners of one 49 metre Trinity motor yacht, who had met on a blind date, it was nothing but love. With such a romantic moniker, Blind Date would require an equally romantic interior to match, a task that was awarded to the US design studio of Patrick Knowles

Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, the owner wanted to capture that the charm of the glitzy 1940s throughout the interior. And unlike a blind date, guests would feel only peace and total relaxation during their stay on board.

Images: Alexis Andrews

A plush, open-plan saloon greets guests through sliding aft doors with a lounge and formal dining table for eight, separated from one another by a low-slung, handstitched leather cabinet. Silvery textiles catch the light as it filters through large rectangular windows, and are paired with a cool and understated palette of muted blues and greys.

The eye is drawn to a chandelier that sits proudly above the dining table, before focusing on a statement floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet that lies beyond, separating the saloon from the main foyer and providing the perfect backdrop to fine evening dining. 

Blind Date can sleep up to 12 guests divided among five staterooms, including an impressive split-level, full-beam master suite, specially configured at the request of the owner. This was a first for Trinity. Positioned forward on the main deck, the space has its own private observation lounge on the upper level, offers 280-degree views granted by wraparound windows. The remaining guest accommodation can be found on the lower deck comprised of three doubles and a twin with two Pullman berths.

The cherry on top is a blissful resort deck, named as such by the owner for its chic, South Beach resort vibe. A custom mosaic Jacuzzi takes centre stage, surrounded by curved sofas, oversized sunpads, and a shaded bar serving drinks all day long.

Blind Date scooped a Judges’ Special Commendation at the 2010 World Superyacht Awards a year after she hit the water, acknowledging the new layout of the master suite and superior build quality thanks to its all-American design team.