Superyacht RoMa: understated elegance on a large scale

16 January 2015 • Written by Roger Lean-Vercoe

The 62 metre _RoMa _is the second motor yacht launched from the newly established Viareggio-based shipyard Viareggio Superyachts (VSY), conceived by naval architect Angelo Arnaboldi and yacht designer Espen Oeino.

Others who helped bring the yacht to fruition include owner’s representative Markus Hanny of Diham Capital Management & Consulting, German yachting consultant and surveyor Stefan Zucker of Zucker and Partner, and Katharina Raczek of interior design company Newcruise.

Their input has resulted in a stunning vessel. RoMa’s deck is divided into three distinct areas. In the centre is a well-equipped gymnasium. Aft is an open-plan deck, where outdoor furniture can be arranged to suit a variety of occasions, with the exception of alfresco dinners, which are a function of the deck below the upper deck. Sheltered by the sun deck overhang, this is an intimate place to dine that offers the possibility of cocktails and after-dinner activities in the adjacent upper saloon.

The main deck aft is equipped with loose furniture compatible with its roles as a sports and relaxation area. From here, stairs descend to the large teak-decked area that hinges open from the stern.

The sun deck

The interior design of RoMa is reduced elegance at its best, making ubiquitous use of pale woods and light materials, offset with darker, contrasting elements. The majority of the furniture, accessories and fittings were designed in house by Newcruise and beautifully constructed by Gehr Interior.

The main saloon is simply but comfortably furnished with a pair of L-shaped white chenille-covered settees and accompanying side tables. Aft, an onyx-topped bar is conveniently positioned in the walnut and ebony-floored entrance lobby, while a circular dining table lies forward. Both walls and furniture conceal complex technology.

Forward of the saloon, on the yacht’s starboard side, is a traditional entrance lobby in which a glass lift shaft rises from the lower deck guest cabin to the bridge deck. Four doors veneered in book-matched burl walnut open off the passageway leading forward from the lobby.

The first opens into a small cinema that also serves as an electronic games room. The three remaining doors open to delightful double cabins that revel in wide views through their huge windows. Equipped with sophisticated audio-visual suites, each has white linen walls with contrasting greens and blues, pale anigre furniture and en suites lined with white Estremos marble. The VIP also has a dressing room.

The mezzanine master suite includes a dressing space and seating area

The master suite is also entered from this passageway. Stairs rise to a mezzanine deck level and a remarkable D-shaped room, with bed to port and sitting area to starboard, looking out over the bows through 180 degrees of windows. Walls are lined with white silk, while on the floor is a luscious long-tufted white silk carpet. Just aft of the bedroom is the master bathroom, featuring a bath and combination steam and shower room, while opposite is a spacious dressing room.

The crew quarters on board RoMa are pleasantly sized, and there is a mess room as well as a crew lounge.

Mechanical and technical areas are also very well thought out. On the bridge, the Kongsberg control and navigation system includes a full ECDIS system, radars with chart overlays, a conning screen and system monitor. In pride of place on the dashboard is the dynamic positioning system that links the extremely quiet Brunvoll bowthruster and the Schottel pump-jet sternthruster with the rudders.

Notably, RoMa holds the RINA Green Star Gold Plus and ABS ES classification in recognition of its environmentally friendly equipment aboard, including the Biodisk Sewage Treatment plant.

_RoMa _is currently listed for sale with Edmiston.

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