- 45m | Perini Navi | 2011
Serendipity I: A Closer Look
Built in 2011 as the Italian yard Perini Navi’s 51st masterpiece, the 45 metre Serendipity I is the ultimate charter yacht for ocean adventures around the world. Currently cruising the Pacific with destinations between the Central American hotspots and Australia within her reach, Serendipity I stands out from other yachts in this region thanks to her breathtaking design and timeless elegance. As the fourth edition in Perini’s successful 45 metre steel-hulled range, she benefits from the knowledge gained by the yard in the construction of this specific vessel, with a few standout features that set her apart from her sisters. The deckhouse roof, for instance, has been lowered to make the presence of the flybridge above less noticeable, giving her more of a sporty and overall balanced appearance.
Serendipity I's naval architecture is the work of Ron Holland in collaboration with Perini Navi. Her 52 metre mast can carry a total surface of 900 square metres of sails and she can reach speeds of up to 13 knots whether under wind or engine power using her single Caterpillar C32 820kW diesel main engine. With a keel that can retract from 8.7 metres to just 3.9 metres, she is the perfect charter yacht for cruising in the Pacific, confidently entering shallow and remote anchorages that other luxury sailing yachts cannot.
Homely, Sophisticated Design
As with the exterior, Perini’s in-house design team are responsible for the interior design of the yacht who created a space that is stylish and modern, yet functional to use daily. A bar area finished in stainless steel is found as you enter the main saloon, with the dining area and lounge placed on opposite sides of the room. Warm colours give the main saloon a homely feel and are paired with contrasting glossy pale ceilings which brighten up the area. The same goes for textures used, and the matt teak floors are combined with high-gloss ebony used for the furniture.
Serendipity I accommodates six guests in three cabins on the lower deck, consisting of a full-beam master suite, one double and one twin cabin. For maximum flexibility, the gym can be transformed into an additional cabin to make for a total of eight guests accommodated on board. Foglizzo leather was used as panelling in the owner’s suite as well as the two bedside lockers. The contrasting theme continues throughout the yacht, with different textures and colours used, and only an eye-catching red corner sofa breaking the otherwise traditional colour palette. Lighting under the bed and wardrobes illuminates the cabin and adds a third dimension to the spacious feeling of this living area. The large eye-level portholes offer the perfect view to the ocean outside while retaining the ‘apartment feel’ on the inside.
The guest cabins feature ample storage space and a comfortable sofa on one side. Each cabin has been decorated with colourful artwork, personalising the different spaces further. The en suite bathrooms are bright and well-appointed with Quarella reconstructed marble washbasins and Corian panels in all showers. Each cabin on board has a unique flavour, and to achieve this, the Perini Navi Furnishing Office used different types of materials such as wood and leather to distinguish each space.
One thing guests will notice while indoors is the lack of excessive entertainment systems throughout the interior. There are no computer games on board, but if the weather gets in the way, there is always teaching guests how to tie knots and other fundamentals of sailing if they are interested. There is also chess, backgammon and cards on board plus a selection of DVDs too, as a backup.
Life on Deck
On the sundeck, guests are treated to spectacular panoramic views, and it is here where they tend to spend most of their time, according to Captain Ashley Taylor. “We find the guests are drawn to the comfortable loungers on this deck that are perfect for relaxing in the sun, and everyone loves the beanbags on the aft deck,” he says. A large L-shaped sofa is located on the starboard side with an even roomier sunbed situated aft.
Downstairs on the main deck, the spacious cockpit has been designed to accommodate various occasions and this philosophy of versatility is immediately evident in the layout and setup of the area. Two identical dining areas feature a comfortable corner sofa with chairs from the Royal Botania collection, while a large dining table seats eight guests with ease. Offering maximum flexibility, the dining table can also be folded open to accommodate larger gatherings. Complete with a bar, the lounge area closest to the main saloon entrance is perfect for intimate evenings on board and is well protected from the elements by the curving superstructure.
With a functional fold-out transom that transforms into a sizeable 7-square-metre swim platform, it’s from here where a Serendipity I ocean adventure begins. Perfectly set up for diving and watersports, those who are passionate about marine life and getting out on the water will particularly appreciate what the superyacht has to offer. “We have a 5.5 metre jet tender which is always a favourite for our guests,” adds Captain Taylor. “They are the type of people who want to explore the mangroves or get close to the reef, which the tender allows. The SeaBobs have also proven popular among the younger guests while our older guests love the paddleboards.”
Serendipity I is a charter yacht that stands as a true testament to exquisite Italian build quality and attention to detail. Finished to a high standard and with the trusted seaworthiness that comes with a yard like Perini Navi, a sailing charter yacht experience on board is truly a cut above the rest.
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