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SYS-CON Australia News Desk wrote: Even before her 2004 launch, the Lürssen-built Phoenix was being spoken of in reverent tones among the yachting set. Here our writer Scott Rose details this 201-foot beauty's myriad irresistible attributes. The megayacht Phoenix is a crowning glory of contemporary Art Deco style. Indeed, her many world-class technical refinements combined with the artistic sophistication of her design and décor distinguish her as a supreme fulfillment of the spirit of the 1925 event in Paris from which the term Art Deco was derived, L?Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.
YV&C News Desk wrote: Even before her 2004 launch, the Lürssen-built Phoenix was being spoken of in reverent tones among the yachting set. Here our writer Scott Rose details this 201-foot beauty's myriad irresistible attributes. The megayacht Phoenix is a crowning glory of contemporary Art Deco style. Indeed, her many world-class technical refinements combined with the artistic sophistication of her design and décor distinguish her as a supreme fulfillment of the spirit of the 1925 event in Paris from which the term Art Deco was derived, L?Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.
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A 201-foot beauty with myriad irresistible attributes

The custom carpets in the main deck salon, dining room, and music areas are of wool, with silk in circular patterns as well as at the perimeter borders. The sheen of the silk adds a touch of tasteful luxe. Among the stunning details in the salon are Masi Deco curtains with black lambrequins, and an imposingly proportioned ebony coffee table. Those curtains incorporate actual metal filaments for a low-luster gold sheen.

The dining area features a hand-painted screen of cheetahs in a moonlit Deco night. The screen appears to be a museum-quality piece, yet it is also highly functional: its discrete panels open for storage of Phoenix’s Lalique stemware and other fine china and service utensils. Stephen Jones and Paul Airey are the Phoenix’s Head Chef and Sous Chef, respectively. Both trained with the Michelin-starred chef Gary Hollihead, and now work magic in Phoenix’s peerlessly equipped modern galley.

Between the salon and the dining room is an area graced by a Dakota Jackson–designed Steinway baby grand piano, always impeccably tuned and maintained. This area can be closed off with circular revolving panels. In those panels is to be found an example of the painstaking efforts the designers exerted in realizing their vision for Phoenix. The panels are covered in Edelman leather. Dawn Moffit wished to have that leather in a red that matched the red onyx elsewhere on the yacht and that coordinated with the cheetah screen in the dining area, yet found that no such shade was at hand in any leather. She sent a sample of the onyx to the leather manufacturer and requested that they send back four samples. One of the samples matched the onyx, and had a diagonal textural effect that is especially becoming when light shines upon it.

If you like down-filled grand sofas covered in red Bergamo silk chenille, you will love the Phoenix’s upper deck salon. This room is surmounted by a barrel-vaulted Art Deco skylight ceiling. You could make yourself comfortable on those sofas to enjoy the Linn media center, with surround sound and a 60” plasma screen that rises from out of a mahogany sideboard. When it goes up, that screen covers a painting by Joan Miró.

Throughout the Phoenix are to be found a wealth of beautiful stones – 30 different types, actually – selected by the owner and Dawn Moffit at Antelli stonecutters in Verona, Italy. Whether it is the onyx rosso oriental or the alabastrino, or any of several extraordinary quartzes, it was selected to tie in perfectly with other design features. Not for nothing did this megayacht win “Best Interior” in the 2005 ShowBoats awards.

Many a queen in the history of the world has not had quarters so luxuriously appointed as those dedicated to the guests aboard Phoenix. Elizabeth I, for example, did not have heated floors in marble bathrooms, nor did she have plasma-screen entertainment systems. Yet each of Phoenix’s five queen-sized guest cabins includes those amenities in custom-designed and furnished surroundings. The observation deck atop the pilothouse, the passage doors of solid wood, the Jacuzzi spa pool on the sun deck, the gull-wing doors on the custom-built tenders storage areas, the sundeck-level gymnasium with its etched glass doors, the meticulously planned and varied lighting – in fact any single feature aboard Phoenix could be used as Exhibit A of the owner’s exquisite good taste.

Yet pride of place goes to the owner’s duplex quartiers privés. A grand lacquered Coromandel screen depicting cranes in graceful flight and composed of gold, silver, and platinum leaf extends the full width of the forward bulkhead in the bedroom. A circular pattern in the custom-made rug is continued in the marble floors of both his bathroom and hers. His is a rhapsody of honey onyx complete with a steam room, shower room, and walk-in closet. The regal onyx spa tub in her bath makes an ideal vantage point from which to contemplate the many built-ins: one is a refrigerated, illuminated cosmetics drawer. Baccarat crystal taps in each bathroom add a lovely touch. A separate boudoir for the lady includes a retractable, floor-to-ceiling shoe storage panel.

The upper level of the owner’s duplex contains a charming breakfast area overlooking a private sundeck. It further houses the owner’s office, whose Macassar ebony oversized desk is a powerful statement in itself and an exclusive repair from which to enjoy the views beyond the 180o windows. Throughout the owner’s suite, Art Deco style is maintained with glosses and mirrored finishes, geometric patterns, streamlined furniture and fixtures, and objets d’art. The whole is capped by a fiber-optic dome with a daylight panel.

Phoenix’s owner has a penchant for diving and thus the yacht is equipped with professional-quality diving equipment. A recompression chamber complements a Nautilus cascade tank diving system. Among the crew is one Declan O’Rourke, holder of a Padi Advanced Dive Certificate, medical certificates, and an MCA 200 Ton Master’s License. Additional toys include water scooters, water skis, snorkel gear, and fishing equipment.

One could truly write a book on Phoenix and not exhaust all of the marvels of her standard-setting technical equipage, design inspirations, original artwork, and creature comforts. Tim Nelson of Seven Seas Yacht Charters in Nokomis, Florida, is a trusted broker who could answer any questions you might have apropos of this megayacht.

The period between the World Wars, l’entre deux guerres as the French are wont to call it, was prime time for Art Deco. One of the most enduring novels of that era is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Phoenix’s sublime, contemporary manifestation of the artistic values of Fitzgerald’s day allows for a most positive spin on The Great Gatsby’s closing line: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  

For more information on Phoenix, please contact Carole Moran, Vice President of the Charter Division of Moran Yacht and Ship: (954) 768-0707, www.moranyachts.com.

About Scott Rose
Scott Rose writes on a variety of topics, from luxury items to art, music and literature and even classic antique auto repair. His food-related pieces have appeared in such prestigious organs as Bon Appetit. He has an unshakeable conviction that a New Year’s celebration without caviar would be like a yacht vacation without a boat.

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Even before her 2004 launch, the Lürssen-built Phoenix was being spoken of in reverent tones among the yachting set. Here our writer Scott Rose details this 201-foot beauty's myriad irresistible attributes. The megayacht Phoenix is a crowning glory of contemporary Art Deco style. Indeed, her many world-class technical refinements combined with the artistic sophistication of her design and décor distinguish her as a supreme fulfillment of the spirit of the 1925 event in Paris from which the term Art Deco was derived, L?Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.

Even before her 2004 launch, the Lürssen-built Phoenix was being spoken of in reverent tones among the yachting set. Here our writer Scott Rose details this 201-foot beauty's myriad irresistible attributes. The megayacht Phoenix is a crowning glory of contemporary Art Deco style. Indeed, her many world-class technical refinements combined with the artistic sophistication of her design and décor distinguish her as a supreme fulfillment of the spirit of the 1925 event in Paris from which the term Art Deco was derived, L?Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.

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