Yacht & Company Profiles
Chartering Superyacht "Phoenix"
A 201-foot beauty with myriad irresistible attributes
Jul. 13, 2006 12:15 PM
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.