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Isn't She Lovely?
M/Y Nibani's classic pedigree shines through her modern rebuild

A graceful canoe-stern motoryacht, M/Y Nibani’s extensive two-year interior/exterior refit has resulted in a combination of 20th century elegance and 21st century amenities.

In 1956, newlyweds Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco spent their royal honeymoon cruising the Mediterranean on a sleek 147ft luxury canoe-stern motoryacht given to them as a wedding present by a friend who knew a thing or two about the design of large vessels: Aristotle Onassis.

The prince and princess’s yacht had been built in the 1920s, when the canoe-stern yacht—a traditional vessel with a rounded shape to the hull in the stern—was more common. Today, this shape is rarely used in the construction of superyachts.

The 130ft M/Y Nibani, however, was built in 1970, with the same classic canoe-stern design as the yacht gifted to Monaco’s sovereigns. Guests chartering M/Y Nibani are treated not only to the beauty of the streamlined rounded stern, but one that also now flaunts new teak decks with luxurious entertainment areas, part of the vessel’s extensive 2004-2006 refit. Additional updates include new navigation and communications equipment, air conditioning, fire and safety systems, new generators, new water makers, and totally rebuilt engines.

M/Y Nibani’s interior
Inside, the yacht’s décor reflects an Asian-inspired feel, with lots of bamboo and clean lines. There is plenty of room for ten guests, with four double cabins and one twin, all en-suite. The large master stateroom on the main deck assures privacy.

Moving aft on the main deck from the master stateroom is the spacious dining room and light-filled saloon, then the aft deck with its large oblong table, perfect for alfresco dining. The lower deck, on the stern, houses three doubles and one twin, all with en-suite baths. All cabins are equipped with TV, DVD, and stereo systems. The master cabin and the main saloon also have flat screen TVs and Bose surround systems.

Nine crew offer a nearly one on one ratio for impeccable service; quarters are forward on the lower deck, in five en-suite cabins.

Plenty of toys provide fun and games at sea, including two tenders, a Laser, water skis, a WaveRunner, and more.

M/Y Nibani’s extensive rebuild guarantees that you’ll enjoy a restorative, restful and relaxing time aboard. Just returned to the Mediterranean after a winter chartering in the Caribbean, Nibani’s summer base port is Genoa. She is available for charter at a rate of 60,000 euros per week, plus expenses.

About Jamie Matusow
Jamie Matusow is a freelance writer based in New York. She was the long time managing editor of legendary Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. Jamie traveled extensively throughout Mediterranean, Caribean, and the Bahamas where she filed many of her charter stories.

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