Hanging out with family and friends has to be one of the joys of superyacht ownership. But sometimes, as an owner, you just need a little privacy, some space to escape. Which is why the newly launched, 121-foot Queen Tati comes with that one essential ingredient found on no other motoryachts: a crow’s nest.
Perched at the very top of Queen Tati’s superstructure is the owner’s private, top-of-the-world retreat, with a sunpad, comfy sofa and unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views.
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“The owner asked us to create one special private space where he and his wife could escape. It’s a modern-day twist on the mast-top crow’s nest used on centuries-old sailing ships,” Bart M. Bouwhuis, co-creative director at Dutch design studio Vripack tells Robb Report. Of course, this crow’s nest doesn’t involve scaling a mast and is easily accessed by climbing wide stairs.
Bouwhuis and his Vripack team created both the exterior and interior design of this all-aluminum luxury cruiser, with Guarujá, São Paulo–based MCP Yachts tasked with the construction.
According to Bouwhuis, what sets Queen Tati apart is the creative use of space for its South American owner’s multi-generational family and large group of friends.
“When you step aboard, it’s immediately apparent that not one square foot is unused. Throughout the five decks, the six cabins, the numerous seating, dining and entertaining areas, the focus is on creating spaces that everyone can enjoy together,” he says.
One example: the expansive, fourth-level deck—beneath that hideaway crow’s nest—which offers casual dining for 12, an outdoor kitchen, and huge sunpads on each side of a glass-sided Jacuzzi. Power down a hidden screen and the family can enjoy movie nights under the stars.
Then there’s the yacht’s versatile beach club. It has a beachy rec room with a comfy sofa, a TV, and a drop-down hull terrace for leaps into the sea. Steps away is an oversize, teak-decked stern swim platform. The design team focused on keeping everything on the same level, with no steps for younger or older family members.
You won’t find the typical, space-consuming tender garage there, either: the 23-foot RIB, of course named Mini Queen, lives on the foredeck, along with two Jet Skis. Instead, the space is used for a gym, a bathroom, and storage for water toys.
In truth, the crow’s nest isn’t the only hideaway for the owner. On the formal main deck, which is home to the galley, dining room, and lounge area, there’s a full-beam master suite tucked away at the forward end. Close to 25 feet wide, the master bedroom has its king-size bed positioned over to the port side to heighten the feeling of space, with a cozy seating area opposite.
The rest of the accommodations are on the sea-level deck, comprising a pair of ensuite VIP doubles and two twin-bed cabins. Forward of these are quarters for up to eight crew.
And befitting a wipe-down, easy-maintenance interior, the yacht’s decor is comprised largely of contemporary shades of white, beige and gray to give an almost Scandinavian feel. Most of the outside furniture is freestanding and finished in matte varnish, with 50-shades-of-greige fabric.
Queen Tati is the third collaboration between MCP and Vripack, and the second Vripack-designed motoryacht for the owner, who previously cruised on a 75-footer. The one unbreakable rule for his new, step-up-in-size superyacht was to not trade performance for space.
“While he was happy for the yacht to cruise smoothly and quietly at 13 knots, he wanted the peace of mind of knowing that if there was bad weather, he could get to shelter fast,” says Bouwhuis. “He tasked us with creating a hull that could hit a top speed of 21 knots.”
That meant all-aluminum construction to reduce weight. And a draft of just seven feet, which would also allow the yacht to enter shallow anchorages. Plus, a smooth-riding hull with a wave-piercing bulbous bow for less resistance. Add that, twin 1,900 hp Caterpillar C18 turbo diesels. They can push the yacht along at a 17-knot cruise and 21 knots—as requested—flat out. Even better news: Queen Tati can also go the distance, with a 10,000-gallon fuel capacity that delivers a range of about 3,000 nautical miles at 13 knots.
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