by Sunrise Yachts with Unique Yacht Design, Espen Øino International, Focus Yacht Design


When Yacht Première published the preview of the new Sunrise 63 M project in issue 27 in April 2013, the first hull was known only by project code 632, and was being built alongside a sister ship. Exactly two years later, in April 2015, we finally learned the yacht’s name, Irimari, at the launch ceremony held at the end of the construction works which lasted a total of 30 months. The new super yacht took to the water in a truly spectacular fashion using a pair of cranes installed on board HHL Valparaiso, a gigantic heavy-lifter ship from Hansa Heavy Lift with a length of 169 metres, or nearly three times the length of Irimari, and a gross tonnage of 18,000 GT – more than 12 times Irimari’s. After the super yacht was harnessed, the two cranes lifted it off the shipyard’s dock then moved it, before delicately laying it down on the sea in a manoeuvre that had everyone present holding their breath until it was complete. Another two months of anxious anticipation then passed, partly at the shipyard for the finishes and partly in the sea for testing, before Irimari was delivered in July to her impatient owner who, after so much pressure, could finally lower his heart rate to a rhythm more like a calm cruising speed. Irimari’s maiden voyage was in fact a tranquil, serene cruise during the summer season, through the waters of the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, before turning back and heading towards Monte Carlo. The super yacht docked in the port of the Principality of Monaco in September, in good time for her official debut at the 25th Monaco Yacht Show, where she was awaited with considerable interest on the international high society scene. Irimari’s presence at the MYS had been announced by Guillaume Roché, Chairman and CEO of Sunrise Yachts, who said: “Irimari shows how Sunrise Yachts has rapidly established itself as one of the better and busiest super yacht builders in Europe. Debuting Irimari at Monaco Yacht Show will be a very proud moment for us all. We believe that she will definitely impress even the hardest of critics.” Leading lady Irimari must have made quite an impression, silently moored on T-Central at Port Hercules, given that over the short four days of the prestigious show, nearly a thousand people went aboard the super yacht. If you consider that a visit on board was only possible by appointment, reserved for an exclusive clientele, it is very plain that a record crowd on this scale tangibly represented an incredibly positive response to the new build by Sunrise Yachts. However, for the shipyard team, it was also an extra challenge, taken on and experienced with enthusiasm and satisfaction. This was certainly the case for the Friday night party, with a select closed guest list of 250, which was a packed event continuing through the night to the first light of dawn – or sunrise, in fact, as in Sunrise Yachts… However, the extent of the personnel’s commitment could also be quantified, given that a full tour of all six decks of Irimari covers nearly 300 metres (calculated during an intense Martini cocktail tasting session), which means that the Sunrise Yachts team and the super yacht’s staff and crew covered more than 240 kilometres in total during the Monaco Yacht Show! The fact that Irimari is not a vessel designed for people afflicted with chronic laziness is also clearly apparent in one detail which is decidedly unusual, especially on a yacht of this size class: there is no lift! After all, rumour has it that “Irimari” means “business” and as everyone knows, generally speaking businesspeople have no shortage of energy and take on stairs (at home) and climbs (at the stock exchange) in a sportsmanlike spirit to achieve their objectives. Other than probably being a dynamic businessperson, Irimari’s owner is undoubtedly an expert owner and therefore wanted a long-range transoceanic super yacht but on a reasonably compact scale, meaning relatively limited measurements that allow the vessel to access and moor at most super yacht marinas worldwide. In spite of this limitation on the external size, Irimari actually has quite a large interior volume compared to the average for her length and entirely comparable with that of longer vessels. It was the owner who explicitly wanted this volume, seeking an extremely spacious yacht in order to transform a personal super yacht concept that prestigiously expressed an individual desire for exclusiveness and magnificence into a tangible reality. In terms of exclusiveness, Irimari boasts a multitude of out-of-the-ordinary characteristics, one of which is truly exceptional given the size of the super yacht, as few such yachts have three different salons across three different decks. But Irimari does, with a genuinely extraordinary trio of social spaces consisting of a sporty salon on the sun deck, a cinema salon on the bridge deck and a formal salon on the main deck. In terms of magnificence, Irimari’s three salons do not shy away from comparison when it comes to size, as they are decidedly unusual even compared to the size of similar spaces on vessels in the next size class up. The panoramic windows in Irimari’s three salons, with their impressive size in terms of both height and length, contribute to amplifying the feeling of spaciousness in the interiors by maximising a perception of virtual continuity between the interior and the exterior. Exclusiveness and magnificence are not just the prerogative of the areas for socialising on board Irimari, distinguishing the private spaces as well. First and foremost among these, the owner’s suite is laid out to spectacular effect, designed as a real “coup de théatre” with a striking succession of prospects that open onto one another without interruption from the master stateroom through the dressing rooms to the bathroom, where the freestanding bathtub serves as the focal point. However, although the fittings on Irimari present an unusual, unexpected solution in terms of both concept and size, the furniture and decoration have made it possible to achieve a flawless balance between luxury and simplicity. Although the interiors have a formal representative look, at the same time they also feel intimate and snug, expressing both a spirit of socialising and entertainment and a spirit of familiarity and privacy in parallel. When defining this unusual, multifaceted character for the interiors, the decision was made to carefully avoid crowding the spaces with excessive pieces of furniture and overloading the visual experience with too many different shapes and colours. Instead of a confused linguistic babble changing dramatically with each new space, the composition is based on a transparent syntax shared by all the interiors to create a sequence of correspondences that flow from one space to the next, harmoniously and consistently. For this reason as well, the overall atmosphere is welcoming, calm and soothing, with individual design solutions intentionally set apart from a pathological aesthetic contamination of startling wow effects and forced stylistic pairings, but without ever becoming tediously repetitive or unstimulating. Moreover, the selection of materials is small but sophisticated, with contemporary choices accompanying woods such as bleached oak and ebony macassar with metal finishes like steel and copper, alongside varieties of marble and elements in worked glass and artistic ceramics. The decoration therefore follows the same rule of controlled, measured presence, without ever being invasive, much less suffocating, and remaining appropriately limited and contained within certain precise, specific spaces carefully studied and designed for the purpose. However, the role of these highlights is not limited purely to serving as specific characteristic elements in each individual space on board, since, without going overboard with comparisons, they are actually expressly matched to coordinate and supplement each other for flawless integration into the overall design of the interiors. Consequently, then, the majority of the loose furniture and light fixtures has also been specially designed and made for Irimari. The main element of inspiration for the decoration is the experience that the vessel offers of living in the natural environment, with all the sensory engagement achieved through integration between the exterior and the interior. The result is that shapes and colours come from the sea to be transformed into a decorative theme and placed in each individual space to give it its own unique, individual character, like the artistic creations that periodically take on the appearance of a different natural marine element. One example can be found in the various private accommodation spaces: a shoal of lacquered fish in the owner’s suite, a ceramic billow artwork in the VIP stateroom and virtual waves in the guest staterooms. Throughout the vessel, Irimari’s interiors reveal the constant presence of these decorative marine motifs, which are developed and translated with different artistic techniques to integrate extremely pleasingly into both the general context of the interiors and the specific context of the individual space. These elements are normally present in the form of wall coverings, paintings, mosaics and collages, but sometimes they appear in the unusual but striking form of video art installations, such as at the central staircase. Here, the double vertical line between the main deck and the bridge deck consists of an uninterrupted series of video screens, with bright blue light bathing the lobbies on both of the connected decks and showing a captivating, constantly moving scene of an abstract kelp forest with bubbles and jellyfish.

Flaviano Perelli

Photos by Jeff Brown


Irimari technical specifications

HullHigh-Tensile Steel
LOA63.1 m / 207’ ft
LWL55.42 m / 181’10’’ ft
Beam (max)11.69 m / 38’35’’ ft
Draft (loaded)3.41 m / 11’19’’ ft
Displacement (full load)1170 tonnes
Gross Tonnage 1347 GT
Speed16 knots (max) / 12 knots (cruising)
Range6000 nm
Fuel capacity168000 litres / 44380 US gallons
Water capacity41500 litres / 10960 US gallons
Main Engines2 x MTU 12V 4000 M63
Gearbox ZF4671, 4.5:1
PropellersNakashima-BV, 5 Blades
StabilizersNAIAD 720, 5 m2
Windlasses & Captains2 x DATA DZC 7000 - 2 x DATA DHC 3000
BowthrusterEngtek E-POD 150 kW
Electricity Generation3 x GMPP (MAN) 220 kW each - 1 x GMPP (CUMMINS) 110 kW
WatermakersHP SCD Double 1600 RP Tronic
Electronic Charting SystemRAYTHEON Anschütz SYNAPSIS Intelligent Bridge control and Integrated Navigation System
Radar & AutopilotRaytheon Anschütz
Accomodation- Owners & Guests1 Double Owner Cabin, 1 VIP Cabin,
3 Double Guest Cabins (2 cabins mutable in 1 Double VIP),
1 Twin Guest Cabin
Accomodation & Crew1 Double Captain Cabin,
2 Double Crew Cabin (mutable in Twin Bunked),
6 Twin Bunked Crew Cabin,
Class Bureau Veritas Charter AUT-UMS, LY2 compliant
Yacht Designer Espen Oeino International, Monaco
Naval ArchitectSunrise Yachts, Unique Yacht Design, Turkey
Interior DesignerFocus Yacht Design, Bremen, Germany
Interior Outfitting Sunrise Yachts, Ulutaş, Ekinoks Interiors, Turkey
Year 2015
BuilderSunrise Yachts
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