The sophisticated epitome of sheer luxury and exclusive elegance, this imposing vessel at first glance offers a contemporary exterior with modern styling; while on the inside she flaunts classic décor in an opulent style. Harmonious forms and aesthetic balance make for a masterpiece of art and technology.
Her makers have skilfully created an atmosphere that exudes utter magnificence.
The stunning Martha Ann is the third of three spectacular sister ships from Lürssen Yachts. The impressive trio of 70-metre yachts was commissioned from the German shipyard by the same Owner.
The first in the series came in 2006, with the launch of Apoise (project name Marlin); it then continued in 2007 with Saint Nicolas, project name Nemo, which was described in an exhaustive article published last year in issue number 8 of Yacht Première.
The exhilarating epilogue came in 2008, thus concluding the series least when Martha Ann (previously known as Shark) was delivered to her Owner and took to the water. This yacht stands out from the previous two for her blue-painted hull, giving her even greater elegance and a more streamlined appearance.
Martha Ann’s grandeur and imposing look give her immediate visual impact, making her a true lady of the sea. Designer Espen Øeino has given her a wide beam, resulting in extraordinary interior spaces that are unusual to find on a yacht of this length. Indeed, her six decks offer a range of generously-sized areas that provide plenty of space for entertaining. This is the ideal solution for the Owner, who intends to invite many guests aboard and entertain them in style. The large on-deck spaces on Lürssen’s new vessel allow the Owner and guests to feel a sense of absolute freedom and enjoy summer to the full. Fully immersed in the panorama and marine setting, guests are sure to be happy to find the yacht well-stocked with sports equipment and toys. However, Martha Ann’s attractions lie mainly on the inside, where her jaw-droppingly spacious and surprisingly bright interiors are decorated with true sophistication. Interior designer Francois Zuretti has created warm, welcoming interiors using the finest quality materials in a classic-luxury style. All over the yacht special care has been taken over details that enhance the overall beauty of the décor and sumptuous furnishings. Throughout Martha Ann, Zuretti has used a walnut veneer with full, warm tones accented by the light-coloured carpeting. The walnut panelling mainly has a satin gloss finish, contrasting with the high gloss varnished finish of the furniture, and shown off to great effect by the elaborate design of the curtains. The bathrooms offer a luxurious oasis where the sense of relaxation is underlined by the various precious marbles and hardwoods used.
What’s more, advanced noise-reduction and vibration-absorbing technology has been fitted to ensure that the interiors are particularly quiet when the engines are running.
The layout of the six decks
Amidships on her main deck, Martha Ann boasts a vast foyer, with a dramatic staircase and a beautiful cylindrical glass elevator. Both of these run upwards through the centre of the yacht, reaching all six decks. The main foyer separates the salon area from the Owner’s private quarters. From there, one can also reach the large formal dining room.
This stunning room is decorated with dark wood panelling. Light pours down from two sparkling crystal chandeliers, making this the perfect setting for twilight dinners. In order to offer the Owner and his guests the best possible service, the pantry and main galley are located just next door to the dining area. From the formal dining room two doors lead into the magnificent main salon. This vast room is flooded with natural light, and guests can make themselves comfortable in the two areas furnished with armchairs, sofas and occasional tables.
The main salon boasts both a bar area, with a long counter, and a music corner with a grand piano. Sliding glass doors lead out onto the vast lounge area on deck.
This is set up for relaxed conversation, and furnished appropriately for an area where guests can meet up and enjoy themselves.
A private corridor leads off Martha Ann’s main foyer to the Owner’s private accommodations, forward. The majestic master suite has dark wood panelling, coordinating with the rest of the yacht. The Owner’s private study, complete with desk, is extremely spacious; it is followed by a hallway with two walk-in wardrobes on either side, which in turn leads on to the master stateroom.
The full-beam cabin is beautifully furnished with a large bed in the centre, flanked by two living areas on either side, and wide panoramic windows. A grand-looking bath tub sits in the centre of the huge bathroom. Either side of this are his and hers areas with vanity units. The bathroom is decorated with marble and onyx. In addition to all this the suite has its own observation lounge, where the Owner can relax
in privacy; it includes a raised conversation area with sofas, and offers exclusive panoramic views.
The four large yet cosy guest staterooms on board Martha Ann are situated amidships on the lower deck, and are neatly arranged around a vast central foyer. Each cabin is sumptuously furnished in a different style, but what they all have in common are large vertical portholes and a king-size bed. They are all the same size, and have en-suite bathrooms with fine marble decorations. In addition to the four guest cabins, a splendid VIP stateroom is to be found amidships on the bridge deck. Its stunning furnishings include a vast bed facing panoramic windows, for wonderful views even when lying down.
Its lucky occupants will also enjoy a beautiful en-suite bathroom adorned with marble. Moving up to Martha Ann’s bridge deck, we come to a vast lobby, providing easy access to the upper salon: a magnificent full-beam area that is particularly striking to look at, given that it offers an unbroken view covering over thirty metres, from the lobby across the salon and right through to the aft deck. [...]