by Jessie Stirling
There are Yachts, Superyachts and Megayachts. And then there is J’Ade.
J’Ade is a one-of-a-kind, 60 meter aquatic masterpiece, whose wide open spaces, lavish interior and ultra-sleek design make her a “must-sea.” The look of the ship is intriguing and aggressive, with ample personality, unique decor elements, a few surprises and undeniable wow-factor. Starting with the name itself, J’Ade (as in jade) hints at the rich interiors onboard, evocative of all that is precious and rare. The lay-out is spacious, with wide open areas creating an unrivaled sense of oneness with the surrounding water. Classic and modern, elegant and refined, the fusion of wood, leather, marble and metals harmoniously combine to create sheer nautical perfection.
Like all CRN megayachts, J’Ade is privately-owned, and hence not available for charter. A fully custom vessel, built following specific requests of the owner, the price for a vessel like J’Ade starts from 45 million Euro (around 60 million US dollars). Plus tax. So, just squirrel away $20 per day, and in about 8000 years, you too can custom-design your own megayacht!
Manufactured at CRN, she took three years to build and launched last fall in Ancona, Italy. The stylistic design was created by Studio Zuccon International Project, in close collaboration with the CRN Engineering department, which handled the naval architecture. Made of steel and aluminum, the hull is sturdy and strong. The exterior is white and gray, with edgy lines and a confident silhouette. Four decks and a sub lower deck comfortably accommodate 10 guests, in four VIP cabins and the owner’s suite, as well as 13 crew members. The pleasure ship has two 1500kW @1800rpm engines, which allow it to sail at a top speed of 15 knots.
J’Ade combines technological innovation with natural, bright spaces, creating a new way of experiencing the sea. Unique features include: grand balcony off the master suite, the beach club, the stern hatch that opens and turns into a lounge chair at water level, a unique floodable garage, and a large full window in the panoramic salon, balancing the natural and artificial lighting of internal spaces. Again, the concept of the vessel’s decor is reflected in its name J’Ade; that is, jade green, a color used in different shades throughout the ship and in all the decorative textiles. The main materials of the interiors are Canaletto walnut and polished rosewood. Hardwood floors are made of with wide Afromosia strips, with white Tai Ping fitted carpets in all the guest cabins and the master suite. Towards the stern, across the main lobby, is a crystal elevator. The lift connects all the decks and reaches the master suite, with access through the owner’s study.
The big main salon has an open, comfortable layout with welcoming shades of white and chocolate browns. As you enter from the cockpit, one immediately notices the bar area with a green marble top. Dominating the room is a structure made of rosewood with leather tops, housing a massive aquarium, which was one of the owner’s special requests. Toward the stern there are two lateral walls, covered in white galuchat, customized with specific functions: a panel that hides the bar, and an internal door that leads to the beach area. In front of the aquarium there are two Frau armchairs clad in light beige nabuk leather with floral patterns. All the outdoor furniture of the main, lower and upper decks – elegant sofas and armchairs made of natural teak with white and green covers – is designed by Glyn Peter Machin.
Towards the bow is the salon are two big sofas clad in white fabric and four armchairs in dark brown nabuk leather, all by Baxter. In the middle of this space there are two coffee tables made of raw wood with steel bases. Carpet is integrated in the hardwood floor, white travertine marble with gunwale made of dark brown hammered leather creates a nice visual contrast, and six full length columns covered in backlit white pergamena are integrated into the furnishings. In the main salon, the core material of beige leather wraps two lateral bookcases in the middle of the room, and dark brown hammered leather clads all the unit doors and drawers. In the same area, instead of the traditional dining room, the owner wanted an area devoted to music, so there sits a white baby grand Yamaha piano.
One of the distinctive features of all CRN vessels is a balcony off the master suite, which can be kept open even while sailing, furnished with a coffee table and armchairs for breakfast. The headboard and all the accessories of the furniture in this room are clad with white-silver nuance coconut leather by Fendi Club House Italia. The carpet, fitted in the hardwood floor surrounding the double bed, is made of silk and the edges are outlined in the classic Greek key motif. All the decorative textiles and curtains made of cashmere are by Loro Piana. The entire suite is furnished in light shades. And of course, don’t forget about his and her walk-in closets.
The master’s suite features a full beam bathroom furnished with Afyon and Emperador Dark marble, with customized petal shaped washbasins. The oval bathtub in Corian, designed by Boffi, occupies the central position. The tub faces an attractive dressing table, featuring an elegant top in marble and equipped with an anti-steam mirror which conceals a TV. There is also a large shower in marble with waterfall faucets.
The lower deck has an area reserved for guests, with four VIP double cabins – two of which have beds that can be separated. Loro Piana textiles were used for the decor of this guest area, with the main material being oak. The en-suite bathrooms are made of Cedarstone marble. The innovative garage on the lower deck was designed to be floodable, so that a 27 foot Riva Iseo can be handled without using a crane. The side hatch of the garage is operated hydraulically and the internal basin fills with water to allow the tender to go in and out easily. The border of the tub has underwater lights to create a dramatic effect. The garage can be emptied very quickly and dries out in three minutes.
The upper deck has a large cockpit with full length windows, which create a wide panoramic view and increase the “eye contact” with the sea. The cockpit has an outdoor teak sofa, coffee table and armchairs, and a large round table