By Kim Kavin
Not since 2007, when Newsweek senior editor David A. Kaplan published Mine’s Bigger about the 289-foot Perini Navi Maltese Falcon, has the general-interest media been so abuzz about a boat.
Sure, a lot of the chatter is based on juicy, behind-the-scenes details that "Grand Ambition" reveals about the yacht’s build process and its owners’ personalities. (Read Grand Ambition by G. Bruce Knecht: Constructing the Megayacht Lady Linda on YachtWorld). But Lady Linda is worth talking about even without the gossip. She stands out as one of the most noteworthy new launches into the fleet of superyachts available for charter worldwide. (Read Trinity Yachts Launches Latest Lady Linda on Yachtworld) She is nominated for a 2013 World Superyacht Award, and her crew put together a charter-friendly Alice in Wonderland theme event that earned the Andreas Liveras Best Yacht Party Award at the 2012 Antigua Charter Yacht Show.
Truth be told, Lady Linda got mixed reviews from charter brokers at that prestigious, industry-only boat show. Some felt there was too much going on with the interior décor’s mixture of gold and neutral tones, burled and high-gloss woodwork, backlit glass panels, painted mural staircase, silver-leaf ceiling panels, and concave curved artwork (to name just a few of the more prominent design details throughout the yacht).
Other charter brokers loved the overall feeling of elegance and richness that Lady Linda exudes, especially when compared with more trendy interior décors that become almost minimalist and cold in their attempts to feel contemporary. While a lot of leading superyachts are being marketed as sleek and stylish, Lady Linda can honestly be promoted as a study in unapologetic opulence.
During my tour, I noticed the less conspicuous details more than anything else, because they speak to the owners’ experience from previous yachts—and they will be welcome features for charter whether guests think about them or not. For instance, air-conditioning and heating panels are built into the overhead above the main deck’s outdoor dining area, an invisible system that will allow guests to enjoy the experience of dining outdoors even during hot afternoons or chilly evenings.
The owners also gave five out of Lady Linda’s six guest staterooms king-size beds, so that no adult charter guests will feel like they’re in a kiddie cabin with twin beds. The sixth guest cabin is on the bridge deck with a Murphy bed. If only five guest cabins are needed, then this sixth one becomes a gymnasium. For any charter parties with five adult couples, the sheer volume of Lady Linda’s guest spaces will feel downright enormous.
If the owners stick with their traditional cruising patterns, then Lady Linda will be available for charter during summers in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean and Bahamas. The lowest weekly base rate was $280,000 during Lady Linda’s debut year afloat, making a week’s vacation a grand ambition in and of itself. That base rate is for as many as 12 guests with 13 crew.
For more information, contact management company Burgess Yachts.