Saturday 10 December 2016

Take a look inside the luxurious €120m 'super yacht' docked in Irish harbour

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 04/07/2016 | 11:41

The Grace E docked in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photo: Kinsale Yacht Club/Facebook
The Grace E docked in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photo: Kinsale Yacht Club/Facebook
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess

A luxurious 240ft ‘super yacht’ which costs more than €600,000 a week to hire has been spotted sailing into Kinsale.

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The €120m vessel docked in Cork yesterday afternoon, but it is not known who is travelling on-board.

The Grace E is equipped with an open-air Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, a spa and pool.

The yacht offers a crew of 20, and passengers can avail of a range of watersport options including kayaking, water-skiing and snorkelling.

The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess

On-board, guests can enjoy an extensive film library, satellite television and wireless internet access.

The super-yacht is managed for charter by Burgess, but is believed to be owned by 72-year-old billionaire Bob Stiller and his wife Christine.

Mr Stiller built his fortune on a coffee empire known as Keurig Green Mountain, which sells single-serve K-cup pods.

The Florida-based couple requested that a diesel-electric propulsion system with Azipods would be installed to save on fuel consumption.

The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess

Built in Italy in 2013, the Grace E can accommodate up to 12 guests in six cabins, and boasts a meditation room, hydrotherapy bath, a sushi bar and areas for sunbathing and massage across its five decks, four of which are connected by a guest elevator.

It was designed by the innovative naval architect Phillipe Briand of Italian shipyard Perini Navi, who aimed to create a “greener boat” with more environmentally friendly design aspects including systems to mitigate exhaust fumes, improved storage and waste management.

The minimalist interior was created by the award-winning French designer Rémi Tessier.

With a cruising speed of 14.5 knots, the Grace E has an impressive performance record and is capable of cruising as far as 7,500 nautical miles on a tank of fuel.

The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E. Photo: Burgess
The Grace E docked in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photo: Kinsale Yacht Club/Facebook

The Grace E picked up the prize for best interior design at the Monaco Yacht Show and also won motor yacht of the year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2015.

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