Liquid Sky, the newest GRP 47m displacement superyacht from Turkish builder CMB Yachts has been officially launched.
Powered by twin CAT Acert 32 engines located towards the stern of the superyacht, 2900hp affords the 490gt yacht a max speed of 15 knots and, at a cruise speed of 10 knots, a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
How does this fair? Well according to SuperyachtIntelligence, not that favorably. The evidence suggests that a yacht of the same ilk launched since 2010 averages a cruise speed of 14.2 knots and a range of 3840 nautical miles.
But, while we can number-crunch all aspects of Liquid Sky till the cows come home, which in some cases can be useful, often it’s of minimal value. After all, you purchase a yacht with your heart not because of how impressive the data sheet looks, right?
This brings me nicely onto the exterior of the yacht; handsome, isn’t it?
Liquid Sky’s exterior profile hails from the drawing boards of Espen Oeino International Design and with it, an enormous amount of design know-how. It’s usually at this point I’d insert a small profile of the design house and notable projects authored by Oeino but, in truth, the design house needs no introduction.
Liquid Sky, on the face of it, is very conservative, sensible and familiar, but it’s a style that works.
On the water, the quad-deck superyacht is incredibly elegant, thanks largely to its timeless design cues. Take the stern superstructure architecture – it’s akin to the lines of heritage Feadships and Benettis from the ’70s and ’80s.
Life aboard Liquid Sky has been the shared vision of Beril Basaran of Turkish design house Artebel Design. Accommodation for 10 is shared across the main and lower decks in a typical layout; owner’s suite forward of the main deck and remaining VIP and guest cabins below deck mid-ship. Forward of the guest cabin bulkhead are crew quarters for eight, while predictably the captain’s suite is attached to the bridge on the upper deck.
The upper deck features a ‘sky lounge’ which will frame spectacular views of the horizon thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glazing. Like much of the fleet launched in 2017, the sun deck is designed for dynamic and informal entertainment, while more formal and intimate parties can be hosted on the upper deck terrace or in the saloon.
Currently brokered through United Yacht and World Yacht Group, Liquid Sky, the first of the CMB47 range, will make its world premiere in November at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where, I’m sure, it’ll attract a lot of attention. In the meantime, two more CMB47s are in-build, and with one more due to lay keel in November 2017 the Turkish yard will have an exciting and busy final quarter.