The full-beam amidships master suite features massive side windows, making this an attractive, well-lit space. To starboard is a leather-top vanity unit; to port, a small sofa covered in orange material has drawers underneath. Leather is used to great effect in this stateroom — soft, padded, brown-leather panels surround the king-size bed and make it seem even bigger. A voluminous bathroom features a large shower with a rain showerhead, under-sole heating and a double wash basin. This space is beautifully finished with light-color Turkish marble.
This yacht’s portside double cabin has spacious cupboards and a very large window behind the bed. The well-appointed head forward features a large shower and glass cupboards over the sink, giving it loads of stowage. The twin cabins opposite share a head. One cabin has twin bunks lying fore and aft; the second has bunks across the beam with the upper a Pullman, so this cabin may be used as a single. This is a very sensible arrangement, since the boat will earn her keep as a charter yacht.
Walk forward to starboard and up two steps to find the VIP suite. A queen berth faces forward with a head to port. Carpets here, as in every stateroom, are of an off-white wool and give a pleasant feel when walking barefoot. There is also an iPod dock and interior phone in each cabin, which can be connected to shore-based systems when dockside.
Externally the yacht is well-designed for cruising in warm climates. A substantial hardtop provides plenty of shade and covers half of the large sun deck. While hugely practical, it does little to add to the otherwise pretty line of the 107’s exterior styling. Had the stanchions been made of ellipsoid-shape brushed stainless steel instead of polished box-style, we think the overall style of the yacht’s exterior would have been enhanced. That said, the sun deck is laid out in a practical fashion that maximizes family fun and enjoyment. Two Jet Skis and a substantial tender stowed aft can be removed, along with all the fixtures that secure them, and this further enlarges the sunbathing area or creates a dance floor. A wet bar, a barbecue grill and an enormous teak dining table, which converts to two small coffee tables, turns the deck into an alfresco playpen. Forward and to port there is a lounging area, while to starboard the flying-bridge helm duplicates much of the control and command equipment that is found in the 107’s wheelhouse.
The cockpit on the main deck is a delightfully sociable area with a large unvarnished teak table surrounded on three sides by upholstered benches, with four orange-mesh and stainless-steel chairs servicing the forward side. Wide steps lead up to the sun deck and down to the swim platform. Here a clever Opacmare Transformer device allows easy access to a variety of dock levels and can, when at anchor, convert into the most luxurious of swim ladders or a diving platform.
Wide walkways to either side lead to the foredeck and its inviting sun pads, which have enough space for four. A small semicircular seating area has a teak table, ideal for an intimate dinner or perhaps an early breakfast. Removable stainless-steel stanchions support hammocks for those who like to sway while sunbathing.
The pilothouse is well equipped and ergonomically laid out. Dark-brown leather seating surrounds a small table with a leather inset located to port. Her center helm area is finished with a pleasing mix of dark-brown and cream leather on either side. Two Opacmare helm chairs finished in light-brown leather are fully adjustable using electric controls in the armrests. To starboard is the wheelhouse door and a dark-brown leather-top chart table. The yacht’s radio equipment desk and pod stool with stowage are on the after bulkhead.
Small, well-equipped crew quarters lie aft behind the engine room and are accessed from a door to port. While this is well-suited to the yacht’s locally based crew, western crews might find it somewhat cramped. A little galley/mess leads to the engine room, a captain’s double berth cabin, a crew cabin with bunks for three and a stewardesses cabin, which also houses a washer and dryer under the single raised bunk.
On a gloriously sunny afternoon, we arrived in Bodrum and moored at the Kempinski Hotel, where Moni will be based for charters along the Turkish coast and the nearby Greek Islands. We had avoided a single issue on her shakedown trip, suggesting that this lovely yacht is well-named indeed.
Moni is available through Fraser Yachts. She takes nine guests at a lowest weekly rate of $62,850. Contact Antoine Larricq in Monaco at +377 93 100 462; fraseryachts.com