On Cloud 9

The 242-foot mega yacht from Ferretti Group’s CRN sets a lofty standard.

Ferretti Group's mega-yacht arm, CRN , recently debuted its second largest build ever, Cloud 9, at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, held last fall. Even among the massive and glittering vessels at the world's premiere mega yacht event, Cloud 9 managed to stand out. I was lucky enough to get aboard for a tour, and the build did not disappoint.

One of the on board highlights for me was the yacht’s spa with a full hair salon (she counts a stylist among her crew) and a foldout terrace where the massage table lives. I can imagine few things more relaxing than being moored in some isolated tropical paradise and getting an open-air massage while being caressed by warm island breezes.

Her spacious interior, which was designed in conjunction with Winch Design, has nearly 11,000 square feet of space, and she can sleep 16 guests (12 when chartering, of course) and has a full crew of 22.

The yacht’s exterior lines, which were done by Zuccon International Project, manage to remain sleek despite the boat’s imposing 4,400,000-pound displacement weight.

The mega yacht is powered by a pair of 2,682 hp Caterpillar 3516C engines that give her a top speed of 16 knots, a 12-knot cruise and a 6,000-nautical-mile range that can get her from Los Angeles to Fiji with fuel to spare.