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Be Your Own Master

“One motoryacht that caught a lot of people’s attention at the recent Antigua Charter Yacht Show was Ellix Too, a 155-footer that’s part of the Fraser Yachts Worldwide fleet. Ellix Too was hard to miss, since her hull is painted bright, brick red. It sure made an impressive statement on the docks next to all the dark blues and grays. What I remember most about this yacht, though, is a lesson from her interior layout. The master cabin onboard Ellix Too is actually an entire deck, encompassing the whole space behind the pilothouse. It includes a large dressing room, a massive bathroom, and a bedroom that faces sliding glass doors that open onto a private, outdoor deck. Quite gorgeous. However, I thought the VIP cabin, located toward the yacht’s bow on a lower deck, was equally beautiful in a different kind of way. The VIP on any yacht is what the designers believe to be the second-best cabin onboard. In this particular case, the VIP happened to be a proper suite with a media and dining room completely separate from the sleeping quarters. In fact, for anyone who prefers watching surround-sound movies to sitting in the open air, the VIP would have been a better choice of “master suite.” The lesson, then, is that some yachts have VIP cabins that can be as good or better than their master cabins, depending on your personal preferences. Ellix Too is but one example, especially as more and more yachts are being built with suite-style staterooms instead of just basic cabins on every deck. When trying to decide which cabin to take during your next charter, be sure you ask your charter broker about the design of the VIP suite. You just may decide it’s a better fit for you, and you can give the “real master” to friends or family who will feel even more special because of your generosity.”