The 94-foot motoryacht Bibich has a contemporary interior and a sundeck that feels spacious for a yacht of her size.
First Impression: Bibich
Date toured: May 2009
Bibich is one of the world’s few charter yachts owned by a woman. Perhaps that accounts for the mist-green hull that stands out on the docks like an elegant gown in a room full of standard tuxedos. This boat isn’t afraid to be noticed, or to let her personality shine.
She launched in June 2008 from the Peri Yachts shipyard in Turkey and chartered that summer in the Western Mediterranean before being taken off the market during the winter for warranty work. When I got aboard in May 2009, Bibich was preparing for her second season of Mediterranean charter. She still had the same captain, Guy Booth, who had been aboard since six weeks prior to her launch. Also still onboard was Booth’s wife, Lyn Booth, who serves as stewardess and showed me around.
“Everybody who has chartered her loves the feel as well as the look,” Lyn told me. “She’s a comfortable boat.”
I agree, with the caveat that Bibich’s interior is so contemporary that some might find parts of it on the cusp of a modern art sensibility. If contemporary is your thing, you will be in heaven—as were the judges who, according to Lyn, named Bibich “interior of the year” at the 2008 Cannes Boat & Yacht Show. For instance, the main saloon’s overhead lighting includes panels that are nearly fluorescent purple. The walls are sage-green leather and off-white Alcantra, a material that feels like suede. Off-white leather accents appear along the walls and the ceiling in spaces where more traditional yachts would have woodwork and soft, ambient lighting.
The yacht takes eight guests in four cabins. The master cabin has a full-beam bathroom, while the similar-sized VIP cabin has a walk-in closet. To my thinking, that’s a perfect recipe for two couples who want to split the weekly base rate, which as of this writing has been reduced by €10,000 to €50,000. The other two cabins have twin-size beds that are fine for adults or children, depending on your charter party.
Bibich’s sundeck (see photograph at right) feels spacious for a yacht of her size, with lovely sage green sunpads and a retractable bimini for dining or relaxing in the shade. Note that one reason this area feels so large is because it lacks some typical features including a hot tub, barbecue grill, and bar with sink, icemaker, and refrigerator.
Amenities that Bibich offers in spades fall into the audiovisual category. Each cabin has iPod docking stations and SkyTV receivers plus DVD players. There is also WiFi onboard for guest use, Lyn says. And, for outdoor fun, Bibich offers a Jet Ski that has been custom painted to match the yacht’s green hull.
Bibich will be based in France this summer as part of the Primo Yachts fleet, but she is not expected to head to the Caribbean this winter, Lyn told me. That’s because the owner is currently building a 134-foot trideck motoryacht at the same shipyard that launched Bibich. The new boat is scheduled to launch in June 2010.
Ask a reputable charter broker what will happen this winter and next summer in terms of charter availability on both yachts.—Kim Kavin