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On Board: Charter Yacht Liberty

The 163-foot ISA motoryacht earned a nomination in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards

Liberty is a 163-foot ISA motoryacht that launched in 2011 and earned a nomination in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards. She has one of the most eclectic interiors that I’ve ever seen aboard a megayacht, one that manages to exude style without seeming formal or ostentatious. I’m sure that Liberty’s look is not for those who prefer bland neutral tones, but I quite enjoyed just standing in each room and looking around, almost as if I were in a contemporary museum. From the moment that I stepped onboard Liberty in Italy, I felt immediately comfortable as well as surrounded by interesting things.

For instance, the main salon aboard Liberty features limed oak and mother of pearl along with pieces such as a distressed mirror that almost force you to lean in for a closer look. The bar in the sky lounge has a front that is composed like a thin aquarium, not with fish but instead with bubbles and colors that constantly change. The master bathroom is done in mosaic mother-of-pearl tiles along with black marble that has been cut to reveal fossils. One of the guest cabins has woven granite walls, and lamps are see-through to highlight everything from chunks of wood to floating river rocks. Some of the walls in the guest bedrooms are entirely covered in wallpaper-size photographs of sea creatures, turning each room into a piece of art (as shown in the photograph at right).

Space-wise, Liberty accommodates 12 guests in six cabins. The master is on the main deck forward with a large study and king-size bed. The VIP cabin is on the bridge deck, while the remaining four guest cabins are belowdecks. Two of those bottom-deck cabins have king-size beds, one has twin beds that can convert to a king, and one has twin beds plus a bunk-style Pullman berth.

Liberty’s crew told me that the owners enjoy being onboard with family, so there are a good number of water toys and entertainment options. Indoors, guests will find WiFi along with a Kaleidescape digital movie and music system. Outdoors, options include a pair of Castoldi jet tenders, two SeaDoos, two SeaBobs, and a Sea Jet (which is a smaller version of a SeaBob). The owner is also a serious fisherman, so the gear onboard is substantial.

Check out this promo video to get a sense of what charter clients can experience on board:

Liberty has been available for charter in the Mediterranean this past summer. Her winter destination is yet to be announced. When I was onboard in May, the crew told me the owner was considering the Red Sea.

The weekly base rate to charter Liberty is €235,000, and YPI Charter is the management company. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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