Delivered in May 2017, the spectacular custom-built 74 metres CRN CLOUD 9 is a powerful combination of engineering expertise and cutting-edge design, resulting from a close collaboration between CRN, Zuccon International Project and Winch Design.
The technical aspects of the project were developed by the CRN engineering team and the sweeping lines of the yacht’s exterior styling are from the drawing board of Zuccon International Project. Winch Design was appointed to create the exterior guest areas, interior decoration and owner’s supply, resulting in excess of over 1,000sq metres of design elements being conceived across all decks.
With a length overall of 74 metres, a beam of 13.5 metres and five expansive decks plus a sub deck, CLOUD 9’s sleek profile is enhanced by subtle superstructural design details which, together with the elegant aesthetics of her guest areas, have resulted in a superyacht of world-class calibre.
CLOUD 9 comfortably and luxuriously accommodates up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) across eight cabins, arranged as an owner’s suite, one VIP cabin and six doubles. In addition, accommodation is provided for 22 crew members plus a further two cabins for four staff members.
Imaginative and carefully-chosen details can be found across all five decks, characterised by understated colour schemes and a varied use of oak in many different guises, juxtaposed with mother-of-pearl elements, marine-inspired artwork and unique bas-relief decorations, such as the bespoke piece in the owner’s suite.
The main deck offers an unusual layout which includes a swimming pool lying athwartships on the aft deck. Indoors, the main saloon consists of harmonious symmetries and linear patterns, combined with precious materials and tactile textures, a trait repeated throughout all the yacht’s interior spaces. In the main saloon, bleached oak reigns supreme, cladding both the walls and deckheads, with one-direction grain converging precisely in an uninterrupted continuum of lines. The imposing lintels – bespoke single pieces – and the columns – true and proper sculptures – give an aristocratic appearance to the space, which is ideal for relaxing on the sofa and armchairs. Subtle and clear-cut steel profiles decorate the furniture and bar, while a glass sliding door separates the main saloon from the forward guest areas. The saloon can be transformed into a fully-fledged cinema by means of a large screen and projector which descend from the ceiling by domotic system.
In the guest cabins, where the AV system, lights and blinds are managed by a “Lutron” system controlled through iPads, the joinery between materials, edges and profiles has been kept to a bare minimum to create an atmosphere of harmonious and understated elegance. In the bathrooms, the pure white of the calacatta marble on the floor contrasts with the depth of the emperor black marble; unit doors are made in dark oak, engraved with a circular pattern that is repeated on the glass shower doors and on the shower gratings.
One of the embarkation points on CLOUD 9 is via the lower deck, where a boarding foyer awaits and an elevator connects this area with all other levels including the owner’s suite.
Located forward of the foyer is the galley, one staff cabin and crew quarters, including a lounge, a crew mess, office and 12 crew cabins. Towards the stern, aft of the engine room, two garages which, although housing two tenders and several water toys, boast design solutions and materials that are in line with the elegant style of the yacht’s interior spaces. The portside garage allows access to the water and opens onto a 25sq metre sea-level platform. The large beach club comes complete with tables, sun loungers and a shower covering an area of over 60sq metres.
An internal stairwell leads to the upper deck which houses a stylish open-plan saloon/dining area filled with natural light, featuring a mural depicting a tranquil sky scene. The versatile dining room is designed to offer an indoor-outdoor experience and glass panels slide open by 120° for al fresco dining options. Once the large circular table is removed, the space also easily converts into an open-air party deck in conjunction with the aft deck.
The private access to the owner’s deck – consisting of approximately 400sq metres of reserved space – leads directly into the media room. Designed as a private space for the family to relax in, it boasts a spacious sofa and large TV with a sliding door opening directly onto the aft deck transforming this space into a fully-fledged private outdoor cinema. A particular design detail that is found here and across the owner’s level is the mixed white wool and silk carpet: a custom-made bespoke single piece, with no joins. The mother-of-pearl details on the units create an interesting contrast against the pale oak, while the finish on the interior unit doors adds character to the room. Her bathroom stands out for its particular choice of marbles, different from all others on the yacht: the classic and semi-classic botticino on the walls are combined with the bush-hammered botticino on the floor, while the washbasin is notable for its dark and velvety shade of cappuccino marble. On the opposite side, his bathroom is sophisticated but practical and as in all bathrooms aboard CLOUD 9, design details are perfectly harmonised to optimise the uniqueness of the overall finish.
The sun deck is an area where guests can relax and have fun, soaking up the rays while reclining on the loungers, slipping into the jacuzzi or shooting down the water slide from a height of over 13 metres above sea level. Casual dining and moments of convivial entertainment can be spent around the large round table or at the bar, which is fully-equipped for Teppanyaki-style cooking.
Already lauded as one of the most impressive new superyachts to hit the water this year, CLOUD 9 is the culmination of the expertise of a team of perfectionists energised by the vision and enthusiasm of a knowledgeable owner.
CRN CLOUD 9 was premiered at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Specifications of Cloud 9:
LOA: 74m (242.8ft)
Beam: 13.5m (44.3ft)
Draft: 3.5m (11.5ft)
Gross Tonnage: 2,218 GT
Built: CRN, Italy, 2017
Naval Architecture: CRN Engineering Department
Exterior Design: Zuccon International Project
Interior Design: Winch Design
CRN Project Manager: Raffaele Giannetti
Owner’s Representive & Project Management: Burgess
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 X 2,682hp Caterpillar
Certification: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping LR 100 A1– SSC – “Y”, MONO, G6, LMC, UMS MCA LY2 compliant