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The latest arrival from the Italian shipyard CRN is called RIO. The 62m yacht’s elegant architecture is based on generous volumes and accommodates large full-height windows to yield natural light for the rooms, designed for enhancement of direct and constant sea contact.

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The splendid new M/Y RIO takes to the seas: the latest arrival from the Italian shipyard CRN, a true custom superyacht of 62-metre length and 11.20-metre beam, with 4 decks available for guests in a dynamic and functional layout.

The hull’s taut, streamlined lines and her almost vertical bow are the calling card for her dynamic, sporty character, created in keeping with her owner’s vision and defined in collaboration with Omega Architecture studios, which handled the exterior concept.

The yacht’s elegant architecture with steel hull and aluminium superstructure is based on generous volumes and accommodates large full-height windows to yield natural light for the rooms, designed for enhancement of direct and constant sea contact.

One of the particular character notes in the design is the profile of the main deck aft, set out in the arch styles of yacht designer Frank Laupman, which grant magnificent side and stern views while preserving on-board privacy.

The liveability of this superyacht evolved at the hand of Pulina Exclusive Interiors, the studio entrusted with ensuring comfort and ennobling the interiors with precious materials and colour combinations. The spaces are custom-designed for accommodation of up to 12 guests, including the master’s suite on the Owner’s Deck and five guest cabins, of which two VIPs – both full-beam, one located in the Main Deck at the bow and one in the Lower Deck – and finally three suites in the Lower Deck – two doubles and one twin. All these are accessible via the convenient lift, or by the stairs centrally situated in the lobby.

For younger family members, the owner wanted bright rooms and joyful atmospheres full of colour. Pulina studios responded with a design concept of tropical flavour, featuring predominantly light and white tones, pure lines and natural materials illuminated by brushstrokes of colour, skilfully mixed with vivacious, exotic decorations enlivened by vibrant motifs.

The prevalent use of sea tones, such as pastel turquoise and different shades of blue for furnishings, textiles, and finishes in custom textures, harmonises with the white of the walls. This correspondence is further enriched by the details – in shades of blue and fuchsia or green and grey –that characterise the individual decks.

The main wood species used for the yacht are American walnut and white-lacquered stave oak, chosen respectively for the floors and walls.

Creative stylistic detailing and unique works of art develop the singularity of each of the decks. Precious wallpapers and jungle-style decorations, including a group of hand-painted panels for the owner’s lobby, create extremely dynamic, joyful and ever-changing effects.

The on-board domotics compose an entire fleet, evolved from technologies long known to this yacht-builder. From a tablet interface, the user takes intuitive control over room temperatures, light locales and intensities, obscuring curtains … and of course all audio-video devices.

The Main Deck features a large open-air living space with a versatile layout and contemporary design furniture elements. The colour palette interacts with natural elements, above all the sky and sea, developing a unicum with the on-board tropical atmosphere.

A sliding glass door leads indoors to the comfortable main salon, a space open to multiple social and dining functions. With its many floor-to-ceiling windows, this extremely luminous room enjoys spectacular sea views. Here the white lacquered oak of the walls dominates, alternating with precious cotton wallpapers, again in shades of white, framed by thin lacquered profiles in shades of pastel turquoise.

As a connecting element between the indoor and outdoor lounge areas, guests are welcomed at either side by an American bar, sheathed in the azure and blue veins of precious Azul Macauba marble.

A large circular eight-place table – quickly converted for 12 – dominates the dining area. At the end of the saloon is a living zone furnished with a cosy sofa and large 83″ TV screen: a perfect area for guests to relax or for the wilder play of young and toddlers.

Continuing along the Main Deck to the central lobby we find a staircase in bleached oak, connecting all the levels. An embellishment of white leather wall trimming, continuously stitched in a star motif, endows a pillow-soft quilted effect. The lobby also houses the lift, serving all decks, with mirrored walls worked in three dimensions and an American walnut floor inlaid with Crema d’Orcia marble.

Beyond the lobby, a short corridor leading to the VIP cabin skirts the large kitchen, professionally designed and functionally equipped for service of gourmet dishes with no limits to imagination.

The VIP cabin, in full-beam dimensions, can be considered a second, very bright owner’s suite. The solution of a walk-in wardrobe large enough to house a relaxation area and desk, created at the owner’s specific request, assures these particular guests of a full environment for privacy and working comfort even while cruising. Similar solutions complement all the larger cabins. In the centre of the VIP cabin is a king-size bed, with white leather headboard worked in a 3D fish-scale effect: a detail that recurs differently in the headboards of all cabin beds. The wallpapers, worked in bamboo fibres interwoven with silver and cotton, offer pleasant textures nuanced in light blue. The VIP cabin is completed by two twin bathrooms, each with shower and toilet, distinguished by the use of precious materials such as Crema d’Orcia marble.

At the bow, a full-beam garage offers housing for two jet skis, numerous toys for the enjoyment of the whole family and guests, an 8-metre Pascoe Beachlander tender and a second crew-tender of almost 5 metres, also used as a rescue boat. In addition, CRN M/Y RIO is equipped with a 14-metre SACS Rebel 47 chase-boat tender.

The owner reserves an entire deck of approximately 323 square metres for exclusive and private use. At the stern an al fresco dining area lends itself to romantic and relaxing dinners, set at a centrepiece custom-made table in polished steel and natural teak. The American bar and barbecue made of fine Irish Green marble with bright green veins render every cooking experience glamorous.

Passing through the automatic glass doors leads to the sky lounge, a multifunctional space for relaxation and entertainment, with an adjoining cinema room convertible as a games room for younger guests, always in need of media connection, or yet again for hosting comfortable and extremely private business meetings.

The ambience features neutral white tones, enhanced by finishes and elements in various shades of pastel turquoise – such as the Azul Macauba marble bow cabinet and the precious raffia wallpaper – selected for re-impression of the marine mood running through the yacht.

Towards the bow we discover the refined Owner’s Suite with its large volumes and 180° windows overlooking the privacy oasis and the sea beyond. The white wall tones of lacquered oak offer harmonious contrast to different shades of bright blues in the finishes and furnishings. At the centre of the bedroom is the fully customised king-size bed, embellished with a white leather headboard worked in 3D-effect with petrol-green leather inserts.

The bathroom walls of Calacatta Vagli Oro and floors of Crema d’Orcia marbles render this private space precious and add still more luminosity to the spectacular sea views taken from the tub.

And of course the Owner has their study area with a desk, allowing devotion to duty with the constant consolation of sea views.

In the bow, the large 115-square-metre lounge with direct access from the owner’s suite enjoys its own privacy sheltered even from the gaze of crew members, for absolute on-board freedom. The integrated teak-clad pool again provides privacy from the helm station, but also shelter from winds under sail and the option of an awning for solar protection. When desired, this multifunctional space could also be opened up to guests for morning yoga sessions, or for dance-floor parties lit by the stars.

From the Wheelhouse Deck, the captain coordinates their crew and directs on-board operations through the state-of-the-art command bridge. From here, the first officer has direct access to their own spacious cabin with an operations office, but also ample provision for rest and refreshment, including a compact but highly functional pantry.

Towards the stern there is an outdoor area for guest relaxation and enjoyment, with comfortable sofas and a splendid fully customised raised swimming pool, integrated with a comfortable sundeck along one side. This versatile and attractive space readapts as a private outdoor cinema, for karaoke evenings, entertainment with friends in general … functions all supported by an American bar, with a precious Irish Green marble top and offers of sea-view seating.

Descending to the lower deck from the lobby we find four cabins at guests’ disposal, including a second full-beam VIP cabin with walk-in wardrobe, study area and bathroom with double washbasin. Completing the accommodations are two twin doubles and a twin with optional third bed, all characterised by the white lacquered oak-stave walls, enlivened with different finishes and customised with different colours.

This same deck includes a wellness area complete with a dedicated gym, a hammam with shower, and the beach club overlooking the sea, the latter lit by four enormous skylights passing through the floor of the next deck up. From this area the guests can also access numerous toys for enjoyment of water sports. A large TV screen carries any desired media entertainment or converts as an interactive whiteboard. The spaces of this deck are completed by large crew quarters, consisting of seven spaciously functional and highly-finished cabins, the service pantry and kitchens.

RIO’s engine room contains the propelling force of two powerful Caterpillar motors, allowing her to reach maximum speeds of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots with a range of 4,500 nautical miles. One of the successes of this vessel in its eco-sustainable aims is seen in achievement of IMO Tier III1 certification, guaranteeing 70% reductions in harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the engine exhaust.

Representing the future shipowner in the adventurous and challenging realisation of RIO were TWW Yachts and TWW Yacht Management, specialised companies that expertly supervised the construction and will now continue with operational management, including charter activities in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.

RIO will be on display at the next Monaco Yacht Show from 28 September to 1 October 2022, making her first appearance in guaranteed perfect form.

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