The first thing seasoned nautical folk notice is its striking axe bow with vertical blade, which enhances fuel efficiency; aesthetes are drawn instead to its Art Deco period, Gatsby-esque interiors, in which seductive beiges, browns, whites and creams are juxtaposed with textured fabrics and hand-crafted, unique objets d’art.
Visitors of all persuasions, though, tend to have the same reaction when they first encounter 11.11, which was launched in 2015 by prestigious Italian yacht builder Benetti: wide-eyed astonishment that a superyacht could be so lavishly deserving of that “super” prefix.
Named as a nod the owner’s eldest daughter’s birthday, 11.11 can accommodate up to 12 guests across six luxurious cabins which include a master suite with walk-in dressing and powder room and 180-degree views overlooking a private sundeck with jet pool and sunbathing zone. The four other guest cabins are on the lower deck and are all doubles, though two can convert to twins if preferred, and there’s even a nursery room with a cot next to the master bedroom.
The main sundeck, meanwhile, features a jet pool decorated with pearlescent mosaic tiles, an Italian stone bar, a soft area plus indoor and outdoor terraces. Superyacht experiences are about what you do around the boat as well as on it, of course, and 11.11’s off-board toys include an eight-metre limo tender, jet skis, Seadoos, Seabobs, kayaks and a wide selection of towables and inflatables.
With 11.11 currently based in the Mediterranean, fully crewed and ready to charter, appealing itineraries and destinations for this summer include the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily – an uncrowded haven, perfect for summer cruising (they have also only had one coronavirus case on Vulcano), while 11.11’s possession of a Spanish Charter License and its captain and crew’s experience of cruising the Balearics make jaunts around Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera appealing too.
And talking of the pandemic that has blighted so many travel plans, Charlie Birkett, the Co-Founder and CEO of Y.CO, points out that yachting’s appeal has never been higher than in the post-Covid-19 era. “We observed a 28 per cent rise in our website traffic during the quarantine period and we’re now seeing this convert into new charter enquiries as the situation shows signs of easing and destinations start to welcome tourism again,” he says.
“It’s clear to us that in the long term, there will always be a demand from people to go on holiday and enjoy everything that yachting offers. It’s also become especially clear that yachting is being viewed as a safe alternative to shore-based travel, both by clients and the destinations themselves.”
Diligence within the yachting milieu has also, says Birkett, helped make water-based summer recreation the go-to option for those raring to engage in a getaway while Europe is basked in sunshine. “There’s a clear commitment throughout the industry to making charter both accessible and safe in these times and, as a company, we’re working closely alongside owners and captains to vigilantly evaluate and implement a range of measures to ensure the safety and peace of mind of everyone on board.
“Yachts like 11.11 that have an enormous range of amenities on offer and one of the most experienced crews in the industry are especially in demand at the moment,” he continues, “as clients re-evaluate their summer plans and choose to swap crowded ports for quiet anchorages, enjoying active and varied itineraries with limited time spent ashore. Guests on ·11·11· have access to an arsenal of water toys and inflatables, a range of different options for dining and relaxing on board and a massage treatment room and steam room.
“Moreover, her world-class chef has an outstanding ability to create fresh cuisine from local ingredients, which negates any need to go ashore to visit restaurants or beach clubs. With so much on offer on board yachts such as these, it’s clear that yacht charter is a fantastic opportunity for clients to enjoy their summer holiday with minimal risk.”
11.11 is available for charter for €650,000 a week this summer.
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