To be on “cloud nine” has long suggested a perfect state of happiness and elation. The ninth cloud described in the original 1895 International Cloud Atlas was the enormous, beautiful, powerful cumulonimbus. Sharing many attributes with such a distinctive natural formation, CRN’s new 74-meter/243-foot motor yacht Cloud 9 gives much the same sense of bliss.
The second largest in its fleet after Chopi Chopi, Cloud 9’s five spacious decks deliver an extraordinary thousand-plus square meters of living space that comfortably accommodates 16 guests in 8 cabins, with 22 crew on board to provide seamless service. At charter, Cloud 9 welcomes 12 guests.
An experienced Australian owner who previously enjoyed a 60-meter/197-foot yacht built by French firm CMN accepted delivery of Cloud 9 in April of 2017 after the Ancona launch in late January. CRN put top talent together with the Zuccon International Project to pen the stunning exterior lines of Cloud 9’s steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Winch Design was engaged to complete interior design as well as exterior guest spaces, outlining a smooth layout with thoughtful placement of key onboard destinations and an eye for elegant, efficient service.
Cloud 9 is powered by two 3516C 2,000 kW @ 1600 rpm Caterpillar engines, giving her a speed advantage at 16.5 knots, with comfortable passage-making of 15 knots for 6,000 nautical miles and a 250,000-liter fuel capacity. Owning a draft of 4 meters/13.1 feet, a beam of 13.5 meters/44.3 feet, and zero speed stabilizers, Cloud 9 ensures a comfortable ride for guests and good seakeeping by crew. Available for charter through Burgess, Cloud 9 cruises the Caribbean and Bahamas in winter and the Western Mediterranean in summer, beginning at $896,000 Euros/$875,000 USD per week.
From the boarding foyer on the lower deck, an elevator connects to all levels. The owner’s deck is designed with privacy, yet allows enormous views from the centerline king bed through a large expanse of glass, and the private deck fully forward. Dual baths, walk-in wardrobes, and a cloud-soft white silk and wool carpet touch on the sophisticated details.
A private owner’s deck saloon aft proves the perfect niche for family time, opening to the sea for al fresco movie nights. The owner’s suite and all staterooms are paneled in bleached oak, each with a distinctive finish. Fully-poshed with sumptuous seating, sculpted carpeting, marine inspired art, and lovely bas relief surfaces, accommodations are divine by the highest standard.
Set athwartships, the stem to stern pool earns praise for increased deck space. The main deck massage area with fold-out deck boasts a hair salon and private bath. An expansive main deck saloon serves as a plush gathering space, opening to the aft deck, transforming into a cinema via the domotic system large screen and projector that descend for viewing.
Beach Club and Beyond
The beach club stretches out through an extension to offer an expanded sun and play area, encouraging exploration of the fully-stocked selection of toys. Waverunners, SeaBobs, ocean kayaks, a full menu of towables, snorkel and fishing equipment, an inflatable dock with jellyfish net, and a 114-meter waterslide whisking guests from the sundeck to the sea are just some of the options.
Considering the 31-foot Nouvrania tender, a Mini Catamaran Evoque 420, and a MasterCraft competition ski boat, the sky is truly the limit for an exciting day on the water. A gym equipped with spin bikes, rowing machine, treadmill, and Kinesis machine invites workouts, while the sundeck spa pool and teppanyaki bar expand the options for sunning or mesmerizing sunset views.
Satellite TV and an Apple music and movie server controlled via iPad, add to the communications, WiFi, and internet entertainment options. The AV system, along with lights and blinds, are also controlled by iPads through a Lutron system. Bleached oak, contrasting with natural wood deckhead panels and a graceful palette of blues and creams, are interspersed with mother of pearl and Calcutta marble in the bath, and embellished in tasteful sea motifs.
At 2,218 GT, and classed LR X 100 A1– SSC – “Y”, MONO, G6, XLMC, UMS MCA LY2 compliant
by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Cloud 9 offers every advantage for a luxurious experience at sea.