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charter yacht EmelinaThe 167-foot Codecasa motoryacht Emelina is owned by longtime charter clients aboard other megayachts.

charter yacht EmelinaFirst Impression: Emelina


Date toured: December 2011

The 167-foot Codecasa motoryacht Emelina is the first yacht ever owned by a couple who chartered extensively before buying. She launched in late 2008 after the American couple spent a year living near the shipyard in Italy, making sure that Emelina offered every detail they wanted. Only now, after several years of keeping her private, are the owners allowing charters for the first time.

“I’m happy to be getting back to chartering,” said Capt. Peter Pritchett, who has commanded nearly a dozen motoryachts including the 219-foot Lürssen Apoise. “The chef has also been on some large yachts and has done work as a private chef. We’re rearing to go.”

As Pritchett explained during my tour, Emelina has a surprisingly European décor given its American owners. The high-gloss, flame mahogany woodwork is extensive, there are onyx accents throughout, and a number of carved columns create an ambience of Old World elegance. Behind the main staircase is a hand-painted mural that’s not unlike ones I’ve seen in English countryside mansions.

Emelina accommodates 12 guests in five cabins. The master suite on the main deck includes a king-size bed, a queen-size pullout in the study, and a private sea balcony. Two of the belowdecks cabins have double beds, and the other two have twin beds with one bunk-style Pullman berth apiece. An elevator services all decks from the bottom-level cabins up to the sundeck.

My favorite space aboard Emelina was the sky lounge on the bridge deck. It feels enormous because the majority of the space is indoors, with a somewhat smaller-than-usual outdoor deck aft. I thought the sky lounge would be superb for entertaining, including at the formal dining table surrounded by curved glass.

On the sundeck, charter guests can enjoy a bar, a hot tub, and a gymnasium/massage room. Emelina also offers amenities including zero-speed stabilizers, a Kaleidescape entertainment system, and a Castoldi tender.

The lowest weekly base rate to charter Emelina is €196,000. She is expected to finish the current winter season before moving to the Mediterranean for summer 2012. Pritchett says the yacht will be available in both the East and West Mediterranean destinations. Burgess Yachts is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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