|2012 Genoa Charter Yacht Show: Day Three|
|Written by Kim Kavin|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:26|
I spent much of the day today at the Aquarium Cay of the Genoa Charter Yacht Show. This marina is across the harbor from the show's primary venue and typically features smaller charter yachts. A lot of brokers and press ignore this cay, but I always make time because there usually are some real gems in the mix.
That was true this year, as well. During my time at the Aquarium Cay today, I got to know two great new sailing yachts for charter--the 111-foot Annagine with Ocean Independence and the 106-foot Kestrel with Select Charter Services--both of which I'll have full reviews of for you soon. I also spent time aboard a year-old, 97-foot Sunseeker motoryacht called Tuppence that had a feature I've never seen on a charter yacht of any size, anywhere else in the world.
Check out the photographs at right. They are of a faucet in one of the guest cabins aboard Tuppence. (This style of faucet is in all the guest cabins and the day head, actually.) The faucet is designed to color-coordinate itself along with the temperature of the water.
A small light is at the top of the faucet, and it starts out shining bright blue. When you turn the handle to make the water hot, the light turns to purple and then to bright red as the water gets hotter and hotter. I took these photos after turning the handle and waiting about five seconds between colors.
I thought this was nothing more than a fun little gimmick when I first tried it out, but then a charter broker who also happens to be a mother noted how helpful it would be to young children onboard. Hot water on boats can be pretty scalding sometimes, and the bright red light would let the child know to keep her hands clear.
Tuppence has some other great features, too, all of which I'll share with you in an upcoming review. For now, you can get more information through management company Oceanstyle, or contact any reputable charter broker about any of the yachts that I've mentioned in this blog post.
More from the docks in Genoa tomorrow, when I'll be visiting the third and final venue in the show.
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