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On Board the Charter Yacht Vicky

The 195-foot motoryacht, when she launched in 2009, was the largest-ever build from Baglietto

Date toured: May 2013

The 195-foot Vicky is the largest superyacht ever built by the Baglietto shipyard in Italy. She launched in 2009 and got a new owner in 2012. He kept the name Vicky, brought in a new captain, and re-launched her into charter with a new crew in early 2013. That’s when I got onboard for a look around with Ocean Independence charter and sales broker Marco Vandoni.

My first impression of Vicky is that she is an extremely open-feeling boat. So many yachts use every single inch of space that it’s almost startling to see one whose rooms are sparsely filled. Vicky’s sheer size makes her guest areas large, especially because she has tall ceilings in addition to large rooms. Sometimes it felt to me like there wasn’t enough furniture in the guest spaces, they seemed so voluminous compared with other yachts in Vicky’s size range. The approach to interior décor is modern, almost minimalist, and an interesting change of pace from what is aboard most other superyachts available for charter.

You might think that, given her size, Vicky would be a 12-guest charter yacht, but she accommodates only 10 guests in five staterooms that are just as spacious as the other guest areas. There is a main-deck master plus four guest staterooms below, two with queen beds and two with twins. A proper foyer leads to the guest rooms on the bottom deck featuring chairs, an aquarium, and a television.

“This is where men wait while women get their hair correct,” Vandoni said with a chuckle as we stood in the foyer.

Two decks up, the sky lounge aboard Vicky felt Eastern European to me, with mosaic tile and a full-size hammam for anyone who likes to relax with a good steam. The sundeck up top includes lounges, observation chairs, and a small dining area along with a hot tub that overlooks the helipad, which can be used for parties when there is no touch-and-go drop-off happening.

“We do big dances there,” Vandoni told me. “Parties for 50 people are no problem.”

Vicky is expected to spend summers in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean, with a lowest weekly base rate of €230,000. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin

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