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Editor’s Choice – 5 Favourite Features

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I have had the pleasure of enjoying and featuring some incredible luxury yachts over my tenure.

Since I’m from the city of London, UK, the entire crewed luxury yacht industry was completely new to me in emigrating to the BVI and it was a pleasure to not only view these magnificent vessels, but also relish the hospitality they showed as well.

It’s nice to reminisce about those moments when cruising across the water on one of these amazing boats and so I constructed a list of my preferred featured yachts. This was challenging to decide, but in ascending chronological order, here are my five favourite features that VIPY exhibited since inception of Yacht Spotlight in 2013:

Cuan Law – February 2014

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The major amenities that made Cuan Law such a great feature were that this 105-foot vessel has full scuba diving facilities on board. She also has an incredible story behind her foundation, spearheading the crewed yacht industry in the BVI since 1971. This yacht truly exhibits the magic of BVI innovation and if you’re interested in more information, please see our February 2014 issue online available on ISSUU.

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Necker Belle – September 2014

SUPER YACHT - Necker Belle, 34 meters, owned by Richard Branson - 01/10/09 ph. Andrea Francolini/Virgin Limited

This famous vessel had to be on the list. Necker Belle is a 105-foot cruising catamaran tailoring their charters around the Caribbean to their guests’ pleasure. Named after Sir Richard Branson’s home and favourite retreat Necker Island, her accommodations are second to none. I remember sitting on this vessel and marvelling at the size of the flat screen TV in the salon. Discover more in our September 2014 issue on ISSUU.

SUPER YACHT - Necker Belle, 34 meters, owned by Richard Branson - 11/11/09 - Sydney (AUS) ph. Andrea Francolini/Virgin Limited

Prodigious – October 2014

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Phenomenal hosting is what I recall most about this vessel and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the feature. At the time when I boarded, Prodigious revealed elegance and functionality, allowing for relaxed cruising across the BVI’s waters. Every single area of the boat was a comfortable space and one could see the perceptive design invested into the spacious fly bridge area, that we concluded guests would find to be the preferred spot. See October 2014’s issue on ISSUU for more about this fantastic boat.

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Kings Ransom – November 2014


A vessel of prestige, it’s no wonder she has such a name as Kings Ransom. Experiencing this yacht’s hospitality and comforts, I certainly felt like royalty. On first appearance, the most noticeable aspect was its ample, airy space. There are some flats in London that could stand to use such room! For this city guy, it was astonishing. For more about Kings Ransom, please see November 2014 issue on ISSUU.


Diamonds are Forever – September 2015

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Finally, not a yacht I got to appreciate hands-on myself, but I’m certain by its phenomenal appearance that it is quite the sensation. I felt the Diamonds are Forever feature rose the bar of our magazine, similar to our other James Bond inspired boat—Octopussy—this month. Just like the opulence of a royal palace, the imagery glistened and all I can do is hope, one day, I will have an opportunity to jump on board this vessel or something similar! To see more about Diamonds are Forever, visit our September 2015 edition on ISSUU.

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Photography by Bill Harrigan, Rainbow Visions BVI, Virgin Limited Edition, Yacht Shots BVI, SkyVision VI, and Bugsy Gedleck

Erin Paviour-Smith

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