‘Below Deck Sailing Yachts’ has aired on Bravo TV, and as viewers discover what life is like for crew aboard sailing yacht PARSIFAL III, we take a look back at the motor yachts in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the Mediterranean that have made the series so captivating.
BELOW DECK SERIES – Caribbean & Bahamas
Season One – SOTAVENTO (alias HONOR)
Benetti luxury yacht SOTAVENTO was known as CUOR DI LEONE at the time of filming back in 2013, and this prestigious 50m/163.8ft superyacht was last refitted in 2018 to prepare for her return to the charter market. Her price tag is well earned: She boasts top quality entertainment systems, a larger Jacuzzi than the one seen on the show, new water toys and status as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre. Add to this her luscious interiors from Stefano Natucci and you have all the right ingredients for the ultimate getaway with a night on the town in a different city each night.
Sleeping up to 12 guests over 6 cabins – two of which are convertible – superyacht SOTAVENTO is a versatile choice for charter to all the best Mediterranean hot spots.
Season Two – RHINO
Season Two aired in summer 2014 and brought a new luxury yacht to admire: OHANA. Now known as RHINO, she also received a refit in 2018 (the last being in 2014 before the show) and although slightly shorter than her predecessor at 46.9m/154ft, she packs a wallop with a massive selection of water toys as well as a 12m/40ft water slide, a sundeck Jacuzzi, choice alfresco dining and sunbathing areas and a magnificent beach club-like interior from Donald Starkey. As another Approved RYA Water Sports Centre guests can spend their time learning to jet ski before resting in the air-conditioned interior with games consoles and a large selection of films at hand.
Season Three – HUNTER (ex MUSTANG SALLY – alias EROS)
As the seasons rolled on 49m/161ft motor yacht HUNTER provided another lavish treat with elegant interior panelling and a casino-like setting with rich wooden panelling throughout that evokes the feel of a gentleman’s club. Outside, the fresh and bright living areas will tempt the group away from the air conditioning an into the summer breeze. Sun loungers are everywhere they are needed and so are the bars, with a Jacuzzi on the sundeck surrounded by sunbeds the crowning glory.
Overnight charter guests are accommodated over 5 en-suite cabins to sleep 11, with a crew of 10 on hand to keep everything running smoothly day and night.
Season Four, Five & Seven – BG (alias VALOR)
A classic Feadship superyacht with modern monochrome interiors, 47m/153ft BG (ex.CHARADE) returned in two later seasons after first being introduced in Season Four. What makes her such an attractive package is her large selection of water toys, including her inflatable climbing wall and water slide, serene interiors with great entertainment options, a large Jacuzzi and numerous sunbathing areas on board.
The accommodation sleeps 12 guests in 6 large, light-filled en-suite cabins while a professional crew of 7 take care of every little detail.
Season Six – MY SEANNA
MY SEANNA from Delta Marine set a few record firsts for the show: The largest yacht so far to feature, the first yacht to appear under her own name and not an alias, and the first yacht to charter outside of the Caribbean & Bahamas yacht charter grounds, giving viewers insight into the South Pacific and Tahiti in particular.
The alfresco cinema, dance floor and touch-n-go helipad added a new layer of luxury and convenience to what viewers were used to seeing in the outdoor areas, where sunbeds, grand alfresco dining tables and sundeck Jacuzzis set the tone for fun in the sun. The interiors by Glade Johnson Design are considered some of the most opulent available on the charter market, and the classic setting featuring detailing in 22-carat gold leaf contains a cinema and a Gran Tour player piano while a wine cellar is hidden away in the galley.
The accommodation is designed for up to 12 guests overnight in 6 lavish en-suite cabins. The crew of 12 gives a 1:1 guest ratio for stellar service throughout every charter.
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN SERIES
Season One – IONIAN PRINCESS
The Mediterranean is the world’s most popular luxury yacht charter grounds and it was therefore only natural that a spin-off series would focus on this incredible region.
45.7m/150ft M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS from Christensen and Palmer Johnson competed with MY SEANNA in terms of classic lavishness, where tasselled curtains could be draw to for privacy while enjoying dinner at the formal dining table, surrounded by gloss mahogany panels and fluted columns.
The accommodation sleeps 12 across 6 en-suite cabins as detailed as the shared living areas. There is also a crew of 10 for first-class service wherever you go.
Season Two – SIROCCO
The Heesen 47m/154.2 made an appearance in the second season and left an impression with her Indonesian-style interiors with intricate marquetry from Omega Architects. Sunbeds and alfresco dining areas can be found across the decks, however, the sundeck also hosts a Jacuzzi and outdoor gym.
Inside there is a cinema room and an extensive main saloon with a wet bar for refreshments throughout the day. The accommodation meanwhile provides for up to 12 guests over 6 en-suite cabins, the Master suite being on the upper deck to enjoy 180-degree views. A crew of 9 will be on-hand day or night for impeccable service.
Season Three – TALISMAN MAITON
Proteksan Turquoise motor yacht TALISMAN MAITON is the largest vessel to appear on the show at 54.2m/177.10ft, and this additional room was put to good use storing an extensive list of water toys and gym equipment, and ample outdoor areas for relaxation and exercise in the sunshine or shade.
The interiors are timeless, contrasting dark mahogany panelling against cream and earthen tones in the furnishings that provide welcoming social spaces for guests and visitors.
The en-suite staterooms are also well-proportioned and there are 6 cabins for up to 12 guests. An expert crew of 13 will ensure that guests off all ages are entertained and well looked after throughout their time on board.