design et al is proud to announce that the US-based interior design studio Clear Yacht Interiors, part of the Clear Group International Company, has been shortlisted for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015, with luxury charter yacht Mari-Cha III. Sailing yacht Mari-Cha III will compete in the ‘Sailing Yacht over 30 metres’ category.
As an iconic sailing yacht, luxury yacht Mari-Cha III arrived at Derecktor Shipyards in Connecticut, for a major overhaul on a variety of items. Clear Yacht Interiors focused on completely transforming the interior wood surfaces, removing about 85% of the interior millwork, as well as designing, repairing, fabricating and installing select joinery pieces, stainless steel elements, stonework, specialty exterior fittings, upholstered items and lighting.
The transformation of the interior surfaces included over 6500 hours of sanding, catalysed body filling, fairing, priming and painting (Imron). The extent of damage on the veneer surfaces (previously wire-brushed and refinished in a white latex paint), lead to the decision of sanding all surfaces down to wood adding thousands of hours of “zen” sanding.
This labour-intensive work achieved an overall smooth, incredibly deep luster finish with a level of perfection that exceeded expectations. The additional custom joinery, stainless steel, stone, lighting and soft goods speciality work all contributed to a minimalist-oriented design showcasing a fluid, clean décor which purposely reflected the aerodynamic, streamlined and sleek exterior of the record-setting racing charter yacht Mari-Cha III.