The update was a collaboration between Owner, designers and shipyard that saw the work completed within a period of just six months.
M/Y A2 began a 10-year update in 2018 that saw extensive modifications to her interior and exterior layout to fulfil the Owner’s desire for brighter, more spacious living areas with ‘big windows, three comfortable bedrooms and one big open space on the main deck’. New York-based designer Peter Marino was brought in to give her decor a fresh contemporary look that fits perfectly with the rest of her changes.
The main deck has experienced the most extensive changes to the layout: The forward lounge is now a spacious modern galley, creating more room for the amidships pilothouse and lounge, which now features a larger C-shaped sofa beneath the port windows while the starboard side has been installed with a bar. The corner formal dining area has been given its own space close to the aft sliding doors, and the area can also be used as a second lounge or extension to the main salon.
Below, the lower deck layout once placed the over-ample laundry between the full-beam amidships Master suite and the rest of the guest accommodation. This layout has been changed to move the Captain’s cabin and laundry aft of the previous Master suite, providing a buffer between the guest accommodation and the engine room. What was once the laundry is now a spacious double cabin with two new windows for the Owner’s daughter, and behind is the en-suite bathroom to port and a walk-in-wardrobe to starboard.
The forward guest cabins have also undergone extensive changes: Whereas before there were side-by-side bunk cabins, there is now a full-beam Master suite with dressing room and marble bathroom. Even the en-suite VIP stateroom in the bow has received modifications to move the port-side wardrobes to the aft wall to introduce more natural light into the bedroom.
Outside, the main deck aft cockpit has been installed with a broad row of sunbeds and a fixed alfresco dining area providing diners with a raised table, plush sofa seating and movable chairs. The foredeck now has the inclusion of windows to light the guest accommodation below, and the superstructure conceals storage for motorised water toys and a tender, which are safely launched and retrieved using a Davit crane.
The flybridge has been converted from storage for the tender into a place where guests can unwind in the sunshine or pull over the bimini shade to savour drinks or a light meal from the C-shaped sofa while enjoying the warmth and the views.
A pair of diesel engines give her a top speed of 31.5 knots, a fast cruising speed of 24 knots and an economical speed of 20 knots.
“When the owner was still considering buying the boat, we discussed a prospective refit to free up its massive potential,” recalls Spadolini. “The owner went ahead and bought her in early 2018 and work started immediately. It was a challenging project as he wanted to make significant changes and gave the refit team just half a year to complete the job, which required a high level of cooperation and synergy between the owner, the designers and the C.A.R.M. shipyard in Lavagna.”
As windows were cut into the hull, this meant that Class needed to survey her again. The installation of two gyro stabilisers also meant that sound levels had to be monitored, as one was installed directly below the Master suite.
“They said it was the best family holiday they had ever had,” says Spadolini. “Which is music to a designer’s ears!”