This is how the 180-foot-long, fast-displacement Vida came to be. The superyacht was unveiled earlier this year and showcased at various boat shows after its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and then handed over to the new owner last summer. Since it is privately commissioned and owned, details on its price have not been made public, but pretty much everything else is well documented.
With interiors by Be Design Associates, Vida is all about showing off, while maintaining a certain air of elegance and sophistication. Smith says he’s into minimalist interiors, but not in black and white, so he got a boat furnished in soft hues of brown and beige, in combination with smoked glass, mirrors and polished steel. The result is a cozy but somewhat masculine interior.
It has anything from a floating staircase to a wine cellar, and a pool with a waterfall, in addition to expansive staterooms, large dining and lounge areas, and solid performance on water. Speaking of performance, Vida is fitted with 2 MTU 8V 4000 M63 Diesel engines, can reach top speeds of 16 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots.
The standout feature is backlit ivory onyx arch frames that serve as a wine cellar for a 42-bottle collection. All the bottles point towards the dining area, and are meant as “a welcome for Vida’s guests, with the bottles pointing inward to the stunning saloon like myriad signposts,” Heesen says. Vida is also fitted with a statement floating staircase, which is also made of backlit ivory and alternating strips of fumé mirror, combined in “an incredibly intricate design that recalls the geometry one can create with Meccano pieces.”
The superyacht can accommodate 12 guests in 5 spacious staterooms on the lower deck, and has room for a crew of 13. The owner’s suite spans 860 square feet and is on the main deck, furnished lavishly in the same warm, earthy hues.
A fully equipped gym and a large fixed platform for easy access at sea for swimming and water games are also included. To put it in much simpler words, Vida is the kind of vessel where you might never grow bored, even if you tried your darndest to.