Review: Lady Thuraya Superyacht
This Dutch-built classic 31 meter sailing yacht is perfect for a family charter. Take it easy or actually participate in sailing her, as you please.
She’s an elegant classic, but actually Lady Thuraya was custom built by Lubbe-Voss in Germany in 1982. This 31m beauty went through an 18-month refit starting in 2009, giving the yacht an ultra modern interior while retaining her classic exterior lines. Surely the best of both worlds?
From the dock, or the shore, Lady Thuraya stuns with an elegant silhouette that is richly complemented by her comfortable, contemporary, and chic interior. Guests enter through a gracious saloon combined with a comfortable dining area spanning the width of the yacht. The saloon features all-around windows, providing serene seascapes while underway or enchanting vistas at anchor. The internal helm station forward, will keep the curious passengers occupied during the cruise. The semi-open galley is only a step away, with Chef standing by to serve up the very finest cuisine – just ask, and it arrives.
This is an absolutely perfect superyacht for a family charter. Lady Thuraya accommodates up to eight guests in two double and two twin cabins. The master cabin offers a queen size bed and all expected amenities. The VIP double follows suit, just with slightly less floor space. Along with the two twin bunk cabins – one with two lower singles and the other with upper-and-lower bunks – all accommodation comes with spacious lockers, en-suite bathrooms, stereo, flat screen TVs and air-conditioning.
The comprehensive selection of onboard water toys includes a 6.4m tender, wakeboards, water-skis, tube, slide, doughnuts, snorkeling gear, dive station, and Laser and Optimist sailing dinghies. Indoors, there are board games for children (and grown-ups!), a library, entertainment center, and full international, internet and satellite comms to stay in touch (if you must). Capt Roel is very happy to encourage guests to get involved with sailing – both the small boats and the big one – but of course they don’t have to if they don’t want to. But seriously… what better way for some sailing newbies to get to grips with the ultimate transport experience?
For her Captain and crew, setting sail and entertaining guests is a dream come true. Roel is a lifelong sailor, an advanced diver, and an all-round watersports enthusiast. Add in a highly experienced crew of five, and a charter onboard Lady Thuraya is a luxurious adventure. This superbly appointed sailing superyacht recently arrived in Asia after voyaging all the way from Greece. She is, of course, available for charter.
Text by Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell
This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34