The 85m (278.8ft) VICTORIOUS is a brand-new, feature-packed explorer yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure built to Lloyd’s classification and MCA LY2 compliance. She was delivered by Turkish shipyard Akyacht in summer 2021, in collaboration with a dream team of Michael Leach Design and H2 Yacht Design, and is delighting eager guests as a Burgess-managed charter yacht. She has an extraordinary list of features. On the lower deck is a 200sqm (2,153sqft) beach club and wellness centre with a large pool, two lounge and bar areas, sea terraces port and starboard, dedicated gym, massage and treatment room, hammam and beauty salon. Also on the lower deck are double and twin cabins for guests, children or staff. There is step-free access to an elevator serving lower to bridge decks. The main deck has a children’s playroom, a tiered cinema and five further guest suites forward including a full-beam VIP suite with a private lounge. The main deck aft is a huge space dedicated to stowage for three of the yachts four tenders. These include a 12.5m (41ft) custom-built aluminium catamaran limo/beach-lander, a 11.6m sportfishing Fountain 38 and a RIB, and there is also enclosed stowage for her collection of watertoys. With the tenders launched, this space has potential for a range of guest activities. On the bridge deck, the owner’s suite is aft facing with his-and-hers en suite, walk-in wardrobe and access to the jacuzzi and sunpads on the aft terrace. Walkaround sidedecks lead forward either side to seating forward of the bridge. Also on the upper deck are two children’s cabins that could also serve as staff cabins. These complete accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 cabins. The upper deck is all about entertainment. On the aft deck is a sit-up bar, open air dining for 16 guests and banquette seating, as well as a jacuzzi and sunpads aft. Walkaround sidedecks lead forward to the touch-and-go foredeck helipad, which could also serve as an entertainment space or sun lounge. Inside the sky lounge has lounge seating and a sit-up bar, there is an observation lounge with wraparound views and a baby grand piano forward, as well as a formal dining room and a second, more intimate lounge. For the ultimate after-dinner occasion, the sun deck has two lounge areas including one with its own working fireplace, and there is also a wine cellar, humidor and an open-air terrace aft to enjoy your cigar. Twin 1,475hp Caterpillar diesel engines give her a top speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 13 knots and an explorer yacht range of 14,000nm. She also has zero speed stabilisers to ensure comfort on arrival.

Mike Kerstein

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