The new 62m superyacht RIO: a fully bespoke nautical work of art.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
This true-custom yacht with an unmistakable pursuit: to make on-board life uniquely pleasurable
Delivered in May of 2022, the magnificent CRN M/Y RIO is the latest true-custom steel and aluminium superyacht by CRN, an entirely bespoke nautical work of art. The taut, flowing hull lines and near-vertical bow bear striking testament to her remarkable elegance and dynamic, sporty personality.
The new 62-metre beauty is the fullest expression of the Ancona yard’s artisanal skill, design expertise and fine construction quality. She was designed and built by CRN in close collaboration with design and architecture studio Omega Architects, who created the exterior concept, and designers Pulina Exclusive Interiors for the styling inside.
TWW Yachts is representing the owner, while TWW Yacht Management has provided integral technical consultancy with survey and project management oversight throughout the final stages of construction and onward through her operational management.
Created to her owner’s vision, CRN M/Y RIO exudes a supreme harmony between the ample interior and exterior spaces, evoking a strong sense of fluidity, an impression of even greater volume and a perceptual and functional unity between inside and out.
The generous full-height windows form a visual continuum in sync with the elegant exterior architecture. They offer a delightful play of reflected shimmer, bathing the spaces in light and enabling constant direct contact with the sea. The main aft deck profile revels in the harmony of designer Frank Laupman’s signature arches, which protect the deck and assure guests’ privacy while framing superb views from the side and stern.
At 62 metres long and 11.2 metres in the beam, this 4-deck yacht comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in the owner’s suite and 5 guest cabins. These are comprised of 2 full-beam VIPs – one on the main deck forward, the other on the lower deck – and 3 suites on the lower deck, namely 2 doubles and a twin, served by a lift to all decks. There are also 9 cabins for the 15 crew.
This true-custom yacht has an unmistakable pursuit: to make on-board life uniquely pleasurable. The owner can enjoy the harmonious distribution and quality of the spaces, with a smooth, fluid layout designed specially to unite the many large indoor and outdoor living areas seamlessly in masterly style, where natural light reigns supreme.
The magnificent outdoor spaces are conceived as multipurpose areas for relaxing and sociable moments. This wealth of spaces includes the stern lounge with bright, airy al fresco dining facilities or the lounge at the bow on the owner deck with a generous spa pool and sun area for fitness use and parties. Not to mention the wellness lounge with water toys aplenty at the beach club, or the huge spa pool and cinema zone aft on the wheelhouse deck. All these areas are ideal for spending memorable moments enjoying the open-air lifestyle to the fullest with family and friends.
The entire superyacht is tailored to create an extraordinary personalised cruising experience steeped in freedom and privacy. The owner can savour the seclusion of their own private deck or dive into the buzz of the sizeable social areas.
CRN M/Y RIO reflects an advanced contemporary concept of on-board living. The comfort is set off with sublime details selected with absolute care, where exquisite materials mingle with specially developed colour combinations.
The owner expressly requested bright, colourful spaces and a happy atmosphere for the younger family members to enjoy. A vibrant concept has been developed with a tropical mood, where the prevailing upbeat white tones, pure lines and natural materials are set off by a judicious mix of lively pops of colour and vivid décor inspired by exotic motifs. The white walls harmonise with the marine palette, from pastel turquoise to the varying shades of azure for the furnishings and textiles in custom textures. And delightful details – in tones of blue and fuchsia or green and grey – further embellish every deck.
The preferred woods are American walnut and white lacquered oak in staves, selected respectively for the floors and walls all through the yacht. Crema d’Orcia and Calacatta Vagli Oro marbles grace the bathrooms, chiming with the predominant light hues. The most vivid notes come from other marbles: the blues of the Azul Macauba in the saloons and the mossy Irish Green in the outdoor American bars light up the spaces with colour combinations in marine-inspired moods.
Imaginative stylish details and custom artworks permeate all the decks with character. Sumptuous wallpapers and jungle-style decorations, like the hand-painted panels in the owner’s lobby, create vibrant, joyous, endlessly fascinating effects.
The yacht’s interiors are by Zago S.p.A, a Ferretti Group company established over a century ago as a small artisanal carpentry workshop. Zago is now a major player in bespoke naval furnishings and a champion of Italian manufacturing excellence.
As with the owner suite, all the guest areas and cabins come with the very latest smart-automation technology. This allows guests to control and personalise the air conditioning system, the opening and closing of the curtains, the lighting – from the brightness to switching on and off – and, naturally, all the audiovisual kit.
The main-deck spaces are fully integrated inside and out in a harmonious flow that bestows a clear sense of openness and continuity. The finishes and decoration form a seamless continuum throughout, in areas that are relaxing yet hospitable for a social experience that runs through the yacht.
The cockpit hosts a large, comfortable open-air living space with a versatile layout that highlights the owner family’s desire for quality time together. This lounge and welcome area features furnishings by contemporary Italian design brands with a colour palette that plays with natural elements like the sea and sky, fusing in unison with the tropical mood.
A sliding glass door unveils the palatial main saloon. This multipurpose space makes a superb social and dining area; a remarkable emblem of this 62-metre yacht’s character, it offers a strong, immediate sense of spaciousness. The many full-height windows afford spectacular sea views and make this an especially luminous space.
Among the sophisticated materials, the white lacquered oak takes pride of place on the walls alongside some magnificent cotton wallpapers in shades of white, framed by understated pastel turquoise lacquered profiling. Like a neutral tableau enlivened by splashes of colour, the white furnishings juxtapose with elements in shades of azure and strikingly colourful jungle-inspired custom artworks on the walls to create an exuberant, dynamic feel.
Guests are welcomed by an American bar at the entrance, which becomes a bridge between the indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Made of sought-after Azul Macauba marble with blueish veining, it harmonises to perfection with the prevailing palette.
The dining area is designed for more formal moments. Its centrepiece, an impressive totally bespoke round drum table, seats 8 people and can swiftly extend to accommodate up to 12. The single central element at the base supporting the dark-oak top is finished in sublime white leather, setting off the leather chairs with backs in dark-brown tones and seats in two shades of white for an attractive play of chromatic allusions. At the far end of the main saloon, the living area with welcoming sofa and 83" TV is an ideal spot for guests to relax and for the youngsters to play games uninhibited.
Further along the deck, the central lobby revolves around the elegant staircase in bleached pickled oak. Linking all levels of the yacht, this object of design is functional yet beautiful, embellished with white-leather wall coverings with continuous stitching for an extremely smooth quilted look. Also in the lobby, the lift serving all decks has mirrored walls with a decorative 3D effect and an American walnut floor with Crema d’Orcia marble inlay.
A short corridor leads to the VIP cabin and past the large, highly functional galley with professional equipment, as used by top Michelin-starred chefs.
The full-beam VIP cabin is grand enough to be considered a second owner suite. Here, a capacious walk-in wardrobe opens on to another very luminous space in white tones and bright-blue profiling, complete with relaxation zone and desk area. Guests can work there in absolute comfort and peace even while cruising – an amenity offered in all the larger cabins, at the owner’s direct request.
In the middle, the king-size bed has a white-leather headboard with 3D fish-scale effect, a detail that appears in different guises on the bedheads in every cabin. The eye is drawn to the distinctive wallpaper made of bamboo interwoven with silver thread and cotton, a symphony of nuanced blues with a delectable texture. Rounding off the VIP cabin, the twin bathrooms each feature a shower and full amenities, set off with prime materials like Crema d’Orcia marble.
At the bow, the full-beam garage accommodates two jet skis, an array of toys for all the family and guests to enjoy, an 8-metre Pascoe Beachlander tender and a second tender of almost 5 metres for the crew that also acts as a rescue boat. In addition, there is also a 14 - meter SACS Rebel 47 tender chase boat.
On the lower deck, the beach club is a multipurpose lounge area looking right on to the sea, equipped with a spectrum of water toys for unrivalled aquatic enjoyment. Designed to offer moments of togetherness and fun, both indoors and out, the area receives extra illumination from the four large lanterns in the floor of the deck above, which light up the blues and greens of the marine-style furnishings and nature-inspired wallpaper.
Besides the wellness area which house a hammam and shower, there is a lounge with bright, cheerful floating poufs shaped like starfish for guests to enjoy with a large TV that doubles as an interactive whiteboard for games and other entertainment.
Down from the main-deck lobby to the lower deck, a fully equipped gym forms a keep-fit zone in combination with the bow area. The 4 guest cabins with private bathroom comprise 1 full-beam VIP, 2 identical doubles and a twin with third Pullman bed, all with white lacquered-oak staved walls pepped up with dashes of colour. In seamless harmony with the various decks’ interior style and materials, each guest cabin is finished differently, personalised with its own colour scheme – red/brown, green/blue and pastel green – for the wall panels, profiling and furnishings. In the bathrooms, the Crema d’Orcia marble echoes the relaxing light tones that pervade the entire yacht.
Special mention must be made of the large, luminous full-beam VIP cabin: a walk-through wardrobe partitions the sleeping area complete with ample study and a bathroom with twin sinks.
The spacious crew quarters toward the bow are laid out along a central corridor, including a pantry and 7 generous cabins with contemporary fittings, finishes and materials.
With 323 sqm for the owner’s exclusive use, this deck is notable for its harmonious symmetries, its great openness to the sea, and its eclectic blend of spaces with privacy uppermost in mind.
To the stern, a fabulous al fresco dining area links to the sky lounge for an unforgettable indoor–outdoor experience. The area includes a lounge zone for relaxed interactions and features some of Italy’s most prestigious design brands. The centrepiece is a custom-made round dining table identical to the one in the main-deck lounge. Ideal for breezy lunches and dinners, the table is a unique piece made with outdoor-friendly premium materials and finishes, like the bright steel apron and natural-teak top.
The greens and whites of the furniture and fittings provide a custom look, recalling the colours of the American bar top with barbecue in exquisite Irish Green marble with striking bright-green veining. Linked via sinuous walkways both aft to the main deck and wheelhouse deck and to the outer deck at the bow, the area transforms easily into an open-air party zone with DJ console. With the console connected to the ship’s Domotics system, the audio can be broadcast throughout the yacht, indoors and out, in a controlled way. A custom designed RGB lighting installation completes the party effect.
Automatic sliding glass doors unveil the huge sky lounge, another space with a layout that reveals the different facets to its character. Bathed in light from the hull windows, it offers breath-taking sea vistas for the eye to dive right into. This multifunctional living space can be used as a social zone and cinema for relaxation and fun, as a games room for younger guests, or as a meeting room to work in complete comfort and privacy.
As in the main saloon on the deck below, the walls and furnishings here also have neutral and white background tones. Superb details, finishes and features in shades of pastel turquoise – like the Azul Macauba marble top on the furniture unit at the bow and the exquisite raffia wallpapers – add to the marine mood running through the yacht.
Towards the bow, the owner suite lobby draws the eye with 3 magnificent hand-painted artworks on the walls. Created at the owner’s direction, these bespoke concept pieces depict a veritable jungle full of colourful animals.
The exclusive owner suite is a sophisticated haven of privacy. These palatial spaces with 180° windows offer peerless sea views, creating a powerful sense of openness and glorious luminosity. At the entrance, a walk-through wardrobe leads to a beautifully lit bathroom made with premium materials, from Calacatta Vagli Oro marble on the walls to the Crema d’Orcia marble floors. A unique feature is a spectacular tub by the windows for enjoying the view from the comfort of a warm bath.
In the owner’s suite, the white tones of the lacquered oak on the walls set off the various shades of bright blue in the finishing and furnishings, like the antique-blue leather top on the furniture running around the windows. At the heart of the room, the fully custom king-size bed features a white-leather headboard with a 3D effect from the vertical petrol-blue leather inlay.
To port, the study area has a desk made to the owner’s precise specifications: it can rotate by 90 degrees into an L-shape, so he can always enjoy a sea view while he works.
At the bow, the striking entirely open-air lounge spanning 115 sqm leads directly off the master cabin. Full privacy is always assured, as the area is secluded and out of the crew’s eye line. Here, a lounge area features a teak pool, recessed for privacy from the helm station and to be out of the wind when cruising; a canopy protects it from the sun when required. This great multipurpose outdoor space can also be opened up to guests and for parties, as a stunning dance floor under the stars.
The deck’s raison d’être – total privacy – is underlined by the design of the mooring area below, conceived so that on-board staff must access it directly from the crew zone, avoiding the owner’s private spaces.
The wheelhouse deck hosts a spacious outdoor area for guests to relax in the spa zone and have fun in the sun. The fully custom pool is a welcome feature, raised and with a conveniently integrated sun pad along one side.
This highly versatile area becomes a fully equipped open-air private cinema with a big screen and projector that slide down from the ceiling; it can also host lively karaoke evenings with friends. The outdoor lounge with comfy sofas includes an American bar with waterside seats; the beautiful Irish Green marble top forms a chromatic continuum with the one on the owner deck below.
Forward through the lobby past the captain’s cabin, the integrated helm station has a commanding position and excellent visibility. It vaunts 5 interchangeable screens and all the latest on-board technology; sliding panels on the Fenix top conceal the instruments when not in use. The helm leads to the spacious first officer’s cabin.
The yacht has a top speed of 15 knots and cruises at 12 knots, courtesy of her twin Caterpillar 3512C ACERT engines outputting 1,230 kW @ 1,800 rpm. The yacht is IMO Tier III-certified, assuring drastic reductions of 70% in harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the engine exhaust.
M/Y RIO will make her debut with a world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show from 28 September to 1 October 2022. She is set to be a major attraction, a superb example of the know-how, passion and dedication of CRN’s teams of supremely skilled workers, professionals and craftspeople who strive every day to create bespoke yachts, and unique works of art that reflect their owners’ personalities to perfection.
LOA: 62 m
Beam: 11.20 m
Draft: 3.15 m
Gross Tonnage: 1,218
Shipbuilder and built: CRN, Italy, 2022
Naval architecture: CRN Engineering
Exterior design: Omega Architects
Interior design: Pulina Exclusive Interiors
Owner’s representative & project management: TWW Yachts & TWW Yacht Management
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512C ACERT, 1,230 kW @ 1,800 rpm
Certifications: LR X 100-A1-SSC-“Yacht”, MONO, G6, [X] LMC, UMS LY3 Statement of compliance, IMO TIER III
 In compliance with the IMO TIER III (International Maritime Organization) international regulations for motor yachts of over 500 GT (gross tonnage) that are permitted to cruise in all geographical areas and whose keel was laid after 1 January 2016