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Raising the Standard- (Excerpt from Boat International Magazine December 2008)

Christensen’s collaboration with John Staluppi (and largest build to date) brings several new features to the shipyard’s custom series yachts, says company president Joe Foggia. these include a considerably extended sport deck that allows more room above and full-height storage below— something for which crews are always looking.

The added space also accommodates the stern thruster, which is a first for Christensen. the retracting stern thruster turns 360 degrees and is tied into the forward bowthruster. the coordinated use of both bow and stern thrusters makes for much easier docking. ultimately, it also forms the basis—a testing platform—for a full dynamic positioning system, planned for inclusion on future models, which in conjunction with gps technology will allow the thrusters to automatically maintain position in waters too deep to drop anchor.

Foggia points out that the yacht’s overall structure was enhanced to accommodate the massive, full-beam skylounge, and also offers the first head to be installed on the flybridge. these features now will become standard on future builds, along with a skylounge walkaround that will allow the crew to operate freely outside. There’s also a lot more storage located throughout the boat, which was in some ways technically challenging, but well worth the effort.

A noted classic car collector, John Staluppi also introduced the yard his metal specialist, says Foggia. “He finished the engine room to a more elaborate standard than usual, with an impressive expanse of polished stainless steel everywhere, and was happy to pass on the finishing techniques to the builder’s own metalworkers.” Foggia says the new higher level of finish will be the standard as well. Casino Royale amounted to a “very fun project”, says Foggia. “John Staluppi’s team was great to work with—and we’re already looking at the next Millennium project.”

The only trouble with fast boats ...well, there is no trouble, especially when your name is John Staluppi and you’ve commissioned some of the world’s quickest and most impressive yachts afloat, including the 68-knot, 140ft Millennium The World Is Not Enough. How surprising then that the newly launched Millennium Edition Casino Royale, a 163ft Christensen tri-deck (the shipyard’s largest build to date), is the slowest vessel John Staluppi and naval architect Frank Mulder have built since launching the Millenium range in the mid 1990s.

Straight-talking Staluppi is a man of few words. In fact, his success (apart from an undeniably overall astute business acumen) may lie in just that trait – he knows what he wants and how to get there – both literally and figuratively.

“This is a very different vessel compared to what I’m used to,” says John Staluppi. “Every boat I built, all did in excess of 50 knots, and this boat does 17, maybe 18 knots. It’s totally different, especially when I take the time to go somewhere.

It’s very different to being able to just get on it like a day boat and make great time.”

Even though John Staluppi says he wishes his latest was, “a little faster” – “at least another 10 knots would be good,” he says – he really appreciates the extra comfort and quiet, and not having to be concerned about weight.

“When you build a high-speed boat, that’s the first thing you have to worry about,” he suggests. “All the materials we were able to put in this vessel – the granite and wood – give a beautiful level of comfort and plushness. And the boat rides extremely well.”

Indeed, Casino Royale is the largest and most spacious Millennium Edition to date, as evidenced by her voluminous and often ornately trimmed public areas and accommodations, which are finished in raised sapele mahogany paneling and intricately inlaid marble floors. These include an extended skylounge with almost the same footprint as the main saloon and a five-stateroom guest deck arrangement that features an impressive, full-beam VIP and capacious bathroom in lieu of the sixth stateroom.

This latest contribution to the ongoing parade of Bond themed boats truly revels in its generosity of space and unabashed extravagance. (So much so that even the crews’ quarters are more spacious than most.)

It’s very apparent that John Staluppi and interior design firm Carol Williamson & Associates had fun. The 007 theme is celebrated throughout, from Bond girl silhouettes in etched glass panels that clad the spiral staircase to Vesper Lynd look-alike statues watching over the main saloon and aft entrance. In fact, Casino Royale lives up to her billing at every opportunity, with an intricately crafted roulette design (featuring mother of pearl, petrified wood, black onyx and a stainless-steel wheel) worked into the aft main saloon entrance, and playing cardthemed coffee tables on the sun deck, all precision designed and executed by stone master Jeff Homchick.

A Bond girl presides over the dividing bureau between the dining lounge and main saloon, which sports an ornate, almost Rococo style, dominated by facing high-back, three-seat couches flanking an ornate, onyx-topped, embellished coffee table with a Dale Chihuly glass centerpiece.

Equally impressive, the formal dining lounge is ruled by an eight-seat, glass-topped, gold leaf-bordered dining table supported by twin flourished, ornate gold pedestals that play off the gold regency stripes of the high-back dining chairs. It is a deliberately formal area whose clubby feel gives off an unmistakable aura of richness and luxury.

Overall, this principal lounge, bathed in natural light, enjoys unobstructed panoramas, thanks to the low sill treatment, a Christensen hallmark.

Casino Royale’s 163 feet make her Christensen’s largest launch to date, although the builder has plans to build 200-foot plus vessels at its new Tennessee facility, expected to be in operation within two years. Interestingly, this voluminous vessel (6,900 square feet) doesn’t exaggerate her mass on the water, thanks to a clever paint treatment that emphasizes her gracious form, and high bulwarks that extend her forward line well aft, giving a remarkably streamlined sense for so relatively large a vessel.

Forward of the owner’s office, with large walk-in, cedarlined closets, the main deck master suite cossets with rich colors for a fairly traditional feel. While more restrained than the extravagance of the main saloon, the mood is still rich, with a distinctive, beveled glass headboard framing the kingsized bed, along with overhead oval mirrored ceiling detail and recessed fiber optic lighting below the frame that throws a warm, 108 romantic glow onto cut pile cream carpeting.

A reading ottoman to starboard creates a natural escape in which to relax, while the vanity to port (with a large, concealed self-lighting mirror) is built into an expansive bureau. On the aft wall, a large oil depicting an Italian scene slides up to reveal a full-sized flatscreen TV. More cabinets on either side yield further storage, with drawers below.

However, the show stopper is the his-and-hers en suite head, a symphony of superbly detailed onyx and marble, all bathed in natural daylight from a pair of strategically private skylights. Center is a full-sized spa tub, while pinwheel etched-glass doors open to the head and bidet to starboard, to the double steam shower to port – as well as another walk-in closet. Twin hand basins set in an onyx counter are beneath gilt-framed mirrors that complement the gold faucets.

Intricate bronze inlays and book-matched marble panels underscore the stonemason’s craftsmanship here and throughout the vessel, with floor panels for the foyer, main saloon and captain’s head, all carved from the same block.

With entertainment on a luxe level always in mind, it comes as no surprise that the commercial-grade galley is generous and well planned, with a forward port side pantry located over the crew staircase offering plenty of storage, including a wine cooler. The work flow has been well thought out, with marble-topped counters and matching high, marble backsplashes throughout, as well as mahogany cabinets that reflect the same level of finish as elsewhere aboard the yacht. The expanse of marble makes for easier cleaning. Appliances include a built-in double Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher, and there is a monitoring system beside the dining room entry.

Access downstairs to the forward crew area, like the quarters themselves, is sensibly roomy, opening onto an airy lounge with a large booth opposite a sizable laundry with three stackable washer/dryers, as well as an adjacent walk-in fridge and freezer.

Casino Royale’s mix of guest accommodations offers plenty of choice, from forward twins and a pair of king-sized staterooms, all elegantly finished, to the forward staterooms with en suite showers, and aft kings with full baths.

However, most coveted will surely be the full-beam VIP, with its generous bathroom, adorned by Jeff Homchick’s wall sculpture of mermaids flaunting mother of pearl tails, swimming in a sea of polished and matte-finished stainless steel, with shell and malachite detail.

The guest foyer, detailed in etched-glass and Erté limited editions, includes a small night kitchen, and also conceals easy access to the vessel’s fire suppression system.

The guest areas are comfortably understated in contrast to the more ornate public spaces. All are linked by the ornate elevator with etched glass door and intricate marble inlaid floor.

With entertaining never far removed, the expanded skylounge results in a wide open area with limitless possibilities that combine for an ideal social space. The principal seating area is a high-back settee, wrapped around a quadrant-styled glass-top coffee table over four box ottomans that slip out for extra seats. A round table with high-back armchairs is to port, while a striking back-lit onyx bar occupies the starboard side aft. Compared to the heavier, far more formal main saloon, the mood here is light and airy, with plenty of glass and full-width sliding doors to the aft deck and canopied dining area. Here too is another fullfeatured entertainment space, with wet bar, al fresco seating for 12 and added protection from optional zip-on screens.

Sun seekers and party goers can revel on the open-plan sun deck, an all-out play area if ever there was one. The granite-topped starboard bar, under the communications arch, boasts 10 high-back barstools and a swing out, all-weather flatscreen TV. A dayhead tucks into the port side while the forward step-up hot tub is trimmed with stainless-steel railings and petrified wood inlay. Shelter comes courtesy of a small windshield of just the right height so as to be effective without interfering with the vessel’s horizontal line.

On the working side, a CT5000 davit is neatly stored flush into the port bulwark, well concealed but readily accessible for launching the 24ft Nautica, Zodiac or any of the four personal watercraft, as well as loading supplies on the galley side. Another Nautica is stored forward of the distinctive Portuguese bridge.

Dominating the pilothouse is a trio of tan leather Stidd command chairs grouped around the wheel. All enjoy excellent visibility thanks to the vertical, wraparound, “destroyer-style” windshield, with eight 112 interchangeable screens beneath. The chart bureau and communications center are to port, just forward of the comfortable captain’s double berth and en suite. An observation booth with a tan leather banquette (concealing accessible computer servers) and granite pedestal table is raised aft on the starboard side.

The roomy pilothouse not only echoes the spaciousness of this vessel but also underscores her rugged cruising abilities. Her shakedown cruise across the Olympic Peninsula and north to Alaska close-encountered plenty of rough weather.

“The boat handles very well. It feels a lot sturdier than 163 feet – more like 180,” says Captain Zak Matten who, though used to running much faster vessels, is duly impressed with Casino Royale’s sedate yet seaworthy performance, especially in 8 to 10ft seas. “Thanks to the Quantum stabilizers she doesn’t move around and still manages a good turn of speed at 17.7 knots fully loaded.” Matten also credits the 1,800-gallon trim tank in the bulbous bow for added stability and was surprised by the responsive rudders with rarely more than 20 degrees used.

“I’m very impressed with the girl so far. She handles equivalent to any European yard vessel I’ve experienced – while there may be lot of chrome on board, she’s very serviceable. She’s the belle of the ball when she’s all dressed up.”

Even though she’s a little more laid back (though not reserved), John Staluppi is impressed with his newest Bond girl. However, old habits die hard. Not one to sit around, John Staluppi is already planning the next Millennium, currently being tank-tested. “Most likely another Christensen,” he says – but it will do at least 27 knots. “I like the finish and luxury this boat has – but I still want to have that little bit of speed when I want to get there fast!” |

About Millennium Super Yachts

MILLENNIUM SUPER YACHTS can be said to have begun in the 1980s, with a triad of powerful megayachts whose names conjure the essence of opulence and responsive speed - Octopussy, Moonraker, and Thunderball - the fastest super yachts in the world. All three inspired by the visionary - John A. Staluppi . Octopussy was built in the Netherlands, Moonraker in Norway - both from plans drawn by the innovative Dutch naval architect Frank Mulder. Thunderball was designed and built by Dennison Yachts in Ft. Lauderdale. A unique Millennium Super Yacht awaits to be discovered by those few possessing the means and vision.

THE MILLENNIUM SUPER YACHT. Custom built, for you, to the exact dimensions of your imagination - to express your concept of freedom. With one, you may explore the geography of desire. And possess, Anguilla, Rapallo, the Ivory Coast, or the Koro Sea. Our pleasure is to bring into being that unique vessel of your deepest dreams. We can use your naval architect and interior stylist, or assemble a team drawn from our global manufacturing partnerships. We will be pleased 'to go to any length' for you.

DINING is an occasion worthy of you and those who share in your most private life. While the sole niçoise is prepared and the table laid, the Dining Room and Galley are hidden behind rotating handcrafted panels, cast and gold-leafed by Italian artisans. Their luminous inlays rhyme with those of the glass coffee table and the rich luster of the Salon's fine wood cabinetry and bar. Lit Swarovski Crystal pendants embellish the mirrors set into the Foyer and Dining Room ceilings, revealing sparkling interior depths. The Dining Room table is inlaid, like the decorative panels, with intricate figures of gold. All this, designed to a client's wishes.

WE have created large and luxurious Suites, so that all may sleep soundly and, during the waking hours, experience private pleasures fully. Through the port lights, the Mediterranean shimmers. The sea beats softly against the hull. Soft, too, are the light in the room, the fabrics and carpeting, the gleam of marble and Italian hand-crafted furniture. And the contoured surfaces that make Millennium a Modernist touchstone. Tomorrow, you and your guests will explore a ruined Roman outpost on a rocky isle in the Aegean. The swift yacht tender will be ready for you.

WE do not build super yachts only: we build theatre stages on which our clients can live, as if to a script written by their own imaginations. Ours are vessels custom built to indulge the appetites and fantasies of those rare individuals who can afford their complete satisfaction and realization. The Millennium dramatic, streamlined presence proclaims inordinate speed and the devotion of our design team to the Modernist spirit. In their lines and in their lineage, Millennium Super Yachts surrender to no other and compromise nothing. They are also the culmination of new marine technologies. The noon sun high above the Caribbean is dazzling. The hull and deck shine in it. The beach beyond the breakers is located in a mirage of yearning. All which you imagined your life would one day be - its shape, color, and scent - is yours.

NIGHT falls swiftly in these latitudes, and darkness will soon overcome the violet beams of sunset. Adjust the interior lighting to your mood. Take the Jurançon from the wine chiller. Now sit in the Salon and watch the stars lit sky and remember a night at a café in Monte Carlo or a tapas bar in Palma. You may, sit in the Recaro helmsman's chair and steer your Millennium to her secluded anchorage. She responds beautifully, almost instinctively. Or perhaps you prefer to leave night-running to the captain because the good white wine of Béarn has given you an appetite. The Salon is fragrant with orange and bay leaf. Your guests are appearing at their stateroom doors. Dinner is served al fresco on the flybridge. What is your pleasure?

AFTER a day of pleasure, you will relish sleep and those moments before sleep when you savor the lateness of the hour, the music of night, or a song on the radio in a language you are happy, for once, not to know. Outside, the moon is riding the black sky above Patagonia, or Antibes with its oranges and olives. You travel the world's oceans on a super yacht with systems designed to make you independent of shore. You have the imagination to reach beyond the common experience. And we can create a vessel suitable to your unique personality. If life is what you make of it, yours can be perfect from one end of the day to the other aboard a Millennium Super Yacht.

THE FOUNDER of Millennium Super Yachts, Mr. John Staluppi, established his enterprise in 1998 to perfect the megayachts he had owned earlier. Megayachts that had been built to his individual design briefs, to embody his conception of oceanic travel. He has established in the Palm Beaches, Florida, a headquarters for Millennium's sales, marketing, and support activities. John Staluppi has assembled a highly proficient, international team of professionals, with many decades of super yacht experience among them, to realize their vision and our clients' expectations. Interior architects in the Netherlands. Master boat builders from the Continent.

ARTISANS and cabinetmakers from Italy. These are representative of a suppliers' list that includes more than 100 international marine products and services companies. Millennium Super Yachts are built to the highest standards, using the finest systems and equipment gathered from the most reliable sources in the world. Standards set forth by international classification societies. John Staluppi wishes, above all, to leave as his legacy what was begun by him in the 1980s, in Octopussy, Moonraker, and Thunderball. The lineage of Millennium Super Yachts. He stands ready to build one to the dictates of your unique vision.

LOCATED in the Palm Beaches, Florida, Millennium Super Yachts maintains a modern yard and headquarters on the Intracoastal Waterway. Here, we consult with our worldwide clients to elaborate the specifications dictated by their individual desires for oceanic vessels with uncommon speed and luxury. Here, too, we coordinate the custom construction and completion of Millennium Super Yachts, to those specifications. Completed Millennium yachts are moored, awaiting sea trials by their new owners or their representatives, at our state-of-the-art yacht yard. Located on the 14-acre facility is the Millennium Super Yacht Service Center, completely equipped and staffed with experienced technicians and marine trades responsible for the competent servicing of our products. Typical, perhaps, of our thorough commitment to owner support is a 150- and a 300-ton Travelift, capable of raising a Millennium 151'. With our deepwater Intracoastal Waterway location and ocean access just minutes away, owners or their captains are able to avail themselves of comprehensive support to ensure their vessels' expeditious return to sea.