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If we’d asked anyone, I’m sure they would have told us that it was going to be a shock to the system for us Wandsworth Bridge Road types to leave Fulham and make a trip to Oman. And so it proved : 42 degrees C, or something above 100 degrees F in old money. But we made it to Muscat, and then onwards via a twisty coastal road to Barr Al Jissah where we are designing a range of Limited Edition townhomes for the destination there. Mr Fraser initially spontaneously melted ( better than combusting I suppose ) but adapted very quickly and we were able to appreciate a special place : tucked in amongst the Al Hajar mountains with uninterrupted views over the Gulf of Oman. It is our happy privilege to bring our yachting perspective to the site.

Even after less than 24 hours there, it was clear why they labelled it “A Place Forever”. Serene, rugged and luxurious. Just our kind of thing. And, for good measure, our journey back to the airport was made substantially easier by one of the Bentleys which purr around Barr Al Jissah. With a few hours before our flight, the souq required a visit. We bought the following :

  • Quantity of frankincense ( first quality ) with a charcoal brazier
  • A dagger, or more correctly, a Khanjar. Skillfully, I believe I left the merchant having offered him more than the asking price
  • A big bag of dates

As you can tell, I am a believer in bringing back something authentic and local; air-conditioned ice rinks and luxury boutiques having minimal appeal. It was only when I proudly demonstrated the frankincense to the studio, and the smoke alarm went off, that I realised that some things don’t travel so well.

Work at Barr Al Jissah will continue over the coming months and we look forward to the first house being completed early next year.

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So, it came to pass, that those wise people from the Robb Report were choosing gift ideas for their readers. And they wanted a yacht ( as we all do ). But unlike us, Robb Report readers are in a position to actually buy a yacht. So we gave them an exclusive yacht and they have given us a link to pass on to you to read the issue, thereby saving you a few $$. It all helps.

We took a thought provoking approach to established notions on yacht appearance, as demonstrated with the elevated forward bridge location, the blurring of the traditional sheer line (a homogenous hull and superstructure solution), and an asymmetric solution to the sun deck.

Fuel efficiency, overall size and manoeuvrability were also prime considerations, in line with contemporary thinking from an ethical and visionary clientele.

For the Owner and Guest:

  • A strong connection between the lower decks and the environment via a large, purpose built open plan beach club/spa with obvious physical links and good communication to the Main Deck.
  • Ample dedicated garage for tender and toys with side access
  • Open plan Main Deck with 4m pool
  • Expansive Sun deck, maximising privacy and views in harbour (and when moored stern-to) with private pool and covered al fresco dining. Optional ‘sky-gym’ or screening room on bridge deck
  • elevator service between lower, main and bridge decks
  • Elevated Owner’s panoramic penthouse Suite with private balcony
  • 5 guest staterooms (4 cabins and a VIP suite)

For the Owner:

  • Length overall: 58m
  • Beam: 11.03m
  • Length at waterline: 56.30m
  • Draught: 3.2m
  • Estimated GRT: 1232
  • Aluminium Hull and Superstructure
  • Slender underwater hull form for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced by a narrow angle of waterline entry and a low ratio between overall length and waterline length (a more vertical bow)
  • Ride quality and comfort through reduced flair in the topsides, with the evolved and enclosed forward superstructure designed to offset potential resultant deck wetness.
  • Clearly defined separate vertical circulation for crew and guests, facilitated by the forward bridge position.