Previously referred to as Coral Island, the 238-foot boat was given a significant facelift that helped upgrade its technical systems based on modern charter standards and regulations. These changes came with a new name: Coral Ocean. It, however, retained most of the features it came with twenty two years ago, and is just as attractive and accommodating. Join us as we take a closer look at Jon Bannenberg’s Coral Ocean.
Coral Ocean was launched in 1994, and is one of the finest Jon Bannenberg yachts. She was introduced into the charter world in the summer of 2016, subsequently generating a ton of excitement in the industry. The superyacht has been the subject of admiration for the last two decades, despite her vast interior being virtually hidden for the most part. Although the ship spent a significant amount of time being refurbished at the German’s facilities, most of the changes involved being in compliance with modern charter standards.
She maintained her deck spaces and living areas, as well as Jon Bannenberg’s timeless design. Coral Ocean was debuted at the 2016 Monaco Yacht show, and stood out for her excellent characteristic staircase, unique cream-colored hull, and clean lines. While most superyachts reserve the main deck aft for an alfresco lounge, Coral Ocean used it as a storage space for 2 tenders (with one being a particularly constructed 8.6m limousine offering) as well as 2 jet skis. It is rumored that the space can accommodate up to eighty guests when cleared up.
Features and Construction
An entrance hall at the forefront of the tenders opens up to the interior, which features Bannenberg’s spectacular design work. The living areas are uniform throughout, and are adorned in natural materials like shells, rough marble, and wood. They are also decorated by an extensive collection of Polynesian and African art that belonged to the original owner. These vibrant artworks are set alongside a neutral color theme of brown woods and soft furnishings. The main salon features beautiful walls made of burl birch, silver leaf, and tree bark, and makes up the lion’s share of the main deck. There are two comfy seating areas as well, consisting of white armchairs and sofas, as well as custom made coffee tables and a combination of polished and fractured glass.
There’s a side shell to starboard along the length of the room that lifts up overhead to form a balcony, which offers excellent views of the sea. Other noticeable features are the retractable screen and video projector, as well as the hand-crafted virgin wool carpets on the floor. The latter were imported from New Zealand and illustrate waves breaking on the surface of the ocean across the guest regions. The design extends to individual dining rooms, where 2 circular, glass topped tables encircled by white high-back chairs can be joined by incorporating a piece of the wall paneling to create a single gigantic table.
Similarly, while most boats dedicate the forward part of the main deck to the master suite, the Coral Ocean uses this space to accommodate the galley and a few other crew areas. The master suite is located at the top deck forward. You can also elevate an electrically adjustable bed in the middle of the full beam sleeping quarters to enjoy great outside views through the wraparound windows. A bureau from one side of the bed springs out a widescreen TV, while 2 curved sofas on elevated plinths create comfy lounging snugs to starboard and port. The yacht maintains exotic woods in the furniture, with delightful touches like the use of decorative feathers from the old Inca period and pearlescent shells for drawer handles. The suite is also equipped with His & Hers bathrooms, as well as a huge dressing room. Additionally, there’s a private access to a suite below that can work as an individual VIP suite or an extension to the master.
The VIP stateroom boasts three individual but flowing components. It incorporates a wide screen TV and luxurious U-shaped sofa, ensuring that this area can double as a comfy salon as well. The starboard end of the suite features floor to ceiling windows that provide excellent views of the ocean and allow sufficient natural light inside. On the other hand, the oak parquet floor is complemented by a burr birch bed-frame, while the glass topped desk is paired with handmade mahogany chairs. The rest of the guest cabins extends in a circular lobby at the lower deck. A circular skylight above filters light into the space, highlighting a brilliant, tiered fountain constructed with colorful pearlescent shell and precious stones.
A corridor from the forefront of the central lobby leads to a staircase connecting to the entrance hall of the main deck, while a corridor leading to an aft provides access to a spa and gym. Considering that these facilities were added in 1994, the Coral Ocean is clearly an innovative force to reckon with. A sky lounge shares the VIP suite with the upper deck. The salon at the aft of the primary staircase is more formal than the primary salon and more luminous due to the continuation of the vast windows visible in the neighboring stateroom. An extensive deck area can be found behind the sliding, glass doors, where there are 3 individual seating areas that can be joined to create a single dining table for up to a dozen guests.
The magnificent exterior staircase leads up to the top deck, which is great for casual get-together gatherings. A central island is surrounded by 12 bar stools, where you can enjoy freshly grilled snacks and cocktails. The sundeck above is also perfect for relaxing during the day and can be accessed through an interior entryway. A spiral stairway provides access to a breathtaking swimming pool, with unhindered views of the ocean from the top. Guests can take a swim here and then dry off in a miniature alfresco lounge located below the radar arch. From here, you can enjoy unobstructed forward views as the swimming pool is neatly submerged below the surface of the deck.
Coral Ocean was actually the pioneer of inbuilt swimming pools, with modern superyachts housing bigger and more sophisticated pools. This goes to show that a quality yacht can maintain her value, even after such a long time. Of course, her longevity is partly attributed to Lurssen’s impressive build quality, in addition to Jon Bannenberg’s design pedigree.