Behind the construction of every great yacht there is a story and in the building of Meira, it is one of great perseverance.
Back in 2003, when construction first began, 50 metres, was still considered to be a very large yacht and huge when it came to motor sailers.
Designed and styled by Evan K Marshall, the overall concept for a striking schooner was started by Sultan Marine who, at that time, owned the build facility in Bodrum. After that owner faltered, both the yard and the project was acquired by Neta Marine sometime after work had stopped. Building work began again on the Project in July 2015, but only after the hull was sandblasted and surveyed by both Class and Flag. Now well over a decade later, and renamed Meira, she is in class with RINA and flies the flag of Malta.
The yacht’s exterior styling blends the grace of a classic sailing yacht with the presence, and authority of a motor yacht. Because of her hull shape, which is loosely based on classic Mediterranean lines and features a massive counter stern, she contains an interior layout comparable to a motor yacht of considerably greater length.
This is where she departs from her better known international motor sailing counterparts, in that she will offer a spacious and indoor/ outdoor dining area in the aft section, a main salon and dining room with floor to ceiling windows to give panoramic views of the sea, a full beam upper deck sky lounge and bar for those more intimate private times. The main deck owner’s suite offers over 35 square metres of space and features a separate office, his and hers bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
On the lower deck, the voluminous hull allows for three king-size VIP and two twin guest cabins, all in all giving her a total guest capacity of twelve. The style of her interior, like her exterior, fuses traditional style with the contemporary, using cherry, poplar burl and onyx with marble mosaics, modern fittings, accessories and home grown Turkish materials. The hull features port and starboard hydraulic fold down sea platforms and the special keel design and ballasting is designed to provide significantly superior stability both under sail and at anchor, a benefit additionally enhanced by her broad beam.