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Monaco Yacht Show 2005 Live Coverage - M/Y Jasmin The Scent of Pure Excellence

M/Y JASMIN, with her dark blue hulk, flared bow, white superstructure, and her flawless fully-faired finish, is such a vessel

The World Is JASMIN’s Oyster
If the prospect of cruising non-stop at 11 knots for 5,000 miles is too daunting (for that is what JASMIN is capable of thanks to her astute design and exceptional fuel efficiency), not to worry. Just because she is ocean-going, MCA compliant, with full classification from Lloyd’s Registry of Shipping, doesn’t mean she can’t also sail gently up the Bosphorus, to enjoy the sights and sounds of her home waters, or head off toward Italy’s Amalfi Coast – whatever her superyacht guests prefer, JASMIN can oblige. At a cruising speed of 10 knots JASMIN doesn’t even need both her engines.

Perfect Down to the Last Detail
In so short a space it is, quite literally, impossible to do a craft like JASMIN full justice, because what makes it special is quite simply its almost limitless welter of innovations, such as the two VIP guest cabins each having their own door onto the aft deck, transforming  them into mini-master-cabins in their own right; or the unexpected facts that the table on the aft deck can be lowered to coffee table height while (for example) water sports are in full flow, or that – Turkish to the core – JASMIN is fitted with an olive tank to store the very best virgin olive oil for use in the gourmet dishes served on board – in JASMIN’s dining room that sits ten comfortably around its oval mahogany dining-table. Or indeed outside on either the main or the upper deck, where versatile deck tables are designed to seat up to 16 guests comfortably.
There are 4 guest cabins in all, in addition to the 45-square meter master stateroom, and JASMIN has so many sunbathing areas that privacy is assured even when all staterooms are occupied.

Showcasing Collective Genius  
In the main saloon deck of JASMIN, on a bookshelf heaving with tempting volumes about Turkey and about yachts, I noticed a copy of Volume 17 of The Superyachts, produced in 2004. I immediately devoured editor Roger Lean-Vercoe’s introduction and acknowledgements, in which he discusses what features confer the status of “superyacht” upon a vessel. The answer’s not straightforward, Lean-Vercoe writes, since what makes a superyacht isn’t so much overall length, displacement or even cost. What distinguishes a superyacht from what is merely a “well-built large boat” – in his view – is not so much that the vessel is generally large (though, almost certainly, it is over 35m /115ft in length) but that it’s a yacht “which meets the highest standards of design and construction. In addition, it is a yacht that excels in one or more particular fields, be it craftsmanship, the ornateness of the interior, or even the sheer size of the project.”
It will not I think surprise anyone reading this article to learn that JASMIN, inevitably, is one of the vessels listed. Deservedly so, because it excels not in one, or even two, but all three of the fields of excellence Lean-Vercoe mentions.
A superyacht like JASMIN, in other words, is a showcase; not just for the owner of the yacht, but also for the naval architect, interior designer, stylist, builder and craftsmen who have devoted a sustained period of their life to the creation of an amazing collective work of art.
The scent of JASMIN, in short, is the scent of excellence itself. Who could ask for more from a superyacht? Come. 

While You’re In Istanbul
If chartering M/Y JASMIN from its home port, Istanbul - embarking as I did in Atakoy Marina, for example - then don’t miss out on a visit to Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar ( Kapali Çarsi, Covered Market). With well over three thousand different shops, it is Turkey’s largest covered market offering beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes, alabaster bookends and ashtrays, and all sorts of other excellent wares. Importantly, a dozen restaurants in the bazaar allow you to have lunch in the midst of your shopping. It is closed on Sundays, bear in mind.

If you prefer to eat elsewhere, then I could not recommend anywhere more delightful than the Topkapi Palace Konyali, where you can dine on traditional Turkish fare - a total of 700 diferent dishes from soups to deserts - while savoring a magnificent view of the Bosphorus. Konyali has become known to many kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, princes, and princesses all of whom got to know Turkish cuisine through Konyali. Highly recommended.

If you would like more information regarding booking a charter aboard Jasmine,
please contact Peter Insull’s Yacht Marketing
Les Résidences du Port Vauban,
19 avenue du 11 Novembre, 06600

Antibes,  France
+33 (0) 493 34 22 42

[email protected]

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