Chopi Chopi: A floating "family house" megayacht with mammoth proportions
Recently on display during the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, CRN shipyard's Chopi Chopi boasts immense proportions and is more like a floating mansion compared to your traditional superyacht. The 80 meter (262 ft) luxury megayacht was built in collaboration with Italian architects Laura Sessa, Giovanni and Paola Zuccon and is one of the biggest of its kind. Worth over US$110 million, the entire yacht took 660,000 hours to complete and the displacement hull was built from aluminum and steel.
Originally designed as a “family house” for recreational use, Chopi Chopi includes five luxury double cabins, an exclusive owner's suite with private VIP terrace, six spacious open decks, a 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) beach club located on the lower deck, multiple dining and lounge areas and two lifts. The floating home accommodates up to 12 guests at any one time and employs around 30 crew members and nine staff.
Furthermore, the vessel features a unique circular pilot house, a day spa complete with sauna, Turkish hammam bath and massage room, and a helipad located at the stern.
"We met the client, who we knew was looking for a big yacht, and presented him the project of a yacht of around 250 feet (72 m) with all the features we thought might meet his wishes both in size and style," Gianni Zuccon, head of Zuccon International Project told Boat International. "The primary criterion of the brief was that he wanted it to be a private yacht on which to spend long holidays with his large family. We found out soon that they needed more space – that meant more volume. So, working on the original concept, we incorporated higher volume and added a few meters to the total length to preserve a well-proportioned balance between hull and superstructure."
Chopi Chopi recently took home the 2014 World Yacht Trophy, accompanying its previous awards which include: Best Interior Design Award at the Showboats Design Awards 2014 category; Judges Commendation at The World Superyachts Awards 2014 and the 2013 Boat of the Year.