Erwin Bamps, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Craft, has led us through the interesting Majesty 100, which made its debut on the European market during the last Cannes Yachting Festival
by Maria Roberta Morso
Gulf Craft is celebrating thirty-five years in business this year. Since 1982, the ranges it builds in its four shipyards – including three in the United Arab Emirates and one in the Maldives – have grown significantly both in number and quality. Gulf Craft is able to cater to every segment of the market thanks to its highly diversified offer.
Its Silver Craft, Oryx and Nomad Yachts brands are targeted at sailing, sport fishing and scuba diving enthusiasts, with models ranging in size from the smallest Oryx 27 to the Silver Craft 48 HT, right up to the Nomad 95, a flying bridge with a compact design and great internal liveability. It also builds small passenger vessels from 31 to 56 ft.
Majesty Yachts’ large luxury yachts are Gulf Craft’s real showpieces. In total, Gulf Craft’s annual production amounts to around 400 units.
The Majesty Yachts brand presents new models on an annual basis. They are renowned for their fine quality and particularly appreciated for the value for money they offer.
This year saw the launch of the Majesty 100, which BARCHE had the opportunity to visit in Cannes, also meeting the managing director, Erwin Bamps, who illustrated the Gulf Craft philosophy and strategies. With worldwide coverage and brands that embrace almost the entire nautical market, the department responsible for developing new Gulf Craft projects receives information and requests inspired by different lifestyles from a vast clientele spread throughout the Middle and Far East, Europe, the Americas and Australia. What is more, the synergy between the brands makes it possible to enhance each range with new content every time.
Erwin Bamps explains that, given the multitude of trends and requests coming from the market, the company’s philosophy is one of seeking to respond to as many different requirements as possible, bringing them together in a balanced fashion, without focusing on excessively specific trends. «There is no one trend that prevails over all the others», explains Erwin Bamps. «Today’s yachts have to be fuel-efficient, comfortable, reliable and safe. They have to offer great internal liveability and plenty of outdoor space. The passage between indoor and outdoor areas has to be straightforward and direct. Our yachts have elegant yet practical interiors, designed to be lived in and not just to look good. We use rich and sophisticated materials, suited to the lifestyle of luxury yacht owners. However, unless otherwise instructed, we use fabrics, wood and fittings that do not prevent the various environments from being used to the full».
Majesty offers a high degree of customisation for all its models.
The Majesty 100 is a clear example of the company strategy and the sales figures support this.
Classic, understated lines encompass bright, spacious interiors. «The Majesty 100 is designed to be used and enjoyed all year round thanks to her livability and comfort», Bamps tells us. «Our customers include yacht owners from all over the world, who don’t only use their yachts in the Mediterranean, but also in very hot and cold countries. We try to cater to their needs and their way of using the yacht».
Effectively speaking, the balance between outdoor and indoor spaces makes this model suitable for use both in temperate climates and in very hot and dry geographic areas such as the United Arab Emirates, but also tropical areas where alternating sun and rain require very versatile on-board spaces.
Spread over three decks plus a raised wheelhouse, the Majesty 100 welcomes her guests via a mobile platform at the rear with integrated steps that make it very easy to climb aboard or descend to the quay. The attractive cockpit, which is already spacious, can be further extended thanks to two drop-down side terraces.
The cockpit with outdoor dining area leads into an understated lounge, rendered relaxing and welcoming by the pastel shades of the finishes and carpet. As usual, the formal dining area is in the bow section of the lounge, adjacent to the roomy, brightly lit galley on the left. Large windows offer an extraordinary view of the outside thanks also to the bulwark that is replaced by a steel railing for the entire length of the lounge. In the prow, beyond the main lobby, is a spacious master suite with study, walk-in-wardrobe and bathroom. The master suite occupies the entire width of the hull, which has a wide-body configuration from the lounge towards the prow.
Below deck, in the centre of the yacht, are the guest sleeping quarters consisting of two large double cabins and two twin cabins. The interior is uniform throughout the yacht, with stylistic details that add character and vivacity, such as the dark streaked wooden bands that surround the bed bases and delimit the bedside cabinets. The lower deck is also very bright thanks to the large mirrored surfaces on the doors and walls, which multiply the space and diffuse the light that streams in through the large windows in the hull. The crew quarters on the lower deck are divided into two, with two twin cabins at the far end of the prow and a spacious dinette and captain’s cabin in the stern. The engine room is situated on the far side of the crew quarters in the stern.
Climbing to the upper levels, we come to the upper deck with its attractive skylounge surrounded by opening windows. Bamps lingers on the versatility of this environment, which provides shelter from excessive heat and rain, but can also be transformed into a delightful veranda on the sea thanks to its opening windows and large sliding doors.
The terrace at the rear is equipped with comfortable seating and a bar. The skylounge leads down to the spacious steering zone, which is also linked to the deck below via steps on the left. The steering station is very well organised, with all the instruments within easy reach. Vertical glass surrounds around 270° of the wheelhouse, ensuring excellent visibility.
This is another very enjoyable and liveable environment for guests, who can watch the yacht being steered from the comfort of the two L-shaped sofas behind the steering station. The prow area of the top deck houses a pleasant outdoor space fitted with a sofa, coffee tables and a large sun deck.
Equipped with two Man engines, developing an outlet mechanical power of 1397 kW each, the Majesty 100 reaches a maximum speed of 23 knots. At a speed of 12 knots, the yacht’s range is around 1000 nautical miles.
Stability is ensured by the shape of the hull and boosted by stabilising fins, while ease of manoeuvre is guaranteed by bow and stern thrusters controlled by joysticks on the dashboard and, on request, in an external manoeuvre station.
MAJESTY YACHTS by GULF CRAFT
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street
Ajman, United Arab Emirates
T. + 971 6 7406060
HULL: building material GRP LOA 31.7m • Beam 7.10m • Draft 1.70m • Displacement 123 t • Fuel tank volume 15,710 l • Water tank volume 3,500 l • Black water tank volume 760 l • Grey water tank volume 760 l • Maximum speed 23 kn • Range at 12 kn 1000 nautical miles • Generators 2×50 kW • Bowthruster 65 cv • Stern thruster 24.5 cv
ENGINES: 2 Man V12 1900 hp 1.397kW • Transmission: shaft drive
(Majesty 100, an all seasons yacht – Barchemagazine.com – November 2017)