Sir Richard Branson has extended his broad portfolio of business, leisure and adventure activities, proudly adding superyacht, Necker Belle, to his list.
The 32 metre long vessel, launched in 2003 and then re-imagined through a mega two and a half year refit in Australia, is available to venture tailor-made itineraries all year round. The international client worked with exclusively with craftsmen from Newcastle, Azzura Marine, and Stewart Pinkerton Cabinetry, on the project.
Necker Belle features four cabins (each with own en suite and bathroom), exterior sunbeds that transform into tented areas with lanterns and the world’s first underwater aircraft, Necker Nymph.
Designed with distinct reference to Branson’s own personality and lifestyle, Necker Belle has been imbued with a combined sense of adventure and serenity.
Interior Architect Jodie Duddington explains, “Sir Richard lives his life one experience at a time and I wanted to draw reference to his Necker Island residence yet express a more contemporary and pared back approach with the interior… so that the ocean and the experience of sailing become the ‘hero.’”
Reflecting Branson’s tropical residence, Duddington cleverly integrated beach tones into the yacht’s design.
Bleached silver timbers mimic the sun kissed beach shack aesthetic, Quartz carpet in the master cabin en suite imitates sand and the personally crafted artworks of Necker Island are typical of those found in a 60’s surf shack.
Duddington describes, “It is a cheeky, fresh and open interior scheme that has some interesting features when you look closer. A subtle quirk around every corner.”