Superyacht of the Week: The beautiful 45 metre Pamela V
By Jochem Kaan
Hakvoort shipyard launched the charming 45 metre superyacht Pamela V back in 2011. With her attractive profile and classic lines she boasts plenty of personality, welcoming guests on board with a pleasant style that seems to be a combination of Caribbean warmth, unpretentious class and a hint of retro. Naval architecture and exterior design are courtesy of Diana Yacht Design and her cosy interiors have been designed by Jacques Grange, a combination resulting in a successful design for a superyacht which seems to stand out for her sense of modesty.
Pamela V's Owner had been searching for suitable partners in developing this new project and the cooperation seems to have developed into a pleasurable experience for everybody involved. This shows in the final result, where a firm balance was created between exterior designs and interior atmosphere. Overall, her look and feel mixes high quality, from materials to workmanship, with a personal vision, without going overboard.
As classic as she might seem at first sight, there are some interesting aspects that give Pamela V a contemporary touch. Updating traditional layouts for example, with the whole upper deck being dedicated as a private space for the owner, is one of this vessel's more interesting features. As a result, the wheelhouse can be found on the main deck, with a raised floor for optimal visibility which consecutively results in ample storage space below decks for tender and toys. Refreshing choices such as these obviously would've resulted in interesting challenges but a solid cooperation during this project resulted in an equally solid end result.
We talked to the designers at Diana Yacht Design, who explained how the project came about: "In the beginning of 2005 the owner came to our office, asking us to design a attractive yacht with classic lines and a good stability. He knew what he wanted and had several ideas in mind that caused some challenges in the design. Because of the round canoe stern there was no garage/lazarette so it was quite a challenge to keep the sleek profile and make sure all three tenders, two wave runners and four lazers would fit in. It was a lot of fitting and measuring but with some special tricks we managed to solve them."
The main aft deck area is pleasantly spacious, defined by the gentle curve of her stern. With virtually unobstructed vista views available, the central al fresco dining table presents a picture perfect setting for time spent comfortably in the shade. Furnishings are mainly wicker, with an additional arrangement of sofas and chairs welcoming guests instantly after boarding. Their orange and white cushions set the tone, almost feeling like a visual division between on board and surrounding areas, adding some privacy to an area which is, in essence, remarkably open.
Inside the main saloon, an overall homey atmosphere is mixed with subtle colonial influences. Dark wooden furnishings and framing form a warm contrast with off white sofas and blue upholstery on chairs and additional sofas. Big, classic chairs add a slightly eclectic feel with their striped pattern and seem to complement the design as a whole. The room consists of a central sitting area, with three large chairs and two comfortable sofas arranged around a coffee table which reminiscent of indigenous tribal shapes.
Fore, a second, more informal seating area can be found. The L-shaped sofa and striped chair are placed adjacent to the dining arrangement, which is all dark wood and takes the Caribbean style to a new, yet subtle, level. Overall, the atmosphere is one of an intimate, luxurious yet modest holiday home at a secluded tropical location. Dark, elegant shutters allow ample sunlight to flow inside while completing the overall theme of warmth and class.
Pamela V offers a remarkably spacious environment for a sizeable company of 12 guests, including the Owner, and has a crew of 10. The upper deck, being an Owner-dedicated area, has a similar look and feel to the main saloon, but more informal and with a colour palette based on taupe and white. The Owner's salon has a sitting and dining area and directly accesses the upper aft deck. The large lounging sofa is inviting and seems a perfect spot for a cup of coffee, overlooking the surroundings areas. After breakfast, the aft deck is perfect for spending the day. Secluded and with ample amounts of sun and shade, a semi-circular arrangement or sunbeds and al fresco dining table offer plenty of comfort and relaxation. Like all exterior spaces, the colour palette consists mainly of orange and white, setting a playful tone.
The Owner's full beam stateroom has a more minimalist variation of Pamela V's overall design scheme. With the familiar stripes subtly adding colours to the whole, the most striking part of these quarters are undoubtedly the dramatic panorama views. Being situated on the fore upper deck, a location that is traditionally assigned to the bridge, the Owner's cabin optimally uses it's location and shows that, apart from an elegantly executed design, thinking out of the box cab deliver extraordinary results.
The Owner's quarters, also include an elegant study offering a sofa/bed and a library, and offers his and hers bathrooms and two walk-in wardrobes. Application of sand and anthracite-coloured marble in the respective bathrooms, eloquently transforms the vessel's design scheme into a spa-reminiscent atmosphere.
The elegance demonstrated in the Owner's cabin can be found throughout all guest cabins on board. Light and airy in design, the cabins have a charmingly modest feel to them. Clean lines, balanced lighting scheme and fresh colour palettes with ample amounts of white offer guests a retreat that is both luxurious and understated. Cabins are configured into two VIP's and two twins with one additional Pullman each. Each guest cabin has been supplied with a wardrobe, AV system and a comfortable en-suite bathroom.
Apart from style and luxury, Pamela V offers various possibilities for lots of fun. To start with, there is her upper aft deck. Here, various seating areas are available for guests to enjoy, all in the familiar orange and white colour palette. The playful semi-circular aft sofa offers perfect vista views and the adjacent setup of love seats form a perfect surrounding for reading a book, enjoying a cocktail or simply enjoying some good company.
Bimini shades can turns this whole area from a warm sunbather's heaven into a cool, shade covered retreat. An al fresco dining area and fully equipped bar assure guests possibilities to spend large portions of their day on this charming deck. The Jacuzzi and outdoor shower complete the scope of all that this area of relaxation and comfort has to offer. Additionally, Pamela V is fitted with a completer array of toys for watersports and ample entertainment.
On the technical side, the designers at Diana Yacht Design also came up with several 'green' solution, as Jerry Lakeman explains: "Thinking about the environment we wanted to make this yacht as ‘green’ as possible. This is why the owner chose to install the Energy storage Inverter (ESI) on board. A. de Keizer Elektrotechniek b.v. has experienced high quality products of the Dutch company Exendis and awarded them therefore to deliver the ESI Energy Storage System. With an Energy storage Inverter and a battery the ESI can supply electrical energy, or on the other hand, store this energy, so that this energy can be used more efficiently. Simultaneously parallel running aside the main generators allows us to select smaller generators then normally necessary for the average ship use. The main benefit to install smaller generators in combination with the energy storage system is a higher efficient combustion for the generator diesel engines. Diesel engines have expected lower soot emissions at approximately 80%".
Jerry continues: "During periods of required extra electrical power the stored energy in the Lithium Ion batteries will be addressed. With the CAM (controlling, alarm and monitoring system) DekaSis will integrate load management and control to the system. No energy is spoiled."
This is a superyacht that is comfortable and charming. With her playful exterior areas and cozy interior, she will surely bring tons of joy to those fortunate enough to spend time on board.