BY Andrew Dembina on 29 Dec 2022

The striking silhouette of 62m MY Rio, by Italian shipyard CRN, turned heads at the Monaco Yacht Show in September

The bold exterior lines of the 62-metre custom superyacht Rio made their world premiere at the 2022 Monaco Yachting Show in late September. This steel and aluminium motoryacht is by Italian shipyard CRN, a Ferretti Group brand based in the northeastern city of Ancona. Rio incorporates a vertical bow and is entirely bespoke within its steel and aluminium hull and superstructure.

CRN collaborated with design and architecture studio Omega Architects, under studio head Frank Laupman, on the exterior concept and worked with Pulina Exclusive Interiors of Pisa for the interior styling.

Custom-created to her owner’s brief, CRN MY Rio brings a harmonious flow between the ample interior and exterior spaces. Generous full-height windows across Rio’s four levels allow a visual link with the exterior decks and surrounding backdrop, enabling constant direct contact with the sea when in open water. The main aft deck profile is closest to designer Frank Laupman’s signature support arches, which protect the outdoor lounging area and assure guests’ privacy while framing superb views from each side and the stern.


Rio comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests

At 62m long and with an 11.2m beam, this superyacht comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in the owner’s suite and guest suites, with cabins situated across decks that are all served by a passenger lift.

Outdoor spaces were conceived for multipurpose use and to enjoy relaxing open-air moments with family and friends. The wealth of onboard spaces include the stern lounge with bright, airy dining facilities and the lounge at the bow on the owner’s deck with a generous spa pool and sun area.

At the beach club is a wellness lounge that allows access to water toys aplenty, where there is a larger spa pool and cinema zone aft on the wheelhouse deck. The owner can choose to savour the seclusion of their private deck or to dive into the potential buzz of the sizable social areas.


The poopdeck includes a small pool and lounging area

Indoors, the owner wanted bright, colourful spaces and a happy atmosphere for the younger family members to enjoy. A vibrant concept was developed with tropical elements, where the prevailing upbeat white tones, pure lines and natural materials are set off by a judicious burst of colour and some exotic motifs. White walls intensify a continual marine palette, which ranges from pastel turquoise to varying shades of azure for the furnishings and textiles in custom textures. Interior detailing – in tones of blue and fuchsia or green and grey – further embellishes every deck. Custom artworks lend all decks further character.

Preferred woods are American walnut and white lacquered oak in staves, selected for the floors and walls throughout the yacht. Pale ivory-toned Crema d’Orcia limestone and the gold-veined Calacatta Vagli Oro add subtle contrast to the predominantly light hues in the bathrooms. More vivid notes come from other marbles: the soft blues of Azul Macaubas Brazilian quartzite in the saloons and the mossy Irish Green Connemara marble in the outdoor “American bars” light up the spaces with marine-inspired colour combinations.

“Custom-created to her owner’s brief, CRN MY Rio brings a harmonious flow between the ample interior and exterior spaces”


Rio’s sprawling interiors and decks have plenty of entertaining spaces

The cockpit lounge and reception feature furnishings by contemporary Italian design brands, and a sliding glass door connects with the palatial main-deck saloon. This multipurpose space, with full-height windows, has its retro American-bar-inspired counter at the entrance – a bridge between the indoor and outdoor lounge areas. The dining area is designed for more formal moments. Its centrepiece is a bespoke round drum table in dark oak and white leather for up to eight people, which can swiftly extend to accommodate up to 12. At the far end of the main saloon, the living area’s sofa has the best view of an 83-inch TV – which allows the owner’s family youngsters to play games uninhibited.

Further along the deck, the central lobby revolves around the elegant staircase that links all levels of the yacht. The lift serving all decks has mirrored walls with a decorative 3D effect. A short corridor leads to a VIP cabin and past the large galley containing professional equipment used by the likes of Michelin-starred chefs.


Rio has four luxurious ensuite cabins on board

The full-beam VIP cabin is grand, with a walk-in wardrobe, a relaxation zone, and a desk area. Guests can work there in peace even while cruising – an amenity offered in all the larger cabins at the owner’s request. All guest areas and cabins have smart automation technology to allow guests to personalise controls for preferred settings for air-conditioning, curtains, lighting and the audio-visual kit.

At the main-deck bow, the full-beam garage accommodates two jet skis, an array of toys for all the family and guests to enjoy, an eight-metre Pascoe Beachlander tender, and a second tender of about five metres for the crew to act as a rescue boat. In addition, there is also a 14m Sacs Rebel 47 tender chase boat.


Rio’s lower decks allow for artistic expression

The owner’s exclusive deck, sprawling over 323 sqm, is notable for harmonious symmetry, openness to the sea, and privacy. Sternward outdoors, a dining area links to the sky lounge. The area includes a lounge that features some of Italy’s most prestigious design brands in green and white. A bar and barbecue counter links aft to the main deck and wheelhouse deck as well as to an outer deck at the bow, an area that transforms easily into an open-air party zone with a DJ console connected to the ship’s automated domotics system, and the audio can be broadcast throughout the yacht, indoors and out.

A custom-designed RGB lighting installation completes the party effect. In the owner’s mostly light-toned suite, a desk area can rotate by 90 degrees into an L-shape, so the owner can always enjoy a sea view while at work.


The incredibly roomy aft deck also features a jacuzzi

The lower deck has a beach club and multipurpose lounge area looking right onto the sea, equipped with a spectrum of water toys. The wellness area houses a hammam, shower, and a fully equipped gym. Four ensuite guest cabins include a full-beam VIP, two identical doubles and a twin with a third Pullman bed; each guest cabin is finished differently, personalised with its own colour scheme – red/brown, green/blue and pastel green. The spacious crew quarters towards the bow include a pantry and seven generous cabins with contemporary fittings, finishes and materials.

“The yacht is IMO Tier III-certified, assuring a comparative reduction of 70 per cent in harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides in the engine exhaust”


The cockpit spills easily into the saloon

The wheelhouse deck hosts a spacious outdoor area for guests to relax in its spa zone and have fun in the sunshine. The fully custom pool is raised with a sun pad along one side. This versatile area can become a fully equipped open-air private cinema with a big screen and projector and can also host karaoke evenings with friends. There is another bar in this area.

A captain’s and first officer’s cabins are situated close to the helm station – which has five interchangeable screens and all the latest onboard technology. The yacht has a top speed of 15 knots and cruises at 12 knots, courtesy of twin Caterpillar 3512C ACERT engines, outputting 1,230 kW of power. The yacht is IMO Tier III-certified, assuring a comparative reduction of 70 per cent in harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the engine exhaust.


The main saloon resembles a luxury hotel lounge

Rio makes a statement, and this superyacht is undoubtedly set to be one of MYS 2022’s biggest talking points.

Technical specifications: CRN MY Rio

LOA: 62m
Beam: 11.2m
Draft: 3.2m
Gross Tonnage: 1,218T
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512C ACERT, 1,230 kW @ 1,800 rpm
Max speed: 15 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Fuel capacity: 140,000l
Water capacity: 30,000l
Cabins: 6

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