January 3rd 2014. By Diane Byrne.

CRN J’ade: Custom Megayacht with Valet Parking (Almost)

With J’ade, CRN sets a new standard for itself and for yacht buyers, thanks to a drive-in tender bay.

While every custom yacht starts with an owner’s idea, sometimes these yachts also start with ideas generated by a build and design team. Such is the case with J’ade (prounounced “jade”), delivered by the Italian shipyard CRN. For several years, CRN’s managing director, Lamberto Tacoli, and the yard’s frequent design partner, Zuccon International Project, wanted to incorporate a floodable tender garage on one of their builds. The trick was finding the right owner. With J’ade, not only did the buyer embrace the idea, but in typical custom-yacht fashion, he wanted some special touches of his own.


The old criticism of yachts looking like wedding cakes, with successively smaller tiers perched atop one another, goes out the window with J’ade. She has thoroughly modern styling, with an equally modern paint job that complements the corporate colors of CRN, in a shimmering cappuccino tone.

CRN J'ade megayacht garage

Just as hot tubs became de rigeur aboard megayachts in the 1980s and 1990s, so, too, are beach clubs today. J’ade has the customary arrangement at the stern, formed when the transom folds down. The entire area is teak-laid, and the furnishings you see inside can remain there permanently, with lounges added when wanted on the platform.


Most other megayachts with float-in tender bays have been larger than the 191-foot J’ade. Two side hatches and one overhead hatch open, to allow the crew to literally drive the 27-foot Riva Iseo right in. When shut tight, the compartment drains in three minutes. Padding around the bay’s perimeter keeps the boat secure. Equally noteworthy, the bay is part of the beach club, adding to the atmosphere.


Music, anyone? The yacht’s owner didn’t want a traditional saloon, where seating arrangements are grouped around a television that either rises from a sideboard or is situated in a bulkhead. Instead, J’ade has saloon furnishings positioned to allow appreciation of piano playing, with this Yamaha instrument being forward, where a formal dining area would usually be found.


So if there’s no formal dining on the main deck, where does it take place? On the upper deck, as shown here. Recall the long, prominent, vertical ports in the profile of J’ade; those are what you see outboard to each side of the room. They’re also angled, adding to the visual interest.


Guests joining the owner for cruises are accommodated in four VIP staterooms, all located below decks. Oak is the predominant wood here, while Canaletto walnut and rosewood adorn the upper decks. Just like any proper Italian-built megayacht, leather is also used. All of the bedding and related soft goods are from the famed Italian brand Loro Piana.


The main-deck master suite aboard J’ade is quite a private retreat. Should the owner need to stay in touch with his land-based business, he has an office lying at the entry to the sleeping area. Also in the sleeping area, but not visible, is a balcony. It’s a permanent balcony, too, not a fold-down affair.


Can you say “aaaah”? J’ade (whose name is clearly evident from the colorful tiles seen here, and also in green accessories throughout) has this Turkish bath on her uppermost deck. It’s part of an overall wellness area that includes a gym, just visible across the hall.


Even with the beach club, the tender bay, and the spa-like areas, J’ade doesn’t overlook the importance of dedicated alfresco spaces. The hot tub, surrounded by sunpads, takes center stage on the upper deck. Whether J’ade is at a marina or out at anchor, it’s quite a private spot.

* LOA: 190’9” * Beam: 33’5” * Draft: 9’8” * Displacement: 775 tons (full load) * Engines: 2/1,500-kW 12V 4000 MTU M61 diesels

From the floodable garage to the retractable foredeck mast—another first for a CRN—J’ade incorporates a number of technical advances. CRN’s Tacoli says that the yard plans to promote the tender bay in particular to clients commissioning smaller and larger yachts alike. Surely the shipyard has other novelties in mind, too, since it’s targeting buyers of yachts from about 130 to 280 feet. As much as each project in the future will remain fully custom, CRN is determined to show buyers on both sides of the Atlantic that it can bring its own innovations to the table.

For more information, contact CRN.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.