Floating worlds – made to measure

Super-chic über-rafts for sunning and swimming in style

Yachtowners who love to swim and lie in the sun are often facedwith the conundrum of where to lounge comfortably and also be close to the water. Rocky, inaccessible beaches orsuper-yacht sun decks several metres above sea level can be irksome.

ParrLuxefounder and designer Stuart Parr (who recently oversaw the development of theMarc Newson-produced Aquarama Super for Italian boatmaker Riva) has solved thiswater-access problem by creating customisable luxury sea cabanas that affordportable relaxation on the waves. These inflatable devices (from $35,000) are made ofluxurious yet durable materials – Pennel & Flipo’s Orca (the “Gore-Tex ofthe marine world”), as well as carbon fibre, stainless steel, polished teak andthe softest terry cloth – and can be blown up in about 15 minutesusing a small pump. They accommodate between 12 and 18 people, depending on their size, makingthem über-rafts for groups orfamilies.

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Eachcabana is hand built in Italy according to client specifications, and Parr ishappy to incorporate requests for special colour combinations, graphics andother finishes that match cabana to yacht or a particular design scheme. Although the standard size for a canopied watercraft is 13ft x 17ft, variationscan be made, with an assortment of sun-protective tarps and Bimini tops. And for people who really want to be close to the water, the sea cabana offers anatural plunge-pool option that allows seawater in through protective floornetting, thereby keeping marine creatures at bay.

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Thesedesign-forward, seafaring, engine-free cabanas have already established adiscerning following from Shelter Island (Parr’s home) to the Greek islands. Those wanting a mega pool-toy or looking for a peaceful perch or paddle penshould take note.

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