Lurssen's 223' "Kismet" A Date With Destiny... by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy & YF Publisher Carl Camper “Opulence” is a measure of status, especially in the yachting community, and, paired with excellent taste, often defines the character/impression of the yacht itself, as well as its designers, builders, and owners. Rarely, even the highest standards are exceeded; surpassed by the superiority of a new introduction. Yet, given the hallowed heights reached by Lurssen’s 68.15-m Kismet, the loftiest adjectives are, perhaps, inadequate. To call her... impressive, is simply the grandest understatement. Although a yacht is always a “she,” Kismet’s exterior design, while graceful, also projects a crisp, metallic blue/grey, black and white no-nonsense masculine aura. There’s a sort of princely royalty in the elliptical statements of the skylounge and pilothouse roofs juxtaposed to severe straight lines, all softened in the imposing silhouette view. Luxurious use of gold decor in personal areas, majestic interior decoration, statuesque sculptures, imposing murals and vases reflecting ancient Persian history; plus exciting, clean, precise placement leveled with superb, measured restraint, make this yacht a technical and iconic marvel. Her volume belies accepted statistics. But that is only one part – the fabulous inside story.