Ahead of her Monaco debut, we take a look at CRN’s 62-metre RIO, a true custom superyacht created in her Owner’s vision.

Mo Khatib

For shipyards and design studios, being given carte blanche on a project is not as liberating as it sounds. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s far easier to work with an Owner who knows exactly what he, or she wants and in the case of CRN’s RIO, the Owner’s vision was “to make on board life uniquely pleasurable.”

Right away, the Owner’s representatives, Monaco’s TWW Yachts, were able to start shaping a dream into CRN’s Project C138, which was finally delivered as M/Y RIO earlier this summer.


At 62-metres in length and with an 11-metre beam, RIO gave her designers a wide canvas to work with and CRN looked to Omega Architects to create the exterior lines and Pulina Exclusive Interiors were given the nod to style RIO’s inside spaces. Both studios worked to create a harmony between the interior and exterior, evoking a strong sense of fluidity, an impression of even greater volume and a functional unity between inside and out.

Living on board: In addition to the Owner’s suite, RIO has five guest cabins consisting of two full-beam VIPs – one on the main deck forward, the other on the lower deck – and three suites on the lower deck, namely two doubles and a twin, served by a lift to all decks.



Omega Architects, with Frank Laupman at the helm shaped RIO’s exterior into a superyacht sports coupe, mixing a vertical bow with a sleek superstructure featuring those delightful aft arches that create a true open-air feel.

These outdoor areas don’t just look good; Omega conceived them to be multipurpose spaces for relaxing and socialising. The Owner can enjoy a wealth of spaces including the stern lounge with bright, airy al fresco dining facilities; the lounge at the bow on the Owner’s deck with a generous spa pool, and sun area for fitness use and parties. Not to mention the wellness lounge with water toys aplenty at the beach club, or the huge spa pool and cinema zone aft on the wheelhouse deck. Rio really does have it all.

To make on board life uniquely pleasurable, RIO has a wonderfully positive vibe.


“To make on board life uniquely pleasurable”, RIO has a wonderfully positive vibe, where exquisite materials mingle with specially developed colour combinations. The Owner expressly requested bright, colourful spaces and a happy atmosphere for the younger family members to enjoy and RIO is arguably one of the most upbeat superyachts we’ve featured. With a clean base of white tones and natural materials, Pulina Exclusive Interiors have added a mix of lively pops of colour and vivid décor inspired by exotic motifs. The harmony of the interior and exterior spaces can be felt in RIO’s marine palette, with pastel turquoise and varying shades of blue creating a cool colourway and tones of blue and fuchsia, or green and grey can be found on every deck.

RIO’s natural materials also follow the marine palette, with vivid notes coming from marbles, such as the blues of the Azul Macauba in the salons and the mossy Irish Green in the outdoor American bars that light up the spaces with colour combinations in ocean-inspired moods.

Crema d’Orcia and Calacatta Vagli Oro marbles grace the bathrooms with RIO’s woods consisting of American walnut and white lacquered oak in staves, selected respectively for the floors and walls all throughout the yacht.

CAT power: Rio has a top speed of 15 knots and cruises at 12 knots, courtesy of her twin Caterpillar 3512C ACERT engines
Rio specifications
LOA: 62 m
Beam: 11.20 m
Draught: 3.15 m
Gross Tonnage: 1,218
Naval architecture: CRN Engineering
Exterior design: Omega Architects
Interior design: Pulina Exclusive Interiors
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512C ACERT, 1,230 kW @ 1,800 rpm


RIO will be making her world premiere at September’s Monaco Yacht Show, where visitors will be able to see her harmonious design and delightful details in person – a hugely creative superyacht that perfectly reflects her Owner’s vision.