Kisses Yacht: An Insider’s Guide
The yacht known as Kisses was built by yacht shipbuilders Feadship in the year 2000. The naval architecture comes from De Voogt naval architects and the interior design is thanks to George Larson and Robert Knack. Exterior design was handled by Studio De Voogt.
While Kisses was the launch name of the yacht, it’s actually gone through a couple of changes in the last years. It had a name change to become Afla Alfa III some years ago but then it underwent yet another name change and is currently known as the Mayan Queen. That said, this information doesn’t jive with all the photos we’ve seen. As you can imagine, this yacht is a bit hard to pin down as a result.
There are several websites which dispute the naming of the vessel but the information we have regarding the first, past and current names for the vessel come directly from Feadship so if there is something incorrect regarding the actual name, they seem like the most accurate source. Some say she was previously named Mayan Queen and the yacht owner was a man named Alberto Bailleres but his Mayan Queen is a 306 foot yacht built by Blohm and Voss and is obviously not the same vessel.
Kisses features a steel hull and the superstructure is aluminum while the decks are teak.
Who is the Kisses Yacht Owner?
Kisses is owned by Norman Braman, the founder of Braman Motorcars and the one-time owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Braman’s net worth is believed to be around $3 billion. He made his fortune with a vast empire of auto dealerships in Florida that sold high end luxury cars like Rolls Royce and Cadillac amongst many others.
How Big is the Kisses Yacht?
The motor yacht Kisses qualifies as a superyacht at 175’ 3” though it’s a good distance away from the biggest yachts in the world like Azzam or even Jeff Bezos’ yacht Koru. Other detail yacht specifications mention a 32’ beam and a draft of 10 feet. In terms of displacement Kisses has a gross tonnage of 751 GT which is actually pretty light overall for a vessel of this size.
How Much Did the Kisses Yacht Cost?
It’s been reported that Kisses cost about $35 million which is what it was offered for when they placed the yacht for sale back in 2012. There is also an estimated $3 million yearly operating cost for the yacht as well to cover expenses such as fuel and the crew salaries as well as various taxes and fees.
Burgess Central Agency bought Kisses in 2016 and at that time the price had dropped to $24,900,000.
Can You Charter the Kisses Yacht?
At this time Kisses is not available for yacht charter.
How Fast is the Kisses Yacht and What Engines Does it Use?
Kisses is powered by a pair of twin Caterpillar 3512 E-DI-TA engines producing 1360 bhp at 1600 rpm.. She is able to achieve a top speed of 15 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her range is more than 4,000nm thanks to the 77,400 liter fuel capacity.
What’s the Interior of the Motor Yacht Kisses Like?
The yacht is designed to be manned by a crew of 12. There is some disagreement over how many guests it can accommodate, however. Many sites list 10 while Feadship says 14 and some others split the difference at 12. There are 5 cabins, however, so it would seem off for there to be room for 14 in that space unless some are bigger than you’d expect on a vessel of this size. Information available suggests that there are four double cabins and one twin.
The interior design of the yacht is elegant and simple. There is no single color scheme or theme across the entire yacht, rather each room is decorated to create a certain feeling. You’ll find soft earth tones and gold accents in one room while another may be white offset with marble and silver. It all depends on the mood each room is trying to create for guests.
Features and Amenities
There is surprisingly little information about the features available on board this luxury yacht. What can be seen in photos, however, includes large sundeck areas for sunbathing as well as a large Jacuzzi to the aft deck. This is located just beyond the indoor/outdoor bar which offers a refreshment area for guests in between the pool itself and a lounge area to socialize or dine casually.
Elsewhere onboard you’ll find some more elegant gathering spaces including another lounge area with a mirrored ceiling and floor to ceiling windows giving the impression of almost being inside your own fishbowl with all the light and glass surfaces around.
The mirror ceilings are a theme throughout the vessel and you’ll find the same in the formal dining area which offers room for 10 guests and even in a salon/library area where guests can relax to socialize or read.
The yacht features sloped windows in the main and upper salon, which offer 180-degree views. The interior is art-deco inspired throughout.
The Bottom Line
The yacht known as Kisses was originally owned by billionaire Norman Braman. The yacht was built by Feadship back in the year 2000 and, while it was put up for sale in 2012 at $35 million it was purchased again by Burgess yacht fleet in 2016 for just under $25 million.
The yacht is just over 175 feet in length and offers accommodations for as many as 10 guests in 5 cabins as well as 12 crew. Not much is known about the amenities on board the yacht or anything like water toys but it was decorated in an art-deco style and features many sun pads on deck as well as a Jacuzzi tub for relaxation. She’s powered by twin Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 15 knots.