“Why Live NEAR the water . . . when you can live ON the water?” asked Bob Rowe as we sat in the posh living room of the exquisite ‘Luxuria” vessel. This “Luxury Living Vessel” was the creation of Bob Rowe and his “team” (consisting of family members, his brother, Ron and nephew, Ron II) run Global Boat Works, each with a specialized skill that works well together thanks to their mutual collaboration. I had the good fortune to be able to visit the Luxuria, which took nine months to build, was just completed this past June and is now ready for sale or rental (with optional insurance and financing available).
From the outside, the Luxuria looks like a large, white unassuming floating vessel whose simplicity gives little hint of the breathtaking beauty inside. But walk up the slanted boarding ramp and step inside, and you are guaranteed to gush at the striking elegance within. The interior is oh-so-upscale with stateof-the-art contemporary decor and the latest high-tech home gadgets. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit has high impact glass windows. Proper marine related tanks and the extraordinary construction with well thought-out preparation helped the vessel survive Hurricane Irma without damage. It has a large AC unit for cooling comfort with modern linear ceiling vents and an LED fireplace providing heat if needed. It would be difficult to duplicate the awe of this romantic living room that is surrounded by glass that creates the semblance of sitting in the middle of the ocean. There’s an outside deck for dining with a spiral staircase connecting the two floors. The unit has 9 foot high ceilings throughout so there is not that compressed, suffocating feeling many boats have inside. But this is only the beginning. This mini-mansion has a sparkling new kitchen with all top-of-the-line Bosch appliances, sleek sink faucets, Caesar stone counters, and custom cabinets that lift open like the gull wings of a Ferrari sports car, hinged at the roof rather than the side. There is an eye-catching vertical floor-to-ceiling glass wine rack that creatively fills a space right next to the staircase that connects the two floors. And we’ve only touched on the kitchen features. There is so much more…
Amenities abound throughout this 1650 sq. ft. floating masterpiece. Bob Rowe accurately referred to it as a “smart house” because it contains almost every functional amenity imaginable for ultra-comfortable living. Think about the ease of automatic lights, thermostat and motorized window shades, all operating at the touch of a button. (Oh, yes, and the window shades have two layers, an extra for darkening the room to ensure better sleep.)
The main floor has its own guest bedroom and bath, both decorated in the best of taste. To ensure every possible comfort, the Luxuria has a utility closet, a linen closet and 3 large 65” curved and flat screen color TVs. Unlike most Florida properties, this one has a downstairs. Though a basement may be unheard of in Florida, there’s extra storage space as the Luxuria has a 5 foot step down bilge built upon 2 barges at total length of 46 feet by 24 inches held together by steel. These strong 3/8 inch barges cleverly maintain buoyancy, freedom from movement and rocking on the water and stabilize the entire vessel.
Step upstairs to the second floor and more “oohs and ahs” are guaranteed. Not a detail is missed; just outside the master bedroom is a cleverly designed computer desk or work space. Stroll into the master suite and find one of the very large wall TVs and a surprising feeling of spaciousness with its own living room and designer coffee table. The king size comfy bed is decorated with a menagerie of fluffy and inviting pillows and coordinating spread. There’s a substantial walk-in closet and a bathroom that will make ladies gasp with glee. More conveniences include double sinks, a separate make-up table with a small magnifying mirror embedded inside the larger one, a roman soaking tub with a ‘waterfall” faucet gizmo, a TV and, of course, heated towel racks.The clear glass shower enclosure boasts a bench below and a square “rain” shower head above.
Another most extraordinary part of this house is that it really moves. The two 300 Horsepower outboard motors provide movement at approximately 6 knots. The simplified helm as a ship-to-shore radio, cameras for easy reverse movement and even a space for an Ipad. They’ve thought of everything and added “all the bells and whistles!”
As Bob Rowe said, “there are a lot of boats but this is so much more than a boat.” No question about it—there’s no place like home, especially this one. It has been called a penthouse on the water. Truly, this is luxury unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and everyone who sees it, just wants to grab their toothbrush and move right in.