Barracuda designed 85ft ‘Commuter-Style’ Motor Yacht


05/2008 –

Barracuda Yacht Design have recently completed the design for a classic looking American style motor yacht, commissioned on behalf of an Italian client.

The brief was to design a yacht with appearance and style of the powerful 1930’s “commuter” motor launches, that were frequently seen around America’s New England coast at the time, whilst retaining the same amount of accommodation and living space for an equivalent lenght (85ft/26m) modern yacht.

The inclusion of key distinguishing features and aspects of the design such as the mast, the bow profile, the stepped sheer-line and the sweeping ‘negative’ curve of the transom, contained within a relatively narrow beam profile were crucial in achieving the wanted result.

A long and continuous flush window, situated just above deck level, on either side of the superstructure, is not only an appealing design feature, but will allow light into the accomodation rooms inside.

Externally, on the side of the main deck, a combination of white painted surfaces and varnished teak, together with polished bulwarks and teak laid decking on a dark painted composite GRP hull, complete the 1930’s look and feel.

The client was adamant that the fly-bridge structure should not deter from the rest of the deisgn. This has been achieved by keeping the spray-screens as low as possible and in using un-obtrusive stanchions and generally by putting as much thought as necessary into keeping the appearance of the fly-bridge as less bulky as possible.

Internally, the main deck living space is made up of a formal dining area centred around a large table and seating, and a more relaxed lounge style area with coffee table. There is an internal helm station located forward on the port side and rear doors lead out onto a spacious aft deck with further table, seating and large, cushioned sun-bathing area. This is also where the boarding passarelle is located and where passageways on each side allow access to an additional private sun-bathing area on the bow.

Stairs from the main deck lead down to an en-suite VIP room in the bow and two en-suite twin bed cabins on each side of the yacht immediately behind. Then in the mid section of the yacht, steps lead down to the owner’s full beam width cabin and large en-suite bathroom.

A second set of discreet stairs situated close to the rear doors of the main deck offers entry to the galley area, the engine room and 2 twin cabins and living accomodation for four crew.

Details are not fully available yet but internal furniture and cabinetry will be “classic” in design and the same high quality standard as the external aspects.

With propulsion provide by twin 1500hp engines, for a maximum speed in excess of 30knots, there’s little doubt that upon completion, this engaging looking period design will turn heads wherever she goes.

– PR –

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