Sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s what happened to me last week during the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami–and I’m not just talking about how the WiFi connection in the hotel went down and stayed down. I’m referring to how I had grand plans to see lots of megayachts, from debuts to brokerage listings, and while I did board most, I ended up with not enough time to complete my “to do” list.
One of the yachts I ended up missing was Palmer Johnson’s Dragon. I must have had the worst case of timing, as whenever I stopped by to tour the sleek 135-footer, which had her foredeck Jacuzzi bubbling away, there were clients onboard or my main contact was unavailable. Disappointing of course, but hey, these things happen.
However, one of my Power & Motoryacht colleagues got a tour from the engineer, and he relayed two interesting items. First, the interior employs liberal use of red–“like Valentine’s Day,” he remarked (and I got the feeling it wasn’t exactly his cup of tea). Second, there’s a crawlspace running the length of the yacht below the guest staterooms that permits access to all piping. My colleague was far more impressed with this, as am I. It’s particularly intriguing to me, as the “smallest” megayacht I’ve ever seen or heard of it being employed on is a 180-footer. It’s a smart feature borrowed from the commercial end of the marine industry, and something that perhaps more megayacht builders will begin to embrace.
My colleague didn’t have a video camera handy while he bellied through the crawlspace, but I did capture Dragon’s profile, designed by Nuvolari & Lenard. I tried to jazz things up with the music and editing this time, to better complement the sleek, sexy appeal of the yacht. Enjoy.