Canada-based Crescent Yachts is a few months away from delivering the largest launch in its history, a 144-footer.
The composite trideck is part of a new series (Hull #1 is sold), featuring a hull design by Jack Sarin Naval Architects, with refinements such as a bulbous bow by George Rodden. The collaboration of the two naval architects should result in a yacht capable of a 21-knot top end (at half load) and a 4,000-nautical-mile range at 12 knots, powered by twin 2,736-hp MTUs.
The styling and interior design, courtesy of Jonathan Quinn Barnett, emphasize roomy alfresco and inside spaces for entertaining. Some areas are even intended to be indoor-outdoor spots. The bar located fully aft on centerline on the main deck is a good example. Opening partitions let drinks get passed to guests seated on the aft deck, and it’s a few steps away from the saloon’s seating and entertainment area. This feature should particularly appeal to owners wishing to charter the 144. (The yacht is being built to ABS classification and will comply with the LY2 requirements of MCA.)
Other unusual elements aboard include asymmetrical and/or diagonally arranged furnishings and rooms, like the bar and day head that are each in the skylounge. The idea was to let guest and crew traffic alike flow more easily and retain a relaxed atmosphere.
Also appealing for charter, or even just extra guests, the full-beam VIP suite on the lower deck has a sitting area that can convert to a stateroom. Since it has its own head, the arrangement should work well. Two other guest staterooms lie just forward below decks, while the master suite is forward on the main deck. As you’d expect, there’s an office within this suite, positioned outboard with a window. As for crew, three staterooms are on the lower deck, the captain’s stateroom is just aft of the pilothouse, and the engineer’s stateroom is aft of the engine room and technical spaces.
I’ll get a better look at the 144 during a visit to the shipyard late next month. If you’re familiar with Crescent’s history, you might be thinking of its original location in Richmond, British Columbia. It was limited to building yachts to about 120 feet mostly because of its launching area, shared by a yacht club; a building stood directly next to the ramp, preventing anything wider than 20-odd feet from heading down it. When Crescent was acquired by Worldspan Marine a few years ago, operations were moved to Maple Ridge, still in British Columbia, to a facility where its sister company, Queenship, also operates. So, anticipate an update on the new yard, along with a “Megayacht News Onboard” story here, in a few weeks.