Hard times sometimes result in hard choices having to be made. But these choices can lead to opportunities for others.
This is the situation surrounding the 164-foot expedition-style megayacht you see here, from Sharp Design. Commissioned by “one of the most interesting and knowledgeable owners that we have had the pleasure of working with in recent times,” according to company principal Doug Sharp, the design is being made available, at the client’s instruction, to interested parties.
Happily, this design’s emphasis on expeditions extends beyond her looks. The owner envisioned lengthy offshore cruises with his family, so there are provisions for everything from long-term stowage to even education of kids and adults alike. For the former, there are, of course, good-size pantries, plus two full galleys in addition to the crew mess. The primary galley is on the main deck, and a second galley is uppermost deck, adjoining a dining area and alfresco lounge forward. To hold wet garbage while in transit, the lower deck calls for a refrigerated waste room. On the education front, a cabin is devoted to a teacher/au pair in the crew’s quarters. A dedicated classroom is adjacent to the saloon, fully forward on the main deck. The primary galley doubles as a classroom, too. The owner envisioned guests sitting at its prep island, facing the chef’s cooking area, for hands-on lessons. Further, there’s a lab just off the stern on the lower deck. It has a hull hatch (see below) to facilitate access to the ocean.
Eight or more guests are envisioned to enjoy these and more of the features onboard. They’re accommodated in two king staterooms, one queen stateroom, and one twin-bedded cabin. To allow for extra guests, each stateroom also has a pullman. The helicopter on the top deck can ferry everyone to and from shore, as can the 31-foot Intrepid and 28-foot RIB.
The tenders, by the way, are stowed on the main aft deck. Owners these days nearly always want that area purely for pleasure, but this owner didn’t mind. After all, relaxation can take place here when the toys are in the water. There’s also the entire aft portion of the deck above for alfresco enjoyment—but reserved for the owner, as the master suite is just forward of here. The private deck area includes a dining table, a pool, and a hot tub.
The owner carefully considered the crew’s needs, too. Three double cabins, each with en suite heads, are forward on the lower deck. The engineer and captain have separate staterooms, close to the engine room and wheelhouse, respectively. All have use of a small outdoor lounge forward of the wheelhouse, dedicated just to them. It further facilitates quick access to the foredeck.
Sharp Design has already calculated performance figures for the megayacht as well. With twin Caterpillar 3512Bs, the yacht should see a 12½-knot cruise speed and a top speed close to 17 knots. Range at cruise is expected to be 7,250 nautical miles, while range at top end should be 3,500 nautical miles. Excellent fuel capacity certainly helps: 38,650 gallons.
For full specifications and further details on this 685-gross-ton project, contact Sharp Design.