Call her an expedition yacht, an explorer yacht, or a globetrotter. CaryAli, built by Alloy Yachts, is all of these—meant to take on the oceans of the world. At 128’5” (39.16 meters), CaryAli is a step up from her owners’ previous world cruisers not just in size, but also in terms of design and engineering.
With 35 years of cruising under their belts, the owners know a lot about buying and using yachts. Their previous CaryAli, delivered by Nordhavn in 2008, was certainly well-built. However, this time, the owners wanted input into all aspects of design and construction, which custom yards like Alloy Yachts offer. While Alloy Yachts is known for its sailing superyachts, it has also built several motoryachts, with CaryAli marking the seventh to date. The owners also wanted a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, materials more than familiar to Alloy Yachts, too. The owners of CaryAli selected Rene van der Velden as the exterior designer and naval architect, providing pointed requests.
A deep draft (8’9”, or 2.7 meters), heavy displacement (462 gross tons), a wave-breaking bow, and a bulbous bow for good seakeeping were among them. Walk-around decks were further a must for the 29’2”-beam (8.9-meter-beam) CaryAli, as was a crow’s nest. It’s ideal for spotting whales while CaryAli is at her reported 10-knot cruise, under Caterpillar power. It’s also ideal for taking in the sights in quiet anchorages on either side of the ocean. For close-up action, CaryAli totes three military-grade Zodiac tenders.
Excellent sightlines were key for the Portuguese bridge aboard CaryAli, too, of course. Note the rake of the windows, more than simple aesthetics. They keep white water and, if encountered, green water from interfering with operations. With an anticipated range of 3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots, and ambitious cruising on her itinerary, CaryAli could very well encounter sloppy conditions.
Because multiple generations will cruise aboard CaryAli, the owners wanted a warm, family-friendly yet still fashionable atmosphere. Lynne Grossman Interiors, Redman Whiteley Dixon, and Alloy Yachts’ own team collaborated with them in choosing walnut paneling, leather, stainless steel inlays, marble, and more.
Even though guests aboard CaryAli will no doubt want to dine alfresco, the formal dining area beckons. Open to the saloon, its forward bulkhead is quite the focus. The curved panel is hand-etched, replicating one of the famous water-lilies paintings done by Monet.
Contrasting with the formality of the main deck, the upper deck of CaryAli is more casual—“beachy chic,” in Grossman’s words, a direct request by the owners. White and grey tones (the latter echoing the hull color of CaryAli) come into play here. Other nice features: The sliding doors to the outdoors can remain open, and the aft-most ports to each side of the bridge-deck saloon also open.
More retractable glass characterizes the sundeck. Areas like Alaska are on CaryAli’s cruising itinerary, so this allows the relaxation spaces to be used in a variety of weather and temperatures. Surely the owners and guests will get a kick out of clinking ice in their glasses or soaking in the hot tub (not shown) while watching icebergs float by.
The owners can enjoy similar vistas from their main-deck stateroom. Up to eight family and friends can join them below decks aboard CaryAli. For their privacy, as well as efficiency for the crew, guests and crew have separate passageways throughout all the decks.
Speaking of efficiency, since stowage is always at a premium aboard boats and yachts, CaryAli has some clever solutions. One in particular is for the exercise equipment that gets set up on the sundeck. (The dedicated gym seen here is just inside the transom, which folds down to provide a workout with an extra-special view.) Exercising aboard is a must for these owners. So, if the interior gym is in use, the crew can quickly retrieve the gear stowed beneath sunpads on the sundeck for the owners or their guests.
If the previous CaryAli is any indication, the new CaryAli has quite the itinerary ahead of her. The coastline from Mexico to Alaska, Costa Rica, the San Blas Islands, the Caribbean, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, and more were visited just in her first two years. More room aboard the new yacht means more memories for the making.