Having their new yacht take shape on U.S. soil was key for the family-oriented buyers behind Project 174046. It’s one reason why they chose Delta Marine to build her.
The owners were additionally attracted to having an aluminum hull and composite superstructure for this high-performance craft. Delta isn’t divulging the anticipated speeds. However, it does say that twin 3,860-hp MTUs will pack the punch. To combat drag, Project 174046 will have a retractable stern thruster. Also, because the owners plan Bahamas and Caribbean cruising, the 174-footer (53-meter) will have a 7’7” (2.35-meter) draft.
Though the rendering here makes her seem sleek, Project 174046 will incorporate significant volume. She’ll also have a 34-foot (10.4-meter) beam. Jonathan Quinn Barnett, responsible for the megayacht’s styling, says, “We have maintained the elegance of a long, low yacht that is more hull in appearance than house.” He compares the look to those of early-20th-century designs. All of this comes “while achieving greater usable guest spaces, greater than aboard larger vessels,” he adds. The owners used another Delta designed by Barnett, Silver Shalis, as a starting point. (Barnett collaborated with Langan Design Partners for the yacht’s styling.)
Barnett is additionally designing the relaxation areas for Project 174046. The owners’ party of 12 will have abundant alfresco space for socializing. Every deck will have bars that can double as dining spots, besides dedicated tables and chairs for meals. Some of the dining areas will welcome up to 14 people, too. Sure to be popular, the sundeck will have a teak bar spanning 13 feet (about 4 meters) in length. It will tend to guests whether standing in front of it or soaking in the pool. Fitted with jets, the pool (above) will have a waterfall wall, plus a shallow “sunning beach.”
Project 174046 has a few clever features. The mast base contains a day head and access to the elevator. Crew can come up to the sundeck from stairs in the pilothouse, quietly checking on guests. The tallest members of the owners’ family will feel comfortable aboard, thanks to doorways with 6’10” (about 1.9 meters) clearance. Throughout the yacht, from the bridge-deck VIP to the main-deck master and below-deck guest cabins, you’ll find numerous contrasting veneers and stones with paint finishes.