Having made her American premiere at the Fort Lauderdale show, the Delta 88 Carbon is Delta Powerboats’ sporty superyacht. And “sporty” describes not just this 85-footer’s looks, but also her performance.
Since the 88 Carbon is semi-custom, owners can collaborate on the interior design. The yacht stateside has abundant teak for paneling and underfoot. True to her heritage—Delta Powerboats is a Swedish company—she exudes Scandinavian style. She exudes superyacht style, too, due to a few suitable creature comforts. The saloon contains a wine chiller with a 20-bottle capacity, for example. There’s also the requisite television, a 55-inch screen. Even the master stateroom, below decks, has a glass/wine cabinet. The master and the guest staterooms all have heated towel racks and underfoot heating, too.
Since the 88 Carbon can be an owner-operator yacht, buyers will appreciate having an easy flow between relaxation areas and “work” areas. The galley is a good example. Rather than confine it within walls, Delta Powerboats and Lars Modin Design made it an open part of the saloon. (Should you prefer hiring crew, two hands can stay aboard.)
The construction and performance parameters, however, are perhaps the biggest pride for Delta Powerboats. “Carbon” in “Delta 88 Carbon” means that she’s entirely carbon fiber. Not only does this save weight, but it also reduces fuel burn. In fact, the builder says, she burns about 40 percent less than comparably sized, traditionally built craft.
Carbon fiber is strong and sturdy as well—a quality the styling conveys, too. The 88 Carbon looks ready to take on serious cruising. The high bulwarks make moving along the side decks safer while underway. And the height of them forward, by the sunpad, keeps guests protected when lounging in cooler climes.
Whether in those cooler areas or warm ones, the yacht affords you good speeds. Triple Volvo Penta IPS 1200s permit a reported 37-knot top end. And, as mentioned above, fuel burn is quite good, too. Delta Powerboats says that at 32 knots, she consumes 87 gph. At 20 knots, it says, she consumes 45 gph.
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