Private Preview 2003: Sporty Stateliness

No longer does size equal sluggishness. The perception of yachts, especially those longer than 100 feet, is that they are portly beasts more suited for floating than flying. Yet for 2003, boatmakers are streamlining the hulls and tuning the engines to maximize their yachts’ performances. While a go-fast will still leave your vessel in its wake, you will no longer have to worry about a tugboat chugging past.

Keeping a Secret


The existence of a new Pershing 76-foot motor yacht is one of the worst-kept secrets in the boating business— thanks to Pershing itself. Although it labels all information about the 76 as “top secret,” the Italian boatmaker knows something that we don’t know, and it can’t resist revealing some of that information prior to the official unveiling. Pershing has revealed, for instance, that belowdecks the boat will feature an extended living quarters with a galley and a dinette. The design of the interior also calls for a master cabin with a sitting area and an entertainment center, a VIP cabin, and a guest cabin. The glass-enclosed upper saloon will include a dining area with seating for six under a sliding roof. Pershing has also let it be known that the 76 will be able to reach a maximum speed of approximately 39 mph, 5 mph faster than the larger Pershing 88, on whose design the 76 seems to have been based. —Fluto Shinzawa.

Elegance and Power

The entertainment center aboard the Ferretti 810 seems peculiarly empty. It doesn’t appear to include a television. Activate the pop-up mechanism, however, and a plasma screen ascends from a hidden compartment. Such is the subtlety and elegance that Ferretti, along with the Zuccon International Project Studio, decided to feature when designing the 810. Two luxurious but understated armchairs pair with a U-shaped sofa in the saloon. The master suite, one of the 81-footer’s four staterooms, features a dressing table, sofa, and two large windows at bed level, offering you a view of the water while reclining.

There is nothing subtle, however, about the boat’s performance. Standard twin 1,570-hp Caterpillar engines give the 810 a cruising speed of approximately 32 mph. Fit the 810 with twin MTU engines, and you can increase the top speed to nearly 42 mph. —Fluto Shinzawa.

Supersized Chevy

The owner of Chevy Toy, which he purchased in 1998, loved his 118-foot yacht, but he soon learned what many boaters discover about their vessels: It was too small. The owner decided to commission a larger version.

The next-generation Chevy Toy, a 142-footer from Trin-ity Yachts, promises all the benefits of the first edition as well as the additional space that the owner desired. Chevy Toy’s four guest staterooms and owner’s suite are lined with cherry and teak. Passengers can relax either outside on the two aft decks or in the dining area, or enjoy the saloon’s 42-inch plasma TV screen, DVD player, and five-disc CD changer. Chevy Toy also has a 19-foot tender and can tow a 35-foot fishing boat.

The boat, which will be available for charter, has a range of 5,000 miles, allowing the owner an extended area for cruising at nearly 20 mph. “This boat has the ability to relocate anywhere in the world,” says Billy Smith, Trinity vice president. “Our boats are floating islands of extreme reliability and total self-sufficiency.”

A 30-man engineering and nautical architecture staff has been working on the new Chevy Toy to prepare it for delivery in late spring or early summer 2003. “The customer tells us how fast and how far he wants the boat to go, and the level of luxury he wants,” Smith says. “Then we can design and build it. This will be an absolutely incredible charter boat.”  —Mike Nolan.

Italian Style in an American Yacht

Although Palmer Johnson is best known for its tridecks, its Corniche series is the personal favorite of Andrew McKelvey, the CEO of TMP Worldwide, the parent company of Monster.com. In 1999, McKelvey took delivery of Mostro, a 110-foot Corniche raised pilothouse yacht, and liked his Palmer Johnson so much that he bought the entire company.

Next year, Palmer Johnson will deliver the third model in its Corniche line, a 120-foot sport cruiser that exudes Italian style and American sensibility. “The express bridge sport cruiser design is a real showstopper,” says Phil Friedman, Palmer Johnson president and CEO. “It is undoubtedly one of the most stylish, sleek motor yachts that Palmer Johnson has ever built.”

Nuvolari & Lenard, a Venice design firm, worked with Palmer Johnson to create the look of the 120-footer. Highlights of the slicked-back sport cruiser include sun pads on the aft and forward main decks, a mahogany-lined interior, and a top speed of nearly 28 mph. —Fluto Shinzawa.

Never Say Never Again?

John Staluppi, the co-owner of Millennium Super Yachts and the builder of three performance-oriented yachts, is at it again. Staluppi is working on a 138-footer that, powered by twin 5,435-hp diesels and a Lycoming turbine engine, will have a top speed of 80 mph.

Frank Mulder, the Dutch naval architect who worked on Staluppi’s previous Millennium projects, Octopussy and Moonraker, is styling his latest creation. Evan Marshall is working with the Millennium team to design the interior.

While Staluppi has not yet named the 138-footer, the yacht will most likely be fitted with a moniker from a James Bond movie; For Your Eyes Only is the name of another Staluppi Millennium. Now all he needs is an Aston Martin to match.  —Fluto Shinzawa.

Gem of a Genesis

Even before it launched the first edition of its Genesis 153 line in May, North American Yachts and Shipbuilding (NAYS) was already upgrading the design of its 153-footer: The second Genesis 153, which is scheduled for delivery next year, will include a helicopter pad.

The Genesis 153, which has a 30-foot beam, was designed by Luiz de Basto to blend European and American styles. The centerpiece of the aluminum boat is the 2,000-square-foot upper deck, which features a foyer, library, bar, and lounge. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide guests with a panoramic view of the ocean. The top deck includes an observa-tion lounge and a 12-person spa. The interior boasts furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, blended with African makore mahogany cabinetry and Tuscan marble.

The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar engines, giving the 153-footer a cruising speed of approximately 16 mph. The Genesis 153 also has two elevators: one that takes you from the dock to the main deck, and one that runs from the lower deck to the observation lounge, allowing for a leisurely ascent. “People are going to appreciate the amenities and design concepts we’ve incorporated into this vessel,” says Tim Smith, company principal. “We have many features normally found in much larger yachts. Her interior volume is immense. She’s basically an SUV on the water.” —Fluto Shinzawa.

Millennium Super Yachts, 561.721.4100, www.millenniumsuperyachts.com

North American Yachts and Shipbuilding, 954.713.8110, www.nays.cc

Palmer Johnson, 920.743.4412, www.palmerjohnson.com

Pershing, www.pershing.it

Trinity Yachts, 504.283.4050, www.trinityyachts.com

Ferretti, www.ferretti-yachts.com

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