How To Turn Heads: Sail And Motor Yachts For 2017

Here in Northern California we are one again looking at blue skies after several days of torrential downpour, thunder and lightning, plus mongo winds. Kinda makes a person want to go out for a sail. What? No boat? Not to worry--if you have not yet frittered away the Christmas gift money from grandma, may we offer a few suggestions for motor or sail yacht purchase?

Sailing Yachts

Are sex and speed two of your middle names? Take a look at Firefly, a 35.20m 2011 Claasen awaiting conversion plans to turn her into a high performance cruising yacht replete with two guest cabins, powder rooms, galley, lounge area, aft deck seating, plus quarters for the crew. Brokers list her speed peaks at 12 knots, but we bet with a little tuning, and perhaps a crack racing crew from San Francisco Bay Area, she’d run faster. She may not fit under every New England draw bridge, and her draught draw of 5.25m (17' 2") may be an issue for some private marinas, but if you can pop for this, you can kick in some cash for dredging. Not ready to commit (and what male sailor is)? Firefly is available for charter in Mallorca, Antibes, Monaco, Mediterranean, France and Italy. Charter rate is €75,000 per event, plus expenses of course.

Length Overall: 35.2m (115' 5")
Length at Waterline: 22.22m (72' 10")
Beam: 5.58m (18' 3")
Max Draught: 5.25m (17' 2")
Displacement Tonnage: 62.00

Thompson, Westwood & White Yachts

For penetrating wisdom while cruising the Greek Isles this summer, why not sit atop a goddess of philosophy? Athena is a 90m luxury yacht built by Royal Huisman in 2004; she received a refit in 2011.

A three mast schooner rig boasting 2,500 square meters of sail power, her max speed 18.90 knots will leave other yachts in a wake. Forget concerns about staffing up with crew that can cart around sails--in mast furling for the topsails and in boom furling for the carbon fiber gaffs ease things. She is one of the largest sailing yachts ever delivered, so if you’re still smarting from being dumped by the tall, buxom, Swedish model in St. Tropez, this yacht may turn her head instead of yours.

Length Overall: 90.0m (295' 3")
Length at Waterline: 62.78m (205' 11")
Beam: 12.2m (40' 0")
Max Draught: 5.5m (18' 0")
Displacement Tonnage: 1126.00

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Firefly.  Photo provided by owner

Firefly. Photo provided by owner

Athena.  Photo provided by owner.

Athena. Photo provided by owner.

Motor Yacht
Project BRAGE
DIY meets CGI with Project BRAGE, billed as “seeks to transform an existing off shore support vessel into a unique global explorer yacht.” If you can imagine it, computer generation can render it, kind of like the male ego.

Explorer yachts designer Stefano Pastrovich was commissioned to create a design that maximize a 19m beam with stern that’s darn close to the waterline. His sub 90m yacht rendering offers large deck spaces that morph into the luminous interiors graced by gleaming teak, oak and coconut veneers. No matter where you look, you can look--vantage points galore, starting with the forward-facing storm lounge located four decks above sea level. A jacuzzi? Of course there’s one on the private terrace so when James Bond flies in on the private copter he can discretely slip into the steamy waters. The builder is Vard.

Length Overall: 86.6m (284' 1")
Beam: 19.0m (62' 4")
Max Draught: 6.6m (21' 7")
Gross Tonnage: 4059

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Project BRAGE. Photo provided by designer.

Project BRAGE. Photo provided by designer.