Iñigo Toledo of Spanish design studio Barracuda Yacht Design has revealed an elegant and practical 50m motor yacht design at the Monaco Yacht Show.
‘We’ve been listening to clients and brokers,’ says Toledo. ‘The points are that they want access to the sea, a big tender, privacy and they don’t want to be climbing upstairs and downstairs all day.’
The studio fulfilled many of these demands through the yacht’s layout. Aft on the lower deck s a large beach club, with an opening stern and fold down platforms starboard and port, but also floor-to ceiling windows on either side to allow views when the area is closed. Forward of here is a garage for two 7.2m tenders plus toys, then the engine room and then forward again the deck is dedicated to crew accommodation and service areas, including the cold storage, laundry and main galley – not, as is common, the guest cabins.
These four cabins are all located forward on the main deck and feature large fold down balconies and generously proportioned en suites. They are equally sized, making the yacht a good potential charter boat by removing the 'who gets the best room' contention. So that guests don’t have to climb through the boat to get to social areas, a traditional main and dining saloon arrangement are located aft of here, with an adjacent pantry. Aft again is a covered exterior deck that accounts for almost a third of the level’s overall area, taking account of the modern desire for outdoor living and keeping a sleek line.
‘We put just enough superstructure,’ says Toledo. ‘We have not abused the volume, there is a trend towards slender hulls.’
Upstairs is an owners’ level and suite, offering privacy and its own aft deck. Further up still is a spacious sun deck.