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Delta Marine begins construction on 53m yacht Project 174046

Seattle-based yard Delta Marine has revealed that it has begun construction on a new 53 metre superyacht called Project 174046, which is partly inspired by the yard's 2010 launch Silver Shalis.

This high-performance motor yacht will feature a semi-displacement aluminium hull and composite superstructure, with styling inside and out by Jonathan Quinn Barnett.

Jay Miner, chief naval architect at Delta Marine, said: “The clients were looking for a shallow draft for Bahamas and Caribbean cruising. They liked the style and build calibre of Silver Shalis and this project expands upon the technical achievements of that build.”

He added that the design balances the need for impressive interior volumes and 2.1 metre headroom with a sleek, aerodynamic profile. The yacht’s extensive use of glazing, both in the windows and windbreaks, means unobstructed sightlines for great views out to sea. “We have maintained the elegance of a long, low yacht that is more hull in appearance than house,” Barnett said.

Accommodation is for twelve guests in six staterooms, including a full-beam master suite on the main deck and a bridge-deck VIP. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allow for a staff of up to 12 people.

Exterior relaxation spaces include numerous al fresco dining spaces that can host up to 14 guests at a time, and a superyacht sundeck that is split between shaded and exposed areas, with a 4 metre teak bar, a waterfall-fed swimming pool.

In keeping with the client’s brief for a high-performance yacht, Delta will be fitting twin 3,860hp MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines that will draw on a total fuel capacity of more than 94,000 litres, making extended cruises possible.

Full plans for Project 174046 will be displayed on the Delta Marine stand at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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