Piet Bernardo Behage, founder of PB Behage Yacht Designer, has released his drawing for a new 70.7 metre classic-style motor yacht concept, aptly called Retro.
The Netherlands-based designer says he wanted to combine the beauty of classic vessels with the amenities found on modern yachts. He says the yacht, “takes the concept of minimalism and applies it in a way that is elegant, chic and contemporary”.
Retro’s handsome lines belie her serious intent – she boasts a range in excess of 5,300 miles when cruising at 12.8 knots, which is possible thanks to a hybrid propulsion system that uses three engines and a high level of fuel efficiency.
Tank testing suggested a wide hull with a beam of at least 10.85 metres would deliver the stability level Behage wanted in the yacht. That width also allows for a capacious living space and the decks have a ceiling height of 2.3 metres throughout, creating a great sense of space on board. The yacht would be fitted out with high quality furniture, with floors in marble and parquet, under floor heating and careful use of wood for contrast in colour and texture.
Retro would accommodate up to 10 guests across five cabins, with the option of having an additional two cabins for the owner’s private staff or children, or for four more guests. The layout of the interior can be customised, but Behage envisages a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, with a library and office, large en suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, jacuzzi and steam shower. Two double and two twin guest cabins are situated on the lower deck. The crew quarters are separate, on the lower deck, within easy reach of the yacht’s systems.
Another key feature is the inclusion of a freshwater sprinkler system to minimise the build-up of sea salt on the hull, keeping the hull clean and fresh. This is an idea Behage developed in 1998 and was installed on the 36.6 metre yacht Grand Cru III. The yacht boasts spacious side decks, giving good visibility from the wheelhouse and facilitating maintenance. The aft main deck can be altered to incorporate a touch-and-go helipad, boosting Retro’s suitability for long distance voyages.