This is the opposite of a look-at-me yacht, designer Andrew Winch says as he reveals the just-inked artists impression of the 54m Newcastle expedition motor yacht in his London office. When [the owner] is diving in the Philippines or Maldives, he doesnt want to attract attention, hed rather people say, Whats that ship over there?
The rendering depicts how the owner intends to use his new yacht: warm-water diving, motorcycle adventures and family cruising in far-flung destinations. She will have storage for six motorbikes and the tenders will be a motorcycle barge and diving RIB.
The owner is well practised in this adventurous yachting lifestyle thanks to time spent aboard his 30.5m explorer yacht by the same builder, Newcastle Shipyards of Florida. Vripack provided preliminary design and engineering and Newcastle has appointed Murray & Associates as the yards engineer for the build.
The owners brief called for simplicity and functionality; a zero-maintenance interior and exterior, plentiful accommodations and unseen crew, even in the galley as the owners wife enjoys preparing meals.
Winch describes the interior as Thailand beach chic brought to life in low-maintenance, damage-proof materials: Corian countertops, art set behind glass, ceramic basins, wood floors instead of carpets and satin finishes everywhere, including the door handles, chosen to negate the need to polish.
His next project takes a turn from go-anywhere-utility to sleek and sexy French styling as Winch resumes his 13-year relationship with French builder CMN for the Line 65 series.
Inspired by the French Riviera of the 1960s and the lines of Citroën sports cars, the concept is an evolution of the CMN Line 60, which produced World Superyacht Award winners Cloud 9 and Slipstream.
Winch and CMN took suggestions from charter guests and crew on how to improve upon the Line 60 for the next generation.
‘Everyone loved the circular, open dining room on the aft deck, but wanted more space behind it,’ Winch says. Other requests included an elevator, bigger spa, a beach club and more cabins with more versatile sleeping arrangements.
Images courtesy Andrew Winch