Barracuda Yacht Design's modern-day commuter yacht
2013-08-25By Risa Merl

Spanish firm Barracuda Yacht Design has developed a modern concept of a 19.9m commuter yacht design for a Mexican client.

Many of the original boats of the era ferried businessmen from their homes to their offices in Manhattan and favoured two primary qualities: speed and comfort with very little space outdoors and instead a large comfortable cabin to allow passengers to arrive dry and coiffed.

While this yacht owner loves the looks of these classic boats, he intends to use his boat for leisure. The designers set out to create a 65-foot boat, light and fast (speed is around 22 knots with 660 horsepower), but with room for three overnight cabins, deck space to haul a tender and space to enjoy the sun. The beam is narrow, about 4.3m at its widest and the bow is a thin vertical blade, in keeping with the 1930's feel and the need for speed and efficiency. But, since the lower deck is full beam, the master suite, located aft, is roomy. Two additional guests cabins are located amidships.

At nearly 20m, this design is also bigger than the most of the commuters in the 1930s, which allows for more creature comfort inside and out, including a swim platform. Modern technology will be built right into the traditional mahogany and white planking interior featuring polished steel details and brass fittings.

The engine room will include gyro stabilisers for comfort at anchor. The boat’s hull is to be built in composite with cedar strip planking.

More information on this design will be available from Barracuda at the Monaco Yacht Show.



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