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.