Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Jun-Jul 2015
LUXURY PRODUCTION YACHTS 053 DREAM MAchinEs Casting off for that big voyage has never been easier with this armada of luxury bluewater Cruising yaChts, writes KEVIN GREEN. What these yachts have in common is smart engineering; although the materials and build vary, which of course is reflected in their prices. it takes 45,000 hours to build the Oyster 825, which is a hand-built, custom- made yacht with a price tag that reflects this. in contrast Beneteau and Jeanneau use their powerful material buying power and economies-of-scale to create efficient production yachts at very affordable prices. in between is the cnB 76 that has evolved from construction navale Bordeaux’s reputation for sturdy cruisers, such as the popular Bordeaux 60. Amid this foreign armada sits our only Australian offering, the Buizen 52 which is up there with the best of these yachts in terms of quality and performance, so is worth a serious look for that bluewater voyage. But the competition is tough with the likes of the Discovery 58 and the Amel 64 to contend with. The French- built Amels can be seen in many anchorages around the world for good reason, thanks to highly automated systems, watertight bulkheads and lavish furnishings. Elsewhere in this armada, and at the front in terms of performance is the swan 80Rs, a lean and sleek yacht that both looks and performs superbly, thanks to a carbon hull with similar rig. Finally for those looking for something a bit different but with the length overall to eat the miles, there’s the new wooden spirit 65 that combines old world feel with ultra-modern technology. in terms of technology there’s plenty to consider with these large yachts. Key features to look for include electrical winches and hydraulically powered furlers. system management can be a challenge so digital bus systems are a consideration as are fast charging and lightweight lithium batteries. Maintenance is easier if you have a walk-in engine room and during those ocean voyages, a workshop. Also while on the big blue briny, a dinghy garage to securely store the tender is preferable. comfort at sea is greatly aided by an owner’s aft cabin and deck saloons are a good antidote to seasickness. On deck a protected yet not stuffy cockpit for the family and a GRP arch puts the mainsheet out of harms way, while also creating a large bimini. Finally, for those awkward Pacific atoll anchorages lifting keels with twin rudders to minimise the draft are a final consideration for your dream machine. OYSTER NATURAL With British workmanship at its best, the Oyster 825 knows exactly how to please. R anging in size from the nimble italian solaris that Windcraft has been successfully introducing to Australia, to the mighty Oyster 825, there should be an escape capsule for everybody.
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