On-board the lean machine
The yacht maybe 50 metres in length overall, but inside her volumes suggest those of a more modest 35 metre, something brought about by her narrow beam and the toy garages. Besides the wheelhouse, the captain’s office and a pantry, the bridge deck features a small skylounge with L-shaped sofa, a coffee table, armchairs and an entertainment area. Large glass doors lead aft onto a small sundeck partly shaded by the aft facing eyebrow with two comfortable chaise-lounges and a large spa pool. What this deck does not have, unusually for a yacht this size, is a captain’s cabin. This is instead, located on the lower deck, a rather long sprint away in case of an emergency. This omission has clearly been recognised by the build captain, if not by the classification society and Flag States, and the captain has wisely insisted on a small fold away sleeping cot built in the bulkhead of the sky lounge.
The main deck aft resembles the cockpit more typically seen aboard sailing yachts. It hosts two C-shaped sofas with two connectable coffee tables and is a perfect place to eat when on deck. Access aft to the swim platform is via double stairs on either side. The full-height lazarette houses a seven-metre Castoldi tender with an extendable rail to assist in the launch operations. The area is also home to a diving preparation area, with dive compressor, a machine workshop, 50-60 Hz frequency converter. Here too is the stern anchor. One of this owner’s key criteria was that his superyacht would be under 50 metres in length and have a gross tonnage below 500. Exuma’s draught was to be no more than 2.4 metres, she would be equipped with a superior forward scanning sonar, her powerful yet silent bow thruster and this stern anchor would allow safe manoeuvring and anchoring inside the tightest of unchartered anchorages.
Glass sliding doors lead from the main deck aft to the open-space saloon, with its large glass windows. The living area is comprised of three U-shaped sofas located on the port side, while the dining area houses a table capable of seating up to ten people. Amidships, the main lobby features the guest stairway that directly connects all three decks, a day head and forward of that the owners area, comprised of his and hers bedrooms. His is larger and has a double bed athwartships from which to gaze outside and enjoy the view. Hers has a single bed set fore and aft in a style more in keeping with an explorer yacht. Both have large glass windows and ensuite bathrooms fitted with Italian marble.
The lower deck, accessed using the central guest staircase, is comprised of two VIP cabins and one twin cabin with ensuite bathrooms and all, strangely again, having their beds athwart ships. A fourth cabin is equipped as a gym but can be transformed into more sleeping quarters using two Pullman beds. A bathroom and shower complete this area, which also has a parallel corridor, with separate stairs for crew access. Forward of the guest accommodation is the crew area accommodating eight crew in four double cabins including a Captain’s double bedded cabin, a crew mess and laundry room. This deck is also home to the small main galley, which is very much drawn from sailboat-style galleys, and it is equipped with a dumbwaiter serving all three decks directly.
Going farther than before
The engine room, with a separate control room is located forward of the lazarette and is fitted with two 970-kW Caterpillar C32 Acert engines capable of giving the yacht a top speed of 16 knots. Given the power output of these units and Exuma’s hull shape, it is expected that she will burn just ten litres for every nautical mile when travelling at cruising speed where the average for a yacht of her size is normally nudging 13. Other machinery installed includes two 115-kW and one 86-kW electric generator, a central air conditioning unit and a waste water treatment unit.
Capturing the imagination of all who saw her at the Monaco Yacht Show, Exuma was awarded the RINA Green Plus Platinum certificate, as well as the Green Yacht of the Year award, in recognition for her proven commitment to environmental excellence. Vibration free and ultra quiet, she was designed with exploration in mind and her range of over 5,500 miles at a speed of 12 knots is extremely respectable and very unusual given her capacity of only 75,000 litres of fuel.
Her long lean hull has been designed to run economically she is not to greedy when it comes to fuel consumption drinking a miserly 9.8 litres per nautical mile. Her highly experienced commissioning owner insisted that the yacht should be equipped to go anywhere, and the yacht has been tailor-made to these exacting requirements. The living areas have been designed to provide comfort to him and his guests on board without being over-decorative or difficult to maintain. Overall, since her launching and the handover to her owner, the yacht has out-performed the specification brief, fuel consumption was better than hoped for and her Captain reports, “she handles particularly well in a seaway.”
For those wanting long-distance cruising in comfort, the Vitruvius vision is now available and waiting.
Technical specifications – Perini Navi Picchiotti Exuma
Length overall: 49.5 m
Waterline length: 49 m
Beam: 9.5 m
Draught: 2.3 m
Displacement: 400 t
Engines: 2 x 970 kW Caterpillar C.32
Generators: 2 x 115 kW & 1x 86 kW Caterpillar
Berths Guests: 8 / 9
Berths Crew: 7
Fuel capacity: 75,000 l
Fresh water capacity: 17,000 l
Class: ABS: A1 Commercial Yachting Service AMS+
Classification: MCA LY2
Hull material: Aluminium
Superstructure material: Aluminium
Exterior styling: Vitruvius
Interior designer: Perini Navi
Naval architects: Philippe Briand
Top speed: 17 kts
Cruising speeds: 12 kts
Range @ 12 knots: 5,700 nm
Tenders: 1 x 4.2m Rescue Boat, 1 x 6.4m tender
Builder: Picchiotti, Perini Navi Group
Exuma charters through Fraser Yachts and is available in the Caribbean this winter for €196,000 pw. www.fraseryachts.com