Published: Friday, 01 March 2013
Mike Fulton

On instruction from Ocean Survey Services based at Bodrum, Turkey, Barracuda Yacht Design have completed pre-production plans and drawings for a yacht reminiscent of sailing yachts from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Their discerning client is looking to replicate the emotion and beauty of a bygone age so the new design has traditional proportions in the bow and stern with moderate overhangs and a classic-looking white painted deckhouse with varnished timber trim.

The boat is 58 metres overall with a water line beam of 10.1 metres and a variable draft of between 4.5 and eight metres depending on loading. The hull is composed of steel and the superstructure of aluminium. This boat is designed for a guest capacity of 10 and a crew of eight. Two Caterpillar 1200HP engines provide power and the maximum displacement is listed as 505 tons.

Baracuda 58m Flybridge Sailing YachtAn artists impression and layout drawing of the new Baracuda 58M

There is a discreet fly bridge atop the deckhouse and twelve large windows down the length of the hull, giving a real sensory feeling from inside the yacht.

A weather-protected space for seating is located in the front half of the fly bridge, twin-helming positions at the mid-point and a Jacuzzi and sunbathing space to the rear. The fly bridge will most likely become the main social focal point of this yacht.

A simplified, clean-looking foredeck houses two under-deck tenders - 6.80 metres and 9 metres, respectively - launched and recovered using a concealed crane. Combined with the yacht’s port side diving centre, this set-up is perfect for scuba diving and water sports enthusiasts who might have to handle lots of equipment.

The deckhouse comprises four main sections. Forward is the bridge, which has doors on either side to facilitate convenient entry and exit by the crew. Aft of the bridge, a formal dining area seats 12 around a large table. A large skylight immediately above the table provides plenty of natural light. Further aft a widened saloon area provides low-level seating to the starboard and a TV and separate bar area to port. Further aft a full 60-square metre covered cockpit area, with part-protected sides, offers more relaxed dining and lounging spaces.

With guest access via steps leading down from inside the main saloon, the accommodation deck houses individual rooms that follow a largely symmetrical pattern for simplified plumbing and cost effective construction.

A full-beam-width owner’s suite, with separate office, occupies the aft section, along with four generous en-suite guest spaces. In the centre of the yacht, fold-down platforms on either side of the hull give way to an impressive starboard side beach club and port side diving centre. Either side platform can be reached from inside the yacht, or via steps leading down from main deck level, discreetly hidden under floor-level hatches.

A large six-square metre combined galley and cold room, together with a separate food preparation area, offers the chef great culinary opportunities. Stewards can use a dumb-waiter system to transport food and drink up to a point just inside the dining room for speedy and efficient serving.

MLC-approved crew quarters comprising two en-suite double rooms and two en-suite bunk-bed style rooms and a spacious crew mess and laundry room, ensure a happy and contented crew.

Under sail the yacht has a flexible and easy-to-use sail plan, designed to cope with varied conditions. For light wind strengths of up to 25 knots, the yacht uses a large furling Genoa and for winds up to 40 knots, the yacht can use a self-tacking, inner-furling staysail acting like a storm jib, if required.