80 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler — September 2002
|Part 2: While the view to outside is compelling, there’s also plenty to notice in the interior.|
What Staluppi and Rosatti were planning was the boat I was aboard, a yacht that combines a beautiful, low-profile exterior that has curves in all the right places, a fully custom interior, and a hull design that allows for cruising speeds in excess of 30 mph. I picked up the 80 at Millenium's Riviera Beach marina facility and took her out on the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. We intended to run out to sea, but with a steady 25-knot wind playing havoc with the ocean outside Palm Beach Inlet and, of more concern, thunderstorms moving in and out of the area, we opted for protected inland waters.
The rain kept us from enjoying the centerline helm topside, where there's also room to seat ten, plus a port-side grill and serving center complete with refrigerator, freezer, and a sink. Piloting the 80 from the lower starboard station not only proved comfortable, courtesy of twin, buttery-soft Recaro helm seats, but also gave me the opportunity to evaluate her sightlines. (The seats were manually adjusted, and on a yacht with a price tag of $2.795 million, you might reasonably expect to find the Recaros electrically operated.)
Even with the windshield’s substantial mullions, I had an excellent view of the seaway not only ahead but also through the large windows to either side. The same was true looking astern, thanks to a large glass sliding door, a real plus for stern-to docking. However, because of the seven-foot-deep by 17-foot-wide swim platform, which can be electrically lowered and raised, I’d prefer to have a crew member stationed aft with a walkie-talkie for this kind of docking. In any case, the standard 20-hp Sidepower electric bow thruster is a boon for finessing the 80 into a tight slip.
While the view to outside is compelling, there’s also plenty to notice in the interior. The helm, ringed in high-gloss cherry burl, is well laid out, with all critical nav-aid monitors, controls, switches, and gauges within an average reach. Directly to port a dining area easily seats eight, and just aft is a couch, while on the opposite side is a bar with granite countertop, sink, and refrigerator. All furniture is fashioned of highly lacquered cherry and displays superior fit and finish.
On the centerline, between the dinette and lower station, a staircase leads down to the accommodations level. Each of the three staterooms—VIP forward, full-beam master aft, and guest between to starboard—has an en suite head and also features the same cherry furniture, cabinetry, and accessories. All quarters have more than enough stowage space for a week-long cruise.
The staterooms surround what Millennium terms the second saloon. This space offers a large seating area to starboard and a full galley to port, with side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stovetop, stainless steel sink, large granite countertop, a pantry, and plenty of drawer and cabinet space.
There are many other features that make the 80 more than just a fast cruising yacht. For example, as you would expect on a boat this size, her engine room, easily accessed from the swim platform via a substantial transom hatch, offers plenty of space to perform all essential fluid checks and engine-maintenance procedures. And should there be a need to get to the tops of those diesels, the entire aft sole above the engine room is scored for easy removal. A large lazarette can double as crew quarters, as there is an additional head back here also.
On the main deck, I found heavy-duty hardware including mooring cleats and took special note of the stainless steel rails that surround the outer walkaround. Not only are they sturdy, they’re also almost waist-high and so afford an extra measure of safety. Millennium even supplies drains around the recessed fuel fills to catch any spills. Should fuel happen to spill, it gets recycled back into the tank.
Then there are the things you can’t see, like the 12- to 15-mm (just under to just over a half-inch) solid-FRP bottom, the Divinycell coring in the hull sides, deck, and superstucture, and the use of an impregnator to achieve an optimum glass-to-resin ratio. The glass stringers and transverse frames are also Divinycell-foam-cored and are almost four inches wide and about six inches high. Even the engine beds are cored with Divinycell, with glassed-in steel inserts to which standard DDC-MTU engine mounts are bolted.
Staluppi and Rosatti, being successful businessmen, certainly have an ambitious vision for their Millennium yachts, which are currently available in 118-, 140-, and 151-foot versions. "We want to make our boats the equivalent of Feadship but without the high price," says Staluppi. "We build with the most quality and, because of our precise tank testing, know ahead of time just what kind of seas our boat can take. Our philosophy is to give the best boat for the price. And we're here to provide all the necessary service."
The partners also left me with the notion that while the 151 would be their biggest, they would have no problem in taking another step: "We build to spec, but if someone wanted something bigger, well..." mused Staluppi.
Just before I left the marina, I took a gander at a model of a 92-foot sportfisherman already under contract. Could this be a new line of Millennium yachts? We'll see in about a year when, according to Staluppi and Rosatti, this boat will splash, possibly taking this dynamic duo in yet another direction.
Millennium Super Yachts Phone: (561) 721-4100. Fax: (561) 844-6473. www.millenniumsuperyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2002 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.