Delta Powerboats 80
This spare and angular design from Lars Modin and Delta Powerboats leaves no doubt about its Swedish origin—outside the boat and inside. Her refreshingly upright styling recalls that of military patrol boats. As aggressive-looking as this treatment is, the plumb topsides, stem, and transom allowed the design team to use every nook and cranny of the interior. Almost as valuable to a proud and discerning owner? He won’t bump into his yacht’s likeness in every harbor.
The design team achieved aesthetic harmony by maintaining its angular theme in every detail. Even the hawseholes in the bow carry the edgy look. Straight lines and vertical surfaces also define the superstructure—except for the pilothouse windshield. That extreme forward rake perfectly fits this yacht’s character, but maybe more important, it reduces glare at the helm.
Stating that an 80-foot yacht has a lot of room inside seems kind of dumb, but all 80-footers aren’t the same. The Delta’s vertical topsides redefine the term full-beam master suite. This one takes up a substantial chunk of the hull’s breadth amidships. A king-size berth reaches toward the centerline from its place against the port side. A settee, desk, and table occupy the starboard side, and the head spans about 66 percent of the full beam in the after section of the suite. A walk-in closet fills the remaining third.
Immediately abaft, but completely separate, Delta has provided a truly human-size cabin and head for two crew members. The general arrangement plan shows access to this cabin via the fuel tanks and machinery space right forward of the engine room. Three Volvo Penta IPS1200s occupy the engine room and are mounted very close to the transom bulkhead. As we’ve seen, putting the business end of the yacht all the way aft adds space to the accommodations, which has two identical twin guest cabins right forward of the master and a VIP suite in the bow. The dayhead is on the starboard side directly opposite the VIP head.
Following current practice, Delta has placed the galley and dinette (table for eight), lounge, and cockpit on a single level. In addition to enhancing the flow of traffic when the owners entertain guests, the single level removes the pitfalls for anyone moving through the main deck. The helm is on the centerline at the forward end of the main deck. Her interior décor of wood, chrome, fabric, and straight lines is very Scandinavian and beautiful.
Delta claims that this new sports cruiser uses 40 percent less fuel than other motoryachts of comparable size (87 gph at 32 knots and 45 gph at 20 knots). She’s an impressive package.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.