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Numarine 68 Fly

Turkish Fly

This 68 gives you the option to either hire a crew or run the boat yourself.

A The 68’s flying-bridge deck features a double-wide helm station and large settee.
B Expansive windows bathe the main deck in light.
C Resin infusion and cored laminate shed weight and increase efficiency.
D Cockpit seating is shaded by the flying-bridge overhang.
E There’s a dinette and a full galley aft of the helm.
F The crew quarters sleeps two and has its own head and mess.
G A full-beam master provides the owner with space and privacy.
H The VIP stateroom has an en suite head, as do the two other guest cabins.
I Contemporary furnishings give the master suite a modern feel.
J The owner picks the wood for the honeycomb-cored furniture.

The Numarine fleet, which ranges from 55 to 130 feet, is anything but boring. And the builder’s 68 Fly looks like she’ll fit right in.

Turkey-based Numarine is introducing the 68 to fill the gap between its 55 and 78 flying-bridge models. It’s a size that its customers obviously want, as the first three hulls are already sold; Hull No. 4 will arrive in the United States next year, according to Jim Ross, who runs Numarine North America out of Norwalk, Connecticut.

The 68’s hull is comprised of a sandwich of PVC foam, unidirectional and multiaxial E glass, Aramid reinforcement, and vinylester resin. Resin infusion creates a 60-percent glass-to-resin ratio, producing an estimated dry weight of just over 68,000 pounds, so the 68 should be both efficient and fast. Powered by 1,015-mhp Caterpillar C18s, she’s projected to reach 34 knots (39 mph) with a cruising speed of 28 knots (32.2 mph) and a max range of 400 NM.

And the 68 has style to go with her substance. British designer Tony Castro added his own flair to the modern Eurostyle that is associated with Numarine, creating what the company describes as a “more mature and angular” appearance. The windshield and large windows on the main deck create an open feel and give occupants the sense that the boat is larger than her actual size.

Below, triangular hull-side windows and three ports on each side will admit plenty of light. There’s a full-beam master amidships, a forepeak VIP, and two guest rooms, each with en suite head. Aft, a crew cabin for two and a full galley gives owners the option of hiring a staff though Numarine touts owner operation as a benefit of this boat.

The main deck features a gourmet galley to port of the helm station. Two steps lead down to the lush saloon with its 32-inch flat-panel TV and Bose surround sound system. Furniture here is honeycomb-cored to save weight and adorned with the owner’s choice of veneers. Options for the 68 include a 660-pound-capacity crane, watermaker, and satellite TV.

Add to all this traditional Turkish craftsmanship and a look that will turn heads, and you have an owner-operator-capable yacht that’s totally fly.

CONTACT: Numarine North America (203) 853-8888.

This article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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