those meals have satisfied everyone to his or her heart’s content,
Siesser’s Palace lulls her owners and guests into dreamland
in four beautifully appointed staterooms below decks. The master, which
is amidships and therefore takes advantage of the yacht’s beam, has
silk-upholstered walls and a king-size bed. Forward of here to each side
of a foyer are guest staterooms, with the one to port featuring a double
bed and a bunk above it, the other featuring twin beds. VIPs get exactly
that kind of treatment, accessing their stateroom separately via a staircase
in the galley, next to the banquette.
The interior isn’t the only place where the owners and their guests
get to have fun. The upper deck is the place to be for everything from
catching rays to al fresco relaxation, given its two L-shape seating areas
(each with a table) and bar. Again because of the wide beam, the tender
and the davit to launch it occupy the aft portion of the deck without
impinging on the enjoyment factor.
While its primary purpose is serious in nature, the pilothouse does let
curious observers gather on a raised banquette (complete with an oval
table) to watch the captain at work and take their best guess as to the
identity of that land mass off on the horizon. The “standard”
layout in Tarrab’s Wide Body Series places the pilothouse on the
main deck, but Siesser’s Palace is the first to include a
All of these custom touches come with peace of mind, since Tarrab says
that it meets and sometimes exceeds the classification rules of Det Norske
Veritas (DNV). The plans and materials for the 92, as well as those for
every other yacht it contracts, were reviewed and approved by DNV inspectors.
DNV then oversaw all stages of construction, randomly testing hull sections
to confirm things like laminate schedule, glass-to-resin ratio, and tensile
strength. Upon completion of the sea trial—during which a DNV representative
was also present, and during which Siesser’s Palace topped
out at 26 knots—the yacht received her build certificate.
Tarrab differs from some other fiberglass builders in the way it lays
up its hulls, mainly in the fact that it doesn’t use coring. It also
employs vinylester resins in the skins because, it claims, they offer
better resistance to blistering than orthopthalic resins. And before the
bottom paint is applied, Tarrab’s craftsmen apply a blister-guard
epoxy treatment, an admittedly expensive step, but one the yard feels
is worth it. The structural transverse bulkheads are completely glassed-in
from the keel all the way up for extra strength.
To keep noise and vibration to a minimum, no engine-room machinery is
directly fastened to the fiberglass stringers. Instead, craftsmen install
a U-shape frame of steel over each stringer and then through-bolt it to
the stringer. The engine mounts are in turn fastened to this frame. Besides
reducing metal-to-fiberglass vibration, which can later result in loosened
bolts, this approach also disperses weight over a wider area.
With the summer and fall cruising seasons under their belts—one of
our staff members spotted the yacht in New England last summer—the
owners of Siesser’s Palace will most certainly have a better
time than that other palace occupant, Cleopatra. In the Hollywood version
of her story, the Queen sails back to Alexandria after realizing there
is no future for her in Rome. The yacht owners shouldn’t have any
such difficulties in the ports they decide to explore. And besides, there
won’t be any deadly asps to encounter….
Tarrab Yachts (954) 462-0400. Fax: (954) 462-4968. www.tarrabyachts.com.
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