145 — By Diane M. Byrne — March 2002
Leap of Faith
|Part 2: Innovative Construction Methods|
Intermarine says there are several advantages to VIP. First, it permits a higher ratio of fiber to resin than traditional layup methods, which in turn gives the laminate greater strength in relation to weight. (Intermarine has a test lab with an instrument used on the mine hunter projects that records the maximum load a test panel can take.) Another advantage is that laminate strengths are more consistent because the process eliminates the variability inherent in hand lay-up. Decks, including internal stringers, can be laminated in a single infusion process with no secondary bonds. Weight is more consistent and predictable, and equally important, VIP, like the more familiar SCRIMP method, nearly eliminates styrene emissions, since an airtight membrane covers the laminate as the resin is infused.
Just as Intermarine believes these innovative construction methods will be persuasive to yacht buyers, it also believes that the way it fashioned the 145’s interior will stand out. While many yards that build spec yachts prefer to err on the side of caution by fashioning straightforward wood paneling, Intermarine topped the satin-finished, honey-stained maple on the 145 with heavy custom moldings. Even the maple itself is a departure–in recent years the fashion for yachts in this size range has been high-gloss dark woods. And instead of using fabric shades or shoji screens, Intermarine created plantation-style wooden blinds to cover the large windows, complementing the already warm-tone paneling.
In keeping with the typical cruising lifestyle, the majority of spaces are devoted to entertainment and relaxation. The main saloon beckons you to sink into its assortment of plush sofas and chairs covered in tones of gold, sage, and red. The full-beam sky lounge does an equally good job of convincing you to linger, thanks to a full bar (covered in black granite), hidden plasma TV, and an interesting pattern of square maple inserts overhead.
For more formal occasions, the dining room is the place to be. Leading into it is a dramatic entrance foyer, accented by two columns, with cashew inlays in a Botticcino marble sole. A stone-and-polished-brass chandelier also helps set the mood for the 10 people seated around the oblong table here. Black granite buffets provide additional luster and are ideal for setting out course after course.
Should guests desire a small snack after hours, they need only walk outside their stateroom into a lobby area that’s complete with two Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers. Visions of sugar plums should dance in their heads while sleeping in the twin stateroom, two queen staterooms, and king VIP, all furnished in tones of amethyst, gold, sage, and cream and each (naturally) equipped with an entertainment center.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.