Yachts’ Chevy Toy — By Diane M.
|Trinity Yachts and a repeat customer punch up the fun factor on their second yacht together.|
If, as Buddy Knox sang in the late 1950’s, “every man has got to have a party doll/to be with him when he’s feelin’ wild,” then Gene Reed is one fella who knows how to have a good time.
The Southerner, who you’re apt to find with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, is the man behind the 118-foot Chevy Toy, a well-known Trinity delivered in 2000 that, among other welcoming features, had four guest cabins for friends and family and two great bars to belly up to. Reed enjoyed his yacht immensely, spending about 30 weeks aboard over the past three years before selling her. That’s a significant amount of cruising time, considering most owners of yachts in the 100-foot-plus size range typically only spend about six weeks aboard each year.
But Reed didn’t reserve the fun just for himself. Within those same three years, Chevy Toy went on to become one of the most successful charter yachts in her size range, seeing bookings for a total of about 33 weeks. That, too, is a remarkable number, seeing as most charter brokers equate success with just half that figure.
So when Reed decided a little over two years ago to commission a bigger Chevy Toy, it was a natural choice both to have Trinity build the yacht and to plan her spaces for the charter market. Upon seeing the 142-foot Trinity Relentless in 2001, he knew he’d found the right size. But he obviously wanted to do a few things differently, as did Trinity; while the yard certainly didn’t believe Relentless was flawed, “Every boat should have refinements over the last one,” explains Billy Smith, vice president of sales and marketing. The fine-tuning resulted in a yacht that turns up the fun factor for Reed and charter guests and simultaneously keeps the crew’s life hassle-free.
Even though Chevy Toy has the same LOA as Relentless, she’s one foot beamier. You might not think that 12 inches could make a difference, but, in combination with some smart space planning, it does in the master stateroom. Note the configuration of the two hanging wardrobes as well as the bath (see accommodations plan). Relentless’s owner—like many megayacht owners these days—positioned a walk-in closet inside the entrance to the master stateroom and essentially bracketed the forward-facing master berth with it. Eliminating that walk-in closet aboard Chevy Toy, moving the head forward, and positioning the bed to face aft gives the room the illusion of being much larger. It also allows the bed to line up better with the windows to each side, enhancing the view.
Lest you think the substitution of two hanging lockers for a walk-in wardrobe is a step down for a megayacht, take another look at the accommodations plan. The head—the “Romper Room,” Smith lightheartedly calls it—contains his and her MSDs in individual rooms (true European-style “water closets”), with a large open area in between that can double as a dressing area, as there’s plenty of space even with the hot tub, sinks, and shower.
While hardly considered Romper Rooms, the rest of the yacht’s space benefits from a sociable atmosphere. Yet the rich tone of the cherrywood paneling could certainly set the stage for formal affairs, and the subdued colors of the fabrics, broken up by punches of vibrant red pillows and equally eye-catching art pieces, lend warmth and vitality to each room of this trideck. Look along the windows flanking the bar in the sky lounge, for example, and you’ll see sculptures of jazz musicians in various poses, as if they’re jammin’ to a common beat. The painting covering the TV screen to starboard of the bar picks up the same musical theme. Reed, his wife Johnnie, and interior designer Dee Robinson selected these and the other decorative items throughout Chevy Toy in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, minutes from Trinity’s 38-acre facility.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.