Wild at Heart Page 2
Custom Yachts’ Impetuous — By Diane M.
Wild at Heart
Part 2: Impetuous banked steadily, even around 20 knots, and not even the dreary January cloud cover could dampen the pleasure evident on his or his wife’s face.
Another area where they took both practical and playful needs—specifically their family’s—to heart is in the staterooms. Sure, there’s a beautifully outfitted VIP stateroom with private access from the country kitchen, and the twin-berth stateroom across the foyer from their own full-beam master is ideal for their grandkids. It in turn is conveniently adjacent to a queen-size stateroom, from which the kids’ parents can keep a watchful ear on them. And of course, each stateroom has its own TV and stereo controls. But since there are three grandkids in the family, there’s a Pullman in the twin-berth stateroom—and, even better from the kids’ standpoint (and for the sanity of their parents), Grandma and Grandpa had their favorite video-game systems wired in.
The owners gave themselves something special to grin about as well. While they could have squeezed in an additional stateroom just aft and to starboard of their stateroom, they opted for a gym instead. And what a gym it is—not because of its size, as it’s actually small but serviceable, and not because of the equipment, which is a basic Universal unit. It’s because of the astounding aforementioned mural that graces one full side of the room. It’s so realistic that it looks like a photo; in fact, I actually had to touch the wall to confirm it was painted. The mural was based on a photo taken during one of the husband’s races in the 1960’s and artfully created by the renowned Florida-based trompe l’oeil artist Yves Lanthier.
Speaking of those racing days, it was easy to imagine the husband behind the wheel of one of those Porsches later on the same day as the christening, as he took the helm from his captain. As I watched from the raised observation settee in the pilothouse, he familiarized himself with the monitors and controls and then proceeded to put the yacht through a series of starts and stops as well as full-speed turns. Impetuous banked steadily, even around 20 knots, and not even the dreary January cloud cover could dampen the pleasure evident on his or his wife’s face. The hull, designed by Jack Sarin Naval Architects, is the second one Crescent has produced from an expandable mold it created about two years ago when it decided to bring all construction in house. It can accommodate hulls from 107 to 130 feet in length and from 24'6" to 27'6" in beam, with a relatively horizontal sheer aft and the goal of minimizing side-wetting.
By the time Impetuous returned to Crescent’s yard toward nightfall, it was clear to me that, contrary to the fact that the name they chose alludes to the husband’s penchant for life in the fast lane, the owners had put a lot of thought into their yacht. Interesting enough, a few months later while in South Florida for a visit aboard another yacht, I ended up passing port to port with Impetuous. As soon as I recognized the nameboard, I could think of only one thing:
I’ll bet they’re going out to do wheelies …
Crescent Custom Yachts Phone: (604) 301-3900. Also Tiemann Yachts Phone (954) 255-0706. www.crescentcustomyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the October 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.