Raising the Stakes
Altima Yachts ups its game with the intro of the 77, a fishable motoryacht.
Altima Yachts came on the scene eight years ago as Frank Sciortino sought to produce well- built, well-appointed cruising vessels at what he calls “a reasonable investment level.” Now after meeting that goal, Sciortino wants to take his fleet to the next level with the flagship 77 Yachtfisher.
“I commissioned [designer] Bill Prince to design the boat as a sportfisherman and motoryacht,” says Sciortino. “That way owners get the best of both worlds.”
Prince took on the task, and the first hull is due to be completed next year. He gave the boat a 20-foot beam to provide more useable space below decks, on par with vessels in the mid-80-foot range. Consequently the 77 features a full-beam master stateroom amidships, which has a private head with double sinks and a walk-in shower. One cool feature in the stateroom: a flat-panel TV that pops up on an electronically actuated scissor jack but can be hidden by artwork when it’s not in use.
Forward of the master is a VIP with an en suite head and two additional guest cabins. The crew has separate quarters aft of the engine room, where the captain has a double berth, a head with a shower, and a small galley. An overflow bunk here can sleep an additional crewmember.
The main deck is dominated by the saloon with a large galley and dining area forward. Makore cherrywood with a high-gloss finish makes the spacious saloon pop, and a day head provides convenience. Up top, owners will have a choice of an enclosed or open flying bridge. Altima calls the enclosed bridge a skylounge, and it features frameless windows with triple wipers for excellent visibility from the twin- pedestal captain’s chairs at the helm. The skylounge also has an L-shape settee, a wet bar with an ice maker, and a day head. If the owner selects the open-bridge version, he has the option of adding a single-seat helm in the main cabin. Aft, the teak-sole cockpit resembles that of a sportfisherman, though with higher freeboard; it can be outfitted for serious fishing.
With her planing hull, the 77 should perform well. Her projected cruise speed is 25 knots (28.7 mph) while burning 102 gph, and she should hit 27 knots (31.1 mph) at WOT while consuming 118 gph.
CONTACT: Altima Yachts (954) 547-1011.
This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.