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Destiny 94 — By Capt. Bill Pike — May 2000

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Part 2: The full-beam, 600-square-foot main saloon is a stunning blend of formality and warmth.
   
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Of course, an accurate portrayal of any yacht that sells for $6.4 million and contains literally tons of marble, onyx, and exquisitely lacquered cherry--plus Savage lights, Serdaneli bath fixtures, Christofle table settings, and Baccarat crystal--must focus on a lot more than laudable engineering. Another side of the Destiny 94's personality is the impressive European flavor of her stateside-built interior.

The full-beam, 600-square-foot main saloon, for example, is a stunning blend of formality and warmth. A circular table in the dining area just abaft the port-side galley seats eight comfortably. For a more relaxed atmosphere, there's a lounge-coffee table area just abaft it, again to port, and a fully equipped low bar opposite. Honeycomb-backed slabs of marble, granite, and onyx play a big part in the decor here, as they do throughout the rest of the interior. Although beautiful, these surfaces tend to be slippery when wet, a drawback in my opinion, at least where food preparation is involved.

With fluted columns of burl, a king-size berth, and window alcoves with natural-cherry shoji screens, the split-level master stateroom in the bow is the joinery showcase onboard. Nose pieces, caps, and fiddles on modular and free-standing components are of solid cherry, joined and finished with surgical precision. All furniture fascias are surfaced with intricate, mirrored-veneer quarter panels, and transitional joints, like those between the wall fabrics and marble backsplashes in the his-and-her head, are as pure as joinery gets.

The rest of the Destiny's interior shares in the warm, woody ambiance of the main saloon and master. Although a couple of optional arrangements are available--one with a country kitchen and the other featuring an enclosed top deck or "penthouse" with whirlpool bath, sunken bar, and nifty electric skylight--one characteristically American theme prevails. The crew is comfortably accommodated in roomy quarters containing en suite heads and a mess area with TV.

Beyond engineering and luxury, seakeeping is a prime consideration on all yachts. Sea conditions on the afternoon I seatrialed the 94 were sporty. For comfort's sake--there were 15 folks onboard--I did my speed runs in Miami's Government Cut, recording an average top speed of 29 mph and a sound-level reading of 79 dB-A at the upper helm (65 db-A is the level of normal conversation). Considering the reported one-foot thickness of the composite firewalls encasing the engine room and the thorough layering of sound insulation I'd observed there as well, it seemed likely that most of the sound I was measuring on the bridge was related to the 20-knot gusts whooping across it. I confirmed my theory by ducking down the companionway to the pilothouse, where the reading with the engines running at full chat was 64 dB-A.

Once the runs in the Cut were complete, we took the Destiny out into the Atlantic. Except for a little leakage from one of the watertight doors occasioned perhaps by an especially robust 25-mph side-sea dash, the run was flawless. She tracked true, and her stability in the four- to six-footers (wind-driven spray eventually drove everyone but the captain from the bridge) was impressive.

Upon our return to Miami Beach Marina, a scheduling snafu meant having to tie up briefly at a cramped fuel dock, a maneuver that called for considerable close-quarters poise from a large vessel like the Destiny. The job was virtually effortless, however, thanks to a deeply immersed, variable-speed, 45-hp hydraulic Quantum Marine thruster, a set of large, effective rudders, and a couple of dynamically balanced five-blade Rolla wheels, each with a punch-packing diameter of almost four feet. As the dock hands finished up with our lines, I was truly impressed by the seamless integration of so many elements. In fact, the whole docking experience seemed to constitute yet another tribute to the excellence--in particular, the engineering and design excellence--of this big, beautiful motoryacht.

Destiny Yachts Phone: (954) 522-1882. Fax: (954) 522-1909. www.destiny-yachts.com.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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