145 — By Diane M. Byrne — March 2002
Leap of Faith
|Part 3: Rich Gold, Sage and Aqua Tones|
Of course, the jewel is the full-beam master suite, forward on the main deck and complete with a double-door entrance. Rich gold, sage, and aqua tones envelop the room, while padded overhead panels are trimmed in satin-finished maple. A private sitting area/study lies just inside the doors, complete with a 32-inch Sony high-definition TV and plush furnishings. The bedroom area has a 40-inch plasma TV and full entertainment system. To accommodate all the clothing you could possibly want to take along on a cruise, there’s a massive cedar-lined, walk-in closet with shelving and, in a thoughtful touch, a safe deposit box. Of course, there are also ample drawers (both hidden and exposed) in the stateroom.
Crew members aren’t left out of the equation. Their accommodations are thankfully well proportioned, particularly in comparison to European-built spec yachts (and even some yachts commissioned by Americans, who are typically more mindful of crew). There’s hidden housekeeping access to the VIP cabin and the master stateroom. And the galley is designed to make cooking and serving as simple as possible. A prep area lies directly off the dining room, followed by a cleanup area. Stainless steel counters are offset by white lacquer cabinetry; the ubiquitous wine cooler is also here, as are two 48-inch ovens that will allow your chef to keep the culinary delights coming.
Equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512s, the 145 has quite a large engine room, in keeping with Intermarine’s approach on all its yachts (the yard has also built 95-, 105-, 118-, 120-, 123-, and 136-footers). According to the yard, during speed trials the trideck planing-hull yacht achieved a top speed of 20 knots and a cruise speed of 18 knots at half load.
Intermarine is continuing its efforts to set itself apart from other builders, particularly in the construction arena. It’s planning to launch three 123-footers by the end of the year, each of which are being built with VIP. But instead of just the decks being constructed this way, as in the 145, the entire hull, deck, superstructure, and major interior components (including bulkheads and integral fuel tanks) of each 123 will folllow suit.
Leap of faith? Yes, and worth it to Intermarine.
Intermarine Savannah Phone: (912) 234-6579. Fax: (912) 236-8887. www.intermarinesavannah.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.