Atlantica — By Diane M. Byrne — February 2001
There's No Place Like Home
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Equally comfortable, high-backed couches in the sky lounge invite everyone to settle in for everything from enjoying an after-dinner drink served from the adjacent wetbar to watching a good movie, courtesy of the projection-screen TV that drops from the overhead. The room looks and feels spacious because the sky lounge extends farther aft than that on a similar-size megayacht, therefore taking up deck space other owners typically devote to sunning and al fresco dining. Atlantica's owners didn't mind the trade-off because they're not sun-worshippers.
Food-worshippers will realize they've stepped aboard the right yacht. Have you ever noticed how sooner or later everyone at a party gathers in the kitchen? It's easy to imagine the same thing happening aboard Atlantica. The country-kitchen arrangement means diners will come together in her galley, but the dazzling atmosphere created by the combination of abundant gold-tone marble and white cabinetry will likely cause everyone to linger. And a long, L-shape counter provides a surplus of food-prep space and plenty of opportunity for friends and family to sneak a sample of the evening's meal.
With an increasing number of professionals working from home a few days each month, it's common to find dens and other land-based rooms transformed into offices. Despite yacht owners' desires to get away from it all, they understand that sometimes it's important to stay in touch. The owners of Atlantica are no different. Adjacent to the sky lounge's bar, the office lets the husband work but still be part of family activities, since the two rooms can be left open to each other. When work is done, a folding partition designed to look like a bookcase becomes the backdrop to the wetbar while discreetly screening in the office.
There's another interesting way the couple can enjoy more privacy while onboard Atlantica. The husband sometimes--well, shall we say, is a loud sleeper--so the master stateroom, located fully forward on the main deck, can be transformed into two bedrooms. Sliding wood panels can separate the sitting area to port from the bedroom area, and the settee in the sitting area easily converts to become a bed. "Her" side of the his-and-her head is accessed directly from this side of the master stateroom, while "his" side is accessed from the main bedroom area.
While the heads aboard most megayachts really don't warrant great detail--notwithstanding their abundant use of marble--the master head on Atlantica does in the sense that it has quite a practical touch. The starboard-side sink (a spa tub with a beach-scene mural separates it from the other sink to port) is much higher than you'd expect. In fact, it's higher than you'd find nearly anywhere, ashore or afloat. The owners requested it be designed that way so that the husband, who is tall, wouldn't have to stoop over to wash his face or brush his teeth.
Lest any visitor begin to forget they're onboard a yacht and not in a home, Atlantica will remind them when they venture to the observation settee in the pilothouse and look over the array of electronics. They'll also be reminded when docklines are thrown off. Twin 1,800-hp DDC-MTU diesel inboards permit a 16-knot cruise and 19-knot top speed, leisurely paces the owners are sure to enjoy when they cruise the Northeast this summer. (Atlantica enjoys a 4,000-NM range at 12 knots.)
And should they or their guests wish to get up close and personal with the water, Atlantica totes four PWCs (each four-seaters) and two Novurania RIBs, all stowed on the flying bridge, aft of the hardtop, which shades a barbecue, wetbar, and Jacuzzi tub. The davit to launch the toys, also aft, was built by Christensen.
In fact, Christensen, which over the past 15 years has built yachts from 115 to 155 feet LOA in a 92,000-square-foot facility in Washington State, handles a number of construction aspects in-house. It has electrical, plumbing and pipe-fitting departments, a large metal shop, separate paint shops for wood and metal, a cabinet shop, and a shop that creates interior overheads. All are arranged around eight large, enclosed, climate-controlled assembly bays. And while a few of its Pacific Northwest neighbors use hulls built by Westport Shipyard, Christensen builds its own from a mold that it can vary to accommodate any of the yachts in its present range. It also employs coring in its hulls and superstructures; Atlantica, for example, has a double Core-Cell-cored hull, more than 21/2 inches thick, and a Divinycell-cored superstructure.
While the working relationship between owners and designers typically ends once the last throw pillow is in place, the one between Atlantica's owners and Starkey has only just begun: He's in the midst of designing the owners' house. And before you ask, no, it won't look like a yacht.
Christensen Shipyards (360) 695-3238. Fax: (360) 695-4762. www.christensenyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.