Yachts’ Anjilis — By Diane M. Byrne
— May 2003
|A high-class art deco design meets high engineering aboard Trinity Yachts’ Anjilis.|
A few months ago the Midwestern couple who own Anjilis (AHN-zha-lee) flew from their snowbound home to the Caribbean to enjoy their first extended trip aboard their just-delivered 124-footer. When they boarded, the husband sat down on the aft deck and remained there for quite a while, gazing out at the water. A member of the six-person crew eventually came outside to see if everything was all right.
"I love this boat," the husband said, still sitting in the chair and looking out toward the horizon.
"But you haven't even gone inside yet," the crew member replied, puzzled.
This anecdote underlines just how pleased he and his wife--or, as he likes to say, "the owner and her husband"--are with their yacht, built by New Orleans-based Trinity Yachts. I spent about two hours talking with them, along with Billy Smith, vice president of Trinity, several weeks ago, and throughout the conversation they couldn't keep from breaking out in smiles. And understandably so: Anjilis is a deeply personal yacht, reflecting their input into every aspect of engineering and design. In fact, the husband says, "We discussed every inch of it," to which Smith adds, "We were always stunned at the level of involvement."
The involvement actually began a few years ago, when the couple began discussions with Trinity and other yards ("We talked with everyone," says the husband). They outlined their desire for a truly custom yacht that would be exceptionally quiet and "void of vibration" and chose Trinity because "We were told, `Yes, we can do that,'" he explains.
Trinity accepted the challenge because it has succeeded on each front in both the private-yacht and commercial sectors. (Trinity's roots are in commercial and military construction.) In fact, it views each new project as an evolution. As far as private yachts are concerned, the 177-foot Trinity-built Seahawk (now Katharine), delivered in late 2001, inspired the owners of Anjilis. Trinity measured about 70 decibels in the saloon during sea trials for Seahawk (65 is normal conversation), exceptional for a 71⁄2-foot-draft, 17-knot yacht with nearly 5,000 hp. With the assistance of the renowned acoustical consulting firm Van Cappellen Consultancy, Trinity brought the decibel levels onboard Anjilis down to the mid-50s in the saloon at her 18-knot cruise, according to the owners--neither through inexpensive nor lightweight means, but that didn't concern them.
Twin 1,800-hp MTUs, in combination with a semidisplacement aluminum hull, permit that cruise speed. The engine room itself obviously reflects a lot of the owners' input, as it's one of the largest ones I've seen for a yacht this size--especially considering that there is also a workshop and an engineer's cabin in the lazarette. On the forward engine-room bulkhead, there are clearly labeled panels to monitor everything from tanks to the engines; in fact, there are LED readouts specifying both the gallons remaining in fuel and water tanks, as well as the percentage of capacity for each.
Even regarding "ordinary" engineering matters such as piping and wiring, the owners and the captain, Robert Hodge (who they speak quite highly of), were intimately involved. "He'd [the husband] ask us questions no one ever asked before," Smith says, motioning toward him. While it was partially due to natural curiosity, as the husband is an engineer by training, it was also done to ensure everything would operate the way he and his wife wanted it to. A close relationship developed, as the owners invited the foremen of the piping department, electrical department, and other divisions to come along on the delivery trip. In addition, the owners and Hodge periodically e-mail the foremen with questions; the owners say they appreciate the quick, direct replies, and according to Smith, the foremen enjoy the direct feedback.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.