Yachts International’s S.Q.N. — By George L. Petrie — August 2003
One Special Customer
|Part 2: Another of Lane’s priorities was a sumptuous master stateroom, and S.Q.N.’s leaves little to be desired.|
Lane and Alloy kept a sense of the outdoors even inside the yacht, not only by including large windows in the saloon and dining area, but by incorporating mirrored panels that bring aboard reflected images of the sea and sky wherever guests sit or stand. Of course, there are always vistas astern, seen through big sliding glass doors that open onto the aft deck (itself a shaded gathering spot).
Another of Lane’s priorities was a sumptuous master stateroom, and S.Q.N.’s leaves little to be desired, offering a full-featured suite that dominates the forward part of her main deck. His and her heads flank a large shower space, while the sleeping area includes a dressing table and large circular settee. Adjoining and creating a buffer between the stateroom and the galley, there’s a large walk-in closet. To starboard there’s an office space that also serves as an entry foyer for the stateroom.
In one sense, the owner’s suite continues down to the lower deck, where three guest staterooms (each with an en suite head) are located around a central foyer. The owner’s gymnasium, complete with weights and aerobic equipment, occupies the space that would otherwise be the fourth stateroom. A nice extra is a custom-built wine stowage area adjoining the gym. In the event that a subsequent owner is less health-conscious (or less devoted to fine wine), the space is fully plumbed and ready for conversion to a stateroom.
In addition to offering bountiful creature comforts, S.Q.N. is designed and built to Lloyds +100 A1 SSC class requirements and is fully MCA compliant. The project manager for Alloy during construction, Kathryn Clare, described some of the features that were required to meet MCA’s safety requirements. Topping an extensive list of firefighting equipment, there’s an Aquamist sprinkler system throughout the accommodation spaces and a CO2 system in the engine room. Five specially designed doors and/or panels are provided to limit smoke propagation in the event of a fire, while watertight bulkheads and doors on the lower deck protect against progressive flooding if the hull is breached.
With her welded aluminum hull and superstructure, S.Q.N. was also designed for comfortable cruising. A pair of 1,450-hp Caterpillar diesels drives the 214-metric-ton (at her 6'2" design draft) displacement-hull yacht to a top speed of about 16.5 knots. With a fuel capacity of about 9,600 gallons, she has a cruising range in excess of 2,300 NM at 13 knots and a transatlantic range of about 4,500 NM at 10 knots. For comfort in a seaway, she is fitted with a Naiad 410 roll-stabilization system.
Following her launch in February, S.Q.N. attended the New Zealand Millennium Cup superyacht regatta and the America’s Cup. She was then transported to the Mediterranean, where she is currently offered for sale. When I asked Alloy’s marketing director, David Jenkin, if she had been built as a spec yacht, he stated emphatically, “No, Alloy does not build spec yachts.” She was built for Lane, who only incidentally to the transaction happens to be the chairman of Alloy Yachts. So when I asked Lane why he was selling her, he said, “When the project began, it was my intention to keep the yacht. But I enjoyed the building process so much that I decided to do it again.” The new yacht will be about one meter (approximately three feet) longer, which will offer a longer cockpit and a bigger lazarette. Otherwise he plans to retain the same design concept as S.Q.N.
Which just goes to show that if something is simply indispensable, then you’d better stick with it.
Alloy Yachts International Phone: (64) 9 838-7350. www.alloyyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.