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Palmer Johnson’s Inevitable — By Diane M. Byrne — May 2001

A Sure Thing
Part 2: Charm and Elegance
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The interior atmosphere is all the more serene thanks to the charm and elegance of the decor, fashioned by Patrick Knowles Designs. The owner wanted the inside of the yacht to match the traditional exterior, so rich, dark mahogany paneling and sapelli pommele inlays are used throughout; seven-foot headroom combines with wise space planning and Inevitable’s 28-foot beam to keep the dark woods from overpowering the rooms.

While the yacht’s formal entry lies amidship to starboard, the entryway from the aft deck into the saloon takes on a prominent air, too, since it’s composed of French doors. Regardless of which entry the guests use, they immediately feel welcome; comfortable settee and table arrangements plus a small aft reading area in the saloon invite them to relax a while, and a bar (mostly used as a breakfast venue for the master stateroom, fully forward) with adjoining wine locker in the starboard formal entry encourages them to enjoy a refreshment or two.

If the owner wishes to reserve the breakfast bar solely for his own use, he only needs to slide the pocket door closed. The addition of the bar makes the already-spacious master suite an ideal retreat. The king-size bed has a canopy-like mahogany frame attached to the overhead (and also cleverly concealing the air-conditioning ducts). His and her heads—his is to starboard just inside the entrance to the suite, hers lies in the aft port section of the room and contains a Jacuzzi tub—guarantee privacy. And a walk-in closet large enough to serve as a twin-bed cabin on many yachts can accommodate whatever items the owner wants to take on short trips to the Bahamas or long excursions to the Azores, a must on his cruising itinerary. (Should the owner wish to leave some items aboard when the yacht charters, the closet can be locked, and an additional walk-in closet just forward of this one is reserved for charter guests.)

Guests have well-appointed staterooms below decks in the form of two matching VIP suites with king-size beds, a twin stateroom, and a quad stateroom (containing bunk beds on each side). A vestibule appears to be solely a means of accessing each room when in fact mirrored double doors conceal stacked washer and dryer units as well as a refrigerator. And guests who need a jolt of caffeine to climb the stairs to the main deck need have no fear: The crew can place a tray of morning coffee in the vestibule.

When the time comes for other stimulating experiences, the sky lounge and flying bridge are the places to be. Faux bookcases in the sky lounge conceal an amazing array of entertainment equipment, stacked nearly floor to ceiling. The room also contains a stand-up bar, plasma TV with settees and chairs; and a small round table ideal for card games. A large, U-shape bar takes center stage on the flying bridge. It’s within easy reach of pedestal chairs forward of it and barstools aft of it, and a bimini shades the whole area. Should anyone wish for a snack or more substantial meal, a grill and dumbwaiter connected to the galley come in handy. Sunpads around the Jacuzzi tub aft of the radar arch encourage baking of a different type.

For on-the-water diversions, Inevitable carries a 22-foot RIB and two PWCs (plus a davit to launch them) aft of the sky lounge plus snorkel gear, waterskis, and various other toys in her lazarette. An in-sole hatch the size of a door on the aft deck yields access to the lazarette, as does the fold-down transom. The lazarette also serves as an extra workspace for the crew, containing a washer, dryer, refrigerator, workbench, and sink.

And while it’s not an area the guests will likely venture to, the engine room is especially noteworthy. It’s enormous for a yacht this size, measuring 27' x 27' and handily accommodating the twin 720-hp Caterpillars. In conjunction with the 16,000 gallons of fuel, the Caterpillars permit Inevitable to achieve a 12-knot cruise speed and 3,000-NM range (especially important for that trip to the Azores).

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the owner of Inevitable deserves a pat on his back—after the yacht’s auspicious debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall, Palmer Johnson began construction on a spec version of the yacht. While it’s possible that the eventual owner of the spec yacht may choose her because he needs more room for his family, perhaps he’ll choose her because he always wanted a Palmer Johnson. Regardless, in a way, the yard seems to be anticipating that what he’ll really mean is, “I always wanted a yacht like Inevitable.”

Palmer Johnson Phone: (920) 743-4412. Fax: (920) 743-9185. www.palmerjohnson.com.

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

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