Not all helm accoutrements need to be high tech. Take for example this striking teak console, made by Release, and seen here onboard the new Viking 52. Smooth and muscular, traditional yet still pleasingly sleek, it borders on art. It imbues the helm station with a minimalist feel while simultaneously reminding you that you’re not exactly piloting a New Bedford dragger. The price will remind you of that fact too. Currently it retails for $5,775. That ain’t cheap for what’s essentially a block of wood, but if aesthetics matter to you as much as performance, it might just be worth it.
Sometimes thinking outside the box brings you even farther—like say Minorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands. That’s where the Minorca 42 Islander is built, based on a traditional Mediterranean design.
Have a closer look at her here. ▶