Skip to main content

Plenty of boats claim to do it all, but many have yet to convince buyers, who opt for vessels specifically tailored to their needs. Uniesse hopes to change that with the Exuma HTC5, which hopes to stand out among other multi-purpose yachts in its size range as a boat that owners can truly fish, dive, cruise and live aboard for extended periods.

“The Exuma line was based on our original 48 open series,” says David Schwedel, executive director of the Uniesse Marine Group. “We started from scratch, but we kept Fred Hudson’s original hull designs.” The HTC5 is suited for owners who prefer closed cockpit salon areas, while its sportfish counterpart, the HTF5, is configured with a tuna tower, livewell, extended range, larger engines and fish boxes. The Exuma lineup also includes two crossover models with full walkaround capabilities.

One of the main motivations for redesigning the line was to create more space throughout the yacht while maintaining the same Italian lines. “Markets within the Americas require large spaces. We like large salons, lots of headroom, large staterooms and standup showers that you don’t have to crouch in,” Schwedel says. Unlike on some other Italian yachts, there is ample space in the engine room to access all of the engineering functions, as well as at least 6 feet 5 inches of headroom throughout the boat, with up to 7 feet in some areas.

Belowdecks is a well-equipped galley with a dinette that converts to a berth. The master cabin features a queen berth and the starboard guest cabin has two twin berths, so a small family will fit comfortably. The master/guest head offers a stall shower, complete with marble tile. All of the appointments, including the marble and woodwork, are custom, and owners can customize the layout to fit their personal needs as well.

“Pretty much anything a customer would like to do, we can get done,” says Schwedel. If the owner would prefer the helm station to starboard, for example, they will put it there, which Schwedel says is impossible on many other yachts due to all of the steps going up and down, which limits where builders can put certain things.

Uniesse Exuma_HTC5 Exterior 6

This level of customization is possible because Uniesse only builds a limited number of boats each year. “We view ourselves like the Bugatti of the industry,” Schwedel says. “We’re not trying to build 100 yachts a year. We want to build 20 or 30 for experienced owners who know the difference in quality and performance.”

“It’s the ultimate ‘I live in Florida and want to go to the Bahamas for a month’ boat,” Schwedel says. “You can’t do that in a lot of boats this size. You can in this yacht.” The concept stemmed from the fact that center console fishing boats are getting larger and larger, but the appointments and comfort in the cabins just aren’t there. The HTC5 is meant to provide a solution, easy to maneuver on the fishing grounds but comfortable enough to live aboard for extended periods of time. It also reportedly cruises at 40-percent better fuel efficiency than large outboard-powered center consoles.

Standard power comes from twin 600-hp Cummins straight-shaft diesels, but Uniesse is not tied to any one engine manufacturer, so buyers can opt for MANs, Volvos or any other engine configuration. The boat is projected to cruise at 26 knots with standard power and hit a top end between 32 and 40 knots, depending on the power options. It carries 700 gallons of fuel for an anticipated range of 455 nautical miles. According to Schwedel, Fred Hudson’s hull design handles well in all types of sea conditions, especially a following sea, and combined with the fuel efficiency, this yacht should suit the adventurous boater who wants to enjoy luxury accommodations on longer passages.

Uniesse already has five Exuma HTC5s in production. The company is bringing one to Chub Cay in the Bahamas early next year, where potential buyers can take her for a test ride. The new model will be on display at the Miami and Palm Beach shows next year, where the public can see the Italian DNA and American craftsmanship first-hand. “What separates us from other brands is not just what you see from the dock looking at the boat, or even in the salon or at the helm station,” Schwedel says. “It’s when you get inside the engine room, you start opening up hatches, and you see the guts of the boat and how we’re building it.”

Uniesse Exuma_HTC5 Exterior 3

Uniesse Exuma HTC5 Specifications:

LOA: 54’7”
Beam: 15’2”
Displ. : 42,000 lbs.
Power: 2/600-hp Cummins QSC 600s
Fuel: 700 gals.
Base Price (approx.): $2,259,000