Numarine are an unusual manufacturer of luxury yachts in several respects, but being in Asia and 8,000km from Hong Kong is just part of the story. They build and design in Istanbul, and have a large, modern, hi-tech, ISO9001-certified yard there, capable of building over 50 boats a year in the 55ft -130ft range. They mostly design in-house, but don’t hesitate to bring in other architects and designers – in this case Umberto Tagliavini as the naval architect. Locals, Gurit, did the structural engineering and Numarine’s long-term lead designer, Can Yalman, did the concept, lines and interiors.
The Numarine Flybridge 60 was designed to have the largest volume in this market category, and like the other boats to seemingly spring from this Turkish yard, is designed with a certain sporty comfort and cheer that goes well with Numarine’s characteristic traditional layout.
Tradition does not stand in the way of innovation. The full-beam owners’ suite has the bed off-center to make way for plenty of private sitting space – important to fully-appreciate the big picture windows that reach down to water level if you get tired of the fabulous view from the bed. Both the other guest cabins have en-suite heads too, as does the twin-berth crew cabin below the cockpit.
The main saloon is pleasingly asymmetrical with seating to starboard facing the big TV and galley with dining just behind the helm position and the steps down to the sleeping accommodation. Big well-placed windows give great views and simply huge amounts of light. The cockpit is also asymmetrical with the table and seating for the entire guest complement in a u-shaped configuration to starboard. Port side is given over to the steps down to the stern swim platform and the stairs up to the Flybridge.
The Flybridge is large for a boat of this size – it has two seating/lounging areas – each of which can hold up to 6 people – the upper helm position and plenty of sun space and a nifty mini-galley. Serious sun-seekers will be down on the foredeck where the usual sunpads are placed – albeit in a different way to the usual arrangements. With more space than usual, the foredeck includes deep sheltered forward-facing long seats with a folding Bimini roof and two raised benches for the flat-sunpads placed athwartship at each bow. There is also plenty of room, not just for cabin passengers, but for day visitors, whether it’s for a cruise, or drinks at anchor after the day’s end.
As for cruising, this hull hits the sweet spot. The engines aren’t that big, yet she does 28kts without breathing heavily and will get up to 35kts at a push. She carries as standard twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 engines. These are the modern multi-directional drives which make handling a breeze, even when docking. Not only handy, but very small too, so the engine room is unusually-small, giving space for larger fuel tanks. That, and the Pentas offer considerable fuel consumption savings – as much as 30% lower – and similar savings in emissions and noise, while extending range, speed and improved handling. You also get a bargain price: engine cost is a very significant part of overall cost. The Numarine 60 Fly costs a little under EUR1.3m.
The hull was designed around these engines – not just to use the extra space – but they also had to have a hull that would be able to handle conventional in-line engines. Just as well – Numarine have already built, sold and delivered one of each and that was before the boat was officially “released”.
For more information: www.numarine.com / www.amysasia.com
LOA: 18.4m (60’4”)
Beam: 5.08m (16’8”)
Displacement: 27 tonne
Fuel Capacity: 3,200 litres
Water Capacity: 900 litres
Engines: Twin Volvo IOS 950
Max Speed: Up to 35kts
Cruising speed: Up to 28kts
Cruising range: Up to 375nm
*Engine options are available
This article was originally published in Yacht Style Magazine