The first thing I noticed as I approached the dock at the top of the Miami River was the Numarine 78 Fly’s low, sleek, swept-back profile. She looked balanced and proportional, including the forward main-deck brow, bridge, afterdeck overhang and big wide windows to either side and forward: something that would shed much light on what goes on inside this impressive yacht.
Numarine takes pride in the ability to customize its yachts, and this particular 78 is a good example. Although she was designed for work in private charter, she still functions well as a family-oriented yacht. The dining table on the afterdeck, shaded by the bridge overhang, easily seats six to eight guests for alfresco meals. To either side, it’s a few steps down to the hydraulically operated swim platform, where there is also a door leading to the crew quarters and engine room. Both areas are finished to yacht standards. The engine room provides all the space a hands-on skipper or owner-operator could want to help him keep things humming along. All vital engine-maintenance areas, including every pump, valve, switch and system necessary for peace of mind while under way, is readily accessible.
Equally well planned are the foredeck and bridge deck. At the bow, I found a large and quite comfortable seating and lounging area with accompanying table and a pair of sun pads. On this 78, there was also an optional cabana-style cover that easily deploys while the yacht is at the dock or on the hook, and it stows just as quickly.
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The bridge deck is a superbly laid-out space with its stylish hardtop, portside steering station and lounge opposite. Just abaft the skipper’s bench seat is a bar with a dining table to starboard. Considering her future in charter duty, the owner decided to mount a Jacuzzi tub up here instead of the usual dinghy or tender cradle.