While most buyers of large expedition yachts have quite a bit of direct input on new builds, John DeCaro and designer Luiz de Basto have taken this concept to a new level with the Inace 90 Expedition. On his website, www.buyexploreryachts.com, DeCaro posted initial plans for the boat in Summer 2009 and then solicited feedback from prospective buyers.
Following is the initial entry: “Dear All, I would like to ask you for your assistance and input into a new 90-foot design that we are developing with Luiz de Basto Design. It is All Ocean Yacht’s new Raised Foredeck Explorer.”
The vessel’s basic design has a master on the main deck, four guest cabins below, each with an en suite head, and two crew cabins, each with its own en suite head, for four crew. The 90 RFD (Raised Foredeck Design) will be built as a series and as a semi-production model with elements of various layouts that can be interchanged. The World Cruise Layout provides the greatest separation between guest and crew, thanks to dedicated crew stairs to the wheelhouse. There are two-crew cabins below with en suite heads, as well as a crew settee in the galley. The galley will feature a spacious work area for the chef, as well as a side-by-side refrigerator, double ovens, and a pantry. There is a second full-size refrigerator and freezer, plus a sink and dishwasher in what the designer referred to as the “stewardess” area next to the breakfast bar.
In the wheelhouse, you’ll find a settee, navigation desk, and direct access to the captain’s private stateroom.
In the Universal Layout, the second stair to the wheelhouse is removed, the laundry is moved up to the deck level, and the day-head is now in the main foyer, creating a separation between the crew galley and the service entrance. The crew can exit the galley and proceed directly up the stairs to the pilothouse without having to enter the guest area.
In this layout, the skylounge increases in size and has a full-size bar. The wheelhouse settee is expanded and can be used as a daybed during long passages in poor weather conditions.
Common features of both designs include the large master stateroom on the main deck that spans the full 24-foot beam. The large head has twin sinks, a shower, and a separate toilet room with space for a bidet. The lower-deck guest area consists of four guest staterooms with their own stairway. There are two twin guest staterooms with large en suite heads and, forward of those, two queen staterooms. If there are fewer than eight guests aboard, one stateroom could be converted to an office, a gym, or a classroom.
The dining area could be either a full table with chairs or a combination banquette and chairs, while the main saloon has a comfortable area large enough for all the guests to sit and converse or watch the retractable TV. The afterdeck has a lounging area with a full wet bar, or you can ascend the stairs to the flying bridge, which has a full-size Jacuzzi with raised sunpads, another bar, a barbecue, and lounge area. All Ocean Yachts, (954) 671-0107; www.buyexploreryachts.com
With the exception of Veronika, many of the boats featured in this story are available for charter or will be when they’re completed. That means you can choose any of them and set off on the adventure of a lifetime.