When’s the last time you entered through afterdeck doors straight into a dining area, for example? And just who decided the the saloon should always be aft, anyway? Yadvish and Paul Frederickson, Northcoast’s in-house naval architect, took better advantage of the yacht's architecture with their decidedly different approach. The dining area enjoys unobstructed views across the afterdeck, as well as to port and starboard, over the tops of rosewood cabinetry (built in-house and with snugly fit dovetail joints, by the way). Aiding the views, the caprails are a bit lower than the side windows.
Now consider the fact that some yachts in this size range position the requisite large-screen television so that it rises from a console outboard or amidships in the saloon. But this interrupts the line of sight around the room or out the windows. Northcoast avoids the problem by mounting the 60-inch television on the forward bulkhead. That bulkhead is transformed into an upscale media center through the use of rich rosewood and leather-wrapped panels. Note “wrapped”—they’re not stitched.
The leather had to be stretched carefully to envelop the panels, an admittedly more expensive approach, but one that Yadvish says was worth it. The use of rosewood, accented with ebony throughout the 125, was also more expensive—as was the fact that it’s solid wood, not veneers adhered to plywood.
Headroom in the foyer, given the raised pilothouse, is an impressive nine feet—the sense of volume here makes you feel as if you’re aboard a larger yacht. Standing here with the curving stairway, you may even find sailing yachts come to mind. The floating stairs feature cabling under what Yadvish says is 1,500 pounds of tension. The overall design is intended to mimic rigging. It’s creative, and effective.