The compromises that define a yacht’s character come from every imaginable direction. A demand for space and equipment belowdecks often dictates the shape of the underbody and the yacht’s appearance above the waterline. The client’s goal for ultra-high performance determines the yacht’s exterior — even in the superstructure if reducing windage is important — and establishes what’s possible in the accommodations. Stephens Waring Yacht Design (SWYD) has chosen a middle road in the creation of the Bluewater 56.
Borrowing themes from its design of the 76-foot Isobel, SWYD drew a crisp and business-like deckhouse, which avoids quoting the current styling trends of European designs, but more important, it’s nearly vertical sides and moderately raked front windows create the maximum amount of usable volume in the salon. Big windows all around provide the crew with an extraordinary amount of light and excellent views. The slim coach roof, its jaunty angle recalling that of a proper English gentleman’s motoring cap, adds interest to the Bluewater’s overall appearance. Tilting it to horizontal would erase an important focal point and reduce the superstructure’s visual impact from “isn’t that cool” to “ho-hum.”
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