Cresent Custom 120

A fine yacht built on wise choices and attention to detail.

The 120-foot raised pilothouse motoryacht Crescent Lady is a testament to proper choices. While neither cutting edge in technology nor avant-garde in styling, the latest creation from Crescent Custom Yachts of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a nicely designed, well equipped and soundly built yacht that would be a pleasure to own and cruise.

An array of materials catches the eye upon entering Crescent Lady. Finely detailed, richly finished joinery includes sapelle mahogany and ebony. Bulkheads are highlighted with wall coverings that include rice papers and, in one space, a deeply textured brick pattern that adds an unexpected, attractive touch.

Deck coverings are appropriate to their locations, with granite in the main foyer, carpeting in the saloon and staterooms, and teak on exterior decks. The galley has an attractive tile-like wood-composite deck that is softer and more forgiving than ceramics. Crescent Custom Sales Director Greg Tiemann jokingly referred to it as "compressed sawdust, yet it has proved durable enough in earlier Crescent yachts to withstand heavy use.

Interior designer Robin Rose gave considerable attention to the oft-neglected surfaces overhead. Crescent Lady's are patterned and accented with heavy wood crown and inlaid moldings that help define the open areas. The dining room is noteworthy, with an intricate tray ceiling that rises 9 feet above the deck.

Crescent made a good choice in naval architect Jack Sarin, a well-established professional who began his career under the tutelage of legendary designer Ed Monk, Sr. Crescent Lady is solidly built of fiberglass with two layers of foam coring in the hull bottom, and a single layer above and in the superstructure. Underwater portions are barrier coated with epoxy resin and Micron CSC antifouling, and through-hull penetrations have the core removed and replaced with solid laminate. Above-water surfaces are finished with Awlgrip.

Sarin gave Crescent Lady a high bow and a low forward trunk to minimize the damaging effects of head seas. The yacht also has four structural bulkheads dividing her into five watertight compartments. These bulkheads lend great strength to the vessel, and they will help minimize flooding should she sustain hull damage or experience equipment malfunction.

The hull form is classic Sarin and comes from Crescent Custom Yachts' variable-geometry mold, which allows for the construction of motoryachts 110 to 130 feet LOA. Moderately fine sections forward give way to chined sections aft, resulting in a ride that is comfortable in head seas with minimal roll. The center of buoyancy is just abaft amidships, where the three fuel deep tanks are placed. The tanks also form a substantial buffer between the owner and guest accommodations forward and the engineroom aft, keeping the quarters relatively quiet and vibration-free without the weight and expense of excessive insulation.

Two guest staterooms are just forward of the deep tanks, one with a queen berth and one with twins. They share a foyer and stairway with the master stateroom, which spans Crescent Lady's 25-foot beam and includes a king berth, a desk, a settee and a vanity. The master has a sizable walk-in locker and more than 30 drawers of cedar-lined stowage.

Crew quarters are abaft the engineroom, which leaves the bow available for a large, private VIP suite accessed by a separate stair at the forward end of the main deck. Finish is equivalent to that in the master stateroom, including marble in the head. The VIP also has a sumptuous shower that doubles as a steam bath.

Wise choices are evident in the engineroom, with three sight glasses with self-closing valves that allow direct reading of fuel levels. An Atlas system ensures suitable 120/208-volt, three-phase electrical power aboard regardless of shore facilities. Camloc connections on the emergency bilge suction pipe allow a line to be attached for siphoning from the far corners of the space. Three fire stations, each with 11/2-inch hoses, are provided. A freshwater circulation loop and pump ensure hot water will be available instantly anywhere on the yacht, including not just bath and galley faucets but the eight hose bibbs, as well.

The main deck has a country kitchen-style galley forward of the raised pilothouse, and the dining room and saloon abaft. The flying bridge deck is extended aft to create a full cover over the open afterdeck, with its bar and dining area. This extension also means additional space topside for tender stowage and guest facilities that include a bar, two dinettes and a whirlpool spa.

Contact: Crescent Custom Yachts, (604) 301-3900; fax (604) 301-3901; www.crescentcustomyachts.com.