Seavana 60

Joe Esposito, owner of Seavana Yachts, sought to create a keel-up design that would satisfy the style and comfort requirements of the American cruising yachtsman. He began by painstakingly listing everything he wanted aboard the boat. Then, he searched out a designer and builder to fulfill his dream. He turned to Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design for the blueprint and to a seasoned English yard for its construction. The three-cabin, European-style Seavana 60 flying-bridge motoryacht is the fruit of his labor.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the yacht is the treatment of the after end. The current layout is a split configuration-a side cabin with twin single berths is to port, and a tender garage that converts to a crew cabin is to starboard. Both are behind the machinery space. On newer versions of the boat, a single large stateroom can replace them.

Though the current layout is versatile, my guess is that, when possible, the crew will use the portside cabin and treat the tender compartment as a full-fledged stowage, dive or work area. When the tender is stowed in the garage, the usual stowage areas, such as the swim platform and flying bridge, are kept open as inviting social spaces.

The saloon and staterooms of the Seavana 60 excel in utilizing space. The full-beam master cabin has a catty-corner king berth that leaves room to spare, and all staterooms have large en suite heads. Since the VIP and owner's cabins are the only two forward, both are of above-average size for a boat this LOA.

The fully outfitted galley is one step up from the saloon and an arm's length from the dinette's half-moon settee and table. For chefs who insist on using every pot and pan in the cupboard, the granite countertops offer plenty of preparation space. Appliances are from top manufacturers. The interior helm is on the galley level to starboard.

The cockpit and flying bridge accommodate a standard contingent of guests. The bridge has a sunpad where, on other yachts, the tender would sit, and the cockpit's table is a perfect dining spot for six or more. The yacht is built to ABYC standards.

Contact: Rex Yacht Sales, (954) 463-8810; www.seavana.com. For more information, contact: (866) 922-4877; www.yachtingnet.com/yachting/productinfo.