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Speed, Sport & Style: Have It All Aboard the Uniesse Exuma Series

Uniesse’s new Exuma line, including the Exuma HTC5, carves out a market niche that aims to satisfy boaters with multiple interests.

November 11, 2020
Uniesse Exuma Series
Uniesse’s new Exuma line, including the Exuma HTC5, carves out a market niche that aims to satisfy boaters with multiple interests. Courtesy Uniesse

Imagine a performance boat equally equipped for trolling, diving or spearfishing, one fitted with your favorite propulsion package and designed within to accommodate your friends and family in pure Italian luxury. She’s a rugged Huk-visor-Guy-Harvey-rash-guard-Cressi-wet-suit boat by day; but a sophisticated Louis-Vuitton-blazer-over-a-Ralph-Lauren-button-down yacht by night.

This versatility is the ethos behind Uniesse’s Exuma line of semi-custom motor yachts, a series designed to appeal to the active yachtsman who appreciates performance as well as style and build quality. The Exuma line offers four base models in the 50- to 54-foot size range: the 50-foot crossover console Exuma S5 and Exuma SF5 with tuna tower; and the 54-foot, 7-inch, enclosed cockpit Exuma HTC5 and Exuma HTF5 with tuna tower and livewell. Conceived to be fully fish, dive, cruise and extended stay capable, each yacht in the Exuma line offers a shallow 3-foot, 10-inch draft, incredible interior volume and numerous options for owner customizations. With a name inspired by the meandering Bahamian island chain that draws boaters from far and wide to fish, dive, explore and unwind in its shallow waters, Uniesse’s new Exuma line meets the demand of experienced boaters who appreciate heritage, versatility, design, and performance.

Uniesse Exuma Series
(Clockwise from top left) The Exuma line offers four base models in the 50- to 54-foot size range: the 50-foot crossover console Exuma S5 and Exuma SF5 with tuna tower; and the 54-foot, 7-inch, enclosed cockpit Exuma HTC5 and Exuma HTF5 with tuna tower and livewell. Courtesy Uniesse

ITALIAN HERITAGE

What began three decades ago as a passion project for a family of button makers in Italy’s Bergamo region continues today with several lines of efficient, high-performance semi-custom yachts. Uniesse’s Exuma series boats are designed in America and built in Italy using the latest in vinylester resins and composite core materials and constructed with traditional hand lay-up and vacuum infusion methods. Uniquely, the boats are all-fiberglass from the hull up to ensure strength and durability. Generations of boat-building heritage and craftsmanship flow into each Uniesse build, from the metalwork to the woodwork, to the carpentry and upholstery.

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The Exuma planing hull is based on Uniesse’s original 48 Open Series – a proven performer in the often unpredictable seas of the Caribbean market. Courtesy Uniesse

The clean lines and efficient design of the Uniesse hull is the work of legendary American naval architect Fred Hudson, whose 50-year career included designs for Chris-Craft, Bertram and Hatteras. The Exuma planing hull is based on Uniesse’s original 48 Open Series – a proven performer in the often unpredictable seas of the Caribbean market.

VERSATILITY

Multiple layout options and versatility in onboard activities characterizes the Uniesse Exuma line. The new Exuma HTC, for example, can comfortably carry up to 14 guests while cruising. For overnight excursions, she sleeps up to eight guests and offers a two-stateroom layout with a queen-size master cabin and a starboard guest cabin with two twin berths. Additionally, a settee on the lower deck can convert to a berth, as does a settee in the upper salon.

Uniesse Exuma Series
For overnight excursions, she sleeps up to eight guests and offers a two-stateroom layout with a queen-size master cabin and a starboard guest cabin with two twin berths. Courtesy Uniesse

Uniesse’s broad interpretation of “semi-custom” invites owners to not only specify every design detail within the yacht, but also the option to change the layout configuration to suit their lifestyle. Clients are also invited to select their choice of propulsion package, which ranges from Cummins or MAN diesels to joystick-controlled Volvo IPS drives. Depending on the level of fishing activity desired, the Exuma is available in either a center console crossover or an enclosed cockpit model, both available with tuna towers.

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Uniesse’s broad interpretation of “semi-custom” invites owners to not only specify every design detail within the yacht, but also the option to change the layout configuration to suit their lifestyle. Courtesy Uniesse

This level of customization is possible because Uniesse limits production to small runs of 20 to 30 boats per year, preferring exclusivity and quality over mass production.

DESIGN

American-centric with Italian finesse, the Uniesse Exuma line combines impressive interior volume and Italian craftsmanship. Each yacht is equipped with tropical-rated A/C systems of up to 50,000BTUs, and, while the Exuma line offers the performance akin to a fierce sportfisher, belowdecks in particular, the accommodations are more akin to a luxury yacht: brightly lit with plenty of headroom.

Uniesse Exuma Series
While the Exuma line offers the performance akin to a fierce sportfisher, belowdecks in particular, the accommodations are more akin to a luxury yacht: brightly lit with plenty of headroom. Courtesy Uniesse

A tremendous sense of pride goes into each build – down to the finest details, such as the custom etched glasswork and the solid stainless-steel steering wheel that is hand-welded and polished, with the leather wrapped and hand-stitched by an Italian woman named “Rebecca.”

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Uniesse Exuma Series
A tremendous sense of pride goes into each build – down to the finest details, such as the custom etched glasswork and the solid stainless-steel steering wheel that is hand-welded and polished. Courtesy Uniesse

PERFORMANCE

With the Exuma line, Uniesse aims to carve out a market niche that offers well-built, semi-custom, high-performance, versatile motor yachts on a limited basis, and further promotes owner involvement by offering an unrivalled array of engine options. Clients can select from the standard straight-shaft 600hp Cummins diesels or choose instead MAN series diesels or joystick-controlled Volvo IPS800 or 950 series drives. The Exuma design offers an economical 700 USG fuel capacity with a near-500-nautical-mile range and affords cruising speeds of 36mph.

Pre-wired to receive an owner-installed Seakeeper gyro stabilization system, the Uniesse Exuma is a quiet, efficient and smooth ride that offers a large cockpit for diving or trolling with a luxurious interior that can take on the town after the sun goes down.

Uniesse Exuma Series
The Uniesse Exuma is a quiet, efficient and smooth ride that offers a large cockpit for diving or trolling with a luxurious interior that can take on the town after the sun goes down. Courtesy Uniesse

With a number of hulls of the Exuma series already sold and delivered and hulls and decks available in inventory, new clients can enjoy quick delivery of their semi-custom build. Other series in the Uniesse lineup include a raised pilothouse Capri model anticipated to begin production in 2023, and an all-aluminum SY line of 105 and 120-foot yachts.

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For more information, call +1 305-740-5199 or visit uniesse.com.

Uniesse Exuma Series
With the Exuma line, Uniesse aims to carve out a market niche that offers well-built, semi-custom, high-performance, versatile motor yachts on a limited basis. Courtesy Uniesse

PRINCIPAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • LOA: 54′ 7″ (16.64m)
  • Beam: (max) 15′ 2″ (4.62m)
  • Draft (under propellers): 3′ 10″ (1.16m)
  • Full load displacement: 42,000lbs (19,100kg)
  • Light displacement: 34,000lbs (15,300kg)
  • Guests/Sleeps: 14/8
  • Cabins: 2
  • Fuel Capacity: 700 US gals (2,649 liters)
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 159 US gals (600 liters)
  • Standard Engines: 2 x Cummins QSC600 600hp
  • Optional Engines:
  • 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp
  • 2 x MAN V6 800hp
  • Volvo IPS 800
  • Volvo IPS 950
  • Max Speed: 34 – 40 knots
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