Isn't She Lovely?

Who says wooden boats are old fashioned? The recently launched, 90 foot long, cold-molded constructed, Bequia, is a state-of-the-art cruiser with soul.

/Bequia/ is gorgeous even before her 114-foot carbon main mast is stepped.//

_Bequia__ is gorgeous even before her 114-foot carbon main mast is stepped.Courtesy Of Brooklin Boat Yard

After almost two years of construction, the 90' pilot house yawl, Bequia was launched at the Brooklin Boat Yard earlier this summer.

She was designed by Robert Stephens & Paul Waring (Stephens, Waring & White Yacht Design), who report that perhaps the most demanding task for the design team was the integration of the ships systems into the traditional deck layout and interior joinery. In addition to the long list of creature comfort systems (air conditioning, refrigeration, gas fireplace, ice maker, etc.) Bequia also features fully automated sail-handling with a hydraulic system running some 27 different functions such as sail furling, winches and anchor deployment. The hydraulics can be powered by one or both of two 15kw generators, or if silent operation is desired, can be run through the ship's DC electrical system.

Carbon spars (the main mast built by Southern Spars measures 114 feet) and state of the art sails (made by North Sails) should ensure sparkling sailing performance, while the boat's relatively long, shallow keel and spade rudder promise good maneuverability along with access to the thin water of some of the world's prime cruising grounds.

Hull construction is of cold-molded wood-epoxy, a building technique proven to exceptional strong, lightweight, low-maintenance and very cost effective for production of custom yachts in this size range. An added benefit is the natural beauty of the varnished interior of the hull structure which on Bequia has been left exposed in the main saloon and staterooms.

Below decks, the owners restrained tastes have resulted in a decor they like to call "casual cottage" featuring white raised panel joinery contrasting with ebony-stained cabin soles. Custom made couches and a gas fireplace a warmth and grace to the main saloon. Forward of the main saloon a spacious double stateroom provides accommodations for the owners two teenage daughters, while the roomy owner's suite is aft.

Carbon spars (Southern Spars) and state of the art sails (North Sails) will ensure sparkling sailing performance, while a relatively long, shallow keel and spade rudder promise good maneuverability along with access to the thin water of some of the world's prime cruising grounds.

Hull construction is of cold-molded wood-epoxy, a building technique proven to exceptional strong, lightweight, low-maintenance and very cost effective for production of custom yachts in this size range. An added benefit is the natural beauty of the varnished interior of the hull structure which on Bequia has been left exposed in the main saloon and staterooms.