First Im­pres­sions

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The pos­i­tive gut-re­sponse to the Belize 54 that I had as I ap­proached her on the fuel dock at the Sail­fish Ma­rina in Stu­art, Florida, was trig­gered, no doubt, pri­mar­ily by her se­ri­ously good looks. (Yep, I can be just as su­per­fi­cial as the next guy—but cut me some slack and call it be­ing “aes­thet­i­cally sen­si­tive.”)

With her low pro­file, un­bro­ken sheer, sin­gle large deck­house, swept-back wind­screen, and deftly shaped large side-glass, the 54 Day­bridge ra­di­ates a strong hint of the pow­er­ful and ca­pa­ble off­shore sport­fish­ing yachts so well known in the Caroli­nas and South Florida—but made over by what could be mis­taken for the best of Ital­ian de­sign ge­nius. Vis­ually, she oozes power and sta­bil­ity and is thor­oughly con­tem­po­rary yet not in the least finicky, a win­ning com­bi­na­tion ac­cord­ing to my “aes­thetic sen­si­bil­i­ties.”

My first im­pres­sion of the 54 Day­bridge was that she was de­signed and built by peo­ple who have their kit to­gether. My sub­se­quent im­pres­sions, gained as I “looked un­der the hood,” con­firmed that.

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