WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER
TESTING THE BELIZE 54 DAYBRIDGE SPORT CRUISER
Aboard the Belize 54 Daybridge Phil Friedman
I’m not going to kid you. When PassageMaker editor-in-chief, Jonathan Cooper, called to ask if I was available to test a Belize 54 for an upcoming issue, I wondered what the world of yachting journalism might be coming to.
Oh sure, I’ve tested and reviewed several hundred boats and yachts of all kinds, back when I was a senior editor at one of PassageMaker’s sister publications and during the intervening years. But I’m a motorsailer and trawler-yacht kind of guy, and from a professional standpoint, for the most part I’m a large- and megayacht-builder and project manager. Could I achieve the right perspective for evaluating this type of planing sportyacht?
Well, not to worry, my friends. Notwithstanding that the Belize 54 Daybridge isn’t even a distant relative of a trawleryacht, I didn’t have to break a sweat to grow to really like her. It just happened pretty much on its own.
I admit that part of the reason is she’s built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a yacht-building center where I’ve found the level of craftsmanship these days to be second to none. And I guess another part of the reason I took an immediate liking to the Belize 54 Daybridge is that she’s entirely designed and engineered by