Tac­ti­cal 77

Made for an owner with a spe­cial op­er­a­tions back­ground, this mil­i­tary-style build is a co­he­sion of ex­tremes.

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You know the say­ing, for­tune fa­vors the timid? Yeah, nei­ther do I. That’s be­cause it fa­vors the bold, or pos­si­bly some­one with a pref­er­ence for a tough, mil­i­tary-style ves­sel that looks ready to take on es­ca­lat­ing con­flict in the South China Sea. One such client ap­proached Bill Prince of Bill Prince Yacht De­sign in Port Wash­ing­ton, Wis­con­sin (and the colum­nist for In­side Angle on page 28) with an in­cred­i­bly de­tailed con­cept in mind.

“The owner has spent a life­time de­fend­ing our coun­try and has a pretty se­ri­ous busi­ness pro­vid­ing in­struc­tion to var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies,” said Prince, who hinted at his client’s spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces back­ground. “He wants a re­ally com­fort­able yacht that will scare the Coast Guard from a quar­ter mile away.”

Once the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign was de­ter­mined, Prince and his team shopped it around to var­i­ous builders. It was a nat­u­ral fit for Tac­ti­cal Cus­tom Boats, which spe­cial­izes in the con­struc­tion of high-per­for­mance, alu­minum-hulled, lux­ury, all-weather ves­sels. The Tac­ti­cal 77 is cur­rently be­ing de­signed and en­gi­neered by Prince, and will be built by Tac­ti­cal at its ship­yard in Bri­tish Columbia, with sea tri­als cur­rently planned for late 2019. When the client ap­proached Prince last year, he owned a cus­tom 40foot alu­minum RIB with four out­boards. “He used it like it was meant to be used,” said Prince, “but he wanted a much big­ger boat so he could do some cruis­ing with his fam­ily.”

Prince was tasked with de­sign­ing a co­he­sion of ex­tremes. The client wanted a high-per­for­mance ves­sel with pseudo-mil­i­tary ex­te­rior styling and in­te­ri­ors that em­pha­sized lux­u­ri­ous, su­pery­acht-like ac­com­mo­da­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Prince, the in­te­ri­ors “are very mas­cu­line, al­most monochro­matic, in black, sil­ver and gray. The em­pha­sis is on a re­ally lux­u­ri­ous state­room, with el­e­vated over­head sky­lights and nine feet of head­room.”

The 77 will also feature a Sea­keeper 26 gyro, sus­pen­sion seat­ing, three-sta­tion joy­stick con­trols and an open cock­pit lay­out with a unique ar­tic­u­lat­ing tran­som plat­form that will al­low a va­ri­ety of ten­ders and toys to be launched and re­trieved with­out a davit. The aft cock­pit is de­signed to be very flex­i­ble, of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of mount­ing chocks for toys of dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes, in­clud­ing a 17-foot RIB, PWCs and even an eight-wheel am­phibi­ous land­ing craft—you know, when you just need to storm that beach­head.

“You have this new gen­er­a­tion of younger yachts­men that want noth­ing to do with the blue blazer or the as­cot. They want to go kick ass and catch fish,” said Prince. “They’re look­ing for some­thing unique.” tac­ti­cal­cus­tomboats.com —Si­mon Mur­ray

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