Fly­ing South in otam

Une catas­tro­phe

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There’s a lot to like about rip­ping along at 54 knots in an 80-footer, es­pe­cially on a lumpy day. As nasty weather ze­roed in on Cannes, winds had picked up and the bay had neared the thresh­old where one could pos­si­bly spill a drop of rosé—oth­er­wise known as in the South of France. You’d never have known it, though, sit­ting at the helm of the Otam 80—fag­ship of the builder’s Mil­len­nium se­ries and one of the fastest yachts of her size in the world. As smaller craft strug­gled for sta­bil­ity, the Otam 80 gave us the ride of our lives, smooth and re­spon­sive, cour­tesy of a deep-V hull, which is shoved along by four 1,622-horse­power MTUs with Tri­max sur­face drives. It would be a mis­take, how­ever, to write off this bo­da­cious bad boy as strictly a per­for­mance boat. Among her enor­mous cock­pit with loads of com­fort­able seat­ing, a spa­cious sa­lon with all the crea­ture com­forts and three plush state­rooms, the Otam 80’s in­te­rior em­bod­ies lux­ury—all the more en­joy­able while scream­ing along at 50-some­thing knots. More rosé, any­one?

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