Rugged Meets Re­fined

Delta’s End­less Sum­mer is built tough for fam­i­lies and char­ter with­out sac­ri­fic­ing lux­ury.

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Delta’s End­less Sum­mer is built tough for fam­i­lies and char­ter with­out sac­ri­fic­ing lux­ury.

SSeptem­ber in the Pa­cific North­west. The glassy sur­face of Seat­tle’s Duwamish River is be­ing shat­tered by salmon do­ing their best to evade a small, but vo­ra­cious herd of ma­raud­ing sea lions. Moored peace­fully along­side the dock at Delta Marine In­dus­tries, the re­cently launched 164-foot (50-me­ter) mo­to­ry­acht End­less Sum­mer is in the fi­nal days of prepa­ra­tion to de­part for the South Pa­cific, a voy­age ex­pected to con­tinue un­til the mid­dle of 2019. At the mo­ment, how­ever, ob­structed by tribal gill­nets, the river is closed to ves­sel traffic, strand­ing Capt. An­thony Hodgson and his crew at the ship­yard.

De­signed for fam­ily use and oc­ca­sional char­ter as part of the Y.CO fleet, End­less Sum­mer be­gan con­struc­tion at Chris­tensen Ship­yards in Van­cou­ver, Wash­ing­ton, and moved to Delta for com­ple­tion. The two-year project re­sulted in a yacht ca­pa­ble of ful­fill­ing the dual mis­sion that the owner and his wife out­lined.

“The pri­mary goal was a boat for our fam­ily,” says the owner, whose fam­ily en­joys wa­ter sports and out­door liv­ing. “Later, we made the de­ci­sion that we would try char­ter­ing and see how it went.”

Be­fore start­ing the project, the cou­ple co-owned a 125-foot (38-me­ter) boat with an­other fam­ily for nearly a decade.

“We made sev­eral trips to the Mediter­ranean,” he

says, “but we spent the bal­ance of our time cruis­ing the East Coast, the Ba­hamas and the Car­ib­bean. Our kids grew up with their kids on the boat. It was a great fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Af­ter that boat sold, he wanted a yacht that would pro­vide his grow­ing fam­ily with more space while broad­en­ing their cruis­ing hori­zons. He and his wife com­mis­sioned Tonya Lance, the prin­ci­pal of Ca­mas, Wash­ing­ton-based Varo In­te­rior De­sign. Hodgson, who has worked for the fam­ily for 14 years, served as the own­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“[The clients] were both very con­sis­tent in their brief and def­i­nitely car­ried it out through­out the project,” Lance says. “They came in want­ing a clean, modern, so­phis­ti­cated de­sign. They wanted it prac­ti­cal, be­cause they were think­ing about char­ter­ing and have adult chil­dren and a grow­ing fam­ily. So, they wanted [the de­sign] to make sense.

“They’re very much the kind of peo­ple who will come in and sit down on the so­fas in their bathing suits and don’t want to worry about it,” she adds. “They didn’t want delicate fin­ishes that couldn’t hold up to that, so I was able to use out­door fab­rics and ma­te­ri­als that trans­fer inside beau­ti­fully. You re­ally wouldn’t know the dif­fer­ence, but [they pro­vide] prac­ti­cal­ity and ease of care.”

The own­ers’ love of the out­doors is also seen in the yacht’s lay­out. The arrangement on most Chris­tensens of this size in­cludes an en­trance lobby in the af­ter end of the main sa­lon. The owner’s wife re­quested that a bulk­head be moved for­ward, elim­i­nat­ing the lobby and cre­at­ing ad­di­tional ex­te­rior gath­er­ing space for a pair

of fac­ing so­fas. The space is ex­pected to be helpful dur­ing shore ex­cur­sions, as well.

“One way it worked on our first voy­age was that peo­ple would gather be­fore go­ing off on the ten­der to put on their shoes or take them off,” the owner says. “It re­ally worked well.”

The own­ers also en­joy fine wines, so a glassen­closed, walk-in wine cel­lar was added on the bridge deck. It can hold 60 mag­nums and 397 stan­dard bot­tles. A com­mer­cial wine chiller in the pantry has space for an­other five dozen bot­tles, many of which will be se­lected to ap­peal to char­ter guests.

“In ad­di­tion to fine food, we’re go­ing to of­fer world-class wines,” the owner says. “We’ll of­fer them at re­cent auc­tion price; there will be no re­tail markup on them. The en­joy­ment of wine is a nice part of the char­ter ex­pe­ri­ence, and I don’t think that [our pre­ferred] wine is avail­able on most char­ters.”

The owner’s wife also worked with Lance to de­velop a din­ing ta­ble that con­verts from a sin­gle unit for 12 guests to a pair of square ta­bles.

“Most of the time, we use it as two four-per­son ta­bles,” the owner says. “I don’t know how other peo­ple use yachts, but on our other boat, we used that in­te­rior din­ing space maybe twice. We were al­ways eat­ing out­side, not inside.” (The din­ing ta­ble on End­less Sum­mer’s bridge deck aft also re­sizes to ac­com­mo­date as many as 16 peo­ple.)

Hodgson’s in­put re­sulted in sev­eral ad­di­tional fea­tures, some that will be known only to crew: ex­tra stowage through­out the yacht; repo­si­tioned sta­bi­lizer fins to re­duce noise in the guest state­rooms; stowage for ex­tra

din­ing chairs on a plat­form in the el­e­va­tor shaft; and racks and lock­ers for wa­ter-sports equip­ment.

Oth­ers fea­tures are even more clever—and vis­i­ble. One, dubbed “The Trans­former,” is an ar­tic­u­lat­ing plat­form that de­ploys from within the swim plat­form; an­other is a re­tractable bal­cony out­side a slid­ing door from the bridge-deck lounge. Still an­other is an out­door theater with a 16-by-13-foot screen on the af­ter end of the sun­deck with sur­round sound. The high-def­i­ni­tion pro­jec­tor is em­bed­ded un­ob­tru­sively on the af­ter side of the mast.

“We had the pre­miere dur­ing our shake­down cruise in Alaska this sum­mer,” Hodgson says. “Moored in a beau­ti­ful place, all of us bun­dled up against the chill, en­joy­ing the show. It was pretty spec­tac­u­lar.”

End­less Sum­mer’s up­com­ing itin­er­ary in­cludes ports through­out the Pa­cific be­fore a re­turn to the U.S. West Coast and a cruise to Florida by way of the Panama Canal. Y.CO is pro­mot­ing char­ter itin­er­ar­ies in Fiji and New Zealand at a weekly base rate of $250,000 for 12 guests.

The des­ti­na­tions are un­usual for a U.S.-built yacht, which may be ex­cit­ing to Amer­i­can char­ter clients. And they’re not alone. “Cer­tainly, for us,” the owner says, “it’ll be dif­fer­ent than any­thing we’ve ever done.”

Above right: An avowed oenophile, the owner in­sisted on hav­ing a spec­tac­u­lar wine cel­lar built on the bridge deck. As part of the boat’s char­ter pro­gram, many of the wines will be avail­able to clients.

Fac­ing Page: Stowage built into the hard­top is not vis­i­ble from the decks. Be­low: Ex­pan­sion of the su­per­struc­ture re­sulted in larger ex­te­rior lounges, while in­te­rior lounges could be con­fig­ured with wallto-wall seat­ing.

clock­wise from top: All din­ing ta­bles can be con­fig­ured to seat up to 12; The dé­cor in pub­lic spaces and state­rooms is at once con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional.

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