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.