Passage Maker - - Contents - By Phil Fried­man

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

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