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THE CUS­TOM LINE 120 HAS SMART FEA­TURES AND A 26-KNOT TOP SPEED.

Yachting - - FEATURES - by chris caswell pho­tos by al­berto coc­chi

Cus­tom Line’s 120 wel­comes own­ers into the mega-yacht class with an on-deck mas­ter, 26knot speed and room for a wa­ter-toy arse­nal.

Sole-to-over­head win­dows sur­round the salon for sweep­ing ocean views, although the scene steal­ers are the slid­ing doors lead­ing to the cock­pit. Closed, the two-piece, elec­tri­cally op­er­ated doors have an airy ap­peal, but the en­tire bulk­head (in­clud­ing the door frame) hinges up into a re­cess in the cock­pit over­hang. The sys­tem was de­vel­oped with an aero­space com­pany, and it re­sults in a seam­less tran­si­tion from the tran­som all the way to the 10-seat for­mal din­ing area for­ward of the salon. Adding to the al­fresco feel is the cock­pit’s teak plank­ing, which con­tin­ues for­ward be­yond the wet bar and into the salon. ¶ Vista Blue’s ex­te­rior is also dra­matic, with a lean­ing-into-the-sea pro­file and bold, black stripes that con­ceal the hull and deck­house win­dows. The Cus­tom Line 120 has a fast-cruise, semidis­place­ment hull, and the own­ers of Vista Blue base in the Ba­hamas. With her 26-knot top speed and 7-foot draft with prop tun­nels, they have rapid ac­cess to hun­dreds of wa­tery de­lights, from Har­bour Is­land to the Ex­u­mas and be­yond. Power for the Cus­tom Line 120 is a pair of 2,638 hp MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesels, pro­vid­ing a 1,050-nau­ti­cal-mile range at a cruise speed of 11 knots. ABT-TracS­tar at-rest sta­bi­liz­ers should keep the yacht steady at an­chor. ¶ Ac­com­mo­da­tions for 10 guests start with a 375-square-foot main-deck mas­ter state­room that spans the 25-foot-1-inch beam. The his-and-hers head is fin­ished in travertino bronze and is also full-beam. The state­room has a desk un­der a win­dow, a seat­ing area with a Saari­nen cock­tail ta­ble, and walk-in clos­ets. Stitched Ital­ian leather cov­ers the wardrobe bulk­heads. ¶ Two mir­rored VIP state­rooms are aft on the lower deck, with is­land berths athwartships to max­i­mize the view through the hull­side win­dows. Amid­ships, off the com­pan­ion­way, are two more guest state­rooms with twin berths and fold-down Pull­mans. Four cab­ins are for­ward to sleep seven crew, with en­try to the guest level for house­keep­ing. ¶ The gal­ley is Eu­ro­pean-style and sep­a­rated from the guest ar­eas,

The first Cus­tom Line 120, Vista Blue, is a wa­ter toy on steroids. Mi­lan-based yacht de­signer Francesco Paszkowski’s first ef­fort with the Fer­retti Group brings the out­side in­side.

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