A wind of change is blowing strongly for Delta Marine Industries, sending the stars and stripes that proudly flies above the headquarters and state-of-the-art facilities of the famous Seattle shipyard all aflutter. These facilities, covering a total area of 25 acres, include a total of more than 28,000 m2, or 300,000 square feet, of covered manufacturing spaces.
It is therefore hardly surprising that this US shipyard has the capacity to build vessels with a length overall of up to 100 metres, equivalent to 330 feet, using high-strength steel, light aluminium alloy and advanced composite. Thanks in particular to all the experience Delta Marine Industries has built up over the course of decades as a specialist in this sector, the shipyard is now acknowledged as the industry leader in the technical integration of metal hulls with composite superstructures. Alongside the production capacity of the US shipyard, the design skills of its in-house team, the Delta Design Group, are also internationally renowned. The group consists of specialists in various complementary fields such as naval architecture, marine engineering, exterior design and interior design. With their technical training and creative imagination, they bring to life ideas and designs, from simple hand-drawn concept sketches to fully developed 3D CAD modelling and renderings. This is achieved using an integrated process that allows flawless overall development of the technical and functional parameters of the finished product together with detailed previews for the client of the options for the layout and aesthetic solutions, in terms of both styling and decoration. All of this is done in close collaboration with the owner’s representatives, from the captain and project manager or the broker agent and charter agent to the art curator, ensuring that every Delta yacht is an utterly unique creation that entirely meets the individual requirements and wishes of a demanding owner. But wait a moment… Didn’t we start this article talking about a wind of change for the shipyard? It’s true, we’ve been led astray from our initial subject. So what’s new at Delta Marine Industries? Firstly, there is a completely new Delta official website. It’s such a beautifully designed, interesting site that we invite our readers to have a look and get an even better idea of all there is to know about the shipyard and its creations. Then – and most importantly – there are the numerous innovative yacht designs that the Delta Design Team is developing to expand the American brand’s success further and further beyond its national borders with truly global appeal. An early taste of this is provided by the new Delta 67 M 220 FT motor yacht concept project that the Seattle-based shipyard presented recently, and which we now feature here. The basic idea was to design a vessel with an impressive raft of high-level characteristics to make it as competitive as possible within its size class. The standard package includes a touch-and-go helicopter landing capability and multiple tender configurations. These allow the yacht to be adapted to a variety of usage conditions without the need for compromise, whether on a private or charter basis, while providing multiple spaces for entertainment, a sizable storage capacity and the capacity to provision for lengthy voyages. All of this is optimally laid out on board so that the yacht can provide luxury accommodation for up to 14 passengers in six guest staterooms and one master stateroom and up to 20 crew. The general layout covers five decks, all easily accessible via a spiral staircase enclosing the elevator column. Naturally, the huge areas available on each deck both inside and out can be organized on a modern, rational basis to create a variety of versatile solutions suited to the current trends for a multifaceted contemporary lifestyle.
Here below we have summarised Delta’s proposed layout for each individual deck on the standard version of the Delta 67 M 220 FT, which is of course just one example from the numerous possible options available to the client. On the bridge deck, if the terrace to aft is not used as a helipad, it can be laid out as a panoramic sunbathing area with sun beds or chaises longues, with shade provided by a removable awning system, together with a bar and a hydromassage tub. Sliding glass doors lead inside to a fitness centre with a fully equipped gym and shower cubicle. This stands adjacent to a pantry and the foyer with its practical day head, while the wheelhouse is located forward.
On the upper deck, to aft, completely covered by the overhanging deck above, the terrace has been laid out as an al fresco dining area, alongside an indoor dining area completely surrounded by sliding glass panels that open to create a huge, unique space that also incorporates the sky lounge with its lounge and bar areas. A pantry and the foyer with a practical day head are located adjacent to the sky lounge, as well as the captain’s cabin with en suite bathroom. The owner’s suite occupies a forward position, arranged around a private corridor/vestibule that leads to a his and hers office/study, his and hers en suite bathrooms, his and hers dressing rooms and the master stateroom with a panoramic lounge area and a private covered terrace laid out as an outdoor relaxation area, with sun beds and chaises longues. On the main deck to aft, almost completely covered by the overhanging deck above, the terrace has been laid out as a relaxation area with a swimming pool and a bar area. Sliding glass doors provide access to the salon, which has a living area and a dining area, and amidships there is another pantry and the foyer, which has a convenient wardrobe and day head. The private guest accommodation is located forward, arranged around a corridor and featuring six staterooms each with an en suite bathroom. On the lower deck, the beach club is located in the stern with a beach cabana and swimming platform; it is equipped with sun beds outside and a bar area inside, as well as a practical day head. Inside the beach cabana, a stairway leads to the main deck level above, through a motorised hatch to ensure safety when the beach club is closed. The full beam garage with two side doors is positioned alongside and houses two main tenders and four jet skis / waverunners, along with a host of other water toys and scuba diving equipment. The engine room a little further forward has a control room and a workshop room. The crew quarters with a separate provisioning entrance are located amidships and forward, including the galley and crew mess as well as one engineer’s cabin and eight crew cabins, each with its own bathroom. Finally, the tank deck includes the boat laundry and technical spaces such as the stabiliser rooms, as well as numerous service and storage spaces.