Happy Days 164

by Delta

Inspired by a passion for uncompromising quality and ideals rooted in sound family values, the Jones family founded Delta in the early 1960s. Delta began by making high-speed pleasure boats before going on to produce the finest charter and commercial fishing boats on the market. Right from the start, Delta meant top of the line. Based on the Duwamish river in Seattle, Washington state, Delta became known as a trusted builder of seaworthy fishing vessels sturdy enough to brave the harsh waters of Alaska and the Bering sea. It quickly became an industry leader, earning recognition for durable construction, reliable mechanical systems, and practical maintenance. These qualities – and more than 800 vessels delivered – provided Delta with a solid foundation for its subsequent development.
In the 1980s, Delta shifted its focus and embarked on the demanding mission it has since accomplished: to build the world’s finest luxury yachts. Since 1990, Delta’s new output has consisted exclusively of mega yachts of the highest distinction. Delta’s innovative design, advanced technology, dedicated, experienced workforce and commitment to client satisfaction have now made the company an industry leader in the luxury yacht market. Over the years Delta has received top awards in several categories, including “best motor yacht interior” and “highest technical achievement” at major annual events such as the Monaco Rendezvous. After four decades, Delta, now a vibrant company of 400 people strong, carries on a heritage of leadership and unrivalled excellence, a tradition spanning oceans and generations. Happy Days, is the largest composite yacht ever built in the Americas. This 50-metre full-displacement motor yacht is the fourth project built in this series. In order to satisfy the Owners’ request for more interior volume, Delta modified the hull tooling both to extend the length and widen the beam. Happy Days has an extreme beam of 34 feet and a total of 7500 square feet of living area. One of Happy Days’ most impressive features is its beautiful curved interior and exterior structural design.
The strategically designed lighting accentuates the curved walls inside and out.
All of these details add to the pleasures of the ambience. The design impact is subtle, yet beautiful, and surrounds all who enjoy Happy Days without pretension or artifice. The Delta Design Group, responsible for naval architecture, exterior styling and space planning, worked closely with the Owner’s interior designer, Walter Nelson, who brings his particular expertise in contemporary design.
The inspiration behind the creative interiors and design is of modern origin, things like Pan Am Flying Boats. Light woods and Scandinavian influences. Loads of custom glass work. A real floating art gallery. Most of the art themes are from the modernist movement (1890-1940) and the Pop Art movement (1950-1960).
The kinds of materials used to enhance the design statement are Anegre veneer, maple solids, slump, and pressed glass. Custom lighting, stainless steel. Terrazzo and glass counter tops. Many colourful fabrics and wall papers. The decor is dominated by refined wall coverings and fabrics. An unusually low amount of wood was to be used for furniture and trim. Only the central stairwell was to have wooden walls. Designed to display art, the carpentry had to offer plenty of ample flat surfaces. The Owners like colour, and wanted the woodwork to play “second fiddle” to the textiles.
Instead of stonework, the Owners have chosen to use the light airiness of glass to introduce a sense of the ocean to the interior. The guest heads boast beautiful custom slump glass countertops that integrate the sinks with dramatic shapes and forms. Happy Days’ centerpiece is the dining room, which features a 12- by 4-foot suspended glass and stainless steel table that weighs more than 1000 pounds. Another striking feature is a custom-made blown-glass chandelier, over 8 feet long. Special lighting along the tops of all the window mullions enhances the stainless steel and pressed glass fixtures with adjustable colour choices. Even the galley will sport a custom-built slab made of glass, concrete and epoxy to increase strength and durability. The Owners’ primary requirement was space. By placing the Owners’ suite aft on the upper deck, this spacious room is made even bigger by the decision to enclose what would typically be an open aft deck area. [...]

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