by Delta Marine

After 10 years of navigation on board their yacht Onika, the Owners came back to US shipyard Delta Marine, which designed and built her, to commission the construction of a new yacht. Bearing project number 130043 while the work is under way, the new vessel will take the same name as her predecessor but will be much larger – approximately 7 metres (nearly 23 feet) longer. Until now, the American shipyard has fulfilled the Owners’ express request and maintained the strictest confidentiality on the whole operation, which will conclude with delivery of the new motor yacht planned for summer this year. Recently, however, the Owners kindly gave Delta Marine permission to reveal some of the information on the design of their vessel. Firstly, Onika boasts an innovative hull concept that unites all the best characteristics of semi displacement and full displacement hull designs, achieved thanks to the expert professional skills of the Delta Design Group in-house team which developed the entire naval architecture and engineering package. All of this has been done with a focus on seaworthiness and stability, but here the best explanation is provided by Jay Miner, the yard’s Chief Naval Architect, who says: “The new Delta hull design combines the best in long range passage making capability and fuel efficiency along with moderate draft to allow the owner access to the shallower water destinations that otherwise might not be accessible. In profile, the bow has a long overhang, with enough flare to keep the decks dry and present an overall classic look. Below the waterline, the hull form has round bilges with a bulbous bow and long easy run to enhance comfort and reduce fuel consumption. Much attention was paid to the flow line patterns along the hull surface to ensure that all appendages were precisely aligned. The propeller tunnels are well blended into the hull, with a gentle transition resulting from studies conducted both by computational flow dynamics (CFD) simulation software tests, as well as a traditional battery of physical model tests in a tow tank facility. The final result is a handsome hull design with the ability to cross oceans efficiently, in comfort and in style.” Style, beauty and elegance characterize the vessel thanks to the skilful artistic work and masterful creativity of the Delta Design Group in-house team, which devised Onika’s exterior and interior design so as to create a truly unique creation, perfectly tailored to the Owners’ specification. The yacht boasts two-tone livery with a classic white that enhances the equally classic shapes of the hull and the superstructure, presented in a traditional three-deck profile with wide side decks and generous covered areas. The external spaces offer extensive options for the Owners and guests to choose from, such as the aft main deck with its alfresco dining area and games area, and more importantly the sun deck, which is partially protected by a hard top. This deck features an observation area with forward-facing settees and an alfresco dining area next to a bar area, as well as a sunbathing area with sun beds and an outdoor shower. The interiors are a superb expression of the welcoming warmth of a comfortable home and evoke the enchanting atmosphere of an authentic gentleman’s yacht, interpreted through furnishings and decoration with a refined historic flavour, sometimes inspired by an Edwardian style, other times by British West Indies themes. Onika features exclusive specially designed fittings made to create a sophisticated, luxurious setting that is at the same time serene and relaxing, based throughout the yacht on a careful selection of precious materials such as refined woods including mahogany, chestnut, anigre and teak, but most importantly Spessart oak. This slow-growing variety cultivated in managed forests in Bavaria, southern Germany, is very highly prized for its fine, unusually clear grain, luminous look and appealing natural finish in a light honey colour. In addition, of course, the fittings also feature abundant stonework and glasswork to round off the spectacular interiors, such as the entry lobby and the central staircase, which are among the key elements and the key focus of the design. In these two areas, the floors are in cream-coloured marble, inlaid with diamond shapes in blue Sodalite, dramatically contrasting with the walls clad in raised, fielded panels of Khaya mahogany. Further delightful decorative details have been added to this setting, such as the finely carved wooden handrail and metal adorned newel posts that anchor the base of the stairs. The dominant feel throughout is of sober, timeless elegance infused with gracefulness and even stateliness, such as in the formal dining area and the saloon, with its coffered-style beams and pocketed bevelled glass doors.
Both of these entertainment spaces contain many authentic Impressionist artworks from the Owners’ private collection, while the saloon also features numerous pieces of original antique Edwardian furniture, again all from the Owners’ personal collection. In the Owners’ suite on the main deck, like the private guest accommodation on the lower deck, the cabins have walls clad in Spessart German oak panels, with meticulously detailed bow and serpentine shaped dressers and items of furniture in mahogany and chestnut burl with anigre inlay. All the ceilings have white painted beams with soft fabric panels, while other fabrics come in a dramatic colour palette of deep blue, red and green tones and textures. The heads are finished with heated marble floors where the stone extends up to a wainscot with nautically inspired wall coverings. That said, it is most importantly on the upper deck, specifically the sky lounge, where Onika most effectively shows off the natural beauty of the materials and the flawless skill of the artisans who skilfully worked them, carefully producing the furniture with attention to even the tiniest detail. The corner quarter-round mahogany bar cabinet with pocketing doors and sofa end tables are striking example of this, with one in carefully selected crotch mahogany, and the other in contrasting striped sapele and anigre veneer. All the loose furniture is soft and casual, upholstered with brass nail heads with cotton Ikat and patterned fabrics.The intelligent mix of traditional components and materials lends British West Indies flair and an antique flavour making for a relaxed atmosphere. All of this is shown to best advantage by the natural light that flows in copiously through the huge windows, illuminating the space and lighting up the colours, while bringing out the tones of the walls with their panels in Spessart German oak and the floor in teak strips, not to mention the exquisite white painted floor to ceiling bookcase.

Jacob Herzog

Onika Technical Specifications

LOA40.5 m / 133’ ft
LWL36.3 m / 119’2” ft
Beam8.8 m / 29’ ft (extreme)
Draft2.1 m / 7’ ft (half load)
Gross tonnageUnder 500 GT ITC & Under 300 US Regulatory
Engines(2) Cat C32 ACERT 1600 BHp @ 2300 rpm
Speed16 knots
Cruise13.5 knots
Fuel capacity55,721 litres / 14,720 US gallons
Range4,000 nautical miles @ 12 knots
Generators(2) Northern Lights M1064H 99 kW
StabilizersQuantum QC-1200
Bow thrusterABT Trac 2
Water-makersWMSQ-3000 GPD
Fresh water capacity9,274 litres / 2,450 US gallons
Tenders19’ RIB
CraneNautical Structures EZ-4000
Owner and guests6
ClassificationLloyd’s Maltese Cross 100 A1 SSC Yacht
Naval architectureDelta Design Group
Exterior stylingDelta Design Group
Interior space planningDelta Design Group
Interior designDelta Design Group
BuilderDelta www.deltamarine.com info@deltamarine.com
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