Barracuda Yacht Design is pleased to release details of an all aluminium 70m motor yacht concept with minimalist styling. The design seeks to ‘claim back’ the look and popularity of well proportioned and less ostentatious boats from the past and resists the trend for increasingly large, multi-deck yachts that squeeze the maximum amount of volume out of their available length.
With proportionately long hull and narrow beam, the Barracuda 70m has high performance potential, efficiency and low running costs in mind. Traditional gangways with visible handrails give the design a refreshingly grounded appeal.
Entrance is via a doorway located on the starboard side of the main deck. This takes you into a hall area, which leads through to the boat’s main dining room, large saloon area and outside to a substantial aft-patio area. Two central staircases give access to all other parts of the boat.
The owner’s private space can also be accessed from main deck level; incorporating a large office, saloon with separate breakfast area, twin bathrooms and twin walk-in wardrobes. Side windows and skylights overhead ensure plenty of natural lighting.
In addition to the owner’s space, in terms of numbers, guest accommodation for a total of 8 people in four rooms on the lower deck is moderate for a yacht of this size. Yet each room is very special and can be likened to a fully furnished ‘hotel-suite’ - each with double bathrooms and separate saloon/office area.
Each guest suite is no more than 5m away from a spectacular waterside beach area and gymnasium, with opening hull doors on either side, allowing for either direct sunlight or protected shade and a safe bathing platform.
The design allows max 16 crew to be able to access their accommodation areas and all service and utility areas completely independently. This includes, for example, a bilge deck tunnel which runs the entire length of the boat, via a double storey engine and control room, right through to the transom garage aft.
As far as tenders are concerned, doors formed out of each side of the hull itself open upwards to reveal two 6.2m craft, launched and retrieved horizontally via cranes.
Main features of the upper deck layout include a less formal coffee/dining area and cinema/large-screen TV lounge area. There is also a second external aft deck patio area, with five steps up to a ‘touch and go’ height adjustable helipad. Finally, the bridge station and a second galley are located in the forward section of this deck.
At the top of the boat the sun deck contains comfortable seating, a plunge pool and plenty of sun-bathing space, topped off with a very discreet bimini structure.
Speed capability is expected to be in the plus 23knots range from standard twin 6000hp engines.