Delta Marine, Caterpillar Financial Services and JQB to complete project Monarch

Combining the strengths of two long-standing American companies, Delta Marine and Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) are working together to complete Project Monarch. Construction of this 151-foot motor yacht began at Northern Marine in Anacortes and will be completed at Delta’s yard in Seattle. Cat Financial will be providing the financing for the project.

Delta and Cat Financial have a long history of building strong, durable, reliable products and over the years, Delta has built hundreds of vessels powered with Cat® engines. This is another opportunity for these two companies to combine their strengths and build a quality American yacht.

With exterior styling and interior design by Jonathan Quinn Barnett, this 151-foot semi-displacement motor yacht has an impressive 30’ 9” beam and offers a balance of elegance and strength, form and function, performance, range and comfort. The flared hull design has a hard chine to deflect spray and a high sheer line that captures a full beam arrangement forward of amidships. Her bulbous bow increases efficiency. Powered by twin Cat 3512 B series engines, she can reach speeds of up to 21 knots, with a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. The yacht is ABS and MCA certified, under 500 gross tons and wheelchair navigable, with extra wide doors, spacious walkways and a centrally located elevator providing convenient access to all four decks.

The interior for this yacht will be a great departure from any of my previous work. We have developed a modern approach to the detailing using traditional satin paint finishes, almost with the appearance of being ‘hand brushed.’ Large windows allow natural light in and enhance the soft monochromatic colouring and textures,” says Barnett.

The mood changes as you enter the dining salon, where a soft, warm and intimate gathering space has been created. Finally, the design takes advantage again of reflective light with a gorgeous parchment panelled and mirrored stainless steel central staircase and elevator.

In the skylounge, the design is inspired by the great classic sailing and motor yachts from the turn of the century, with a modern spin. Elegant contemporary styling and soft worsted wool fabrics and leathers provide great comfort and warmth to complement the generous use of wood solids and veneers. Marble accents play a key roll around the bar area with a decidedly “Gentlemen’s Club” feel. Sweeping views, large windows, a full bar and walk-in wine room make this space perfect for cruising, entertaining or relaxing in the harbour. Just forward, the Portuguese bridge has wraparound glass panes with an expansive viewing range and a raised banquette that seats five – another great spot for admiring the passing scenery.

All can enjoy five-star comfort in the yacht’s well-appointed guest suites. Forward on the main deck, the full-beam master is fitted with office, vanity, cedar-lined walk-in wardrobes and a double bath with whirlpool tub. Two king-berths and one queen and one twin berth staterooms surround a central lower-deck foyer embellished with rich panelling and a fine inlaid stone floor.

The outdoor deck areas are a harmonious mix of sheltered and open venues, expansive settings and secluded corners, suitable for socializing of all kinds. Aft of the skylounge is a spacious area with seating for eight under the shade, complete with wet bar for cocktail parties under the stars. Teak stairs lead to the sundeck with a circular bar and an adjacent hot tub – a luxurious spot to take in the view. Guests can lie on the sun pads or sit on comfortable upholstered stools poolside and still look forward when underway.

Onboard amenities have been planned with discreet, efficient service a priority. The galley arrangement enables the crew to prepare elaborate meals with separate prepping, cooking and plating areas. A comfortable Captain’s stateroom is located aft of the wheelhouse and four double berths for eight additional crew are below deck. A water-tight door allows easy access for the crew to the guest quarters.

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