Northern Marine has announce that it signed a new contract to build an 85-foot expedition yacht, which is slated to launch in the summer of 2013. Designated hull #8501, and named Blood Baron, the design features a bright red hull with a contemporary stylized exterior, while maintaining the aggressive and masculine look that is part of Northern Marine’s heritage.
The 85 design represents a collaboration between Northern Marine, Adriel Design, and the yacht’s captain, Aaron Pufal, who describes Blood Baron on his blog yachtcaptainblog.com as “an updated take on an expedition yacht.” With an extended superstructure that brings the pilothouse aft to create a large panoramic skylounge, the 85 will feature a voluminous interior similar to that of a motoryacht with plenty of space for entertaining and relaxation, but with the range and fuel efficiency of a long-range cruiser.
“I think a lot of people who follow Northern Marine will be surprised by the styling of our new 85,” says Andy McDonald, president of Northern Marine. “We were excited to work with a customer who was interested in doing something different. It’s the same rugged hull and quality of craftsmanship that Northern Marine is known for, but with a contemporary styling that could open up a whole new marketplace for our long range cruisers.”