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AFFINITY is the second yacht out of Delta's 140'-160' full displacement hull mold for efficient, transoceanic yachts. Delta Design Group and Ron Holland's collaboration on exterior styling has resulted in a purposeful solid FRP hulled yacht with subtle exterior lines. A visually arresting look was achieved as Affinity's bow swoops into a sculptured "whale back" flowing effortlessly from her forward superstructure to perfectly proportioned long aft decks, including a ten foot fishing cockpit.
This self-sufficient, low maintenance yacht was created to support her owners' sailing passion, hence the priority to pragmatic influences. Seattle-based Ardeo Design worked with the owners to effect this throughout. The interior is contemporary with light furnishings and fabrics accented with cherry wood detailing and occasional touches of color inflections, enhanced by reference to New England's nautical heritage.
Subtle references to maritime symbols are found throughout. Compass roses in holly and wenge are inlaid into table corners, the backs of chairs, above the fireplace, and in door corners. The tapering column in the main salon resembles an old ship's mast, while the simple curved rail banister leading to the lower deck, replicates a tiller. A rope motif is echoed in the cabinet push latches, the crown molding and ceiling mullions; around bed frames, and the master Jacuzzi, even in the linens.
Other minuscule details add to Affinity's elaborateness. Every compass rose engraved into the corners of each door and cupboard entrance, tap and door handle, lamp fixtures, bar and fireplace inlays, bears a different semiprecious stone in its center, such as malachite, lapis, tiger's eye, red jasper, and aventurine.
Modern technology combines with tradition when a painting above the gas-powered fireplace in the main salon, slides back to reveal a flat television connected to a camera in the bulbous bow. Linear actuators ease down a window for catering access to the expansive aft deck from the bar starboard.
To allow for a full width master suite forward, exterior walkways climb past the galley to the upper deck. Thoughtful styling has incorporated vast picture windows in the hull to fill the stateroom with natural light.
The private study adjoining can be further closed off from the rest of the suite by glass paneled French doors.
A two-person Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom boasts a pattern of over 700 pieces of hand placed waterjet cut jade, intertwined in the shape of rope. This is set into Spanish pink marble here and along the basin counter - the only marble on board. A wall-to-wall mural on the forward bulkhead wall covers a discreet escape hatch leading to the foredeck.
The four equal-sized lower deck guest staterooms with en suite baths, accommodate up to eleven guests in two twin berths with Pullmans; a king that splits into two twins and a queen sized VIP with Pullman berth. With a large number of anticipated guests, low maintenance and privacy are high priorities. Delta's privacy treatment even extended to the doorways with their custom rubber seals. Further, great use has been made of interior space arrangements. Touch-and-click hidden lockers and bookshelves are located behind fabric wall panels. The hand painted walls and Corian surfaces in the bathrooms are quick and easy to wash down; as are the fiberglass showers and baths. The lower deck foyer laundry room is hidden behind a "secret" door. The functional galley has two separate work areas and large peninsula.
Colors and shapes form part of the light atmosphere in the sky lounge: From the multicolored geometrically patterned carpet, curtains and cabinet fronts; to the bar's glass sink with etched tropical fish; to the pale blue turquoise stones set into the door and tap handles of the lounge's powder room.
The modern bridge features streamlined instrumentation in hi-tech silver-gray with raised seating aft of the two captain's chairs. Collapsible docking stations are situated off the port and starboard entrances.
Capable of carrying two large custom tenders, the expansive boat deck has been specifically reinforced for helicopter operations; and includes a 7,000 lb. crane with 18 ft. reach. (A heavy-duty towing winch, hidden in the transom of the boat, will tow the larger tender when it is in the water.) A third docking station is recessed into the deck aft and extends vertically for use once the helicopter is clear. This multipurpose deck with removable safety rails, was also constructed as an observation deck for racing events, and hides fuel and gas lockers, besides fridges and freezers for long distance provisioning.
The flybridge has been primarily designed for entertaining. Comfortable reception areas bank the navigation station, while the rest of the deck is wide open for loose sun chairs, particularly around the 9' lap pool. Shade can be sought under a retractable bimini. Other minuscule details add to Affinity's elaborateness. Every compass rose engraved into the corners of each door and cupboard entrance, tap and door handle, lamp fixtures, bar and fireplace inlays, bears a different semiprecious stone in its center, such as malachite, lapis, tiger's eye, red jasper, and aventurine.
There is a gym off the lazarette and engineer's workstation. This can be converted to a stateroom if necessary for extra crew or even guests as there is a full bathroom adjacent.
Again, functionality and low maintenance are key ingredients to the success of AFFINITY. This all fiberglass yacht features only one piece of teak - the jack staff.