This is the first of our Deerfoot line. She’s 68′ LOA with a 14.5′ beam. That lovely light-colored timber is New Zealand Kauri.
Deerfoot has her Owner’s suite aft – the only one of our yachts to have this layout.
The combination of timber and light surfaces was pretty radical in 1978 – but commonplace these days.
The nav station, with its suite of electronics and large work station.
The 72-foot Wakaroa (same beam as Deerfoot) came next. This is the entertainment center opposite the saloon seating area.
The saloon and galley form one large room, 20 feet long. This approach works well at sea and in port, creating a really pleasant sense of visual space (although it is tough to photograph).
The heart of any serious cruising vessel – the galley. Huge fridge and freezer volumes and lots of easily accessed storage.
This is the first time we designed the Owner’s suite forward. It worked so well that all subsequent boats have been done this way.
A chest of drawers at the foot of the bunk. Note the quality of the teak timber!
Opposite the bunk are a pair of hanging lockers and a seat optimized for a comfortable read.
The Owners raised their two boys aboard. These little guys are now each 6’6″ (2m). The netting, with double bars, acted to keep the babies in place at sea.
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Book cases are better designed facing fore-and-aft where practical – this keeps the books in place offshore when heeled.
Our preference in nav stations is to design them so it is easy to change gear as time goes on.
We’ve used this same approach to nonskid on our teak soles since the mid-1970s.
It was tough to find timber that looks like this in the olden days. Now it is almost impossible.
Freezer detail. The insulated lid sits below a hinged section of counter. Both lid and hinged section have gaskets.