22 Jul 2013
Delta Marine delivers 66m 'Invictus'
By Ellie Brade
Delta Marine has announced the delivery of 66m Invictus (Project Invader).
Named after the Latin for “unconquerable”, Invictus is homage to the indomitable spirit at the heart of the 19th century poem by William Ernest Hemley, and a tribute to the courage and strength portrayed in the namesake poem’s final stanza, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
At over 1900 gross ITC and with a 43’ beam, Invictus cuts a graceful silhouette of elegant lines, sculptural shapes and accelerating curves. Her large beam and voluminous interiors allow for high ceilings and spacious rooms, emphasised by floor-to-ceiling hull side windows that bring the outside in. Maximising the beauty of the outdoors is a feature throughout her design, the apex of which is experienced as you step inside the master stateroom and are greeted by a 180 degree view of the ocean.
Diane Johnson of Diane Johnson Design, working together with Johnson, Wen, Mulder
Architecture, was tasked to create something new in yacht interior design. The result incorporates both traditional and modern influences to create a cool sophistication that is still warm and welcoming. Elements of this transitional design are seen in the intricate detailing of the balustrade and the whimsical nod to the playful rat pack era found in the skylounge. Every touch-point reflects the classical, clean and timeless vision and tastes of the owners’ and their family, bringing to life a dream and a vision that can only be realised in true custom yacht building.
With family living the foundation of the design brief, Invictus combines luxury and beauty with comfort and hospitality. Grand spaces and opulent foyers are mixed with intimate settees and lounges. In the main salon, a grand piano sits unassumingly amongst a mixture of furniture perfect for small and large gatherings. On a separate deck, the dining salon is framed by curved sliding glass doors with an expandable table that can seat more than 20 guests. An on-deck gym with sliding doors and magnificent views is contrasted by a theatre with raised stadium seating. Hallmarks throughout include different combinations of exotic wood species with intricate veneer patterns, a gorgeous use of rare Italian marbles researched by the interior design team in Florence, and custom Lalique glasswork. Overall, Invictus is a harmonious mix of new and old, intimate but elegant, familiar yet completely original.
Invictus’ outdoor spaces and decks are characterized by the same style and grandeur of the interior. The decks flow gracefully from the fold-down beach cabana at the stern to the impressive sundeck complete with hot tub, bar and several areas for dining, lounging or gathering for a cocktail under the stars. Details include custom stainless steel sconces, loose furniture with an ebony and stainless steel table, and oval polished stainless handrails.
The Delta Design Group, responsible for the naval architecture and exterior styling,
designed an ice-strengthened steel hull with composite superstructure. Utilising finite
element analysis and its own advanced engineering, they incorporated composite
materials, steel and aluminum into the construction allowing the best material to be
chosen for each application. This efficient and innovative construction approach
enabled the designers to achieve the high-ceilings and expansive windows that the
Powered by twin Caterpillar 3516 main engines and carrying over 50,000 gallons of fuel, the yacht has a 6,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots and a maximum speed of 17 knots. Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers and a Schottel bow thruster ensure maneuverability and a nice gentle ride both at anchor and underway. Her tender garage with side hull doors and overhead gantry cranes for deployment stows a custom 28’ Comitti and a Novurania Chase.
Invictus was christened and delivered to her new owners in July. Family and friends joined together in Seattle to celebrate her maiden voyage. Invictus is under operational management with Burgess and will also be offered for select charter by Burgess as Central Agents in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and beyond.
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