Belize 54 Daybridge

Belize 54 Daybridge, We sense Belize may have stayed with a lower profile than many of today’s offerings. Not just for beauty’s sake, but because the more tall and top-heavy a boat, the more ungainly and susceptible to windage.

The trick is to have a sweet sheerline and profile without it stealing room below decks. On the Belize, the sheer remains fairly flat until gently rising toward the bow.

But in this case, even good looks can be deceiving; the Belize actually delivers greater space— in the sizing of beds, heads, showers, in fact all living areas— than similar-sized production counterparts.

It’s a testimony to very experienced thinking, artful computer-aided design and stronger, less bulky miracle materials. But there are more differences: Unusually for a motoryacht today, the Belize sheer is really the top edge of a substantial and shippy bulwark— instead of a token toerail— for more secure side access and drier passagemaking.

If the legendary wooden boats of our past had kept evolving, how might they look today? Belize could well offer some insights.

The surface below the surface

As you well know, the geometry beneath any planing motor yacht is crucial to performance.

Belize was never going to make do with some off-the-shelf version, nor even settle for creating their own in the absence of propulsion data.

First prize, really, is to design in conjunction with the particular drive setup a specific yacht will have.

Because innovative pod propulsion had been agreed upon for the 54, the yacht’s running surface was primarily penned on that specific basis – first by Ocean Yacht Designs, then reviewed by the renowned Riviera team of naval architects, designers, engineers and master craftsmen.

With all their approvals in hand, the hull was then taken to the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Tasmania, for two rounds of tank testing.

In its element

Time spent on a luxury machine such as the Belize 54 is as much an outdoors experience — maybe more so — than it is an indoor one.

A lot of attention has been devoted to making the most of that experience on the Belize 54 Daybridge.

A huge sun pad with adjustable back rests sprawls along the centre line of the forward deck, drink holders and ample dry space for the music controls right alongside.

Going aft, the swim platform’s centre section raises and lowers hydraulically (its teak decking standard, by the way).

This grants easy access to the transom’s electric ‘garage’ door and space for a three-metre tender and outboard that can be easily loaded with the built-in electric winch.

Above the garage, there’s another hatch that lifts to reveal the electric BBQ and sink, with helpful LED lighting in the raised hood overhead.

Backed up to that, in the cockpit is a rear lounge with good storage under, and a folding, multi-use hi-lo table.

More storage again (you can’t have too much) is provided by the wet bar with fridge and icemaker console and its adjacent mezzanine seat (replaced with the stair ladder on the Belize 54 Daybridge).

To the port side, an unusual, and most welcome feature: a cosy corner breakfast bar with swing-out stools that won’t mark the decks.

By sunset, of course, it serves nicely as an ideal spot for drinking in the view.

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Length
16.50 m (54′ 01″)
Beam
5.03 m (16′ 06″)
Range
304 nm @ 21.1 knt
Draft
1.07 m (3′ 6″)
Standard Engine x 2
442 Kw (600 hp)
Sleeping Capacity
6 persons