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.