By Chris Caswell
The Delta 124 is a royal beauty
With each yacht, Delta Marine further deepens its roots in the yacht market and steps farther away from its beginnings as a builder of commercial boats. But the knowledge needed to create fishing boats for the rugged North Pacific is still found throughout Delta yachts, no matter how opulently they are finished.
Lady Linda is the eighth yacht from the shallow draft cruising yacht mold at Delta, and the sixth at 124 feet. Her owner carefully studied every previous yacht from this mold and with his wife focusing on the interior furnishings, they refined their needs and ideas. After poring over drawings with the Delta Design Group and interior designer Claudette Bonville, they combined sophisticated engineering, the standard hull mold, and a redefined superstructure into a yacht of impressive comfort ready for world cruising.
Lady Linda is about elegant entertaining and with that in mind, she has been built to the very highest standards. From the custom storage for over 400 bottles of wine and 200 glasses in the entry foyer and dining saloon to the crystal chandeliers and hand-painted gold and copper-leafed ceilings, the owner’s exacting and detailed requirements were met.
Claudette Bonville is noted for her relaxed and elegant styling as well as her use of curves as a key design technique and, in fact, Lady Linda has round columns, oval seating areas, semi-circular doors, oval headliners set in domed recessed ceilings, and even whirling curves etched in glass panels.
Centerline stairs sweep up from the swim platform to the spacious aft deck with its fixed oval dining table. From here, semi-circular doors slide open to reveal a saloon that takes advantage of the full beam of the yacht. Several conversation areas flow from one to another, and splashes of color accent the central cherry wood columns. Vivid reds from an original painting by Orlando Aquedelo-Botero flash from the dining area, with accents of red in the gold-tasseled cushions on the beige furnishings. Gold finds its way into the saloon from the gold-leaf recessed ceiling over the dining area and the hint of reddish golds in the marble and veneers.
The central columns aren’t just for decor, but perform the secondary function of concealing the air ducts while the overhangs, which give the area added volume and perspective, also serve to disguise the air conditioning out-takes and the recessed lighting. Banked along the sides of the saloon are half-height cherry and maple burl cabinets with surfaces capped with pale Italian marble. Lady Linda is the first Delta yacht to make use of flat screen televisions, and one rises from a hidden niche cut through the stone.
One notable feature on Lady Linda is the extensive use of marble cut with waterjets into geometric and elliptical patterns and then book-matched and hand-laid throughout the yacht. The corridor leading from the saloon forward to the main deck VIP stateroom, for example, has a flooring of Italian beige marble, Breccia Oniciata, inlaid with Botticino and Breccia Damascotta peaches and cream marble. The day head to port continues the theme, adding galaxy black granite set off by hand-painted gold leaf walls. The corridor forward has been customized with cabinets to hold the enormous selection of china and glassware aboard Lady Linda, and custom locks were designed to protect the fragile champagne glass stems from snapping when the yacht is underway.
The VIP suite is a handsome stateroom of rich, red cherry with a maple burl inlay in the facades, and has a king-sized bed facing forward that can be converted into a pair of twins. Panels facing the bed slide back to reveal another flat screen television, while a copper domed overhead accentuates the red of the paneling. A spacious private head forward features a marble flower motif on the shower wall.
The crew lounge is to port off the corridor with raised banquette seating around two tables. The crew area is separated from the galley by a floor to ceiling bank of rollaway cupboards and service panels for electronics. The galley has a central island, Corian counters, and commercial equipment. Lady Linda will have a chef and stewardess because of the exceptional amount of entertaining anticipated on board, and the crew quarters have been expanded to accommodate a total of six.
A circular staircase of etched glass, gold plate and polished stainless steel leads to the lower staterooms from the upper deck. The master suite is forward of the engine room and, rather than the usual arrangement that puts the head aft to create a sound buffer from the engines, the owner decided to place the bed athwartships to permit a massive bathroom to port with a two-person Jacuzzi. Semi-precious marble key stones are cut by waterjets into the beige marble background in the bathroom, and a new method of honeycombing the back of this delicate marble helps the builder meet the weight requirements. Hand-painted gold wallpaper hangs in the master bath, and Japanese shoji screens hide the ports. In the master suite, cherry and maple burl joinerwork mixes with pale silk fabric wall coverings, and another 36-inch, flat-screen television is hidden behind veneered panels. The artwork on Lady Linda was selected based on the interior design and, in the master and guest staterooms, prints by Jurgen Gorg are on the walls.
The two additional queen-sized guest rooms are marked by different marble treatments: lapis from South Africa in one and verde jade from Italy in the other, both against Botticino cream. The divider wall is a series of cabinets with sound insulation between them, creating more space in each stateroom. Central mirrors slide back to reveal flat screen televisions and, as in the saloon, the air conditioning outtakes are concealed by the recessed ceiling.
The lower foyer is filled with hidden caches, including a laundry facility behind a hanging picture, a bar and fridge tucked under the mantelpiece, and video storage behind a mirror.
Fiber-optic and complex lighting has been used on Lady Linda to create delicate mood situations, such as to highlight the crystal figurines that repose delicately on glass shelves between the guest staterooms which are backlit by pinholes of point lighting from behind the wall. The exterior nameplates for Lady Linda have a South Beach effect of iridescent rays beaming out of a color pinwheel behind the stainless-steel plates.
The courtly look on the lower decks gives way to a deco feel on the upper level because the owner wanted a fun, almost naughty, atmosphere for the bridge and skylounge. An arresting combination of dusty peach lacquered cabinets and matching Dakota Mahogany granite with blue and sand fabrics is used extensively. Speckled peach plastic laminate walls are an unusual innovation in the pilothouse, where a raised oval seating area has a clear view over the helm station.
The sky lounge features an enormous circular seating area facing aft that creates, with the elliptical deck doors open, a vast extension of the outside entertaining area. This seating area is mirrored overhead by a circular ceiling recess and, as in the saloon, there is a hidden television screen in the marble counter behind the seats. The coffee table also converts into a circular bed and, with a curtain track for privacy and a head with shower adjacent, Lady Linda has an extra stateroom.
The open sundeck was designed for entertaining, with a large barbecue grill, wet bar and outside television. A round custom table can be relocated to the side for more room for sunlounges or parties, and fixed banquettes form a seating area in front of the padded and raised sun beds. Hidden under the sun pads is a hydraulic knuckle boom crane by Nautical Structures which can launch the 16-foot tender aft or on either side.
A molded fiberglass Bimini top protects the flybridge, and two fiberglass covers protect the two navigation stations when not in use. At anchor, parasols can be mounted on the foredeck so the crew and guests can enjoy that area as well.
This is the first Delta to use the new Detroit Diesel DDEC/MTU 2000 Series engines which, with a lower profile, add even more space to the already large engine room. With these engines, Lady Linda tops out at 20 knots and cruises comfortably at 17 knots.
Other interesting features of the yacht are the sea chest in the engine room for all water inlets and the connections for the owner’s laptop computer throughout the yacht, including several exterior points, so that he has immediate access to his office and clients from anywhere on the yacht.
And, with Lady Linda cruising somewhere in the world, it’s obvious that she has lived up to the expectations of the owner and his wife.