Posted May 29, 2017
Luxury marque Belize has commenced the build of the latest in its line of classically-styled motor yachts, the Belize 66 Motoryacht.
The new model builds on the heritage, first unveiled in 2011, of a luxury motor yacht that evokes the styles of a bygone era of yachting, of gleaming hand-crafted interiors and, most importantly, of individuality.
The original Belize 54 quickly attracted owners who, after many years of boating, knew exactly what they wanted and had found a marque and a team who could help them create their ultimate motor yacht.
Belize co-founder and Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said: “The marque was born of the desire to work with clients to create a distinctive yacht and we embraced their demands for the highest quality craftsmanship.”
Today, 25 Belize 54s are cruising international waters, from the coral reefs of Queensland to the Great Lakes and New England regions of the United States where style and tradition are part of the yachting bloodline. Owners are supported by the professional Riviera worldwide dealership and services network.
New sense of space, luxury and comfort. Now the Belize marque has taken the concept of a semi-custom motoryacht to a new level with the Belize 66 Motoryacht, a vessel that delivers a new sense of space, comfort and luxury and offers an unmatched level of customisation and bespoke elements.
Optional Layouts for the Belize 66 MY (click image to expand)
Mr Moxey said he and designer Stephen Ford worked for two years on concepts before extensive consultation with current Belize 54 owners.
All of the design concepts were developed utilising the very latest version of Unigraphics 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software, exactly the same systems as used by Formula 1 motor racing teams around the world. The software models Stephen Ford and his team developed allowed them to provide a virtual walk-through tour of the proposed motor yacht.
“The development of Belize motor yachts has always been driven by discerning and highly experienced clients who know exactly what they need to make their boating experience perfect,” said Mr Moxey.
“We showed these valuable clients our ideas, listened closely to their input and then incorporated the ideas and wishes and returned with refined concepts. Our clients offered a diverse range of requests and requirements and we have been able to incorporate virtually every one of those into the final design.
“A key demand was a motor yacht large enough to fulfil all the requirements of long-range cruising and live-aboard luxury while maintaining the flexibility for a couple to handle the motor yacht without crew.
“The fact that we can deliver a 66-foot luxury motor yacht that fulfils that demand is a combination of 21st century technology and a very considered design.”
After the extensive consultation process which spanned more than a year, Ford began the final 3-D modelling.
“The motor yacht would have to include myriad tightly packaged elements, yet every component must be easily accessible,” Ford explained.
“The owners involved in the extensive consultation are delighted with the result. They can see their personal DNA in the final motor yacht designs. We have layouts of the Belize 66 with individuals’ names on them.”
Ford said the team have developed a total of nine layout options for the Belize 66 from a single structure.
“The versatility and custom capabilities of this motor yacht are extraordinary,” he said.
As well as developing concepts and walk-through virtual tours, Ford and the design team utilise the Unigraphics design software to develop every element of the Belize, down to the smallest components.
The hull of the new Belize 66 Motoryacht is based on the original Belize 54 hull, with all of the ride and seakeeping qualities so well loved by Belize owners. With designs completed, the team despatched the computer files to three different five-axis routing machines, each working in parallel to create the plugs for all components.
“These routers work to a tolerance of less than one millimetre,” said Ford. “If our files contain a single element that is greater, the system would reject them and we would need to refine our work. I am happy to say not a single file from the thousands we created has been rejected!”