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rand adventures across the oceans don’t necessarily fuel tank that supplies the two tenders carried on the bow – and there’s 
require an immense superyacht, but if you choose a a pocket anchor con guration.

more modestly sized boat you’ll need to pack a lot in. A cross beam was added below the aft end of the  ybridge to support the 
The new 29 metre Lacey Kay, with an 8,500 nautical extra weight of the octagonal spa pool that also has an additional heater to 

mile range, is just such a yacht. She has more of ensure the tub is ready to go within an hour’s request for its use. Along the 
everything to get the job done: more systems perimeter of the  ybridge are various refrigeration and freezer drawers, an 
redundancy, more fuel and more style.icemaker, storage cubbies and a large Kenyon grill. The central table with 

its Sutherland dining chairs can be relocated to the forward deck, creating The yacht is the second Nordhavn 96 from Paci c 
space for a dance  oor, although the owner says that even with 30 guests Asian Enterprises (PAE), better known as 

aboard, they never felt the need to move any of the loose furniture.California-based Nordhavn. She is a tri-deck displacement yacht built from 
Nordhavn prides itself on the extensive customisation that is available. GRP to AB classi cation at Nordhavn’s partner facility in Xiamen, China. 

For example, although the standard design for this boat features an The 96 is also a stretched hull – an extended version of the popular 86 
impressive master cabin in the bow, Lacey Kay’s owners eschewed the upper design. It’s an approach that Nordhavn believes enhances value. “It’s a lot 

saloon and opted instead to add a second master aft of the pilothouse, where more cost e ective to stretch a proven hull form than to design and build 
their view was better and their privacy ensured. The owner-dedicated one from scratch, so new owners get more for their money,” says PAE’s vice-

veranda in itself makes this a choice to be envied.president, Jim Leishman.
Another reason to have the master on this deck is the direct access to the These are also highly customised boats. Trever Smith, PAE’s project

Star Trek-like command centre in the pilothouse. Twin Stidd chairs face manager, guided this second hull of the 96 model through its 27 month 
 ve screens, some running Nobeltec and NavNet charting software, and a build process. “Redundancy was a huge theme,” he says. “For the owner it’s 
dashboard packed with equipment from a variety of brands, including about self-su ciency and this boat is the sum of all the ideas he forged on 

Furuno, B&G, Icom and others. Multiple FLIR cameras assist when his previous Nordhavn.”
monitoring the engine room. The view forward takes in the twin Maxwell Indeed, on Lacey Kay there are back-ups of back-ups for just about 

windlasses and the 4.2 and 5.2 metre tenders wedged on to the bow on either everything, including hydraulics, electrics and electronics – bee ng up the 
side of the Nautical Structures davit. Lacey Kay has two wing stations for kit found on the  rst hull, MacGu n, which was delivered in early 2016. 

close quarters manoeuvring, from where visibility forward, aft and down Two gensets are standard but a smaller third 27.5kW Onan was added to 
to the water is excellent.Lacey Kay for quieter night-time operation. Also added were three fuel 

The interior colour palette is greige with touches of dark brown, transfer pumps, another hydraulic cooling pump, an Alfa Laval fuel 
creating a clean, contemporary and understated look. The interior is the polishing system, three laundry facilities with Miele washer/dryers, and 

work of Scott Cole, who was approached to do Lacey Kay’s styling because additional power sources for the navigation system so that, even if Lacey 
he had designed the owner’s previous Nordhavn 76. “The owner was very Kay were suddenly to go “dead ship”, there would be a way to navigate and 

hands on throughout the project and has a genuine enthusiasm for steer. “Even the black and grey water pumps back each other up,” adds 
design,” says Cole. “He has interests in the metals industry and asked if he Smith. “It’s all about belt and suspenders.”
could incorporate stainless steel inlays in the interior architecture. My If the focus is self-su ciency, then tankage is paramount. Lacey Kay 

answer was ‘absolutely’.”carries 8,500 litres more than the standard 26,500 litres. Few vessels even 
Chromed stainless steel strips were fabricated and plated in the US,  ve or six metres longer can claim to carry that much fuel and therefore 

cut into strips and shipped to Xiamen. The inlays feature throughout have such freedom to roam.
the yacht’s interior, adding an industrial feel to doors and joinery on In the transformation from the 86 design, the hull of the standard 96 

nightstands and dressers.gained two metres and the swim platform one metre (for a total of 2.75 
“No matter the size of a boat, it’s still a boat and not a house and that square metres of teak beach). This allowed for space gains inside including 

makes things like electrical and plumbing  xtures seem out of proportion 1.5 metres in the saloon. Even the two cabin crew quarters grew, creating 
with the environment,” adds Cole, who scoured design houses worldwide more comfortable environs for Lacey Kay’s four South African sta .

before choosing perfectly sized shower  xtures and taps by Italian company The superstructure pro le evolved as well. The pilothouse deck gained 
Gessi and door hardware and handles by UK-based Turnstyle Designs.almost three metres, and the flybridge more than two. Other exterior 
Walnut on doors, lockers and wainscots combines with darker Alpi tweaks included aligning the windows on the main and upper decks, 

wenge in the saloon and dining room, which are o set with cream fabric- extending the hardtop by 1.8 metres and changing the angle of its 
wrapped wall panels. The horizontal grain on the joinery, combined with supports to be more vertical and to match the structures below. Nordhavn’s 

solid wood corners, creates a casual style with practicality – hard cornerssignature Portuguese bridge is still there but it now hides a 470 litre | September 2017

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