Mark Rothfield: Belize 66 goes bigger, better and bespoke

BESPOKE COMFORT: The NEW Belize 66 Daybridge with optional hardtop.
BESPOKE COMFORT: The NEW Belize 66 Daybridge with optional hardtop.

IF you thought Belize was simply an after-thought after Riviera Marine coaxed CEO Wes Moxey out of retirement, you thought wrong after all. The release of a new Belize 66 shows the marque is anything but dead in the water.

The new model again evokes the style of a bygone era of yachting, of hand-crafted interiors and individuality.

The original Belize 54 attracted owners who knew exactly what they wanted. As the co-founder, Moxey says: “The marque was born of the desire to work with clients to create a distinctive yacht with the highest quality craftsmanship.”

The Belize 66 is the same, only better. It apparently offers an unmatched level of bespoke customisation with more space, comfort and luxury. There’s a choice of three or four cabins and a large aft utility room that can serve as crew quarters.

Moxey said he and designer Stephen Ford worked for two years on concepts.

“We’ve been able to include more of everything a client could want in the 66,” he adds. “Many of the design elements have been drawn from our owners who now want something larger and more comprehensive.”

Power for the 66 comes from the Volvo Penta IPS 30 pod drive system, delivering outstanding performance, quiet ride and industry-leading fuel efficiency. It includes joystick control.

Buyers can select a single-level lifestyle sedan or a daybridge with classic canvas bimini top or fibreglass hardtop. The latter includes a retractable awning sunroof.

The garage beneath the cockpit holds a Brig or Palm Beach tender. You then step up through the transom gates to the teak-laid cockpit, featuring a dinette and lounge. Owners choose where to place the barbecue.

A hatch is hidden under the cockpit lounge, lifting to reveal a space forward of the full height engineroom that can be configured for crew quarters, storage for water toys or a workshop.

Stepping inside to the saloon, there’s a large U-shape galley with stone benchtop to starboard, and fridges, freezers and a pantry opposite. One step up from the galley is the dinette with a free-standing lounge or armchair opposite.

The lower helm area will again reflect the owner's boating lifestyle. In the daybridge, those who prefer alfresco cruising will probably select the minimalist helm layout with single-seat helm. For cool climates, a more expansive helm is offered featuring a central leather helm chair facing a sports wheel and expansive dashboard.

The four-cabin configuration includes a guest stateroom forward with twin wardrobes and en-suite, bunk cabin to starboard and twin cabin to port. The beds in this cabin can slide together to create a double bed.

The twin and bunk cabins share a bathroom, and a clothes washer and dryer are in a companionway cabinet forward of the bunk cabin. 

The master stateroom amidships includes a bathroom on the starboard side and large twin wardrobes.

The three-cabin option provides for a ‘Grand Presidential’ suite in true Trump style with full-beam master stateroom and a bathroom in the starboard fore quarter that offers not simply twin vanities but a bidet option.

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