Ocean Magazine : 4 November December 2005
ocean | 79 The joinery throughout features fielded walnut, finished to an extremely high standard. Cream carpets and deckheads with neutral upholstery fabrics give the yacht an understated ambiance, complemented by original seascape and landscape paintings from the owner's collection. The entertainment areas are on two levels, with the upper salon opening straight out onto the cockpit, encouraging an easy indoor- outdoor flow. Panoramic views open up all around, both sitting and standing. A distinctive feature of the upper salon is the bar counter, which is made from stone, with fossils estimated at 50-60 million years old. The lower salon is more formal, with a lounge to starboard and dining to port. The heavily raked forward windscreen two levels above creates an atrium effect over this room, with a spectacular view straight up the enormous mast. Owner and guest accommodations are in three aft staterooms. All are generously proportioned, and allow a balanced distribution of space throughout the yacht. The five-strong crew also benefit, and their accommodation and facilities forward are excellent. The owner's stateroom occupies the full beam of the yacht aft, and has its own companionway to the cockpit. The stateroom incorporates a study to starboard, settee to port, plus an en suite bathroom and separate walk-in dressing room. The study is fully integrated into the yacht's communications systems, so that the owner can conduct business, including video conferencing, in private. The guest cabins are on opposite sides of a central passageway that includes a handy refreshment station, where guests can make tea or coffee or help themselves to cold drinks at their leisure. One cabin has a double bed, while the other has two singles and a Pullman berth. Both have ensuite facilities, and all the aft accommodations have climate control and independent entertainment systems. This is design No 320 for Ed Dubois and his associate Malcolm McKeag, and Ed says it "began life when we met the clients in London in March, 2002. Very experienced and knowledgeable boating people, they had also taken a general advisor and project manager, Ken Keefe of San Francisco. "At that first meeting it became clear that they knew precisely what they wanted and, happily for us, decided that a Dubois Naval Architects design, to be built by Alloy Yachts, would fit the bill. "We provide design descriptions, such as this, for boats built by Alloy Yachts of Auckland, quite frequently these days. Normally we say something about the fact that co-operation between us has, over the years, spawned a development process that has been very fruitful. And indeed this is the case. But in this particular instance, we believe that Janice of Wyoming has reached new levels of development, and has gone more than just one click along the evolution process. "This is because of the input of the owners, and Ken Keefe. In all areas -- hull design, interior layout, rig design, layout and interior finish -- a very high level has been achieved, better than ever seen on a yacht of this size."
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