Northland is unique in combining go-anywhere capability with a fully functional fishing cockpit aft. De Basto Designs worked not only on the exterior but also created the ‘modern comfortable’ interior design and style of this one-of-a-kind, 31.4m pocket explorer yacht.
Designed and built for an owner who is passionate about sportfishing, the brief for Northland centred around creating a yacht that was both a sportfish and a true explorer vessel. The latter is evident not only in her functional and seaworthy design, but also in her 4,000-mile range. The former is realised in a perfectly formed full fishing cockpit aft in place of the traditional yacht swimming platform and stern garage – De Basto’s design moved the tenders forward to the foredeck where they are protected by the high, seaworthy bow.
The fishing cockpit offers every amenity a sport- or big game fisher might need, including outriggers, fish boxes, bait wells and a fighting chair. Despite the repurposing of this area of the yacht, exterior space is still prevalent thanks to a large flybridge which incorporates a bar, alfresco dining area, spa pool and sun pads.
For the interior, De Basto’s interpretation ‘modern comfortable’ is reflected both in the choice of design and of décor. A flexible layout includes multi-functional spaces such as a main deck forward library that converts to a cinema, while the master suite is located on the same level as the pilothouse to leave the main deck free as a shared guest space. Four guest cabins on the lower deck complete the guest accommodation. De Basto also paid considerable attention to the development of crew routes throughout the vessel, ensuring a high degree of separation without impacting on the efficiency of flow for crew through the guest areas.