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2017 Belize 54 Daybridge

2017 Belize 54 Daybridge

All you could want, with something extra on top.

If the legendary wooden boats of Belize past had kept evolving, how might they look today?

Belize could well offer some insights.

Belize sense they may have stayed with a lower profile than many of today’s offerings. Not just for beauty’s sake, but because of the taller and top-heavy a boat, the more ungainly and susceptible to windage.

The trick is to have a sweet sheerline and profile without it stealing room below decks. On the Belize, the sheer remains fairly flat until gently rising toward the bow.

But in this case, even good looks can be deceiving; the Belize actually delivers greater space— in the sizing of beds, heads, showers, in fact, all living areas— than similar-sized production counterparts.

It’s a testimony to very experienced thinking, artful computer-aided design and stronger, less bulky miracle materials. But there are more differences: Unusually for a motoryacht today, the Belize sheer is really the top edge of a substantial and shippy bulwark— instead of a token toerail— for more secure side access and drier passagemaking.

This bulwark is in turn capped with a shaped teak rail (left natural, but available with four coats of gloss, if desired).

Set atop the caprail is a beautifully electro-polished array of stainless stanchions (32mm rather than 25mm) carrying two horizontal rails that wrap right around the boat, to almost halfway along the cockpit.

The top rail isn’t the usual 25 or 30mm pipe, but a 60mm X 40mm elliptical shape that, as the hand falls upon it, feels as substantial as the reassuring traditional teak handrail of days gone by — without the vulnerability and maintenance.

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2018 Belize 66 Daybridge

2018 Belize 66 Daybridge

A totally new tradition reaches a higher level.

Luxury marque Belize has commenced the build of the latest in its line of classically-styled motor yachts, the Belize 66.

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 passionate 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 and Belize worldwide dealership and services network.

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