2014 Belize 54 Sedan
The Belize 54 Sedan rewards you with a faultless built quality, a tasty design language and wide range of smart technologies that help it deliver superior sailing performances.
As far as power is concerned, the Belize 54 Sedan comes equipped as standard with two Cummins Zeus QSC 600 Pod Drive engines which deliver a maximum power of 442 KW / 600 Hp.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Belize 54 Sedan features 3 cabins and two bathrooms being able to accommodate up to six passengers.
Inside the yacht rewards you with lots of space, large beds, generous heads and roomy living areas.
Hit the jump for more information on the Belize 54 Sedan.
2014 Belize 54 Sedan
Engine:Cummins Zeus QSC 600 Pod Drive
Horsepower @ RPM:600
If the legendary wooden boats of our past had kept evolving, how might they look today?
Belize could well offer some insights.
We sense they may have stayed with a lower profile than many of today’s offerings. Not just for beauty’s sake, but because the more tall 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.
2014 Belize 54 Sedan Key Features:
The surface below the surface
As you well know, the geometry beneath any planing powerboat is crucial to performance.
Belize was never going to make do with some off-the-shelf version, nor even settle for creating their own in the absence of propulsion data.
First prize, really, is to design in conjunction with the particular drive setup a boat will have.
Because Cummins Zeus pod drives had been agreed upon for the 54, the boat’s running surface was primarily penned on that specific basis. First, by Ocean Yacht Designs, then reviewed by Cummins’s own in-house naval architects.
With all their approvals in hand, the hull was then taken to the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Tasmania, for two rounds of tank testing.
The superstructure shape on the Belize is also somewhat less bluff than traditional predecessors. The coach roof is angled just enough to shed headwinds and shrug off spray, but upright enough to provide good volume in passenger spaces.
Note too the way the roofline swoops down, ever so gradually, almost to mid-cockpit.
Elsewhere, visual cues recall art deco influenced boats of the 20’s and 30’s (when they were referred to as ‘gentlemen’s launches’).
A more gracious time and place
As the cradle of our civilisation, Europe still— quite deservedly— influences our design sensibility. Even so, we tend to take it with a grain of salt.
We try to cherry-pick and adapt ideas to suit different cruising distances, light levels and lifestyles, in many locations.
The Belize designers have struck a keen-eyed balance between European panache and Australian practicality.
Throughout any Belize yacht, fabric panel walls, leather, weatherproof leatherette and passages of woodgrain are used in a contemporary palette to create a warm and inviting ambiance, and to contribute to excellent acoustics.
Below decks, above standard
But it is full-sized beds and roomy staterooms that fill the Belize down below.
Rarely seen on a motoryacht of this style and size, the master stateroom extends the full beam of the boat. Its large queen-size mattress a very cosseting eight inches thick, with storage under its baseboard.
Rising at your command is a 24-inch TV/DVD.
Either side of this cabin space are twin cedar-lined hanging and drawer spaces and, on each side, opening port lights for cross ventilation, backed up by 16,000 BTU’s of air conditioning— split with the ensuite head.
In there, teak floors are satin varnished, with non-slip finish in the large frameless glass shower stall, with elegant Grohe fittings again providing the tapware and shower fittings.
In its elements
Time spent on a luxury machine such as the Belize 54 is as much an outdoors experience — maybe more so — than it is an indoor one.
A lot of attention has been devoted to making the most of that experience.
A huge sunpad sprawls along the centreline of the forward deck, drink holders and music controls right alongside.
Going aft, the swim platform’s centre section raises and lowers hydraulically (its teak decking standard, by the way).
This grants easy access to the transom’s electric ‘garage’ door and space for a three-metre tender and outboard that can be easily loaded by the built-in electric winch.
The sense of any classical or retro references quickly disappear when we examine the technical side of the 54.
There’s nothing at all nostalgic or backward-glancing about resin-infused composite construction, double vinylester outer skin, or watertight, stepped collision bulkhead and independent foam-filled hull compartments. Or a deck both screwed and glued to the hull, with the final seam girded by a full-perimeter 60mm 316 stainless steel rub rail.
About the only backward-looking aspect in the engineering department is the twin aft-facing Cummins Zeus 3000 bronze pod drives, with through-hub underwater exhausts and very advanced lightweight, immensely strong carbon fibre driveshafts to reduce weight and horsepower loss.
Few and far between
As attractive as all these Belize benefits might be, desirability is no substitute for availability.
The reality is, there will be a very finite number of Belize Motoryachts built each year.
Another upside is that it means you are not going to see another Belize in every anchorage or marina you drop into. You will own and command something quite different and unique.
So attaining your ideal might involve a waiting list as much as it might a wish list.
The Belize 54 Sedan. One continuous level of luxury.
The Sedan owner could well be new to boating and just wants it to be as easy and simple as possible. But they could just as easily be a veteran cruiser who has owned Flybridge vessels but no longer wants split-levels and stairs, either in their boat, or their living quarters on terra firma.
Unlike many of today’s leisure vessels that developed as ‘game boats’ and come with bridge decks either fully enclosed or with all-around clears, this boat’s primary purpose is less about chasing lunch as more social pursuits. Not so much about catching fish, as catching up.
|Length Overall (inc. swim platform & bow roller)||16.50 m / 54’ 01"|
|Beam (inc. gunwale)||5.03 m / 16’ 06"|
|Maximum Draft (inc. props)||1.07 m / 3’ 6"|
|Dry Weight (approx., depends on engines & options)||22,500 kg / 49,604 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity||2400 L / 634 US gal|
|Water Capacity||700 L / 184 US gal|
|Holding Tank Capacity||380 L / 100 US gal|
|Sleeping Capacity||6 adults|
|Standard Engine||x 2 - Cummins Zeus QSC 600 Pod Drive 442 kW / 600 hp|
|Range||304 nm @ 21.1 knt|
|Generator Brand||Onan EQD|
|Generator Output||17.5 kva / 60 Hz|