Speak about designing twin passions for outside and health into your yacht. Latitude’s latest two-year refit is nothing in need of a rebirth for this former long-range provide vessel. That includes extra deck house than yachts twice her measurement, and one of many solely yachts on the earth to have a devoted two-tier yoga deck, the 179-footer is now cruising Tahiti and the South Pacific.
In-built 1973 by German shipyard Hitzler Schiffswerft as an ice-class provide boat, Latitude was transformed into an explorer yacht in 2003, designed for longer journeys with a spread of as much as 10,000 miles. When the present proprietor purchased Latitude in Colombia in 2018, it marked the beginning of a brand new chapter in each their lives.
“Earlier than buying Latitude, the proprietor got here onboard and spoke with each crew member, simply to ensure the ship had a ‘soul,’” Captain Samuel Alquilos informed Robb Report. “He believed that having the correct crew was key to offering one of the best onboard expertise.”
Having beforehand chartered yachts, but in addition leaning on his expertise from years spent in container delivery, the proprietor’s imaginative and prescient for Latitude was clear. “He wished to provide his household and friends a style of a basic bygone period with personalised, distinctive experiences within the South Pacific,” says Alquilos.
The refit gave life to this dream, in addition to facilitating the proprietor’s private love of jet-skiing, wakeboarding and fishing. “The deck house is ideal for housing a number of tenders and accessing water toys, whereas the addition of a swim platform caters for household swimming,” says Alquilos, who understands the operational wants of the yacht very nicely, since he joined Latitude’s crew in 2004.
Alquilos managed the 24-month refit and re-designed the mast, yoga deck (with room for eight practitioners) and modernized the flybridge navigational gear. A heli/tender deck additionally fits aerobics courses, which may then be adopted by a visit to the primary deck sauna.
An entire redesign and refit of the inside had been additionally very important components to Latitude’s transformation, important in delivering the extent of consolation that the proprietor wished to attain. The polished wooden framing and flooring on the bridge was restored to its unique grandeur. The “Nice Room” on the foredeck is the place breakfast is served. However it’s the pool deck seating that has turn into the hub of the yacht, the place household and pals collect for meals and drinks whereas youngsters play within the giant aft deck pool.
“The work undertaken within the bar and lounge space had been key options for the proprietor,” says Alquilos. “He’s action-sport oriented, so spending the day on the water along with his children, earlier than enjoyable in consolation by the bar with family and friends, had been vital necessities.”
Now based mostly in Tahiti, Latitude is ready up for constitution with Burgess round French Polynesia and the South Pacific. “I feel the distant atolls of Tahiti are winners for most individuals,” says Alquilos. “They supply privateness and make friends really feel like they’ve their very own island.” Alquilos cites open-sea shark diving in Fiji as a prime various.
“Earlier than the refit, Latitude was best for fishing journeys and having fun with laid again journey on the ocean,” says Alquilos. “The addition of the yoga deck, the central staircase and the swimming platform have completely modified the appear and feel of the boat. Every little thing is extra person pleasant, with a pleasant stream.”