An exciting and new international legacy in luxury motoryachts begun at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast with the unveiling of the limited-edition, semi-custom, Australian designed-and-owned Belize 52.
An elegant and charismatic 52’10” (16.10 metre), 18.5 tonne cruiser, the luxury-positioned Belize, named after the South American nation synonymous with boating, is the brainchild of leading Australian boating experts: Wes Moxey, a highly-respected boat-builder and managing partner, Lee Dillon, one of Australia’s premier luxury boat dealerships, Luxury Design Motoryachts, LDM. “From the very beginning we set out, not to build a boat for ourselves, but a boat for people who know they want something better than what they’ve experience before,” says Belize co-founder, Lee Dillon. “Both Wes, a respected boat builder, and myself have returned to the industry for similar reasons: we share a passion for boats, a passion for quality, integrity and service. Accordingly, we recognised that there was a need for a growing client base – ardent boaters that love tradition and ageless style, but require individuality and bespoke options – to be serviced with an extremely high quality motoryacht dealership. Our value-positioning is second-to-none.”
Targeted at the discerning international boating enthusiast who values timeless character, exclusivity and repeatable quality, Belize Motoryachts are designed and manufactured according to the unofficial luxury industry principles of ‘no shortcuts; no compromises’, offering the highest level of comfort, individuality and performance. The Belize 52 is manufactured by the Australian company Belize Motoryachts in collaboration with ISO-certified Kha Shing, a Taiwanese artisanal-based custom boat-builder who boast over 35 years experience building more than 1300 vessels ranging in size from 45 feet to 185 feet. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with Wes Moxey, Kha Shing adapted to Belize’s complex production techniques, delivering on sublime details, such as introducing gutters under sliding windows to redirect condensation back overboard, via a hidden central plumbing line.
Taking aesthetic detail cues from the luxury automotive industry, as well as timeless timber-based European boats from the art deco-era of the 1920s and 1930s, the Belize 52, with its gradually swooping roofline, taps into the upsurge in affection for original classics, without sacrificing for space. Tantamount to experienced thinking and artful computer-aided design, the sheer of the low-profile Belize 52 remains flat before gently rising to the bow, while still delivering great space in the decks below – generously-sized beds, heads and showers, and a roomy saloon. The substantial teak-capped bulwark delivers secure side access for drier passagemaking and ease of docking. Designed specifically with the Cummins Zeus Pod drive system in mind, the boat’s warped-plane hull features scooped pod tunnels and a scooped arc/turned-down chine in the bow, meaning it can cruise in a smooth and stately fashion.
The Belize 52’s exterior and svelte interiors have been designed and luxuriously appointed by in-house lead designer, Stephen Ford, ex-Sunseeker and Riviera, and Belize’s external consulting partner Giorgia Drudi, a former Ferretti Yachts interior designer. Working under the direction of Wes, the pair opted for an ultra-modern, functional-plus interior that evokes the spirit of classical boating traditions. Contemporary fabric panel walls, satin varnishes, leather, weatherproof leatherettes and accents of woodgrain provide warm and intimate ambience; two-pack soft touch finishes accent and protect key surfaces in the galley on door panels and other joinery interludes.
As one would expect of a luxury cruiser of this caliber, the spacious galley features all the mod-cons (Miele induction cooktop, combination oven/microwave, Grohe tapware and AC/DC Vitrifigo refrigeration and freezer system), coupled with an L-shaped seating area that doubles as lounge and dinette. Elsewhere, the air-conditioned helm itself is attractive and highly detailed, giving off a luxury automotive sense and feel. Details include hand-stitched leather edging and a soft, a high-quality leather hood, Treben Electric Italian leather helm chair, backlit stainless steel switches and a steering wheel with adjustable tilt and a two-pack paint soft touch finish. Cognisant of the continuing influence families have in the purchase – and enjoyment – of a boat, the Belize helm was designed with space for a partner to sit side-by-side, or even lounge, next to the owner/skipper.
Pursuing a goal of first-class accommodation, the Belize 52’s three staterooms (master and VIP stateroom, with upper- and lower-berth third guest suite) are roomy and luxury hotel standard, fitted-out opulently with plush carpeting, extensive storage, eight-inch innerspring mattresses, 24-inch TV/DVDs and air-conditioning. The master stateroom alone, replete with teak floor ensuite head and cedar-lined wardrobes, extends the full beam of the boat. On deck a huge sunpad sprawls along the centerline of the forward deck, offering above-board relaxation. Says Belize co-founder, Wes Moxey: “For us it’s not about building an Australian boat. It’s about building a niche, global product that is a fit to all markets and sensibilities. Both Lee and I like traditionally-styled boats and we certainly don’t like the philosophy of ‘glitz today and gone tomorrow’. So, we’ve tried hard to ensure the Belize 52 is timeless and ageless, but at the same time bringing the past into the future.”
Performance-orientated, twin 600hp Cummins QSC 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engines deliver impressive performance and fuel economy. The Belize 52 has a top speed of around 30 knots, cruise speed of 25 knots and a cruise range of 400nm at 22 knots with a safe 10% fuel reserve. Tank tested by the Tasmania-based Australian Maritime College, it’s an outstanding motoryacht: a flawlessly designed, styled and engineered sea-running boat. Limited in production due to its semi-custom status, Belize plans to manufacture only nine boats in their first year, with a maximum of 30 per year by 2015. Two vessel variations are on immediate offer: the Belize 52 Hardtop, a single-level, weather-proof, sports yacht-style make, ideal for entertaining and social pursuits (one continuous level of luxury); the Belize 52 Flybridge is the ‘wind-in-the-hair’, split-level sibling variation, with second upper helm station, elegant curved deep-tread staircase, hi-lo table and L-shaped lounge.
Customers of the Belize 52 are encouraged to work with Wes and the team on bespoke options. In keeping with Belize’s emphasis on repeatable quality, made-to-measure options range from the motoryacht’s layout (number of cabins and cabin sizes), to timber choices (Walnut, American oak or teak), colours and elements.
Preliminary Specifications: Belize Motoryacht 52 Hardtop
(inc. swim platform & bow sprit)52’10″16.10 m
Maximum Draft3’6″1.07 m
Dry Weight40,785 lbs18,500 kg
Sleeping Capacity3 cabins
*Water Capacity184 US gallons700 litres
*Fuel Capacity634 US gallons2400 litres
Holding Tank Capacity100 US gallons380 litres
Standard Engines x2
Cummins QSC 600 Zeus® Pod drive600 hp442 kw
Generator Onan EQD 17.5 kw
Belize owner views at the ILBC www.worldsportsboats.ning.com