Not the yacht owned by Johnny Depp

But Johnny Depp would probably like it

If like Johnny Depp, you share a similar eye for beauty when it comes to yachts (not pirate ships), here’s one that might appeal, the 160-foot Clarity, built by Bilgin that launched in April 2015 and debuted at the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“Whenever people see a classic boat, they always assume it’s Johnny Depp’s,” said Bobby Ball, who served as owner’s engineer for Clarity’s refit (Depp’s yacht, Vajoliroja, renamed Amphitrite, by the way, was just purchased by JK Rowling).

Classic Gentlemen’s Motor Yacht

Some yacht owners, like Clarity’s, are enamored by classic gentlemen’s motor yachts of the 1930s. In addition to Amphitrite, for example, a couple others capture attention, Ball said. “Sycara IV is for sale.” The 151-foot yacht was built by Burger in 2009. And while Clarity was not based on any specific classic yacht, Nero was a point of inspiration, though Nero, built by Corsair Yachts in 2008 is 295 feet and Clarity’s owner was looking for something smaller.

Clarity’s owner, “a British gentleman who lives in the Bahamas, went to Istanbul in 2014 looking to build a boat,” Ball explained. “He wanted something different; he was tired of big white-triangle-shaped boats, that when you pull in to the marina, there are four more tied up just like it.”

Originally, though, the owner had in mind a more modern boat, but when he saw Clarity, which was already 60-percent completed at the time, he just fell in love with it, Ball said.

After buying it, the owner did make quite a few improvements, which is when Ball got involved, fine-tuning lines, and changing configurations.

“Part of my inspiration came from the experience I have working on boats. I wanted functional, but at the same time, I tried to make it look good,” Ball said.

For the first couple of months on the job, Ball went backwards, undoing some of the work already completed.

“The original crew quarters was in the bow, forward of the superstructure and master stateroom. We moved the crew aft on the lower deck.

“We cut the superstructure on the main deck, extending it two meters. When we did that, the master stateroom could absorb the crew area, which became the master head.

That translates to a split-plan master stateroom, with the bedroom and office on the main deck, and the bathroom on the lower deck. Also on the main deck are the salon and galley.

This new configuration allowed for two new entrances to the crew area: one from the galley and the other from the guest corridor. Originally the only access to the crew quarters was through a foredeck hatch.

On the upper deck is the pilothouse, captain’s cabin, and an upper salon with double doors that completely open to the aft deck where there is a bar, lounge area and day head.

On the lower deck, in addition to crew quarters, are three guest staterooms and a full-beam VIP stateroom. As such, the yacht can take ten passengers in five cabins, and there are crew quarters for eight.

“The yacht had really beautiful lines, but I was shooting to have great spaces to entertain. In addition to the bar on the upper salon deck, we opened that salon up. Also, we wanted a lot of great observation areas, so forward, there’s a seating area, and keeping the side profile looking nice, we kept low seating up there with sun beds, but we made sure it was still a full walk-around so people would be comfortable. To enjoy the view”

Interior decoration, fabrics and furniture designs was done by Christine Coffey of Coffey Park Design, Portsmouth R.I., and Bilgin manufactured the cabinetry and most of the furniture,” Ball said. “You’ll see a lot of dark satin mahogany woodwork and there’s zero gold on this boat. It’s all polished chrome and stainless steel. We wanted bright and shiny, and even though it appears to be an old boat, we wanted crisp rather than gold which we felt aged the boat.”

They also used beautiful local marbles. For example, “the forward salon wall by the dining table is back-lit agate and looks like sliced geodes, and we tied that in with the bar top on the bridge deck,” Ball said.

Mechanically, Clarity has two 700 hp C18 Caterpillars, a low fuel burn of 25 gallons an hour, and a full-displacement hull with a bulbous bow. The yacht cruises at 10 knots with top speed of 14 knots.

It has two Koehler 50 KW three-phase generators, an 1,800-gallon-per-day water maker, Echomar type 2 waste treatment system and silver ion water sterilization system, and hydro-marine hydraulic systems for the wenches. Interior galley equipment is all stainless-steel by Seamans.

Clarity is the second yacht in Bilgin’s Classic 160 series, featuring a stylized funnel, mast and bowsprit. The first, M&M (renamed Timeless) was launched in 2012. Clarity’s owner enjoyed the building process and wants to build another, possibly a little larger yacht. Clarity is offered for sale, $17.9 million through International Yacht Collection. Call Katya Jaimes at 646-369-4562.

Click here for the shorter version at the Palm Beach Daily News

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