Following a successful launch from the Paragon Motor Yachts’ yard in Taiwan, the 100-foot Bahama SkyMaster will make her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. The Quietest Yacht in its Class!
Built upon Paragon’s proven hull platform that consistently yields excellent seakeeping, the SkyMaster incorporates the latest in advanced construction techniques and vibration attenuation technology, which is a cornerstone of the Paragon philosophy. Whisper quiet and virtually vibration-free, this latest addition to the Paragon line is designed and engineered throughout to provide its owners and guests with the quietest, most comfortable cruising experience of any yacht in its class.
The SkyMaster features submarine-class propellers driven by Seatorque shafts that are powered by MAN engines through a ZF gearbox. This configuration ensures that the entire drive train is isolated from the hull structure while the engine room itself has been designed to eliminate any transfer of vibration through the bulkheads or ceiling. This yields decibel levels that are about that of normal conversation at cruising speeds.
The SkyMaster is so named for its “Bahamas House” – a voluminous superstructure featuring vertical windows that enhance the plentiful interior space while at the same time diminishing heat and A/C load.
Within an interior designed by Marty Lowe, the SkyMaster comfortably accommodates eight guests in three king staterooms, a fourth queen-size stateroom and an additional bunk, and includes accommodations for a captain and three crew members, all easily serviced by three full sets of laundry machines. Her private king-size master stateroom is situated aft on the mezzanine deck to take advantage of panoramic views. Other unique interior features include a panoramic dining lounge, an innovative wheelhouse with three electric berthable helm chairs, and a spacious flybridge.
The SkyMaster also features Paragon’s “Bahamas Cockpit” design – a large tiered mezzanine and cockpit area aft of the main salon intended as a grand entertainment platform. The covered upper mezzanine includes a relaxing seating area with plenty of storage while the lower cockpit features all of the amenities wanted at hand while enjoying Bahamian waters, including a Viking gas barbecue, wet bar, commercial-grade ice chipper and built-in cooler.
Designed specifically to tow a large center console, the SkyMaster features integrated tow line stowage on the interior port and starboard sides of the cockpit. Another unique feature is the dedicated, USCG-compliant and RINA-certified, 300-gallon gasoline tank and pump designated for fueling the center console and/or tender on extended excursions.
“Every experienced Captain knows that the greatest causes of journey fatigue are vibration and noise,” says company founder and president Scott Robinson. “From the initial concept of the SkyMaster, we have set out to design the most comfortable cruising yacht in its class. We believe that the 100-foot Bahamas SkyMaster breaks the sound barrier for yachts in its class."
The first SkyMaster was recently launched at Paragon’s Kaohsiung, Taiwan-based shipyard, American Pacific Boatworks, and will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, 2014.
ABOUT AMERICAN PACIFIC BOATWORKS
Scott Robinson, the founder of American Pacific Boatworks and its parent company, Paragon Motor Yachts, has a longstanding relationship with and understanding of boatbuilding in Taiwan. Over the last 12 years he cultivated personal, lasting relationships with an elite group of local craftsman and suppliers while assembling a full-time team of experienced American personnel who oversee each build and the day-to-day operations. Today, American Pacific Boatworks is the only wholly American-owned and operated boat builder in Taiwan – the 6th largest yacht building nation in the world.
Based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, American Pacific Boatworks builds to meet or exceed ABYC and ABS standards, and can also accommodate RINA and MCA requirements. As the first and only builder in the country to implement carbon fiber into major structures, the state-of-the-art yard includes a dedicated in-house carbon fiber laminating shop and continues to explore and develop expanded uses for carbon fiber and new materials that will carry the company’s exacting standards into the next generation of Paragon Motor Yachts.