Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A "Yacht" of Fun in the Sun

Here's your first look at Sun Chaser, a 142-footer delivered by Richmond Yachts a few months ago. True to her name, she's been heading for horizons all over the place: Cabo San Lucas in Mexico (where Neil Rabinowitz photographed her for us), the famed Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and the States' own megayacht mecca, Fort Lauderdale. And that's just since January.

With exterior styling by Ward Setzer, and in com-
pliance with both ABS class and the MCA Code, Sun Chaser has been chased after, too—in a good way. In fact, we're told that during her stay at Atlantis, in one day alone three people inquired about which yard had built her and wanted further details about the British Columbia-based Richmond, which has delivered three yachts to date and has two more under construction.

As for this 142-
footer, she features six staterooms, including a bridge-deck VIP. The master is on the main deck and two feet longer than the same stateroom aboard Richmond's 138-footers. Neither Sun Chaser's owner, a businessman from Arizona, nor his guests need to venture to their staterooms to freshen up if they're enjoying the Jacuzzi or the half-moon shape bar on the flying bridge (which Richmond aptly also calls a spa deck), as there's a day head up here. And the crewmember serving drinks need not trek all over the deck, either, as the bar is conveniently nestled between the Jacuzzi and a handful of stools.

Expect Sun Chaser to keep fulfilling her name—and to be one of the stars in our upcoming 2008 Megayachts of the Year calendar. As for Richmond, expect to see another 142 splash this August. We'll have a story on that yacht in the pages of Power & Motoryacht.

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