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Winter 2006

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news



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Article by
Angelo Colombo

Photos by
Pamela Jones


Tenacity, the name of the latest vessel from the USA Burger Boat Company, was launched on 2nd June 2005. Active since the late 19th century, the shipyard is constantly involved in superyacht production. In fact Tenacity is Burger's yacht N° 502.


LOA: 35.40 metres
Beam: 7.20 metres
Draft: 1.70 metres
Maximum displacement: 170 T
Fuel tanks: 37.854 litres
Water tanks: 5.300 litres.

For more information about this yacht and the shipyard's current projects, contact Burger Boat Company, 1811 Spring St., Manitowoc, WI 54220, USA; tel. 920 684 1600; fax 920 684 6555; website

Both the marine architecture and design are the work of the yard's internal team which produced the definitive project in conjunction with the owner. Tenacity is a superyacht in which we find elements typical of classical vessels combined with solutions in line with current trends. First of all the position of the pilothouse, built on an intermediate deck between main and upper and running almost the whole width of the superstructure. This permitted the creation of a very spacious environment with a central command bridge in a predominant position. Behind it there is a relaxation area with L- shaped sofa and a table, and of course the chart table, system control panels and windows that give an almost total view of the horizon. The decision to opt for this type of solution - i.e. "raised pilothouse" - allowed the designers to exploit the main deck in a wholly original manner. In fact the vast space from the cockpit access to the amidships area is occupied aft by a large saloon with latest generation multimedia equipment, sofas, armchairs and a card table. Forward there is the dining room and a well concealed daytime bathroom. The really original choice is in the forward area, separated from what we have just described by the raised pilothouse: headroom is thus gained for the owner's cabin beneath, where we also find an unusually sized service area, starting with the galley, where in a single space there are the laundry, the garbage compactor, the pantry, the crew's mess and access to their quarters. Still on the main deck, aft, there is very large cockpit fully sheltered by the prolonging of the superstructure. There is an open air dining area, armchairs and plenty of space to be exploited in accordance with the owner's requirements. Another original solution is found on the upper deck: a full beam bridge with a centrally positioned command station equipped with intermediate controls of all the manoeuvring organs and instruments present on the indoor bridge. Then, aft, there is an open air saloon with sofa and tables opposite a bar with stools and specific accessories. Farther aft there is an actual 'beach' equipped with sun-beds, large size spas and a sofa. The originality lies in the fact that on vessels of this size the tenders are often housed inside a part of the hull, if not actually on deck. Here however the aft area of the upper deck is designed exclusively for this function, with space for two RIB tenders (one of them 5.50 metres) jet skis and any other equipment for relaxation at sea. Still on the subject of activities at sea, Tenacity has a special space for fishing and scuba diving gear, with plenty refill points. Now let's go below and see how Tenacity's owner wanted to interpret the interiors of his yacht. First of all we should say that the style, furnishing materials and coverings were all chosen by his wife and her interior designer, Regina Nelson. At this point we must make the due consideration that the overall classic forms, which may be appreciated from outside, are reflected in all Tenacity's interiors, where everything is in precious wood worked in the classic manner. The result is welcoming and above all warm environments with a pleasant sense of the antique and modern well combined. The lower deck is divided in such a way that the forward portion is entirely given over to the crew. They therefore have plenty of space, two double cabins with bunk beds and a shared bathroom complete with separate shower cabin. The skipper's cabin has a double bed and private bathroom. These rooms are reached from a corridor which on one side leads to the cabins and on the other to the access stairs to the main deck where the service areas are. The owner's suite is immediately forward of the amidships area and runs the entire width of the hull. There's a central king size bed, a dressing table, sofa, multimedia system and two spacious independent bathrooms which share an equally spacious shower cabin. Amidships there is a cabin on the port side with a single bed. Opposite there is a separate bathroom for this cabin and also the stairs to the main deck, all accessible from the central corridor from which you reach the other two cabins aft. One has a queen bed and the other has twin beds. Both cabins have a private bathroom. As we said earlier, the interiors are classic, created with precious wood and furnishing elements that produce a warm atmosphere everywhere. But one of the owner family's requests regarded their grandchildren whom they wished to have aboard without needing to worry too much about the latter hurting themselves. So as well as being precious, pleasing and comfortable the materials and furnishings had to be child- friendly. This is why much of the wood is in solid blocks and there are few sharp corners. As for more strictly technical observations, Tenacity has a semi-displacement hull and, with her two Caterpillar C32 engines, can reach a maximum speed of 21 knots with a cruising speed of 18. She has a long range and is comfortable on all points of sailing, thanks also to Quantum Controls QC 1000x2 w/ARC 3000 stabilisers.