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Spring 2006

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This new 88' flying bridge proposed by the Gulf Craft shipyard, stems from a need to fill a gap in the range between 75, 118 and 130' models, to replace the previous 86, now reached retirement stage. As with all the boats produced by this shipyard, the 88' is also a yacht with a characteristic design, soft lines and well researched furnishings, where prestigious materials like wood and marble come together to create welcoming surroundings. The two distinctly separate quarters under the deck, are worth pointing out, one of them being at extreme stern and set aside for the exclusive use of the crew. Here we can find a dining area, two single cabins and two bathrooms. From the mainsail area towards bow, on the other hand, extends the owner's quarters and those of his guests. The owner has a full beam suite at the centre of the boat, with a central double bed, a roomy wardrobe and a large bathroom with separate shower. There are another three cabins for the guests with three bathrooms, two with separate twin beds and a Vip room at bow with a double bed. On deck we can find the communal living areas like the lounge with a multimedia system complete with hi-fi stereo similar to the one in each cabin, the dining area, kitchen, bathroom and wheelhouse. The latter has been created in a separate area, done out with different fittings in order to emphasis the technical purpose of this area, and also offers a dining area with "C" shaped sofa and table. Outside one can relax on a linear sofa in the cockpit, or on the one placed at bow, from where one can also enjoy the sailing in a well protected area. For those who love sunbathing, on the other hand, there is a built-in cushioned are on the superstructure's prow extension and an area specifically set aside on the flying bridge, combined with a circular Jacuzzi and semi-circular dinette with a corner bar. Still on this bridge, there is also a second wheelhouse, centrally positioned at bow, and the platform for the two on board tenders, a rib and jet ski, created on the stern extension of the fly.

For further information: Gulf Craft Inc.; P.O. Box 666 Ajman; UAE; tel. +971 6 7406060; fax +971 6 7406062; web site; e mail

Length over all: 26.83m
Beam: 6.40m
Maximum draught: 1.20m
Fuel tank capacity: 11,340 litres
Water tank capacity: 2,660 litres
Engine: 2x1.550 HP CAT C30; 2x1.825 HP CAT C32; 2x2.000 HP MTU 16V 2000 TE91
Classification: Rina 100-A1.1 "Y".