|Formerly known as No Le Hace, this 70' Delta was one of only five long-range yachts built at this size. In September 1999, PRINCESS MARY came home to Delta’s Refit & Repair facility for a complete refit. Full story.|
Designed as a single diesel, screw expedition style motor yacht, Princess Mary has a pronounced raked bow, soft chine, bulbous bow and full keel. She also has a solid glass laminate hull, a Delta trademark, supporting cored decks and superstructure.
The yacht was structurally sound and no obvious external changes were
to be made. It’s what happened behind the scene that is revealing.
All the changes expended on Princess Mary have made for an increasingly
comfortable and purposeful yacht. For example, for enhanced stability
and performance at sea, plus ease of handling, an American 55hp stern
thruster was added. More importantly, the stabilizers were upgraded from
9 sq. feet to 16 sq. feet, almost double in size.
Her deep, wide layout revealed a practical arrangement that suited her new Owners. However, the interior, in keeping with her updated exterior, needed revising. Robin Trucksess of MuccifTrucksess Design was hired to create a fresh appearance without being ostentatious. Working with Delta's carpenters, she reformatted the interior spaces with soft furnishings such as wall fabrics, "whisper wall" ceilings, leathers, new hardware, lights and window materials.
An important aspect of the refit was to make guests feel as much at home as possible. Plenty of cedar-lined closets and lockers were assembled for personal effects, books and videos, and each room was modified to accept a modern entertainment system with satellite TV.
Aft lies the engine room. The key here is simplicity. Not only is the voluminous room easy to maneuver in, but there is a remarkable absence of switches and instrumentation. All equipment has been computerized, something not seen even on many larger yachts. From a flat screen navigational display to the electronic engine, to the custom "3rd Watch" alarm system, measuring virtually every perimeter of Princess Mary, mechanical and otherwise; the role of the hands-on Owner has become almost effortless here.
But Princess Mary was primarily acquired because of her owners' passion for fishing. She is ideal for the Pacific Northwest with its deep waters and often-difficult seas. Therefore, extensive fishing paraphernalia was installed. She already had a giant fish hold, but supplementary to that is a pot hauler for crabbing and shrimping, a built-in tackle center complete with rod lockers, and a 300 gallon fixed bait tank. Up on the boat deck, prominently situated, is a massive release tuna fighting chair, plus diving equipment and compressor, two pomparette outriggers, custom made freezers, and two rigid tenders (19' and 15'), excellent for serious fishing. (A 3400lbs Marquip crane suitable for lifting them was mounted centerline.)
Everything possible for extra comfort and safety at sea while underway was included in this extensive refit.