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This semi-custom 66-footer looks set to redefine luxury with a choice of sedan or daybridge vessels.
Luxury marque Belize will launch its largest vessel to date at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, unveiling the Belize 66.
The luxury arm of local boatbuilder Riviera made its mark with the popular Belize 54 which can now be found from the coral reefs of Queensland to New England in the US.
But the latest semi-custom 66 seeks to surpass its smaller sister with new levels of space, comfort and extravagance.
Model options include a choice of single-level sedan or daybridge vessel with a classic bimini or a molded hardtop with retractable sunroof.
Belowdecks, the 20.7m 66 offers either three or four cabins, with a modular space between the master stateroom and engine room that can be customised to suit a range of purposes.
Much like its 54-foot predecessor, this new vessel speaks of luxury and Aussie practicality at every level.
The teak-laid swim platform is partially submersible to aid launching your RIB from within its tender garage in the stern and this space is large enough to swallow up a Brig 330 or similar
In the aft cockpit, owners find a dinette and L-shaped lounge set across from the two-plate barbecue with drawer fridge and ice maker, although daybridge owners can choose to move this barbecue to the flybridge if desired.
At anchor, sun-worshippers will be drawn to the forward sundeck with its massive sunken lounge and dinette table that can be lowered to create a luxurious day bed.
This space also includes an insulated cold locker for drinks and the entire lounge area can be sheltered from the elements under a canvas bimini.
Those who go for the daybridge model will find two companion chairs alongside the upper helm, together with a viewing lounge and aft lounge with timber dinette, while Sun lounges occupy the aft section of the daybridge.
Travelling through the large galley with its induction cooktop and stone benches brings you to the saloon area with dinette on starboard and a widescreen TV set into the back of the helm chairs.
A watertight pantograph door on starboard provides easy access to the port deck for the skipper and will also make short-handing this 20.7m vessel easier, as will the through-hull doors set into the cockpit deck.
On the accommodation level, a wealth of options await lucky owners keen to personalise their Belize yacht, based around either three or four cabins, with a choice of crew quarters aft.
The four-cabin ‘Classic’ layout includes a master suite amidships with an ensuite on starboard side, while a larger bathroom can be included, plus office,
in lieu of a fourth bunk cabin if desired.
The three-cabin ‘Grand Presidential’ option provides a full-beam master stateroom amidships with a luxe ensuite that offers not just twin vanities, but a bidet as well.
Aft of the master stateroom, owners can select a wide range of fitouts including utility room for dive gear and watersports toys, workshop or even a crew cabin
Power for the new Belize 66 comes courtesy of Volvo Pentas IPS3s, delivering 1350hp of outstanding performance (each), plus whisper-quiet ride and terrific fuel efficiency.
These are further linked with Volvo's Station Hold function and joystick control for fingertip manoeuvrability.
BELIZE 66 SEDAN
LENGTH: 20.7m (67ft)
ENGINES: 2x Volvo Penta IPS3 1350