Belize boating

Belize is the best in boating, too

I love Belize, and I love boats, so when I heard that a new luxury motor yacht named the Belize 52 was about to be launched in Sydney, Australia, this month, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

To my joy, the boat’s as beautiful and unique as the Jewel it’s named after.

Described as, “an elegant 16.1-metre cruiser that apparently draws its aesthetic inspiration from the European timber vessels of the art deco era,” it’s already causing a stir in Australian yachting circles, with three having already been sold to private buyers on the Gold Coast and Sydney, and another reportedly on order by those savvy salts at the Boating Syndicate of Australia.

And no wonder – this is a nautical knockout with plenty of beautiful timber work and a state-of-the-art propulsion system designed around twin Cummins 600 Zeus pod drives.

Yep, just like the country it’s named after, this little beaut represents tradition embracing high tech on its own terms.

And, like uncrowded Belize, the yacht is a bit of an exclusive experience, with just nine boats being produced over the next 12 months.

It also appeals for those who appreciate stunning beauty and aren’t afraid to stray off the beaten track in search of quality adventure.

Power Boat World says, “It also looks to be a very, very interesting boat with an impeccable pedigree.”

Substitute boat for country, and you could be describing Belize the nation as well.

However, you need more than US$1 million to get inside a Belize 52. Experiencing the real thing is quite a bit cheaper and, even for this committed sailor, even more rewarding.

Given the initial success of the Belize 52, we’ll stay on the lookout for more. The Caye Caulker Cruiser? San Pedro Schooner?  Glovers Reef Runabout? Placencia Put-Put? Maybe even a Blue Hole Houseboat, perfect for a retiring Cousteau.

Stay tuned…

Photo credits: Belize Yachts

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