The Newcastle 125' Expeditionary Yacht is the second vessel
built at the Palm Coast
facility. Ruggedly built with a Steel
Hull/Aluminum Superstructure, and powered by twin Caterpillar Diesels, this
vessel has (4) large Guest Staterooms below with a Master Suite on the Main Deck
as well as spacious accommodations for up to (8) crew. The massive Flybridge
deck boasts a Hot Tub/Sun Pad area, Dayhead, large bar with stainless steel gas
grill and built in Settee/Dining for (14).
Following is the text from the press release on this vessel:
Expedition Yacht by DeJong & Lebet, Inc.
Newcastle Marine in Palm Coast, Florida has teamed up
with the Naval Architectural Firm of DeJong
& Lebet, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida and Designer Luiz De Basto for
the construction, design, and outfitting of a new 125’-8” Expedition Yacht.
The yard recently completed a 103’ Expedition Yacht.
Lebet, Inc. has developed a reputation for designing sea-kindly vessels over
the past thirty-three years. While
mostly passenger vessels, they also include SWATHs, catamarans, and mono-hulls.
The 125’ Yacht’s steel hull incorporates many of the
design features that has made the thirty-plus year old firm known for the
superior sea-keeping qualities of their designs.
Features such as special skegs, bilge keels, special hull
forms, stabilization tanks, etc. have often resulted in significantly increasing
the comfort levels while underway, as well as at anchor.
The double chine, steel hull is less expensive to
construct than a molded hull, and is also more efficient speed-wise than a
molded hull, especially in a seaway. Also,
the area between the chines lends itself ideally for appendages such as bilge
keels and active stabilizers.
The vessel will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3406
E engines, delivering 600 HP @ 1800
RPM for service speed of 12-13 knots. A
flex coupling connects the engines to the Reintjes model WAF 344, 4.053:1
reverse reduction gear, which is fitted with a PTO to drive the hydraulics for
the capstans and stabilizers. Isolation
between hull and propulsion equipment, as well as gears from shafts and main
engines, is furnished by Soundown.
Electrical power is supplied by two 80kW Northern Lights
generator sets, which will run in parallel, auto start, auto parallel, and load
The vessel’s accommodations are as follows:
(3) Crew Staterooms with showers
(4) Guest Staterooms with showers
Walk-in Freezer and Refrigerator
Crew’s Mess and Galley
Toy Storage with Crane
Master Suite with full bath
Dining Room (10 persons)
Lounge with full bar
Lounge with bar
Outside Dining with bar
Open Lounge and full bar
Tank capacities are as follows:
Dirty Lube Oil:
Clean Lube Oil:
Ground tackle consists of two
600-lb. anchors with 600’ of 1/2” anchor chain each.
Individual electric anchor windlass/vertical capstans will handle the
anchors and facilitate line handling. A
pair of 24-volt capstans will be located on the Main Deck aft.
General arrangements, styling,
and interior design services are by Luiz De Basto Designs of Miami, Florida.
The superstructure is made of
aluminum for Stability and maintenance purposes.
Exterior decks on the swim
platform, Main Deck aft, and Second Deck aft, are covered with teak.
Both the hull and superstructure exteriors will be faired.
The combined talents of
and DeJong & Lebet, Inc. will result in a stylish go-anywhere
In March of 2009, m/v LOTUS was
refurbished at Thunderbolt
Marine in Georgia. Following are some photos of her being relaunched.