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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:

Press Release

New 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.

 DeJong & 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 share.

 The vessel’s accommodations are as follows:  

Below Deck:                            (3) Crew Staterooms with showers

                                                (4) Guest Staterooms with showers

                                                     Walk-in Freezer and Refrigerator

Main Deck:                                    Crew’s Mess and Galley

                                                      Toy Storage with Crane

                                                      Master Suite with full bath


                                                      Dining Room (10 persons)

                                                       Lounge with full bar          

Second Deck:                                 Pilothouse

                                                       Navigation Station

                                                       Captain’s Stateroom

                                                        Lounge with bar

                                                       Outside Dining with bar

Sun Deck:                                        Open Lounge and full bar



Tank capacities are as follows:


Fuel Oil:                                                                   11,900 gallons

Potable Water:                                                           4,900 gallons

Grey Water :                                                               1,770 gallons

Black Water:                                                              1,770 gallons

Dirty Lube Oil:                                                              200 gallons

Clean Lube Oil:                                                             200 gallons


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 Luiz De Basto and DeJong & Lebet, Inc. will result in a stylish go-anywhere trawler yacht.






In March of 2009, m/v LOTUS was refurbished at Thunderbolt Marine in Georgia. Following are some photos of her being relaunched.

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       This page last edited on  07/09/2010