Delta announced the delivery of their newest 66-meter yacht, Invictus. Latin for “unconquerable,” Invictus is homage to the indomitable spirit at the heart of the 19th century poem by William Ernest Hemley.
According to Delta, the yacht is strikingly beautiful, flawlessly conceived and profoundly powerful. The company said Invictus is a tribute to the courage and strength portrayed in the namesake poem’s final stanza, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
At over 1,900 gross ITC and with a 43’ beam, Invictus is a masterwork in design balance, cutting a supremely graceful silhouette of elegant lines, sculptural shapes and accelerating curves, the builder said. Thanks to her remarkable beam and expansive volume, her interiors showcase high ceilings and spacious rooms emphasized by floor-to-ceiling hull side windows that bring the outside in. Maximizing the beauty of the outdoors is a feature throughout her design, the apex of which is experienced as you step inside the master stateroom and are greeted by a 180 degree view of the ocean.
Diane Johnson of Diane Johnson Design, working together with Johnson, Wen, Mulder Architecture was tasked to create something new in yacht interior design, and they succeeded. The result is a work of art that transcends description, incorporating both traditional and modern influences to create a cool sophistication that is still warm and welcoming. Elements of this transitional design are seen in the intricate detailing of the balustrade and the whimsical nod to the playful rat pack era found in the skylounge. However, every touch-point reflects the classical, clean and timeless vision and tastes of the owners’ and their family, bringing to life a dream and a vision that can only be realized in true custom yacht building.
With family living the foundation of the design brief, Invictus combines luxury and beauty with comfort and hospitality. Grand spaces and opulent foyers are mixed with intimate settees and lounges. In the main salon, a grand piano sits unassumingly amongst a mixture of furniture perfect for small and large gatherings. On a separate deck, the dining salon is framed by curved sliding glass doors with an expandable table that can seat more than 20 guests. An on-deck gym with sliding doors and magnificent views is contrasted by a Theater with raised stadium seating. Hallmarks throughout include different combinations of exotic wood species with intricate veneer patterns, a gorgeous use of rare Italian marbles researched by the interior design team in Florence, and fabulous custom Lalique glasswork. Overall, Invictus is a harmonious mix of new and old, intimate but elegant, familiar yet completely original.
Characterized by the same style and grandeur of the interior, the decks flow gracefully from the fold-down beach cabana at the stern to the impressive sundeck complete with hot tub, bar and several areas for dining, lounging or gathering for a cocktail under the stars. Details include custom stainless steel sconces, loose furniture with a gorgeous table made of ebony and stainless steel, and magnificent oval polished stainless handrails.
The Delta Design Group, responsible for the naval architecture and exterior styling, designed an ice-strengthened steel hull with composite superstructure. Utilizing finite element analysis and its own advanced engineering, they incorporated composite materials, steel and aluminum into the construction allowing the best material to be chosen for each application. This efficient and innovative construction approach enabled the designers to achieve the high-ceilings and expansive windows that the owners’ desired.
Powered by twin Caterpillar 3516 main engines and carrying over 50,000 gallons of fuel, the yacht has a 6,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots and a maximum speed of 17 knots. Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers and a Schottel bow thruster ensure maneuverability and a nice gentle ride both at anchor and underway. Her tender garage with side hull doors and overhead gantry cranes for deployment stows a custom 28’ Comitti and a Novurania Chase.
In July, Invictus was christened and delivered to her new Owner’s over a holiday weekend. Family and friends joined together in Seattle to celebrate her maiden voyage and experience this new yacht. Invictus is under operational management with Burgess and will also be offered for select charter by Burgess as Central Agents in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and beyond.