Immediate indications that this is a very special 86-foot motor yacht come from the powerful forward hull sections featuring sizeable securely fitted anchors beneath an upswept gun’l line. Available right now and ready for long distance cruising or charter work, the Atlantic Princess carries current AMSA survey certification and is not long past a major $200,000 upgrade and service at the Gold Coast City Marina. A full suite of up-to-date navigation aids in conjunction with an impressive pedigree of Australian owners who have maintained and developed the yacht to a very high standard have resulted in a most reliable and comfortable long-range vessel.
Built in steel to the demanding Lloyd’s 100A standard by the professional GeTa shipyard in Turkey, the hull has been sounded for confirmation of integrity to survey requirements and carries excellent Awlgrip 2000 paintwork. Already highly regarded for charter work on the Australian east coast, AP (as she is affectionately called) is further recognised for her excellent work over the years as mother ship with the Cairns game fishing fleet. Those AMSA survey certifications are 2B for up to 16 passengers and 1E for up to 34.
For both charter or more recreational operation, diesel tankage totalling 12,500 litres and twin economical Cummins NT 855M 350-hp engines make the yacht well suited for far-horizon passage making. The Cummins deliver a cruise speed of 8.6 knots at an easy 1600rpm consuming just 56 litres an hour for a potential range of some 1700 nautical miles (with a 10 per cent reserve); at lower cruise, a 2000 mile range is possible. Complementing that endurance for guests and crew, AP has 5600 litres of water plus a custom desalinator and twin 22.5 Kva gensets for power.
Accommodations are also ideal for long-range cruising or chartering with four VIP/guest cabins, each with an ensuite, as well as two crew cabins. That allows commodious sleeping for up to 10 passengers and four crew. The master stateroom is full beam for generous spaciousness with delightful woodwork including large sets of drawers and long stretches of bench space with sections that could be used as a dressing table or even as a small office area. A VIP double cabin is forward while twin guest cabins also feature extra Pullman berths and so could each sleep three when required. A total of nine Cruisair air-con units keep everyone comfortable even in tropic climes.
The aft cockpit has gloss teak decking with a circular table in matching timberwork accompanied by complementary timber chairs and a curved lounge. The very spacious main saloon has long lounges and presents a welcoming and understated air of luxury with the theme of craftsman cabinetry continuing throughout the yacht. Entertainment systems include Sony TV, an Onkyo stereo and Foxtel.
The galley runs athwartships with generous workspace and storage as well as a Euromaid SC600 ceramic cooktop plus oven and grill. Included too are a Samsung microwave, a Westinghouse fridge and freezer (five of the latter throughout the yacht) plus a Fisher and Paykel dishwasher. There’s also a walk-in cool room. A separate dining area has a polished timber table with leather chairs that have been re-upholstered.
The full beam wheelhouse has a stainless ship’s wheel that looks the part and an excellent arrangement of controls and electronics. A high-set lounge behind gives relaxed seating for the skipper or for guests to watch the helm action, while a curved staircase leads down to the accommodations. A side door gives immediate access to the Portuguese bridge and foredeck, the latter featuring beautiful teak-laid decking.
Navigation electronics include a Raytheon AL80C 48-mile charting system and RN300 GPS, a Simrad Halo radar, Raymarine and Simrad sounders, Icom HF and VHF radios, 15-inch Simrad monitors and dual satellite domes. Ship handling is aided by a bow thruster and stability in a seaway by Naiad Roll stabilisers. Twin anchors have Muir windlasses and 150 metres of chain.
The flybridge has a helm station forward to port and large U-shaped lounges around a teak-topped table that’s also served by twin casual chairs. An extended aft deck at the flybridge level has delightful teak decking with casual seating and facilities such as a barbecue. A stainless davit takes care of the 4.2-metre Swift side-console tender with its Yamaha 50hp outboard. Two eight-person life rafts are included in an extensive inventory.
With attractive traditional styling both inside and out, the Atlantic Princess offers contemporary luxury and true ‘small-ship’ seaworthiness. A proven track record in Australian waters under enthusiastic and knowledgeable local ownership foretells of continuing happy success for the next custodians of this unique vessel; it’s a real class act.
GeTa 86 Atlantic Princess
Location Gold Coast, Qld
Length overall 26.21m (86ft)
Beam 5.94m (19ft 6in)
Draft 2.8m (9ft 2ins)
Weight (approx.) 140.58T
Sleeping capacity 10 plus 4 crew
Generators 2 by 22.5Kva
Engines Twin Cummins NT 855M 350hp
Manufacturer GeTa Corporation, Turkey
P 07 5577 9200
Shop 42 D, Quay Street