Classic | Retro lines for the Egemar yard
Liberty 74, the fruit of passion
Her lines echo the classic shape of the American Gold Coast yachts, a type whose exceptional open-air and interior space, seafaring qualities and unmistakable profile is attracting more and more fans - especially when the yacht is the product of craftsmen and yards that can enhance an already attractive offer with the quality of careful, even passionate work. One example is the Liberty 74, the flagship of Turkey's Egemar yard's fleet.
Founded in 1983 and based in Tuzla, a maritime hub for Istanbul and Turkey as a whole, Egemar specialises in classic yachts. Covering over 6,000 square metres and employing around sixty specialist staff, the yard can build 25 craft a year, each measuring between 29 and 74 feet. Egemar operates in two areas, construction and project management for builds over 100 feet in length. The classic yacht construction sector includes two lines - Retro Yachts, offering two models, two authentic jewels that echo the lines of fast commuters from the 1930s, and the Lobster line, with six models ranging between 35 feet and the 74 feet of the Liberty 74.
Designed by Fulvio de Simoni, with a GRP hull with directional fabrics and sandwich superstructure, when the first Liberty 74 made her debut in 2005 she was then the largest lobster boat in production anywhere in the world. With her 23.32-metre length and 5.85-metre beam, the Liberty 74 recalls the classic Florida-style motoryachts - the superstructure hosts a flying bridge, located relatively far back. The deep-V hull's 1.90-metre draught ensures perfect seaholding, and the bow and overall waterlines emphasise the impression of a powerful, seaworthy craft. Powered by two 1100hp MAN turbodiesels, the Liberty 74 can reach a top speed of 32 knots. Alternatively, a pair of 1300hp MAN units can push this up to 36 knots. This performance is complemented by ample interior and exterior space, starting with the cockpit, accessed from the spacious aft platform. As well as being fitted out as a comfy beach deck with shower, this is also the location for a tender, with its hydraulic lift and launch system.
The cockpit provides ample proof of the skills offered by the yard's workforce, with teak decking covering all open-air surfaces and an overall display of exceptional build quality. An example of this is the table in front of the L-shaped sofa along the starboard side. There is a second sofa/sunpad aft and a third seat along the port side, beside the stairway up to the flybridge. This is the location for a helm station with a long seat for pilot and guests, plus another sunpad. The deckhouse roof stretching from the windshield towards the bow offers a third, extremely generous relaxation area. The exteriors are a good example of the care and attention to detail lavished on the construction, and the Liberty 74's interiors show all the quality that's the hallmark of Egemar builds. The saloon is really an extension of the cockpit, with dinette and dining area to starboard, behind the command console. This is a common element in the two interior layouts the yard offers, which include a different solution for the galley position. In the first version (illustrated in this feature), there is a second small sofa with bar space to the port side of the saloon. In the second version the port bar space opens out to become a galley, otherwise located on the lower deck, beside the stairway. In both cases the well-equipped galley has marble worktops. In the sleeping area the first version offers a full-beam midships owner's cabin and spacious bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy two twin cabins, both with en-suite bathrooms. The accommodation is rounded off by a small forward cabin with bunk beds and a head. The alternative layout, with galley inside the saloon, also includes a midships owner's cabin and two twin cabins, but there is now a triple forward cabin with double and single beds plus a comfortable bathroom. In both layouts the build and finish quality of the rooms and furnishings (where mahogany is again the dominant theme) echoes the standards seen on the main deck - further proof of the skills and passion Egemar always puts into its work!