The new Delta Marine’s owner makes his intentions clear: looking for the best for a globetrotter. Be inspired by the Onika Delta Marine yacht.
by Giuliana Fratnik
photo Jeff Brown, Martin Fine
When the team at Delta Marine in Seattle saw the owner of Onika, a 33-metre they’d built in 1993, coming through the gates, they knew they would be handed a challenge they’d relish. And they were right. The new Onika, the owner made clear, was to be a classically good-looking yacht as cosy and comfortable as home yet modern and technologically advanced into the bargain.
Also, although she was going to be larger, she would have to be as easy to handle as her much-loved predecessor, capable of effortlessly tackling the world’s seas and gliding coolly into shallow ports and bays. A rigorous brief indeed. Entirely designed by the Delta Design Group and launched in June 2014, the 40-metre is a genuinely fascinating craft brimming with character. For a start, the tri-deck’s composite hull which gave the designers plenty of freedom in terms of arrangements.
She also, however, has an oceangoing range, expansive panoramic windows and a simple yet extremely functional layout. To cap it all off, she draws just two metres and has a pipe tunnel running her entire length for quick, safe inspections of her propulsion unit even underway. In other words, Onika is designed to allow her guests enjoy their passage-making and the world around them to the fullest.
Her interiors exude the classy comfort of English Edwardian styling which morphs into a more colonial feel in the upper deck and in the exterior spaces. The main entrance through the side foyer includes a spiral staircase that connects all three decks and leads to the main saloon and the dining room. The latter two spaces are probably the most formal aboard as their beautiful Khaya mahogany-panelled walls and creamy Botticino marble ﬂoors with blue sodalite diamonds have a distinctively Edwardian period feel.
The furnishings in both also include period pieces and some impressionist artworks from the owner’s private collection. However, these are the only concessions to luxury because otherwise, as the owners themselves like to put it, the real art aboard is provided by mother nature herself. It’s no coincidence therefore that a small al fresco lounge has been located forward on the ﬂying bridge to allow guests contemplate the beauty opening up before them as Onika glides through the waves.
The crew mess, galley and pantry are all on the quite formal main deck. However, the upper deck, where the owners will spend most of the time aboard, is much more casual and relaxed offering a modern take on English colonial styling. This is true too of the large al fresco dining table and the large teak chaises which, as with the saloon, have a cheerful blue and white stripped motif.
The lower deck is swathed in sublime straight-grained Spessart oak panelling which has a wonderful honeyed hue. It is home only to the owner’s suite, which includes an ofﬁce/study with a sliding door to separate it off, and two double staterooms for guests. Because Onika, now as then, remains a treat available to only the very lucky few.