The Whitehaven 6100 Coupe Euro Edition is superyacht inspired and brings a whole new level to the sports cruiser market. Barry Thompson checks out the first of the latest Euro-inspired 6000 Series on Sydney Harbour.
While the Whitehaven 6100 Coupe Euro Edition is based on the already well proven Whitehaven 6000 hull, that’s where it starts and ends. The 6100 Coupe Euro is a completely new model from marine designer Misha Merzliakov’s that adds a new dimension to the Whitehaven product offering.
Starting with an extended roofline, Misha set about redesigning the boat not just externally but also internally and on the way dropped in some of his own very unique and innovative ideas. The result is at the cutting edge of bespoke custom boat building that gives something a touch unique for owners.
“I wanted to create some verve appeal so along with an extended roofline, I did a whole new deckhouse and redesigned the radar mast and cockpit arrangement, so the proportions of the extended roof were still balanced”, says Misha.
The unstayed roof line comes with large skylights to not only break the severity of the substantial extension but also gives you sightlines to the very cool radar mast.
The cockpit outdoor table is Corian Pearl (was timber) with seating for at least eight guests in the fully shaded all weather alfresco dining and entertaining area. With the cockpit focus on being a totally useable space, there is a handy a sink and bbq to starboard with a fridge opposite. When you open the large hopper window and sliding glass doors, the cockpit and saloon morph into one highly efficient and exceptional space.
There is a tender garage beneath the cockpit, with access either side of the central lounge to an extra large high/low platform. There is enough space inside to turn this into a beach club and stow your tender on the external platform.
I would describe the interior as adventurous with visionary styling and an accent on day or night functionality. From the electric sliding sunroof to the fabric lined cupboards, this is a boat that emphasises the meaning of attention to detail.
While flat Corian panels are commonplace, Misha has introduced some visual interest by incorporating a wave effect on the surface, plus soft edges on panels that have the effect of a ‘waterfall’ all the way down to saloon sole. At night the Corian comes alive with mood lighting adding to the ambience. Very different, eye-catching and also very much part of the statement Misha has reflected through the 6100 Coupe Euro.
The saloon is divided into four distinct zones; dining, helm, lounge and galley. “I wanted to make all the spaces proportional and not have one dominating area, which meant we had to make a custom dining table that while still full size, gives the visual impression of being a lot smaller than it is”, added Misha.
He points out that by optimising the available area, the configuration almost doubles its size with additional space for storage, seating and room for guests to move around.
The starboard side galley, opposite the six-seater dining table, is equipped with a full-size household fridge/freezer. Below the Corian bench top are a dish drawer, oven and plenty of storage options.
Continuing on the ‘let’s be different’ theme, the 6100 Coupe has a pop-up glass rack tucked out of sight until needed. Concealed behind the wine fridge between the galley and helm, Misha says that they had the space available and so used it to best effect.
The helm has been given a make-over with twin Garmin 17 MFDs and extensive space for all the necessary navigational equipment and controls. The facia is set in dark panelling surrounded by diamond pattern ultra-leather, which accentuates the refined elegance that Misha wants to portray. The twin adjustable helm seats have been specially designed for ultimate comfort, be it harbour cruising or passage making. This is something that Whitehaven owner Bruce Scott was particularly adamant about when talking to Misha regarding the overall concept behind the Euro Edition.
The versatility of the forward lounge reflects how all the areas are well utilised. Apart from the large U-shape seating, it also transforms into an extra double berth, and an electric recliner turns it into a sun lounger.
All the interior timbers in the boat are horizontal grain satin Walnut, but the wood is left to the owner to choose. I liked the satin Walnut, as it gives the 6100 Coupe Euro a particular touch of class. This is complemented by the soft cream leathers and light Corian surfaces.
The first 6100 Coupe offers a three stateroom, two-bathroom configuration with the additional auxiliary room/butler’s pantry or makeup room. This is again an owner’s choice and could also be configured as an ensuite for the master stateroom. With this layout, the ensuite for the master is built in on the starboard side of the cabin. Switch glass ensures total privacy when using the shower or toilet.
The day head is shared by the two guest cabins, and while not large, space is accentuated by deliberate lighting accents and the use of hexogen panel Spanish tiles.
When you walk into the full beam master, your eyes are immediately drawn to the custom fabricated Corian lighting feature on the headboard. 3D modelled and individually cut pieces were assembled with a light panel behind to create a stunning effect.
Leather fronted drawers and a diverse range of wall and ceiling panels present a very unique styling. There’s also a 40″ LED TV, king bed and large size viewing portholes.
The guest cabin has two single berths that can be brought together to form a double/ There is storage from a deep hanging locker, and like all the cabins individual air con is provided, plus there is an opening porthole for natural ventilation.
Forward, the VIP stateroom comes with a shared ensuite which can be separated for privacy, a queen bed with storage drawers beneath and cedar lined hanging locker.
Misha pointed out that the accommodation arrangements can be just about any style a client requests, with no pre-sets apart from structural bulkheads. “I love a challenge, so working with an owner is always fun, and the fact that I can give them exactly what they want, and know that Whitehaven can deliver their dream is gratifying”, says Misha
Along with the back lite Corian lighting features, European inspired surfaces and premium soft furnishings upgrade, the Euro Edition package also includes jewellery box material lined wardrobes, LED courtesy lighting, alfresco cockpit table, full dinner service, pleated black-out blinds on all windows and a freestanding bespoke dining table. The Euro Package is a blend of luxury materials blended with subtle mood-enhancing lighting. Or as the brochure says…delight the senses.
Power is provided from a pair of Caterpillar C12.9/1000hp engines, which gives a maximum speed of 30 knots. A pair of MTU60/825hp still gives a respectable speed of 27.5 knots. The underwater sections of the 6000 Series features a deep forefoot, wide planning strakes and a warped chine. When you push the throttles forward the boat is quick to plane and presents very little bow high attitude. It’s a ‘slippery’ boat at speed and extremely easy and predictable to drive. Plus with a 5.33m beam on the waterline it retains a very level attitude when turning. Adding a pair of interceptors and a Seakeeper makes the ride and handling even better.
Being a custom build, the layout you choose could be quite different from the first 6100 Coupe and having the added Euro Package is also optional. For Whitehaven, the word custom means more than just different fabrics or timbers, it is about giving you the ability to alter the arrangement of just about every aspect of the layout. There’s a touch of mystic about the boat and putting your own statement on the design and finish is always satisfying. While the quality and construction are of the highest quality, it’s those little extra added Misha touches that for me made this such a standout vessel.
- Boat Design Name: Whitehaven 6100 Coupe
- Year Launched: 2019
- Builder: Whitehaven Motor Yachts
- Designer: Misha Merzliakov/Jason Kao (Hull)
- LOA: 19.10m
- Beam: 5.33m
- Displ: (Heavy Ship): 29 tonne
- Max Speed: 30 knots
- Construction: GRP
- Fuel Cap: 5500 litres
- Water Cap: 800 litres
- Engine Make: 2 x Caterpillar C12.9 @ 1000hp
- Priced From: $Aus2.16m