Southern Boating

Outer Reef 860

The Outer Reef 860 sailing towards the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Contemporary Classic

“Yes! This can be done,” Outer Reef Yachts’ team responded emphatically after a request was made for a high degree of interior customization aboard the 860 cockpit motoryacht Ti-Punch. The new build’s owners wanted a thoroughly modern, open interior—a layout incongruous with the traditional, classic exterior of an Outer Reef Yacht.

Built exclusively at the Tania Yacht Company in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, each Outer Reef is designed and constructed with seakeeping and reliability at cruise as a top priority. Past interior designs by the builder’s in-house team are an extension of that safe, conservative theme, and Ti-Punch’s owners wished to push those boundaries. “We were asked by the owners to work with Destry Darr Designs on the interior,” said Mike Schlichtig, general manager of Outer Reef Yachts, Fort Lauderdale. “They wanted a modern interior that suited their taste inside a boat that had a very traditional look from the outside while also giving them the handling and sea-keeping characteristics they would not compromise on.”

The result was a cockpit motor yacht that fully utilizes the generous 21-foot beam and offers a feeling of openness from the wheelhouse that extends through the midship galley and main-deck saloon. Intricate design details for faucets, sinks and mullions were conceived by Destry Darr Pethtel, the Fort Lauderdale interior designer who guided the yard to create the owner’s dream interior.