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Review: Calixas 105' Expedition Yacht

 
 
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In a rather unique use of space, one of the galley prep counters doubles as a wet-bar for the salon, as well as a serving counter for anytime snacks. Wicker hi-chairs nudge up to the counter. Not seen in this picture is the projection unit that hides in the forward-port corner of the salon, along with a pull down screen that covers the aft deck entrance doors. This combo creates a full blown movie threater at sea.
The Galley is equipped to service every culinary desire, with themed quartz countertops and molded walnut veneer cabinetry. With adequate working space, it features double refrigerator/freezers, dishwasher and trash compactor. Most notable is a restaurant style double-oven and multi-place burner stove with a stainless backsplash & hood.
Between the Galley and the Master Stateroom, forward; the formal dining room reflects the staid but elegant patterns of the design motif. With seating for ten around the stainless steel and black granite table, the room is easily set for a formal dinner or a strict corporate confab with drop down projector and roll down screen that covers the massive porthole to port. Fully carpeted, the decor sports light-grained American walnut wall coverings and overhead starlights.
Set in the forward quarter of the yacht, the Master Stateroom is commodious, boasting a king-size berth on center, faced fore and aft for the most comfortable ride under all conditions. Featuring twin walk-in closets and a 42” panel TV at the foot of the bed, furnishings also include dressers, sharing a motif in light tans and rich brown. The Calixas signature portholes are prominently positioned for horizonal views from the berth.
At both sides, the near-floor-to-ceiling round portlights offer not only daylight but masterful design sense. Boasting full merino wool carpeting, the office section of the Master Suite includes a C-shaped upholstered divan, and a large oblong table. The American walnut desk adds utilitarian possibilities to the master’s haven.
The master bath is located in the foremost section of the ship, in the bow (hence the angle of the blue tiled wall in the background). With a glassed-in shower, a full-size whirlpool tub and separate wash-basins, the master is slightly deco and definitely utilitarian. Still, it picks up cues found throughout, such as the Wenge flooring and walnut cabinetry, topped off with molded Corian faux marble.
On the Lower Deck, only slightly less plush than the master stateroom, the VIP stateroom is at the bow, full width. It features a queen size center-line berth, as well as an ensuite head and tiled shower. There are twin vanities as well as a desk and vanity in the carpeted stateroom.
Two guest staterooms are also in the Lower Deck, facing each other across the beam. They each offer ensuite heads and showers, full carpeting and copious stowage. Both have large, twin hanging lockers, bed lamps and mirrored doors.
There are a total of five baths on the Lower Deck. One VIP, two guest and two crew. Shown here is the guest port facility that continues the “bath house” theme found on the vessel. Calixas makes no reservations about the business of bathrooms. They are a place to shower, shave & split!
Boarding at the stern, the huge transom garage, with its hydraulically raised cover, could easily nest a Mini Cooper, along with a full machine shop of working tools; or of course a brace of large water toys. A couple of steps down, the generous pathway leads to the 7’ headroom, walk-around engine compartment.
Air-conditioned with windows to a reciprocating view, the Engineer's Station is adequately sized for a much bigger boat. Although racks abound for books, they are merely a manual reference to a virtually engineered vessel. Every single component in this yacht was computer generated. Even generic parts were created in 3-D, for fit, placement and seamless integration. Can you say... Boeing?
Housing the heartbeat are twin CAT 3406E rated at 474 hp each. Calixas is capable of a respectable 12.5 knot cruise for 1625 miles @ 1700 rpm. Slowing the pulse, 3030 nautical miles can be covered at 970 rpm. An unusual and very welcome feature here are elevated floors that pull-away, granting access underneath the engines. And if there's work to be done, Calixas delivers here as well, with not one, but two large counter tops for assembly and inspection. A fully stocked, automotive-style tool chest is located under the corner-based workstation.
Montie Twining is obviously a hands-on owner/builder, as shown by the creative planning throughout, with innovations other builders may be quick to emulate. His creativity and innovations in computerized modern living have revolutionized certain phases of Americas life, and perhaps, chances are yachting will be next on his list.

For certain, the CaliXas 105 – is a great surprise!


Review by Chuck Gnaegy
Professional Photos by Neil Rabinowitz
Detail shots by Carl Camper & Tom Serio

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Specifications:

LOA: 105’
Beam: 27’34”
Draft: 8’0”
Displ.: 408,000 lbs.
Fuel: 6500 gals.
Water: 1330 gals.
Power: 2xCAT3406E B rating 474hp/354kW @ 1800 rpm
Speed: 12.5 knots @ 1700 rpm – 12.8 knots @ 1800 max
Range: 1625 miles @ 1700 rpm – 3030 miles @ 970 rpm

For more information contact:

Calixas Yachts
3809 Junipter Trace, Suite 2
Austin, TX 78738
512-299-9986
www.Calixas.com
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