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Review: Burger 101' "Tò-Kalòn"

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  1. Burger Boat's 101' "Tò-Kalòn"
    A Glass of Red and a FAST Burger...

    by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy​

    Burger Boat Company’s 101’ Tò-Kalòn, just introduced, takes her title from the ancient writings of Plato, meaning “The Beautiful.” The engaging concept itself, however not lost in antiquity, also looms up with classic importance in other genres. Yachting’s elite wine connoisseurs will recognize the name for exquisite, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons from Robert Mondavi and Chateau Boswell, noted Napa Valley winemakers. Those elegant burgundies are spawned in the historic Tò-Kalòn Vineyard, prized from the 1870s ‘till today. So, a classic, ageless soubriquet imprints Burger’s modern, tastefully fashioned 101’ yacht. Beautiful, precisely. ​

    At the 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, Burger representative Curtis Mark gave us a tour of the analysis and attention to detail that Burger puts into each yacht before and during its build. Burger’s design team, as America’s most venerated yacht builder (Since 1863) enlisted Cor D. Rover Design for exterior styling, along with Donald A. Blount Associates for the latest advances in naval architecture and technology. The result is this superb “Mid-size Super-yacht.” The yacht’s modern design is formed from Alustar Aluminum alloy, which is over 20% stronger (both before and after welding) than conventional aluminum alloy, thereby increasing structural rigidity. Its highly anti-corrosive characteristics will significantly prolong the life expectancy of the vessel’s paint coating as well. ABS certified, Tò-Kalòn is subdivided into four water-tight compartments.
  2. Designed for speed, at 101’, she is spacious for her footage and most assuredly striking. The unique hull design provides the necessary lift to achieve higher speeds while ensuring comfortable sea keeping qualities. With a pair of MTU's monster 16V2000 M93 engines, developing 2,400 BHP at 2,450 rpm, she cruises comfortable at 23.5 knots and pegs the time-to-distance meter at 27.8 knots. Backing off to 10 knots, she has a range of 2,090 nautical miles.
  3. In addition to Don Blount's team, veteran engineer Dean Vaughan was brought in as project manager on Tò-Kalòn. Dean knows a bit about fast boats, having overseen the re-fit of the Staluppi sequel; Octopussy, among many other notably-named yachts. For stability at speed, Tò-Kalòn is equipped with a Quantum twin-fin QC1000 system. Throttled back, Quantum's QT-120 Duo-Prop bow thruster makes 120hp for quick assists in tight quarters. To complete the hydraulic circuit, Quantum's QIS 60 Hydraulic Power Unit moves the viscous stuff via 2 gearbox driven pumps.
  4. With her unusual speed, Tò-Kalòn makes good time running, so to easily swish her guests into a secluded cove and launch her tender of adventure, a Castoli 14’ jet cat. For land-based exploration, two scooters are toted as well, all deployed from a Nautical Structures Euro-2500 davit tucked away behind the sunpad.
  5. This close-up, aft on the top sun-deck, shows her integrated hot tub/pool, giving rise to a step-up handrail with slip-proof stairs, along with hefty stainless railings adjacent to the sunpads. Close enough for quiet conversation is a pedestal mounted, lacquered table with fold out leafs. Couch seating, plus 4 sun chairs await top deck dining.
  6. A matching a pair of Chesterfield love-seats just aft of the helm, adds a clubby, living room composure mode. The pilothouse design sets the tone for other ship areas in comfort and eye appeal; walls of Sapele, with Kaya and ebony accents. Her ceiling features a one-of-a-kind, creative, hand-painted dome, while other furnishings include a desk area, book shelves, flat screen TV.
  7. Tò-Kalòn’s spacious pilothouse design allows for complete nav/com administration, also enclosing her Sky Lounge at the modish top deck level. With her double Stidd helm chair done in leather, her traditional wood/spoke steering wheel sports a stainless steel outer rim, facing the five screen array of navigation and communication instruments. Lush Sapele, with Kaya and ebony accents bring a warmth to the strong, wood-framed windshields and wide helm display.
  8. At the main aftdeck entrance, just outside the Salon, a choice, handsomely designed dining setting seats six, in the fresh outdoors yet sheltered under the deck overhang. This leads to a lovely orbit for a quiet evening celebration, or simply to revel in the high style of Tò-Kalòn, “the Beautiful.” An upper deck access ladder is recessed into the starboard wing station and a television-in-a-box in the port station. See the detail shots at the end of the review for a close-up.
  9. Electric sliding doors lead aft from the main salon, flanked by ornate smoked glass and onyx marble floors that add dimension to the foyer. A stainless sill caps the ingress point to protect against scuffing.
  10. Entering from aft deck, Tò-Kalòn’s main salon seems mammoth in proportion to other 101’ yachts. With a 22’ beam, she is well laid out in an open, unobstructed mode combining the sitting room and dining room. Multiple-windowed walls boast Sapele recessed paneling; windows have recessed tracks and silhouette blinds. Her elegant furnishings and decor ooze top quality.
  11. Centered at starboard, the custom wet-bar; placed handily between the salon and dining areas. Though the photo here shows chairs for seating, the bar itself can raise or lower to allow standing or seated libations and snacks.
  12. Forward of the Salon, her main dining area features wood sculptured buffets reflective of an English drawing room; sturdy Sapele, built-in and utilitarian, with a separate wine cooler. Her round dining table, set for six, is also attended by substantial padded chairs. Overhead, ceiling lights and sculpted wood decor echo her refined design plan. To starboard, the stairway presents a richness of good taste in wood carving.
  13. Also on the main deck -- Tò-Kalòn prefers to call it a “Powder Room,” -- is a convenient day head. Its light-hearted decor bestowing, perhaps, a demure outlook to its functional purpose. Its vanity, hand-painted, depicting sea life, overlooks the gold sink and honey-onyx flooring. Starfish ornaments top the hot/cold water fixtures and sink drain.
  14. Tò-Kalòn’s spacious and utilitarian galley presents a central prep and wash pod, but also has a slide-in booth arrangement for quick snacks or leisurely breakfasts. This in addition to its custom refrigeration and copious Sapele cabinetry. Flooring is Amtico. Countertops are granite, in Ivory Gold. Note the convenient micro-wave and oven, ensconced in Sapele veneer paneling to the far right of this picture.
  15. An alternate view emphasizes the inclusiveness of all the galley’s features, noting, at port, the double doors. The galley also has a slide-in booth arrangement for quick snacks or leisurely breakfasts. A high-polish, stainless Cospolich double glass door refrigerator with lower cold storage stands in contrast to the earthy workings of Burger's craftsmen.
  16. Her central staircase is suspended in front of Tò-Kalòn's ceiling-to-floor windows at midship, ascending from the accommodations deck to the Skylounge. For a closer look at how Burger's craftsmen warp a piece of wood, see the detail pictures following the review.
  17. The lower foyer, reached at the bottom of the staircase, adds its own balanced touch to this aesthetic decor. Descending the circular stairs, it makes use of antiqued, gold-striped wallpaper and honey onyx marble flooring; a contrast with the deep brown Sapele stairs’ mode. Hand painted figures on the cabinet are water nymphs. This is the entrance to Tò-Kalòn’s evening quarters, the lower deck.
  18. The owner’s stateroom, fully beam wide, sets the tone for luxuriant decor in this admirable vessel. A queen-size berth dominates the spacious room, raised on its padded pedestal; the paneled wall behind its head displays a scrolled Marquetry pattern, in Sapele with Sapele-Pommele accents. Windows at each beam distribute plenty of daylight to the fully draped frames and the light-ecru-cream carpet. Walk-in closets add convenience.
  19. Starboard in the Master Stateroom is a complete business desk layout, with light-flooding windows. The crisply designed area allots ample space for computer work, along with extra room for filing cabinets as necessary.
  20. Cast-molded glass doors in a carved Baroque design open to the shower in the his/hers master bath. An ebb-flow drain system lines each side of the shower stall, with a small seating area aft. Molded, filigreed wash basins, creamy white, are set in an onyx countertop, with gold fixtures.
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