MCC 147' "Marco Polo" Boldly Going Green... by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy At first glance, her outdoorsy, olive-green steel hull slyly but convincingly telegraphs the unusual approach guided by her designers, as this exciting new expedition yacht begins the adventure... to expand our horizons and explore the possibilities. Even so, inside her crisp white topsides, she provides all the comforts flaunted by her companion luxury yachts at FLIBS, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. On millionaire’s row, the face dock, she stands out in a crowd, and rightfully so, with innovative thought and design which sets her apart, yet affirms her place in the sun. With Albrecht Buchner, her project manager, we learned of the intricacies in Chinese yacht construction – Cheoy Lee that is – and how this 147’ Marco Polo earned her robust class standing. It was first commissioned by Roland Sturm, who named Ron Holland to design the yacht. While highly experienced in sailing yachts – in which Holland had long specialized – Sturm wanted the probability to do some out of the ordinary cruising. Alaska, Antarctica, examples he hankered for; but he also wanted room and the space for himself, which meant fewer crew; all of which pointed toward a husky motor yacht.