Sea Owl launch

It will be a few more weeks before their maiden cruise, but the owners of the 142-foot Sea Owl are closer than ever to the world cruising they have in mind.

Launched last weekend at Burger Boat Company, Sea Owl is the latest yacht for an experienced American family. In fact, she’s about 20 feet larger than their current megayacht, a same-named Delta.

The trideck layout of the Burger gives the owners and up to eight guests plenty of options for enjoying the ports they’ll visit. Inside, acres of teak line the walls and floors of every room, from the saloon and main-deck master to the sky lounge. During a visit I made to the yard last year, I saw the curving staircase connecting the decks starting to take shape. It’s topped by a skylight, a nice touch. Not yet in place, though, were the custom etched-glass balustrade at its uppermost level or the hard-carved depictions of wildlife adorning various doorways. (No matter: I’ll be visiting the yard within the next month and will get a close-up look then.) Outside, the owners and their guests can relax or dine at two custom, seven-foot-diameter round tables. There’s also the ubiquitous hot tub, sun lounges (complete with their own shading canopies), and sunpads.

The captain’s stateroom and four crew cabins are also outfitted in teak paneling.

Sea Owl’s air of nautical tradition is further heightened by her exterior. Styling and interior design comes courtesy of Andrew Winch Designs, while naval architecture and engineering are the work of Burger’s in-house naval-architecture team and Vripack. Since the owners intend a good deal of cruising, superyacht systems such as fuel purification and waste treatment will ensure Sea Owl can stay away from ports for lengths at a time.

More details to come after my yard visit.