Canadian Yachting December 2015 - (Page 52)
POWER REVIEW | NEPTUNUS 625 MOTORYACHT
By Andy Adams
The handsome lines make the Neptunus 625 MotorYacht
stand out in any setting.
I am actually laughing at myself as I sit down to write this
review of the Neptunus 625 MotorYacht because what I
want to tell you first, is how much I like this boat!
Are you surprised? You are allowed to laugh at me. For the
"as tested" price of approximately US$2.6 million, you get a
handsome three stateroom MotorYacht with separate crew
quarters, comfortable cockpit, sliding glass doors into a main
saloon that includes home size seating, a dining area that
seats six and a galley that deserves to be called a kitchen.
And, let's not forget the flying bridge!
Of course I like this boat! But there is something more.
It's a feeling I got when I was onboard. Yes, it's a magnificent
big boat with every imaginable feature and yet it seems
warmly welcoming, even friendly.
This feels like your home away from home. You could take
this yacht almost anywhere, entertain an enormous group of
people, let the crew handle it, or run it yourself with just your
sweetie on board - the Neptunus 625 MotorYacht feels like
it can do it all.
Before we really get into the details, we have to mention
that Neptunus is really a custom boatbuilder and their craftsmen work with every customer to ensure that the layout is
what the owner really wants, that the colours, fabrics and furniture serve their every need and that it becomes a yacht that
is distinctively their own.
The 625 MotorYacht that we reviewed had been commissioned by an owner in South Florida who was obviously an
experienced yachtsman and probably has a private captain.
This boat was designed for fun in the sun with an enormous
aft swim platform trimmed in real teak decking. The flying
bridge overhangs the aft cockpit for shady outdoor relaxing
and the forward deck has a big sun lounge area accessed by
wide side decks with high handrails all the way. So, that's
three separate living areas already.
The flying bridge is another space and it is really something on this boat! Proper stairs lead up the starboard side of
the boat and massive handrails make it easy for almost anyone. An enormous hardtop provides protection from the sun
and the weather and most of the time, this is where your
guests will want to be. A refrigerator and icemaker are important parts of the entertainment centre and all of the tabletops
are granite finished.
The aft end features wraparound seating for easily six or
eight people around a table. Just ahead of that is what I
would call a bistro style high table with four permanently
mounted bar stools and teak footrests. This will be a great
place for relaxing at dockside but it also allows you an
uncomprised forward-facing view when underway.
This boat was designed for entertaining a large group of
family or business associates, and the centre-mounted helm
seat is flanked by port and starboard companion seats that
adjust in several directions to accommodate standing or seated positions and all three have foot rests.
The white leather, custom-made steering wheel is an elegant touch and the helm was equipped with twin Raymarine
screens, a big centre-mounted compass, display screens for
the twin Caterpillar C 18 engines and all the additional
equipment like the VHF radio, autopilot and the main
C a n a d i a n Ya c h t i n g
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting December 2015
Vantage Point: The Wave of New Boaters is Starting!
Waterfront: What’s your Watermark? Seafaring Santa holiday gift ideas.
Club Profile: Stony Lake Yacht Club
CPS: Seamanship Courses
Feature: Binoculars - Everything you could possibly want to know about understanding, using and buying binoculars for marine use. By Rob Macleod
Electronics Feature: Pinging the Unknown - A look at technologies that support modern marine radar. By David Schmidt
Destination: La Marina, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic - Luxuriate in this profile of the Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre resort located in La Romana on the southeast coast of the island and boasting a port, a heliport and an airstrip and home of one of the best billfishing spots in the world. By Elizabeth Kerr
Destination: St John River - Offering cruising areas that are as inviting as any protected inland lake or river, the 75 miles between Saint John and Fredericton make for any easy weekend cruise but there are also many side trips which can occupy you for as much time as you have available. By Glen Cairns
Galley Guys: Krates
Power Review: Neptunus 62
Crossing the Line: The 6th Great Lake
Canadian Yachting December 2015