Race Ya!

The flagship of Otam's Millennium line doesn't just look like it can go fast--it can go fast.

At more than 80 feet long, the Otam Millennium 80 HT can travel at almost 50 knots, and look good doing it. Sleek and aggressively styled, the 80 HT’s bow leans forward like it’s always ready to go, and the windshield and cabin superstructure are low slung and swept back like a convertible driver’s hair. Its windows resemble Egyptian-styled eyes and create a fashionable profile, but some people don’t like them because they can limit visibility. Like so many Italian movie stars, though, she’s a looker.

The fourth hull of Italian builder’s flagship Millennium model features twin MTU M94 diesels, each of which cranks out 2,600 hp at 2450 rpm. Builder sea trials pegged top speed at 48 knots and the best cruising speed at 41 knots. A previous hull included four 1,620 hp engines, which pushed it to more than 55 knots but cut down on interior space.

Designers used the extra interior space to create dual master staterooms (at the buyer’s request) and make things airier in general. Standard plans call for three staterooms, all en suite, below, including an amidships full-beam master in addition to the forward VIP and a portside twin double-berth guest room, but Otam is flexible. Also on the accommodations level is the galley, which features a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, a four-burner stove, an oven, a dishwasher, a sink, cabinets and, conveniently, a washer and dryer.

Two settees face each other in the salon, and the helm, fronted by twin captain’s chairs, sits to port. In the cockpit, the yacht’s real social zone, a transom settee can seat five, and lounges to either side of the door to the cabin can serve as chaises or bench settees. Portable chairs can turn the table and settee into a dining spot. A nice feature is the sunpad, big enough for two or three people, aft of the settee and over the top of the dinghy garage. The hardtop extends over the settee, and a Bimini can be extended over the sunpad. Denison Yachts is Otam’s West Coast representative.
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