Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

New Belize is built to please

by Mark Rothfield on 26 Oct 2011
Hull lines were perfected in tank testing to suit the Cummins pod drives Belize Yachts
Life is full of ambiguities. Why, for instance, are finance experts called brokers? Shouldn't the word 'abbreviated' be abbreviated? How do you dispose of a garbage bin? Do pigs have hamstrings?

Here’s two more… why would two seriously wealthy boating icons come out of retirement mid-GFC to start their own boat brand? And why call that brand Belize?

Wes Moxey and Lee Dillon carved their names as the dynamic duo of Riviera Marine – Moxey as general manager and Dillon as the leading sales guru.

They retired around the same time, though true boat men never truly lose the itch – instead they recently joined forces to develop a new hardtop motoryacht called the Belize 52.

Belize has obvious connotations of the Caribbean but, according to Wikipedia, is possibly derived from the native Maya word for 'muddy water'. The Smartraveller website, meanwhile, advises a high degree of caution in Belize because of serious crime.

Name aside, it also looks to be a very, very interesting boat with an impeccable pedigree.

Saturday heralds the official launch of the first Belize 52 Hardtop to arrive in Sydney from the Taiwanese shipyard Kha Shing. The afternoon will have a Caribbean theme.

Belize Motoryachts has confirmed three private sales ahead of the launch. Two will go to private buyers on the Gold Coast and Sydney respectively, while the Boating Syndication of Australia has also placed an order.

It’s an elegant 16.1-metre cruiser that apparently draws its aesthetic inspiration from the European timber vessels of the art deco era. Resplendent with teak decks and ample timber trim, it looks all class rather than all ’glass.

There’s nothing old fashioned about the propulsion system, with the 'warped plane' running surface having been designed from the outset for twin Cummins 600 Zeus pod drives.

Ocean Yacht Designs, the naval architects, did two rounds of tank testing at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania to perfect the trim angle, tracking and spray deflection.


Two cabin variations are available – single-level hardtop and split-level flybridge. The brochure explains, somewhat ambiguously, 'Flybridge lovers aren’t necessarily an age group. Nor a psych-socio-graphic. They simply have different needs.'

Production output is limited to nine boats in the next 12 months.

Moxey, formerly of Medowie, has been in Taiwan overseeing production. He celebrated the completion of hull number one by treating all Kha Shing staff to an Australian-style barbecue.

'Having spent a fair amount of time here in Taiwan over the last six months, and having completed sea trials, I’m absolutely confident we’ll deliver on our promise in terms of a truly unique boat that has both a world-class finish and performance,' he said.

The firm’s customisation ability extends to layout (number of cabins), timber colour and additional personal elements.

'We want every Belize owner ecstatic with their individual boat,' Dillon said. 'The warranty, maintenance, service and our valet facilities offer everything anyone would expect when they invest over a million dollars into a new boat.'

Factory workers in Taiwan were given red hats to celebrate the completion of hull No1. © Belize Yachts
Factory workers in Taiwan were given red hats to celebrate the completion of hull No1. © Belize Yachts
Belize Motoryachts website
PredictWind.comZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

She’s still here with us, and now we can be there for her
Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Of the many endearing qualities in Lisa Blair, the one that is paramount is her effervescence. Yet it is what lies behind that which could be her most incredible characteristic. Sometimes you can almost overlook her steely determination, but not for long when you start talking with her. Catching up with her live from Cape Town surely was a vivid reminder of not only what this sailor can accomplish
Posted on 24 Apr
Gladwell's Line - Timeout in Bermuda and a decision OTUSA will regret?
With Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 now in Bermuda and being re-assembled, it is time to take a breath With Emirates Team New Zealand's AC50 now in Bermuda and being re-assembled, it is time to take a breath from what has been a hectic couple of months, both in Auckland and Bermuda. The third major Practice Session has concluded in Bermuda. This was conducted almost entirely if winds of around 16-25kts - starting to get close to the top end of the range for the AC50's.
Posted on 20 Apr
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on hitting the AC50's sound barrier
These boats are incredible. The performance that can be achieved in light airs is the amazing thing. The big difference between the AC72, the America's Cup Class, used in the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco and the smaller AC50 to be sailed in Bermuda, lies in their light and medium air performance. 'These boats are incredible. The performance that can be achieved in light airs is the amazing thing. In 7-8-9-10 knots of breeze, you are sailing at 30kts at times.
Posted on 18 Apr
America's Cup - Bernasconi on expected winning factors in Bermuda
ETNZ's Technical Director, Dan Bernasconi has let out a few clues as to where he thought the differences might lie Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Dan Bernasconi has let out a few clues as to where he thought the differences might lie once the six teams entered in the 35th America's Cup. 'We have had a great run', he says. 'We've had a few hiccups along the way, as always. But the boat is going really well. We are getting through manoeuvres very well. And we think our straight line speed is good.'
Posted on 18 Apr
A Q&A with Nicole Breault about women’s match racing in the USA
I caught up with Nicole Breault to learn more about women’s match racing in the USA and about her upcoming Clinegatta. I caught up with Nicole Breault to learn more about the state of women’s match racing in the USA, and to also hear more about her upcoming Clinegatta, which is set to unfurl on the waters of San Francisco Bay this July, and which could be a great resource for other talented female match racers who are looking to sharpen their skills.
Posted on 17 Apr
America's Cup - Team NZ return fire at Coutts' social media bullets
Emirates Team New Zealand have corrected the allegations made by America's Cup organisers Emirates Team NZ have corrected the allegations made by America's Cup organisers in a media release on Thursday (NZT) over the team's daggerboard use. In the release, replayed by America's Cup Events Authority and Oracle Team USA CEO Sir Russell Coutts on his Facebook page. It was claimed that the Kiwi team had an issue with daggerboards and were using a rule they had not supported to keep sailing
Posted on 2 Apr
A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted on 18 Mar
A Q&A with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race
I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba. The 2017 Miami to Havana Race is set to begin on March 15 and promises high adventure-both sailing-related and cultural-for the sailors lucky enough to be participating in this historical-and for now legal-race. I talked with Chris Woolsey, regatta chair of the Miami to Havana Race and SORC race chairman, to learn more about this exciting race to Cuba.
Posted on 13 Mar
Gladwell's Line - Of Carnage, Characters and Colour
About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched About this time of an America's Cup season, the sap begins rising as new boats are launched, and Cup fans get their first sight of the various team designers' response to the latest America's Cup Class rule. In the monohull days, of course, we initially only got a partial glimpse thanks to the shrouding practices adopted by all teams to hide the nether regions of their America's Cupper
Posted on 13 Mar