Nestling in the shadow of a massive limestone outcrop in the Spanish coastal town of Calpe, an hour’s drive from Alicante, Belliure was founded in 1953 for the build and repair of the local wooden-hulled fishing fleet, and the company founder Vicente Belliure started working in GRP and composite from around 1974, moulding sailing yachts, and latterly motor-yachts from 40’ – 60’. This rich heritage has produced some true little ships, with massive construction techniques producing super-tough hulls and sensationally-finished interiors. “Storm” is one of 2 60s built, and is not a vessel for the faint-hearted. Built by the Belliure Shipyard in 2006 (and still berthed in Calpe), she is a real sea-boat – with a hull based on the deep-sea seiners and shrimp boats lying a couple of hundred yards across the dock, and a pronounced spoon bow flaring up from her stem to shrug off any weather. Underneath, she is twin shaft, either side of a single barn-door rudder, full keel, and inside she is just wonderfully put together. Imagine a motor-yacht built by Nautor Swan (and then some) and you are in the right ball-court. Massive timber, fluted corner pilasters, self-closing drawers (all with contrasting dovetailed joints). This is a joiner’s tour de force.
Please check out our video online for a proper tour around her. We start aft on her teak-laid bathing platform (passarelle access from the dock if needed), from where the aft deck flows through a set of monumental triple sliding stainless doors, with a separate engine and generator room access hatch in the aft port cockpit, and the fully-fitted single crew cabin (with separate head, shower and basin) in the starboard cockpit. The saloon is lit by large picture windows and has beautifully-built furniture: a comfy low sofa to port, sideboard with TV, etc. to the right, with a single tread to the higher forward area, where the galley, upper saloon and helm are located. There is side deck access here to port, with the galley tucked away neatly behind a rounded bulkhead which doubles as a range of cupboards. The lower deck is accessed via a gently winding stair down to port. The layout here is a regular forward guest double (en-suite to port) with a starboard level twin (access to the heads/shower across the central corridor) and the Master full-beam cabin set aft (against the engine room forward bulkhead) with its own en-suite and shower to port.
On deck, the mooring gear is chunky, the bulwarks are high and secure, and everything feels substantial and seamanlike. The flybridge is vast – with two distinct areas separated by that massive radar arch and wet-bar separating the forward helm (and sunbathing area) from the aft seating and table. She is super-versatile as a large family cruiser, longer-term passage-maker or a great home-from-home for the Med.
In short, she is a magnificently built motor-yacht: Solid. Straightforward. Elegant. Near unique.
She is very much worth your closer inspection, and please do call us for any further information.
“As a regular visitor to Calpe I have long admired the Belliure yard and the beautiful yachts they have crafted over the years, with the Belliure 60 the flagship of the range. My past yachts have included both sail and motor from some of the best international and British yards, but “Storm” is, without doubt, the best built and finished, with simply exquisite timber detailing by craftsman who have spent their lives working in the yard there.
She is a comfortable sea going ‘little ship’ whether cruising at displacement speeds or hurrying to her home berth at a comfy 20+ knots and simply shrugs off any bad weather; at anchor she is stable and with a water maker and very capacious storage she can spend long periods away from the expense of marinas. And she has that ‘row away’ factor wherever you anchor, standing out from the crowd!“
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222