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The 60' Classic 'Steamer' Style Yacht


60' Steamer Style Motor Yacht - Kasten Marine Design, Inc.
Perspective Above Aft | Perspective Low Aft | Side View | Alternate Side View | Perspective Forward
Interior Profile | Main Deck Plan | Lower Deck Plan

Copyright 2006 Michael Kasten


The 'Steamer 60' shown here was developed as a preliminary design which eventually became the Chantage 64. As with that design, the requirement was to achieve a layout having a full galley below the pilot house, a goal that at first seemed nearly impossible given the style being sought... i.e. long, low, and lean...

In keeping with the 'steamer' style of plumb bow, the stern is reminiscent of the same era... a 'fantail' stern! This is a natural for a vessel built in steel, and especially for a yacht that is styled after a turn of the century steamer... Bilge keels were requested in order to be able to sit upright on the hard gracefully during a large tide range.

As with the Chantage 64, in my view the aesthetic presentation of the Steamer 60 design is very pleasing and integrates nicely the various design requests.


While the interior is virtually the same as that of the Chantage 64, the following images show the proposed Steamer 60 interior layout - just slightly different in the galley and in the pilot house...

Interior Profile | Main Deck Plan | Lower Deck Plan

The exterior main deck is at one level throughout. The main deck house encloses the saloon and pilot house. The interior main deck is one step above the exterior deck and also all at one level. Below is the galley, engine room, sleeping cabins and head.

The pilot house is quite large, and contains a settee / dinette, a separate observation seat, and a nav / helm station. Aft of the pilot house is a galley / saloon which opens directly onto the aft deck - an arrangement preferred for tropical entertainment.

Below forward are twin staterooms and a shared head. Below amidships is a very large galley and second saloon. Fuel and water tankage is located to port and starb'd within the galley and also in the bilge areas.

Aft of the galley is the engine room. A single diesel is arranged with a "V" drive in order to save space. A single generator is located forward and outboard. Access to the engine space is via a large lift-hatch in the saloon above, and permanent ladder. Although there is not full standing headroom in the engine space, there is a comfortable bench seat all around the engine to allow easy service access to all the machinery.

Below the aft deck is the lazarette which houses the steering equipment (rams, autopilot, etc.). Below the forward deck, the fo'c's'l provides storage for the anchoring gear, rode, dock lines and so forth.


Sitting on the mud without spilling the coffee was a primary requirement. Therefore we favored the use of a single centerline keel of very low aspect ratio combined with twin fin keels. Thus we could achieve a stable platform when grounded. The various benefits of twin keels can be reviewed on our Roll Attenuation page.


Length Overall: 18.3 meters
Length Waterline: 16.9 meters
Water Draft: 1.75 meters
Air Draft: 3.77 meters
Beam: 5 meters
Light Ship Displacement: 42 metric tons

Engine: John Deere 6081
Gear: ZF 'V' drive.


The Steamer 60 is a classic in every respect. The Steamer 60 will provide a generous measure of luxury, as well as a unique combination of ruggedness, seaworthiness, sea-kindliness, and style... In short, a motor yacht that is well adapted to world cruising for an extended family or for a couple who enjoy entertaining.

For more information about this vessel or our other motor yacht designs please inquire.