Barton & Gray launches the Daychaser 48′, the brand’s first exclusive yacht designed for lounging at sea


Designed and integrated Bostonthe Barton & Gray Daychaser 48′ was created by the yachting industry’s most prestigious thought leaders to combine the power of a commercial boat with the opulence of a classy dayboat

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Barton & Gray Mariners Club, the yacht membership club that offers all the benefits of boat ownership without the hurdles, announces the launch of the Daychaser 48′, the brand’s first exclusive yacht built exclusively for Mariner’s Club members. Several years in the making, the Daychaser 48′ exemplifies the Barton & Gray experience, offering ample space for socializing, from an expansive bar and lounge forward to a Beach Club aft for watersports and beach access. The first 48′ Daychaser is launched in Boston for members to book for outings in the Hamptons, Greenwichand manhattan with nine additional boats splashing throughout 2022 and early 2023.

Barton & Gray Mariners Club

Since it was founded on Nantucket in 2006, Barton & Gray assembled and maintained a fleet of over 75 luxury Hinckley yachts. With consumer interest in boating at an all-time high, the desire for the Barton & Gray experience has skyrocketed. In fact, the Club is forecasting a record 12,000+ outings in 2022. This massive growth and member demand for an elevated experience has led Barton & Gray to expand its current fleet with a new custom-built boat for its members.

“Barton & Gray is synonymous with a luxury beachfront experience. We empower our members to relax on the water and create great memories with their loved ones,” said the Barton & Gray co-founder and CMO. Douglas Gray. “The Daychaser 48′ is the culmination of years of watching our members and learning what they want when they board our boats. It combines the latest marine technology with the romance of luxury day sailing to optimize durability, durability, style and fun.”

To complete the 48′ Daychaser, Barton & Gray Yachtworks turned to some of the most prestigious thought leaders in the yachting industry, including the renowned yacht designer Doug Zurn from Zurn Yacht Design and Boston Boatworks. The boat was designed and built domestically in the Boston near the Barton & Gray headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. and Portsmouth, NH. Since the boat is built in the country, it must follow strict environmental guidelines, including being built without VOCs and with environmentally friendly composites.

Sustainability has been intertwined throughout the design and manufacturing process, with the new boat featuring a unique shape developed to cut through water more efficiently and reduce waste in the construction process. Weighing a third less than a traditional yacht of similar size and drawing on materials not traditionally used in the boating industry, the Daychaser ’48 is more fuel efficient than a typical dayboat. Combined with the Barton & Gray sharing economy model which allows for more efficient use – Barton & Gray boats are used ten times more than traditional yachts – the Daychaser 48′ is more efficient in terms of time, fuel costs, materials and dock space.

“Not only does the Daychaser 48′ match the high-end aesthetic our members want and expect from our brand, it’s reliable enough to ensure consistent use by our members and durable enough to keep our oceans and harbors clean” , said Barton & Co-founder and President of Gray Timothy Barton. “Our boat is built with considerable respect for the coastal ecosystem and with the needs of our members. It is the physical embodiment of the techniques and lessons honed by the team over the past 17 years.”

Optimized for day and evening outings, the Daychaser 48′ features a massive open deck plan with a walk-through windshield connecting three sheltered and open-air lounges. Perfect for entertaining, the Daychaser’s lounge areas are covered in Perennials fabric and feature tables to hold wine and other refreshments, while a built-in air pump means paddle boards and water toys can always be ready. Additionally, the boat will feature Seakeeper, a gyro stabilizer, transforming the boating experience by virtually eliminating any roll or rock. With no need for overnight accommodation below deck, space below deck has been optimized for easy maintenance or repair of mechanics and open space to hold plates, cups, paddle boards, spare towels and other water toys needed for a perfect day on the water. There is also a daybed, shower and desk below deck.

“Barton & Gray was clear from the outset that this was a vessel purpose-built for entertainment at sea. I took this to heart in the design process and imagined exactly how members would use each aspect of the boat,” said Doug Zurn of the famous design firm Zurn Yacht Design in Marblehead, MA. “But she really is a lion in sheep’s clothing. Beneath her beautiful exterior, she is a mighty boat with the capabilities of a military or commercial grade vessel.”

Coast Guard approved, the Daychaser 48’s powertrain engines have been built around the highly durable 550hp twin Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel engines married to hamilton water jets. Yacht Control Systems are custom joystick controls created by Barton & Gray to be more functional than recreational grade controls. The maritime systems are complemented by Seakeeper gyrostabilizers and Zipwake dynamic trim control systems. The boat reaches a modest 35 knots, but a smooth ride is preferred over speed so members can enjoy calm, dry sailing and plenty of free time on the beach.

“Building the 48′ Daychaser was a unique project for us and an absolute honor,” said the founder and CEO of Boston Boatworks. Scott Smith. “It felt like a seamless partnership, combining Boston Boatworks’ 25 years of experience building top-notch boats with Barton & Gray’s mastery to deliver unique experiences to its members.”

About Barton & Gray:

Barton & Gray Mariners Club was founded in 2006 by a team of marine, software and marketing professionals, led by Timothy Barton and Douglas Gray. At the start of the burgeoning ‘collaborative’ or ‘shared’ economy, the crew recognized the vast inventory of time spent aboard yachts moored at the docks, as well as the opportunity for technology to update that inventory. But more importantly, the crew wanted to make the joys of time on the water more accessible, extending one of mankind’s favorite pastimes to a whole new audience. After this first summer in Nantucket, more and more people are spending time on the water with the Barton & Gray Mariners Club every day. The Club now manages over 75 yachts, in over 30 ports, welcoming tens of thousands of passengers each year. Barton & Gray Mariners Club combines the luxury of yachting, the adventure of exploration and the joys of entertainment in one of the world’s most desirable amenities.

Contact PR, Barton & Gray:
Emily Castro
Nike Communications
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