Destry Darr Pethtel is a Florida native who grew up in the luxury yacht world. Her company, Destry Darr Designs, specializes in comprehensive yacht interior design. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Destry Darr Designs works locally, nationally and internationally to develop custom high-end interiors for a variety of clients on their privately owned yachts and with prestigious, world-known yacht builders.
Destry recently worked on a very unique project, an 86 foot Outer Reef Yacht, the Ti Punch, that we have listed for sale. This boat is unlike any Outer Reef you have ever seen, and most of that is thanks to Destry. In fact, this is the first Outer Reef that employed an outside marine interior designer to create her more modern, upscale, luxury cruiser-like interior. “The 86′ Outer Reef “Ti Punch” is a traditional trawler style vessel,” says Destry. “Although our Clients wanted to maintain the traditional exterior of the boat and the ability to be ready to go anytime, anywhere, they desired a more modern, interior design and layout. The design of “Ti Punch” suited their casual lifestyle and offered everything they would require to navigate oceans comfortably, safely, our goal was to help them do that in style.”
Even though this is the first time that Outer Reef worked with an outside designer, Destry says the process couldn’t have been easier, which speaks volumes to her skill and experience as a marine designer. “The process of designing this project went very well. Outer Reef executed our designs just as we submitted them. 26 North Yachts, our clients, and Outer Reef were all a pleasure to work with.”
What Makes the Ti Punch So Different?
For one thing, she features a high-gloss walnut interior, but beyond that, even as you walk through you can see that the general arrangement is not like you would find on any other Outer Reef. For example, she has full-sized stainless steel sliding doors. If you didn’t know any better, they would look like they belong on this boat, but that alone represents a major change for an Outer Reef. “In fact, we were the first to make that change, and now, the manufacturer is copying that design on future builds! But, the Punch is the only one you can find it on now.”
Destry has also totally redesigned the entertainment features on this yacht. She replaced the often problematical “drop down” TV, with a 55 inch TV in the corner recessed into the wall. This eliminated the problems with the motorized drop down, without compromising the look or the space of the interior. In fact, this design opens up more space in the salon, as well as more space upstairs on the aft deck.
“The most satisfying projects that I work on are those in which our clients challenge us to do something different, to push the envelope,” says Destry, “and there was a lot of that on this project.”
The owners’ last motor yacht was a Lazzara 80, so they took a lot of the look and feel from that boat, such as the bar area, and the very open main salon. But again these interiors are very unique to an Outer Reef. Another thing is you won’t find a real formal dining area. That is because they really wanted to make this boat all about family. They have kids and grandkids, and when the family is on board, they are either eating on one of the decks or in the lounge areas. So if you have a big family, this is a perfect yacht for you.
It’s a Fun Boat
This really is a fun boat. It’s laid back, kind of informal, but even being casual, it is elegant and classy. A perfect blend of the finer things in life, with a “party animal” appeal. It may lack a formal dining area, but overall she is the nicest, and richest looking Outer Reef ever built.
Everything on this boat is custom because the owner wanted an Outer Reef, but didn’t want the “typical” Outer Reef. That is why we knew that Destry was the right designer for this project. It was a challenge to the builder, and they executed it brilliantly, no doubt due to her excellent plans and designs.
Even the galley area is different from anything the builders had ever done before. You simply cannot step aboard any other Outer Reef and find it has any resemblance to this boat. If you are in the market for a luxury yacht that is truly “one of a kind,” this is it.
If you are in the market for a truly exceptional 86 foot motor yacht, take a long sip of Ti Punch! Feel free to contact us for more information, or to arrange to see this remarkable boat for yourself.
Destry is working on some other very unique and interesting projects, such as a 112’ Ocean Alexander yacht that will be featured at the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale International Boat show.
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