This is the newly launched Cara Mia, an Elegance 68, marketed in Europe by the Drettmann Group. Her wide beam provides room for 4 staterooms and three heads, plus crew quarters. In addition, a PWC can be carried on the hydraulic swim platform, and a jet boat is housed in the transom garage. Elegance pulled out all the stops in this customizable yacht when it came to adding functionality to elegance. Designed by prominent Italian naval architect, Tommaso Spadolini, the Elegance 68 carries the exterior beauty so characteristic of Italian designs into the interior.
68' 3'' 20.80 m
19' 0'' 5.80 m
105,821 lbs. 48,000 kg
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- Draft Down
- Air Draft
17' 1'' 5.20 m
1,717 gal. 6,500 L
79.25 gal. 300 L
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Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
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The Elegance 68 has a LOA of 68.2’ (20.8 m) and a robust beam of just over 19’ (5.7 m).
The Elegance 68 shows an open floor plan that allows for plenty of entertaining room. Dual stairways from the hydraulic-lift swim platform rise to the aft deck. A PWC can be stored on the swim platform and a garage houses a jet propelled RIB. Access to the flying bridge is via stairs across from the galley, or from those on the aft deck. Each of the top two decks has livability in mind, by creating warm open area for gathering while still maintaining a touring functionality. Below decks, her four staterooms sleep eight comfortably. Let’s take a look at each deck individually and see what features they contain.
Main Saloon Looking Forward
This European-modern décor forgoes the sometimes tacky-looking bulkhead-to-bulkhead carpeting and goes au naturel with hardwood decks complete with knots and lifting latches. (American designers had better take a look at what’s coming.)
The L-shaped sofa lies to starboard and faces the walnut entertainment center. Notice the surround sound speakers in all four corners of the room. Hatches in the decks allow for access to the engine room for major overhauls, as opposed to daily fluid checks. Note the large windows allowing natural light to brighten the saloon. Cara Mia’s owners chose a bright array of colors, canceling out the dark, traditional yacht-look we’ve seen in boats that focus on dark stained woods. Those stairs in the background curve up to the flybridge deck.
Looking aft through the twin sliding stainless feel-framed doors in the saloon we see the table on the aft deck for al fresco entertaining. Notice the woodwork in the cabinetry and how the grains all match perfectly.
Galley and Dining
Moving forward the 19’ (5.7 m) + beam starts to come into full effect. The galley becomes enclosed to the forward areas, while the after section remains open. Notice how all occupants of the dining table share a commanding view with the pilothouse. This design allows the skipper to run the boat while the galley is used at night. We like the juxtaposition between the elegant dark joinerwork and table top with the natural look of the deck. We are, after all, on a boat, not in a floating condo. One of the most contemporary galleys we’ve seen brings a continuation of the matching grain woodwork that we saw in the main saloon. While elegant, the ability to continue functioning in a seaway begins to come into question with the lack of fiddles, or handrails. Are there positive latches on the cabinet doors above?
At the lower helm, we have a command station that is quite representative of a European design -- a single helm seat. Quite obviously the captain is left to himself rather than having a spouse or guests being an integral part of the piloting operation. We would like to see a companion seat there as well.The good news is that the skipper can stand at the helm, as well as sit. The mullion is rather robust and we suppose it must be to support the flying bridge.Be that as it may, the captain will enjoy a comfortable and fully adjustable seat surrounded by first class electronics. To the left of the helm a Böning Ship Alarm System is installed. Notice the electrical panel on the starboard bulkhead, right at the engine controls. Thruster controls are ahead on the main engine control sticks and well-positioned, and there is a full array of flat screen navionics.
Additional views of the dining area looking fore and aft show more matching woodwork mounted flush to the galley bulkhead. Notice how the windows start to get smaller as we move aft… also a hallmark of European design. Two sets of stairs allow for exiting the pilothouse/dining area. To the left is the curved stairway leading to the flybridge. Regular readers know that we would eliminate these steps as redundant. To the right, stairs leading to the staterooms. In both cases, we can only see a handrail at the second half of the lower stairs. LED lighting in the risers would also help.
This view, from the bottom of the stairway, looks up to the dining area, and aft to the master stateroom. To the left of the photo is the doorway to the starboard guest stateroom. The guest VIP is behind the camera. Interesting to note the lack of carpeting throughout the yacht. Hardwood decks are evident in each of the main enclosed areas, until we get into the staterooms. Notice also, how the wide open overhead, at the stairs, gives a much larger look to the area, and effectively projects a grand entryway.
The forward VIP is a study in luxury. Notice how the fine woodwork we’ve seen elsewhere in the yacht is continued here, and always it’s just a tasteful amount, rather than deck-to-overhead woodwork overkill. Forward hatches are not only for ventilation, they are also an emergency escape hatch. Happily, most Europeans we know are slim, meaning that only portly American guests will be stranded in case of trouble.
Full Beam Master
A master suite suitable for a king – and queen! Note the indirect lighting surrounding the island king sized bed. A comfortable sofa lies to one side, and a vanity table to the other. Plenty of portlights allow for a pleasant view in addition to admitting natural light into the cabin. Also note the storage below the berth. Notice how the air handling vents are mounted high over the bed.
The Cara Mia Exterior
Plenty of gathering spaces avail themselves to those who desire fresh air, sunshine, or the two combined. Starting with the aft deck, we can’t think of a better place for enjoying either a light snack, or a full 5-course meal. The area is still in relatively close proximity to the galley to allow for transferring food, and with high bulwarks, winds should be kept to a minimum in all but the gustiest days.
Note how all exterior decks are teak. Stairs to port lead to the flying bridge deck. We think these are the only ones needed to reach the flying bridge.At the swim platform, the ship’s transom swings up automatically and you have access to the garage where a Williams tender with a saddle seat, a Weber engine and a jet drive system is housed. Additionally, a PWC can be mounted on the hydraulically operated swim platform.
The Flying Bridge
Now this is a flying bridge! We’re glad to see that a Jacuzzi wasn’t added as those tend to add weight well above the center of gravity and little else. A large C-shaped sofa lies across from a gourmet outdoor grill. The aft deck serves as a sunning area on Cara Mia, but with the installation of a deck crane, could easily be adapted to carrying a tender, or other water toys. The hard-top overhead extends fully over the “entertaining area” for protection from the elements, while still leaving sunning room aft. And obviously it can all be buttoned up with cruising canvas.Notice how the helm is mounted to starboard, rather than in the centerline. We’re very glad to see the helm seat be double-wide. We continue to believe that 68’ (20.8 m) is still an owner/operated boat, and having company while operating is a good thing. You can also see the second Böning Ship Alarm System mounted to the left of the helm. To port on the flying bridge deck is the grill, with sink and food prep area. Below is storage and refrigeration. Note how grab rails, which were absent on the lower decks, are here in abundance. And finally, if you have a figure worth displaying (and who doesn’t?) then the perfect spot to do so is front and center as you make your arrival into St. Tropez or Rio – or, off the north beach at Helgoland or off the Dune.
Elegance has certainly pulled it all together with the launch of Cara Mia. She has a lot going for her that make this an attractive boat for many uses, whether distance cruising, or staying local and entertaining in grand style. With standard power from a pair of 1,360-hp (1,000 kw) MAN diesels you won’t have to wait forever to reach your destination either.
Standard and Optional Features
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