June 13th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Delta Marine Arianna: Have Megayacht, Will Explore

Love of family and a desire to see the world together led to the build of this 164-foot megayacht.

When a knowledgeable charter guest decided he wanted to build a megayacht for his family to enjoy themselves, and to offer her for charter in places like the Caribbean and Bahamas, the Galapagos Islands, and Southeast Asia, he did what most other buyers would do. He researched shipyards with good reputations and analyzed sizes that would fulfill his specific needs.

While the 164-foot Arianna, delivered by Delta Marine, is the result, the real story involves an owner who wanted his newborn daughter to grow up experiencing the world via the ocean. Even more, he wanted Arianna to be a true home at sea. In the process, Arianna become the most voluminous, full-displacement, all-fiberglass yacht of her length overall.


Even though Arianna uses a hull form that Delta has employed for previous megayachts, she is far more voluminous than they are with an internal capacity of 822 tons. Compare that to Happy Days, the fifth Delta to employ this full-displacement hull design, which has a tonnage of 781. In addition, most other megayachts at or near 164 feet LOA, regardless of where they’re built or what materials they employ, don’t exceed 500 tons. The reason: Stricter regulations kick in above that threshold.


The two round features that you see on Arianna’s foredeck are skylights. One is in the gym, located to port on the main deck. The other is in the owner’s office, also on the main deck. They lend a bit of whimsy to two areas that could otherwise be considered too serious.



Here’s a good, close-up look at one of Arianna’s skylights, which depicts a shell pattern. The skylights are light-toned to let sun filter in, yet are not so light as to let it be a beacon of sorts. The skylights aren’t the only areas aboard the megayacht that feature glass. In fact, the chandelier above the dining table incorporates a handful of colorful blown-glass pieces.



Arianna’s saloon has what’s perhaps the best representation of the yacht’s overall Polynesian- and Balinese-inspired design elements. They’re found even in the smallest details. Woven-leather handrails, natural stonework, bamboo chairs, colorful blown-glass lighting, and more mix with rich woods like Macassar ebony, wenge, and koa. The coffee table in the foreground is a petrified root.


Details like this are abundant aboard Arianna. Delta Marine has long has its own wood shop, so every wall panel, accent piece, and more is done in-house. Delta also has its own design department in-house to handle both naval architecture and interior design, and the latter team worked with the owner to bring his vision to fruition.



Because Arianna’s owner has business interests in multiple time zones, he wanted a library and office where he could comfortably spend time when needed. Even with the latest computer equipment and Wifi connectivity, the office falls in line with the rest of Arianna’s Balinese and Polynesian decor.


Soon after delivery, the owner commented, “My wife would tell you that the gym is the best spot onboard Arianna by far. For me, it’s still the room I’m least acquainted with.” Hopefully by now he’s used it. His crew has used it, too, an intention from the start. The owner believes that the crew is an important part of the family. Their mess is forward of the galley, on the main deck.


This private lounge is part of the owner’s suite on the upper deck of Arianna. The suite occupies more than 1,600 square feet and eliminates the traditional skylounge, since the owner says he’s never used one in all his years of chartering. The second stateroom can accommodate the owner’s young daughter if so desired; when Arianna is on charter, it is well suited to a family member, a personal assistant, or other staff member.


Here’s the master stateroom. Note the bamboo treatment overhead, a featured element further found in the saloon and elsewhere aboard Arianna. A television rises from the console in the foreground. The best feature: the sliding glass doors opposite the foot of the bed (not visible) leading out to a private alfresco area.



The private alfresco area off the master stateroom is perfect for the owner and his wife to enjoy some private time together and/or with their daughter. The enclosed spiral stairway can be locked, or left open for guests to join them. Zippered panels can also go in the windows for cool days and nights.


Even with the yacht having been inspired by the owner’s daughter, Arianna has a few areas that the grown-up set will most appreciate. This bar on the sundeck is one of them. It’s easy to imagine either charter guests or the owner, with his friends and extended family, spending much of the day here.

Specifications: LOA: 164’0” Beam: 34’1” Draft: 9’7” (half load) Displacement: 552 long tons Fuel capacity: 21,900 gallons

An important element that drew the owner to Delta Marine was its management team, brothers Jack and Ivor Jones. Their family established the yard in the 1960s to build speedboats and later commercial fishing boats, operating in those worlds until transitioning successfully into custom yachts. “For me, it was a no-brainer that only a company run by a family can understand my vision,” explains Arianna’s owner. “I told them that Arianna was going to be a ‘home’ at sea for my family.” He elaborates, “I wanted a family-treasured beach house—luxurious but cozy, made for a lifestyle of relaxation.”

For more information, contact Delta Marine.

Photo Credits: Kristina Strobel and Superyacht Media

Editor’s Note: For more information about locations where Arianna will be cruising, visit the destination pages of YachtWorldCharters:

Caribbean and Bahamas

Galapagos Islands

Southeast Asia

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.