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Broward 125′ Superyacht Highlight [Boat Review + Video]

September 25, 2020 11:00 am

Explore CHIMERA, a 125′ Broward 1989 superyacht for sale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ryan Alexander and Kurt Bosshardt gives a personal tour of this vessel.

Good morning, my name is Kurt Bosshardt, a super yacht broker with Denison Yachting. Today I have the privilege of taking you through Chimera, a 125-foot Broward Motor Yacht, first commissioned in 1989. 

At the time she was built, Broward was commissioned to undertake one of the most challenging builds in the shipyard’s history, a yacht known throughout North America for breaking the mold. This was the first Broward Yacht built to the American Bureau of Shipping Classification Standards, the effects of which are felt throughout the Yacht she was entirely custom designed and built with large interior spaces and volume which had to be improved by the American Bureau of Shipping and Surveyors. 

Starting in 2018 in Europe, she underwent a complete refit of exterior and interior spaces. The most recent refit was completed here in Fort Lauderdale, just last month. For example, here in the salon, we have all new flooring and decking, soft goods, furniture and window shades. And then moving into the master stateroom she has been completely restored and is almost unrecognizable from her original build. As of the date of her launch, she was the only custom and largest Broward Motor Yacht ever built. From her 25-foot beam to her spacious on-deck master, she has the feel of 150-foot yacht packed into a 125-foot line. 

In addition to the master, below deck and a half there’s a full beam VIP as well as two more staterooms forward. One thing you will notice when you step onboard and are underway is how solid this yacht feels. One of the reasons the owners picked this yacht for such an extensive refit is her classic timeless lines which you will see from a profile and also the fact that they’re complemented by the navy blue hull. 

Now I’m going to hand you off to my colleague Ryan Alexander who’s going to walk you through the spaces of this yacht and show you the latest iteration of a classic Broward Motor Yacht. 

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

We’re going to kick off today’s walkthrough of this classic Broward all the way up on the top level – the sundeck. Forward, there’s an open sunning area that can be set up with removable furniture. A sunroof can be closed up to cover the space, if the rain rolls in or if you need a break from the sun. Found in the aft section of the sundeck, we see molded-in seating that surrounds a hardwood cocktail table. On the port side of seating for up to five with an L-shaped settee and then there’s seating for three found on the starboard side. This area is covered by a molded hard top that doubles as the radar arch. Taking a look on top of the radar arch really quick, you see that she’s equipped with twin Furuno radars, a pair of searchlights and a KVH Sat Dome.

Leaving the upper deck, let’s head down a level to the bridge deck aft. Here we see an inflatable tender, a pair of Sea-Doo personal watercraft and the davit with which to deploy that. Other water toys stored up here are a pair of Seabobs that we see just forward. 

There’s a molded dinette on the starboard side that can accommodate up to eight. With the water toys removed, the lounging footprint expands so you can add more furniture, thus host more guests. I also want to point out that to port and starboard are side decks that lead forward towards the wheelhouse to wing stations that are found outboard. Here at these wing stations, you have engine controls, bow thruster joystick and searchlight controls. 

Before we check out the wheelhouse, let’s enter the skylounge from the bridge deck aft. Windows surround the entire space with additional light entering through the entry doors on the aft bulkhead. When you first step into this space, off on the starboard side is the living and lounging area. There’s an L-shaped settee, an armchair as well as a glass coffee table. And then immediately forward of the seating area is built-in storage and a seat just below a desk. The other feature of the skylounge we want to point out is the bar that’s found forward on the port side. Here carpet turns to freshly refinished hardwood flooring and there are four bar stools that wrap around the outer edge of a raised bar top. Back here your bartender has access to a sink, plenty of storage and prep space as well as a fridge and an icemaker found just below the countertop. 

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

Found forward in center line is a wrapping staircase that leads down to the main deck, an area that we’re going to come back to later. But outboard of this, on the starboard side, we pass a side access door that we checked out earlier where we found the wing stations. 

Leaving the skylounge and heading forward, we step immediately into the wheelhouse. Here at the main helm, your captain has access to all the tools that you need to operate this boat safely. Aft of the helm there’s a bench seat where your crew can sit watch at night or you can join the captain when you’re underway. While the crew is preparing the yacht for your next excursion, your captain has an office aft on the port side for putting together his part of the game plan. 

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

Jumping back outside now let’s take a look at the swim platform which is accessed by a centerline staircase that leads down to port and starboard where your crew has access to the deck. Adding to the guest experience onboard this 125 Broward is a Z-lift. This provides you multiple positions for interacting with the water. It can serve as a dive platform or stairs that lead down below the water line giving you easy access to the water. When you get out of the water and want to dry off, you can step up the centerline staircase and relax on a large aft deck. Up here, the molded in seating on the starboard side is a comfortable aspect of this alfresco dinette. A hard top extends aft to cover the high gloss teak table and forward portion of the seating. Found in this matte finished hardtop is LED lighting and flush mounted speakers. You can move back and forth between the dinette and a wet bar that’s found forward on the port side right next to a staircase. This is just in front of a huge plate glass salon window. In this area, we find a sink, an icemaker and refrigeration. Outboard is a gorgeous stainless staircase with teak treads that leads up to the sundeck. From here, let’s continue forward on the main deck and step inside to take a look at the salon. 

Virtually everything about the interior of this yacht was gutted and replaced over the last handful of years. The flooring, the soft goods and overheads even the outlets have been updated with USB plugs. In the aft portion of the salon, we see an oversized sofa to port with recliners found just forward. A second fixed seating area is over on the starboard side by way of a U-shaped settee. The salons TV is found in the aft starboard corner with AV equipment stored just below. 

Right next to the TV is a set of stairs that gives us access to three of the four staterooms found onboard.  

Let’s check out the port forward cabin first. Here there’s a walk around queen berth oriented athwartship. As the size of this guest suite indicates, the accommodations on this yacht are huge and they feel more like hotel rooms than staterooms. Looking in the aft section, we see that there’s a ton of storage between outboard cabinets and a closet found behind double-mirrored doors. Right next to the closet is a desk where you can chase inspiration or write that long overdue letter. Looking to the forward bulkhead, we see the entrance into a spacious ensuite that has an oversized vanity, a large shower stall with a tub and high gloss hardwood flooring that’s found throughout. 

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

Opposite this VIP is the starboard guest cabin with a twin berth layout. Forward of the berth is an ensuite which mirrors the last cabin’s ensuite. Stepping out of the head entrance, we see this cabin’s TV on the aft bulkhead as well as a large cedar-lined closet. A quick side note that I want to point out is that the majority of the lights in the guest spaces have been converted to run on dimmer switches. Stepping out of this cabin and moving aft, we pass through the guest foyer on our way to our next stop – the aft VIP stateroom. 

If the open feel of that port forward guest suite feels like a hotel room, this VIP feels like a studio apartment just above the water line. The berth and bulk of the storage are found on the port side with a pair of hull windows that light up the space. Over on the starboard side, we see the ensuite. His and hers vanities are seen first just outside of a stall that encloses the head and a glass shower stall. Wrapping up the guest accommodation detour, let’s step back up to the main deck and pick up in the salon. Hardwood flooring leads forward to the formal dining area that we see on the port side. Here we have seating for eight that wraps around an expandable hardwood table. Before we continue forward on the starboard side to take a look at the master, let’s instead stick to the port side and check out the galley, the crew space and the engine room.

Entering through a pocket door, we pass into a service area which serves as the upper galley. In here, there’s a ton of cold storage and countertop space for staging freshly plated meals. Continuing forward, we pass a side access door for the crew as we take a staircase down into the galley proper and the crew area. This newly reworked chef’s galley features all new Kenmore appliances that include a large refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher and then a 5-burner cooktop with a range hood that’s found aft. Also found off the galley is the laundry center with a pair of stacked washer/dryers.

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

Leaving the galley and passing pantry storage, we continue forward and enter into the crew lounge. In here, a U-shaped dinette found off to the starboard side is the primary feature of this common area. Connected to this space are three comfortable crew cabins, each has a bunk configuration and a private ensuite head with a separate shower stall. These are among the most sizable crew accommodations you’ll find on a boat this size. Wrapping up in the crew accommodations our next stop is the midship engine room which we enter just aft of the galley. Running this yacht are a pair of Detroit diesel 1400 horsepower engines. Outboard of the engines are a pair of 80 KW Northern Lights generators. Wrapping up below decks, let’s head back up to the main deck where we’re next going to check out the main deck foyer.

To access this area we pass through a wide plate glass door into the space where the owner enters the boat and their accommodations. First, outboard to starboard, we see a pair of wine coolers conveniently close to the formal dining room and the master stateroom. Just forward of this is the main deck dayhead. Opposite the dayhead are stairs that lead up to the skylounge and then outboard on the starboard side is the owner’s entrance. This is just steps away from a stunning master stateroom. Throughout the last handful of years, we’ve taken you on over 600 yacht walk-throughs. And I can say with all sincerity, you could watch them all again and you’d be hard-pressed to find another owner’s suite that’s this spacious. Staterooms on some yachts are merely places that you sleep and you get ready. Onboard this 125 Brower, the accommodations are spaces in which you can live. 

On the port, side is an L-shaped settee below the hull windows and there’s a desk just forward that doubles as a dressing station. Opposite to starboard is built-in storage that runs nearly the entire length of this accommodation. Centerline is a plush aft-facing king berth that offers you the best perspective of this space. After the sun goes down you can relax in bed with a movie playing on the big screen that angles towards the foot of the bed from the overhead. The vaulted ceiling in here doubles down on the volume of this classic Broward. A split ensuite is found forward of the berth with separate entrances to either side. In here we find his and hers vanities that are connected by a huge spa style shower.

 125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

For our last stop, we’re going to jump just forward of the master and outside to take a look at the foredeck. Note the size of this superstructure overhead of the master that gives you scale to the owner’s accommodation. Molded into the superstructure is a forward-facing bench seat for sunrises or sunsets where you want a little bit of privacy or just to feel the wind in your face. Forward, is the ground tackle and the stainless cleats for tying off when you get back to the dock. When you drop the anchor, you do so with a pair of American-made windlasses on either side of the ship’s bell emblazoned with one of the yachts original names Showtime. 

125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA

Few boats are more significant to American Shipbuilding and the Denison family name than this 125 Broward. Over the years, she’s changed hands and undergone extensive refits but one thing has remained the same and that’s the timeless pedigree berth from Broward’s commitment to building a proper ship. 

On behalf of Kurt Bosshardt, the entire team at Denison and myself Ryan Alexander, thank you so much for joining us onboard this classic Broward. If you have any questions that are left unanswered or you’d like to see her yourself in person, you can reach out to Kurt and set that up at any time.

 125' Broward 1989 CHIMERA
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