The Delphia Escape 1150 Voyage was originally launched at the Dusseldorf Boat Show back in 2016. Since then, it has undergone a great many changes but the underlying principle remains the same. While Polish sailboat specialist, Delphia (see Delphia 34 family cruising yacht video: first look), has already produced a couple of 10.8-metre motorboats, the new 1150 is designed to make better use of its internal proportions than any sub-11-metre powerboat on the market – and on the basis of its credentials, the company looks pretty well placed to judge.
Delphia has already been in business for well over 25 years. It has manufactured more than 20,000 vessels, developed more than 30 models and established not just its own marina, but one of the largest boatyards in Eastern Europe. It also builds some very serious mainstream brands, so there is every reason to expect big things from this boat, both in clarity of thought and execution of build.
Embrace the day
Tomasz Rosiński’s design for the 1150 aims to combine the “advantages of a houseboat” with the handling and performance of “a more powerful motorboat”. That’s a hell of an ambition but when you step on board, the rigour of the space management quickly backs that up. For instance, while the swim platform is very short indeed, the aft bench more than makes up for that. It faces both fore and aft, with a pair of swinging backrests in the centre. That means you can face the stern and dangle a rod or you can face the rest of the cockpit occupants and enjoy a communal glass of wine. And if you swing the backrests down, one on either side, you can also generate a large, uninterrupted two-man sunpad. In truth, the aft-facing bench could do with a fold-out footrest to prevent your legs dangling, plus some proper armrests and cup holders to really make the most of the space, but that aside, it remains a very fine feature indeed.
Further forward, the aft end of the pilothouse also works very hard. It uses some clever three-part sliding doors that can be opened from either side – and that in turn allows you to enjoy greater flexibility when you step inside the saloon. It is configured around a starboard dining station and a port galley with a fore-and-aft walkway between the two. A pair of swing-out stools beneath the port edge of the table, plus a reversible co-pilot seat at the helm, make it a very comfortable spot for five or six people to relax over dinner. And if you slide the aft doors to port and open the overhead sunroof, the dining station also achieves a decent degree of integration with the outside world.
Further forward, up at the wheel, the use of steep windows, a Skipper’s door and narrow screen pillars ensure that visibility is also very good. The forward extension of the pilothouse roof over the foredeck (designed to help lend a little shade to those on the bow cushions) also provides some useful glare-resistance for the helmsman. And if you want to further increase the versatility of this main deck, you can do so by means of a second sunbathing platform with folding settee on the foredeck; and also by means of the ‘Sunfly’ option which, as the name suggests, is basically a mattress mounted on the pilothouse roof.
It’s an indisputably user-friendly space but even a year after its initial launch, there are still a couple of areas that need further thought. For instance, the long expanse of unbroken overhead fibreglass between the helm seat and the screen does make this forward section of the pilothouse feel much darker than even the Skipper needs it to be. There is also a forward section of the port walkway, just by the windscreen, where the easy-grip underfoot surface gives way to a glossy angle of GRP, which could easily surprise the unwary. And while the small opening window section, to port of the pilothouse, is a useful idea for accessing the midships cleat from indoors, it is currently too small and awkward to be effective.
Relish the night
Delphia’s very clear and deliberate delineation between upper and lower decks; between day and night; and between entertaining your friends and getting your head down means that, with saloon and galley up top, every inch of this boat’s lower space can be dedicated to overnighting. That enables the provision of two impressively large double cabins - a V-berth in the bow, plus a full-beam double amidships, divided by a pair of heads compartments, one on either side, each with its own shower.
It is of course very easy to list these features as though they’re perfectly commonplace, but given that this boat is only 35 feet in length, the designer has done an impressive job of incorporating them into such restrictive dimensions. He’s also done a fine job of ensuring ample light, easy movement and lofty headroom throughout most of this boat. My sole word of caution therefore regards the fit-out, because the colours and styles on the Dusseldorf show boat weren’t exactly relaxing…
On the contrary, with its internal galaxy of multi-coloured flecks, the port work surface glittered like a nightclub dance floor; and the fabrics, materials and colourways also felt a touch oppressive by northern European standards. Happily, as illustrated by the images used here, there are plenty of options to help divert this cruiser away from ‘Dated Eastern European Discotheque’ and into something more restful and modest. In fact, I’m willing to bet that with pale wood bulkheads, matt work surfaces and muted Scandinavian-style fabrics, the prodigious spaces on board this big Delphia would feel even more generous.
Delphia Escape 1150 Voyage summary
With a beam of nearly 3.5 metres, a weight well in excess of seven metric tonnes and a power rating that encompasses everything from a single 50hp inboard unit to twin 225s, the 1150 is never likely to provide authentic sports boating vigour. Instead, as the product of a company with a pronounced sailing heritage, this semi-displacement Category B platform feels a lot like the sailor’s take on the motorboat conundrum. Irrespective of Delphia’s claims about combining sport and accommodation, it’s plain that outright performance has been sacrificed here in favour of space and practical liveability. With the top-rated engine option, you can still achieve 20 knots but this boat is all about a versatile, communally efficient main deck allied to accommodation that wouldn’t look out of place on a cruise-friendly 40-footer. And with a starting price of around 169,000 Euros, that ought to be more than enough to warrant your attention. Watcha First Look Video of the design below.
Delphia Escape 1150 Voyage specifications
LOA: 10.8 m
Beam: 3.45 m
Draft: 0.9 m
Weight: 7,200 kg
Power: single 50 to twin 225hp
Fuel capacity: from 300 litres
Price: from 169,000 Euros