Photography by Billy Black
The fusion of his love of music and design inspired owner Ken Sawyer’s extraordinary new 42-foot motor
yacht, Lionheart’s Concerto, designed by Bob Perry. With an exterior styled after a 1920s Bugatti sports
car, and an interior that pays homage to art deco and art nouveau, Lionheart’s Concerto is one of a kind.
But looks aside, the key feature of this boat is the electric Yamaha player piano nestled to starboard. “We
modified the boat to the piano, more than the other way round,” said J.B. Turner, one of the partners at
Front Street Shipyard, where much of the finishing work was done. The boat’s electrical system had to be
up to the task of driving the piano’s speakers whether on inverter or generator power. “We customized
the legs and speaker coverings to make the piano look more like the interior as well,” he added. Another
special touch: the carbon fiber piano bench that weighs just a few pounds. — MICHAEL VATALARO
See more boat
details and photos up close, an
interview with Ken
Sawyer, and video
Concerto in action
(and in concert!).