Step into the salon, and you immediately see where most of the extra cost came from. The all-teak interior includes hand-carved scallop-shell handles on every cabinet and drawer, teak beveled panels and hideaway compartments throughout the companionway, a hidden foldout table between custom swivel armchairs to starboard and a custom-built salon table that raises and lowers at the touch of a remote-control device. (It also has leaf inserts for more dining space and a lockout switch so you can't put the table down on people's legs with the leaves inserted.) Tallying the extra joiner work, I figure that the Whiticar 56's custom interior required about 50 times more work than if it just had wall coverings or plain veneer panels.
It took three years and an extra million dollars, but every bit of veneer aboard is book matched. Every bit of teak aboard Picasso - the toenail, caprail, cockpit cabinetry, and transom (except the deck) - came from a single log and matches perfectly.
This 56 provides a remarkable amount of storage everywhere - almost all of it hidden away for a super clean atmosphere. Adding to the clean look are half-height reefers and freezers under galley counters (though not the drawer type), and Corian counters with elegant brass fixtures and fittings.
Lots of hidden features require ways to expose them. Everywhere you go aboard the Whiticar 56, you find remote controls and electronically actuated parts. Normally I wouldn't mention the entertainment system as it is strictly an owner-chosen feature. However, Picasso boasts an awesome flat-panel TV and home theater system in the salon. I mention it because Whiticar fabricated the most beautiful handmade teak grates in the salon pillars and bulkheads to hide the high-end speakers.
A commercial Clear-Cube icemaker always has 50 pounds of ice cubes ready, and wine and dish storage hide in slide-out compartments.
Belowdecks, the master head is so elegant it makes the guest head look like the poor country cousin. I particularly love the molded wood sink.