raised pilothouse yachts

North Pacific Yachts 43 is a Value Leader in Pilothouse Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

When I first wrote about the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse in March of 2009, I thought the model represented a good value for families looking for a roomier vessel to cruise on with the kids. On seeing the boat again at this year’s Annapolis Powerboat Show, I’d like to expand that view to mark the 43 as one of the best values around for anyone looking to cruise coastal waters on a yacht roomy enough to spend a summer aboard. I took the photos you see here at Annapolis and there’s a link below to some more expansive photo galleries of the boat.

Click on Picture for Larger view of Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

An enormous amount of first-rate equipment is standard on the NP 43; everything from the 5kW Northern Lights generator to Racor filters for engines and gennies. The boat comes with a single Cummins 230 QSB, but will take up to a single Cummins 435 QSB or twin Cummins 380 QSB engines. Frankly, the standard engine will drive the boat nicely in the 8.5 knot range, topping out around 10 knots.  If you are in a warmer climate, you’ll want to install A/C and upsize the genny to a 9kW Northern Lights model.  See the rest of the options here.

Click on Picture for Larger View of Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

With a base price of $399K, you are getting a boat that is well-made, with a lot of normally optional equipment standard. The beautiful teak interior is standard. All you really need to do is add the appropriate climate-control capabilities if you will be in extremely hot or cold locales. The boat has a standard Espar D5LC diesel forced-air furnace for heat, and two 16K BTU air conditioning/heat units good for everywhere north and south of say, 30 degrees of latitude.

Click Here for Larger view of Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Electronic equipment represents about the only major group of items that need to be added to the standard equipment. The factory can install Raymarine equipment; other brands can be installed aftermarket. Trevor Brice, the president of NPY, says East Coast U.S. deliveries involve a higher delivery charge, but you will get the full attention of an NPY commissioning crew for your new yacht.

Here are a couple of extensive photo galleries of the NP 43 that you might like to peruse.

North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

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North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

North Pacific Yachts 43

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North Pacific Yachts 43

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Grand Banks Launches New 55 Aleutian RP Yacht

Current 59 Aleutian RP from Grand Banks - New 55 Aleutian RP Has Similar Profile

Current 59 Aleutian RP from Grand Banks - New 55 Aleutian RP Has Similar Profile

An e-mail from Grand Banks last week to current and prospective customers invited them to a private micro website which reveals the existence and details of a new junior member of the Aleutian raised pilothouse series of yachts the company is building.  The new 55 Aleutian RP is intended to offer “outstanding long-range capability,” according to an overview of the new yacht on the website.

The new 55 Aleutian RP is not simply a smaller 59, according to Grand Banks, although in renderings it retains all the classic lines of the Aleutian models.  The company says it did a complete re-evaluation of everything from hull design to layouts and made a number of changes as a result, including a new three-cabin layout, and a redesigned engine room with significantly more space.  The website shows video of  a hull model of the new 55 being tank-tested under various simulated sea-states and speeds at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Grand Banks says it also built full-size, walk-through mockups to validate the new layouts and storage areas.

The website was noticeably vague on propulsion details, although one section notes the yacht will be outfted with -blade props from ZF, measuing 34 inches in diameter by 31 inches in pitch, and tuned to S-class tolerances.  The boat will also be equipped with Delta T™ Air Demisters and a full Fireboy automatic fire suppression system with automatic engine, generator and ventilation shutdown.

When asked for artist’s renderings for this article, a Grand Banks representative said the company was not ready for a full-blown media launch but would start advertising in October.  It seemed clear from the website information that the first hull was already under construction but that could not be confirmed by press time.  As we find out more about this boat, you will see and read about it here on OceanLines.  In the meantime, here are the basic specifications of the new Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP as provided in the preview website.

 

Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP
Preliminary Specifcations

Maximum Length 58′ – 11″ 17.96m
Length Overall 53′ – 8″ 16.35m
Length Waterline 49′ – 1″ 14.96m
Beam (Max) 17′ – 9″ 5.41m
Draft (Max) 4′ – 8″ 1.40m
Fuel 1,000 USG 3,785 L
Water 300 USG 1,136 L
Height (DWL to top of Hard Top) 18′ – 7″ 5.65m
Height (DWL to top of windshield) 15′ – 10″ 4.81m
Height (DWL to top of mast) 23′ – 6″ 7.16m
Displacement (half load) 72,000 lbs 32,659 kg
Holding Tank 100 USG 379 L
Grey Water Tank 52 USG 197 L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

* All specifications preliminary, as depicted on GB preview website as of 09/03/2009.

Copyright © 2009 by OceanLines LLC

Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News