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First Photos of New Island Pilot IP535

First Photos of New Island Pilot IP535

New Island Pilot IP535 Close-Up Bow Shot

New Island Pilot IP535 Close-Up Bow Shot

You saw it here first, folks.  The first photos of Island Pilot’s new IP535.  It’s a monster!  And definitely an Island Pilot “fast trawler.”  Island Pilot’s Reuben Trane confirms the boat will be on display at next week’s Miami Boat Show, so if you want to see one of the truly unique new boats out there, stop by the Sealine Marina (ticket required this year to get onto the docks, don’t forget).  The IP535 features the brand new Volvo IPS II 900 propulsion system and it should top out at more than 30 knots and cruise comfortably in the mid-20s.

The New Island Pilot IP535 Wide-Angle Bow Shot

The New Island Pilot IP535 Wide-Angle Bow Shot

That first photo above is the close-up of the starboard bow, while tied alongside.  This second photo is a wider angle view from the same perspective.  You can see the Island Pilot 435 tied up just outboard of the new IP535.

Stern Shot of the New Island Pilot IP535 with Island Pilot 435 to Left

Stern Shot of the New Island Pilot IP535 with Island Pilot 435 to Left

This last photo is the truly telling perspective.  Check out the size difference between the Island Pilot 435 on the left and the new IP535 on the right.  It’s bloody huge!!  A couple of quick observations:

  • The large aft cockpit now features a built-in table and seating.
  • There are steps to and from the swim platform both to starboard and port.
  • To starboard there is a large door/hatch to the lower deck; no crawling required.
  • A couple of steps up from the aft cockpit is a sort of mezzanine level with entrance to the salon and stairs real stairs athwart-ship to starboard that go up to the flybridge.
  • The flybridge is HUGE.
  • So is Reuben Trane’s lunchbox.

Any other observations??

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats
Island Pilot Launches New IP535

Island Pilot Launches New IP535

New Island Pilot IP535 is Shown in this Computer Generated Image

New Island Pilot IP535 is Shown in this Computer Generated Image

Island Pilot is super-sizing its IPS-powered 435 into a new 531/2-foot model. New molds for the 535 have been built at the company’s yard in Zhuhai City, China, and Island Pilot reports that it has two firm orders already for the new yacht. If you really liked the 435 but wished it had a little more room, I think this new-but-familiar hull is going to be your ticket.

A CGI of the Flybridge Helm on the New Island Pilot IP535

A CGI of the Flybridge Helm on the New Island Pilot IP535

While the new hull will provide the extra luxury and roomier accommodations requested by Island Pilot customers, the IP535’s performance capabilities will derive from the latest IPS variant from Volvo Penta — the IPS II 900. The announcement from Island Pilot noted that in addition to three “joystick” docking stations, the IP535 will be fitted with Volvo Penta’s new “Dynamic Positioning System,” which holds heading and position automatically using a GPS array mounted on the radar arch.

On the performance side, here’s what Island Pilot says,

Extensive tank testing plus computer simulations predict a top speed of 33 knots with economical fast-cruising speeds between 18 and 28 knots. At slower speeds, the IP535 will have similar economy to single-screw displacement trawlers and mid-speed, semi-displacement cruisers. The pair of 700hp, D-11 diesels is aft in a walk-in, stand-up, uncluttered engine room accessed through a weather-tight door in the cockpit. The spacious engine room allows easy access to all sides of the engines and generator with room left over for a work bench and tool storage. Other systems normally crowded around the motors are located in an easily-accessed “basement” under the galley sole.

More from the Island Pilot press release:

The IP535’s high-end performance is complimented by her inviting and accommodating cockpit layout, spacious flybridge arrangement, and interior appointments. A 9-foot U-shaped settee is the focal point of the cockpit and with its own canopy the space is perfectly laid out for outdoor entertaining. Owners can select to have a full summer kitchen including grill and wet bar either in the cockpit, on the flybridge, or in both locations. The flybridge has space for three helm chairs or a pair of twins and is outfitted with a pair 15-inch Garmin touchscreens, the same found at the lower helm.

A signature feature of all Island Pilot yachts is the bright, open feeling of the deck house, with plenty of glass and 360-degree vistas. The IP535 continues this tradition with even more space—the U-shaped settee is 11×6 feet—the LED HDTV is 46 inches—and room remains for a pair of barrel easy chairs and the raised helm chairs. At 12×14 feet 6 inches, the deck house is highly customizable. Forward of the deck house, under the great expanse of windscreen, is the “great room” with the fully-equipped galley overlooking the dinette. Forward is an island-queen VIP stateroom and aft, under the deck house, is the full-width, mid-ship, master stateroom. Measuring 11×16 feet, this space can be configured to an owner’s preference and be fitted with an island queen, either angled or squared off, or a pair of twin berths. With her unique layout, the IP535 affords the privacy found in an aft-cabin yacht with the advantages of the sedan-styling. Reuben Trane comments, “The only time at night that owners are likely to even remember that guests are on board is if they all choose the same time to raid the fridge!”

Layout of the new Island Pilot IP535

Layout of the new Island Pilot IP535

The company says the new boat will debut at the 2011 Miami Boat Show.

Specifications for the Island Pilot IP535

Length on Deck:                          53’ 6”
LOA:                                                57’ 0”
LWL:                                               47’ 0”
Beam:                                            16’ 9”
Draft:                                               4’ 0”
Hardtop height:                            19’6” (radar arch folded) 
Displacement (full load):            54,500 lbs.
Power:                                            Volvo IPS900
Fuel:                                                600 U.S. gal. in three tanks
Water:                                             200 U.S. gal.
Holding Tank:                                100 U.S. gal.
Generator:                                     Mastervolt 11kW
Base Price:                                  $1.35 million, fully equipped (pre-construction price)

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Powerboats

Island Pilot DSe Hybrid to Air on Discovery Channel’s HD Theater

HD Theater “World’s Most Expensive Rides” Sunday, March 7th at 9 p.m. EST (check your local listings for other times).

Island Pilot DSe 12m Hybrid Enjoys Energy Independence in the sun.

Island Pilot DSe 12m Hybrid Enjoys Energy Independence in the Sun.

Last winter Reuben Trane, owner of Island Pilot was contacted by the producers of Discovery Channel’s HD Theater who were interested in featuringhis DSe Hybrid 12m in an episode about the world’s most expensive rides. The show’s crew met Reuben and his wife, Cheryl, in Key Largo for time on board the DSe to experience her quiet ride and hybrid technology. Episode 9 in “The World’s Most Expensive Rides” series airs this Sunday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST and will feature the DSe in one of its three segments.

The DSe was introduced in the fall of 2008. Built in Zhuhai City, China, the DSe 12m was America’s first hybrid pleasure cruising vessel combining diesel, solar, and electric technologies. The integrated nature of the diesel, solar, and electric components provides various fuel-efficient cruising options as well as the ability to be independent from shore power for days on end. The cutting edge technology used to power the DSe is balanced with a comfortable and inviting interior equipped with efficient galley components and high-quality entertainment systems.

A 6kW solar array can generate enough energy to stay at anchor indefinitely. When operated in electric zero-emissions mode, the DSe can run up to 5 knots with additional energy supplied from the two banks of 48-volt Lithium battery arrays. For added speed, a pair of 75hp Steyr Monoblock engines supply power and can operate on diesel, bio-diesel, or 100% bio-fuel. Boat handling is simplified by the fly-by-wire system with a bridge steering station and remote control.

Base price for the DSe 12m is $600,000, which certainly puts it in the “expensive ride” category, but frankly, that pales in comparison to the $20 million titanium car that is also in Sunday’s program.  I’d rather have the DSe 12m.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Electronics, Engines, Industry News, Passagemaking News, People, People & Profiles, Powerboats, Technology

Island Pilot DSe 12m Hybrid to Debut at Fort Lauderdale

Island Pilot’s revolutionary DSe Hybrid 12m will debut October 30, 2008 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the company has announced. “Green” passagemaking will take a giant leap forward when the DSE Hybrid arrives on the scene.

Artist's Conception of new Island Pilot DSe Hybrid 12m at Anchor
Artist’s Conception of new Island Pilot DSe Hybrid 12m at Anchor

The luxury cruiser is capable of running, on a bright sunny day, at 6 knots without using any diesel fuel at all. A 6 kW solar array, mounted on the top of the deckhouse and bridge supplies all the power needed to travel at that speed, or to run air conditioning, cooking and other hotel loads while at anchor. When more speed or power is desired, two Steyr 75 HP diesels, with integrated generators, can be started up to add either electrical power or drive power through the ZF saildrives.

Like all boats, the DSe 12m has a sweet speed for optimum cruising and hers is at 7.25 knots, a not atypical trawler speed, where she gets 10 NM/gallon fuel economy. That translates into a range of more than 1,000 NM at 7 knots with no solar contribution. With a 3 kW contribution from the solar array, the boat can cruise 2,200 NM at 6 knots. Performance of the solar array and the hull was confirmed in the initial sea trials conducted by company principal Reuben Trane and naval architect George Petrie on the G T Men River in Zhuhai City, China, where the boat is being built.  Top speed for the DSe 12m is approximately 13 knots.  The hulls were extensively tank-tested prior to construction for efficiency and bow wave and wake characteristics.

The DSe 12m features two staterooms; one a master suite forward on the main deck with 270 degrees of visibility and its own private dressing area and head. Another stateroom aft, under the bridge deck, has two twin beds that can be combined to form a queen; along with a dedicated head.

The salon features the galley aft, with settee and table forward to starboard and a couch across on the portside. The bridge deck has two chairs at the centered helm with a u-shaped lounge aft. The two hulls of the catamaran design feature aft steps down to the water level and there is a dinghy hunt on a davit between the two hulls aft.

The DSe 12m comes extremely well-equipped, including the  9′ dinghy with Torqueedo electric motor. A full electronics suite includes GPS touchscreen plotter, high definition radar, digital fish finder and XM Radio and weather from Garmin.  A Tecnautic “Fly by wire” electronic engine and helm control and autopilot complete the helm.

Full airconditioning, in 4 zones, along with a KVH satellite TV antenna and DirecTV receiver are included in the boat price. The galley includes a Seaward 3-burner radiant cooktop, 14 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer, GE Advantium microwave oven, Splendide Washer/Dryer combination. The water heater has an 11-gallon capacity, and each head features SeaLand Vacuflush heads.

The interior features all teak and holley soles, teak built-ins and entertainment center and the hi-low coffee/dining table.

The diesels are Steyr Motors Serial Hybrid Propulsion Systems, with 75 HP engines, inline 7 kW motor and 5 kW electric generator. The DSe 12m has a unique battery bank of 20 Odyssey AGM Deep Cycle batteries. The manufacturer says they are capable of 400 full-discharge cycles, but Island Pilot says in-house testing suggests they’re capable of significantly more than that.  Any discharge cycle less than full will also increase the number of cycles available. The bottom line is these batteries appear to be significantly capable for a couple of years’ worth of normal cruising.

The DSe 12m has a current price of $550,000, which includes delivery in the U.S., with all commissions and duties paid. Island Pilot is also embarking on two derivatives of the 12m.  The first is a smaller version, called the SPRQ — Solar Power — Real Quiet — which uses a single central hull and single engine, with two slim “amas,” or outrigger-like hulls. A third design is the DSe 18m, a 60-foot boat with a 25-foot beam, featuring a 14 kW solar array and a 4 stateroom/4 head layout. Island Pilot says it is working now with Steyr Motors to develop a larger hybrid drive for the 18m.

Specifications for the DSe 18m

  • LOA                 39′ 6″
  • LWL                 36′ 6″
  • Beam               17′ 0″
  • Draft                 2′ 6″
  • Air Draft         13′ 6″
  • Displacement 17,500 pounds
  • Fuel                120 gallons (2 tanks)
  • Water              120 gallons (2 tanks)
  • Holding             60 gallons (2 tanks)
  • Power (Diesel)   75 HP Steyr Motors (2 each)
  • Power (Electric)  7 kW 48 vDC Motors (2 each)
  • Power (Genset)   5 kw 48 vDC Generator (2 each)

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