Volvo Penta IPS II 900

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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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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