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Cruising with express-type speed

For several years, Reuben Trane has wanted to build a fast cruising yacht in the 50-foot range with a huge master stateroom and a VIP stateroom worthy of master status. The Island Pilot 535 is that yacht.

“Essentially, we’re putting the accommodations of a full-displacement trawler in this very fast package,” says Trane, president of Island Pilot, which also builds the IP435 and the DSe Hybrid 12m (with diesel-solar-electric propulsion).
A full galley and dinette separate the 11-by-16-foot amidships master stateroom and the forward VIP stateroom, “providing the privacy of an aft-cabin boat,” says Trane, who with naval architect George Petrie designed the yacht. “The only time at night that owners are likely to even remember that guests are on board is if they all choose at the same time to raid the fridge.”
Targeting retiring baby boomers who want long-term cruising capability and express-type speed, the IP535 will be powered with twin Volvo Penta IPS II 900s (700 hp each). The skipper will have joystick helm control at three stations: in the deckhouse and cockpit and on the flybridge.
The builder expects the first boat to be on display at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show in February. (Trane says he has an order for a second IP535.) Speed calculations have the boat cruising 18 to 28 knots and with a top end of 34 knots. At cruise, the boat is expected to get just over 0.5 nmpg.
The hull, decks and superstructure are being built with composite coring material, except in through-hull areas, where solid lamination is being used, says Trane. The 535’s core is bonded to the biaxial fabric in a vacuum-bagging process, he says.
The diesels will be housed in a walk-in, stand-up engine room accessed through a weather-tight door in the cockpit. There will be easy access to all sides of the engines and generator, with room for a workbench and tool storage. The IP535 comes with an impressive list of standard equipment, including a Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizer, tender and electronics. The introductory price is $1.5 million.
Contact: Island Pilot, (888) 443-2965.

This article originally appeared in the July 2010 issue.