Global Yacht Builders is a new company based in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, and its first boat is the GLOBALarrow 68, part of an express motoryacht line that is to debut in the United States early in 2007.
The three-stateroom, three-head yacht rides a deep-vee planing hull with propeller pockets, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates of South Dartmouth, Mass. Global Yacht Builders is a new company based in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, and its first boat is the GLOBALarrow 68, part of an express motoryacht line that is to debut in the United States early in 2007. The three-stateroom, three-head yacht rides a deep-vee planing hull with propeller pockets, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates of South Dartmouth, Mass. The hull is fully cored and vacuum bagged, with composite stringers and lightweight, honeycomb-cored interiors. Twin engine options range from 1,000-hp Caterpillar C18s to 1,800-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs.
Starting at the stern, the boat has a large swim platform with space for a tender, a raised cockpit with seating and a table, and crew quarters — or tender storage — beneath the cockpit. The saloon has chairs to port and starboard, a settee to port, and an L-shaped dinette to starboard. The galley-up is to port and comes equipped with a refrigerator and freezer, oven, cook top, microwave and stainless steel double sink. The helm station is to starboard. In the galley-down layout, companion seats and a chart table are to port.
Below, either layout configuration has a full-beam master stateroom with separate head and shower compartments, a forward stateroom with a centerline island berth, and a starboard stateroom with twin berths. The galley-up layout provides for an office/nav station below deck.
Though new to the boatbuilding industry, Global Yacht Builders’ directors include chairman Charles Chang, who founded and continues to head Hi-Star Yachts in Taiwan, and general manager Bruce Livingston, former plant director of Grand Banks Yachts in Malaysia and general manager of Little Harbor Custom Yachts in Rhode Island.
Hunt Yacht Sales, South Dartmouth, Mass. Phone: (508) 994-2000. www.huntyachts.com
LOA: 70 feet, 9.5 inches
BEAM: 19 feet, 2 inches
DRAFT: 5 feet, 4.5 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 95,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 1,500 gallons fuel, 320 gallons water, 456 gallons waste
ENGINE OPTION: twin diesels to 3,600 hp
SPEED: 38 mph top, 31 mph cruise (with twin 1,550-hp Caterpillar C32s)
PRICE: $2.5 million (includes electronics)
Luhrs 41 Hardtop
Luhrs Corp. has launched its first offshore cruising boat with the 41 Hardtop. It rides the same hull as the 41 Convertible and 41 Open models, introduced in the last couple of years, but it loses some of the fishing gear in favor of
amenities, such as a climate-controlled bridge and a pair of large, electrically actuated skylights in the hardtop.The enclosed pilothouse contains the helm station, a double companion chair to port, U-shaped settee with cherry table that converts to a double berth, and an entertainment center to starboard with a refrigerator, sink, flat-screen television and Bose stereo system.
Below, the first step is into the galley, equipped with Corian countertops, a microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator/freezer, and two-burner electric stove. The saloon contains another flat-screen television and a convertible settee/dinette. Sliding doors open to the forward stateroom, which has a queen-size berth with storage beneath, a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers, and a private entrance to the starboard head compartment.
The boat retains some fishing features, including a 50-gallon transom live well, bait-prep station, a pair of 45-gallon in-deck fishboxes, and four gunwale rod holders. The cockpit measures 100 square feet.
Luhrs Corp., St. Augustine, Fla. Phone: (904) 829-0500. www.luhrs.com
LOA: 44 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 15 feet, 9 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 32,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees
TANKAGE: 600 gallons fuel, 130 gallons water, 40 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin inboard diesels to 1,290 hp
SPEED:32 mph top, 28 mph cruise
Glacier Bay 3065
The new Glacier Bay 3065 Canyon Runner slots in between the builder’s 26- and 34-foot power cats. The boat is designed for serious fishing, according to Glacier Bay, and includes an aluminum mounting
plate for a fighting chair as standard equipment. The builder says its new hull shape provides greater roll stability and enhanced ability to bank into turns.
Set up with a center console layout, the 3065 has a sliding double helm seat with a flip-up bolster. Other seating includes a cushion on the lighted 42-gallon live well, aft jump seats and a cushioned “bow storage island” forward of the console, with space beneath a sunpad for a 54-quart cooler and a 55-gallon locker.
In addition to the storage island, the boat has three insulated in-deck fishboxes, multiple in-deck storage lockers, an aft lazarette, in-transom storage, an anchor locker and a hanging locker in the center console. Other features include a bait prep station with cutting board aft and to port, an aft freshwater sink, marine head with vanity and sink, and a stainless steel bow rail.
Glacier Bay Catamarans, Monroe, Wash. Phone: (360) 794-0444. www.glacierbaycats.com
LOA: 32 feet, 1 inch
BEAM: 10 feet, 8 inches
DRAFT: 2 feet, 3 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 9,400 pounds
HULL TYPE: catamaran
TANKAGE: 240 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 18 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 500 hp
SPEED: 43 mph top, 19 mph cruise (with twin Yamaha F250s) PRICE: $165,560
Seawolf Pilothouse 30
Seawolf Marine builds plate aluminum boats from 22 to 36 feet in cuddy cabin, hardtop, pilothouse and flybridge models. The Pilothouse 30 is the most recent of these rugged planing boats.
The hull is constructed of 5086 aluminum alloy, and the thickness of the bottom is 1/4 inch, while the sides are roughly 3/16 inch. 5052 aluminum alloy is used for the decks, cabin sides, bulkheads and cabin top. The boat has a welded bow rail and grab rails, welded radar arch, welded anchor roller and welded swim step, all standard, in addition to aluminum frame doors and windows. Because of all the metal, the boat has “extensive” acoustic insulation throughout and comes with a zinc anode on the hull, according to the builder.
Inside the pilothouse/saloon is a helm station to starboard, a pair of companion seats to port, and convertible dinette aft. Below, there is a queen-size berth and head compartment to port. The 30 has three self-draining storage lockers in the cockpit deck and a pair of 48-by-30-by-15-inch self-draining storage holds below deck.
Seawolf Marine Manufacturing Inc., Burlington, Wash. Phone: (360) 757-3191. www.seawolfmarine.com
LOA: 30 feet
BEAM: 10 feet
DRAFT: 1 foot, 4 inches (drive up), 2 feet, 8 inches (drive down) DISPLACEMENT: 8,500 pounds
HULL TYPE: planing
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 14 degrees
TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water, 10 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: single diesel sterndrive
SPEED: 43 mph top, 31 mph cruise (with 350-hp Volvo Penta D6) PRICE: $189,000
The Hydra-Sports 2200CC is the smallest of the Sarasota, Fla., builder’s Vector Series offshore fishing boats.The boat is built of hand-laid fiberglass with Kevlar
reinforcements, an integral composite transom, and a foam-filled fiberglass stringer system. The deep-vee hull has flare at the bow and 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom.
The 2200CC is powered by a single outboard from 150 to 250 hp, and Hydra-Sports offers Yamaha 4-strokes, Mercury Verado supercharged 4-strokes, and Evinrude E-TEC 2-strokes.
A T-top is standard, with PFD storage, spreader lights, five rod holders, a panel for mounting electronics, navigation lights and a dome light. Other features include a portable marine head in the console, tempered glass windshield, six stainless steel pop-up cleats, recessed bow rail, freshwater system, raw water washdown and a swim platform.
Fishing gear includes a 31-gallon lighted bait well, insulated forward fishboxes, under-gunwale rod storage, four in-gunwale rod holders, a tackle box, stainless steel toerails, and a transom door.
Hydra-Sports Boats, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 751-7831. www.hydrasports.com
LOA: 22 feet, 4 inches
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 1 foot, 3 inches (engines up)
DISPLACEMENT: 2,800 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 142 gallons fuel, 8 gallons water
ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 250 hp
SPEED: 48 mph top, 29 mph cruise (with Yamaha F250)