Pacific Yacht Charters — Cruising in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska aboard a Grand Banks Europa 52

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Grand Banks Europa

The M/V Kiawah is a Grand Banks Europa 52 pilothouse model with modern electronics that are comparable to much larger yachts, STIDD helm seat for comfort and charting table for navigation using paper and electronic data charting sources. In the pilothouse you will find two Furuno radars, 2 GPS units feeding data to the radars, chart plotter, SIMRAD Autopilot with proportionate rate compass, Ecotec fish finder/depth sounder, SIMRAD depth sounder and wind gauge, ACR searchlight with remote control, 2-ICOM VHF radios and ICOM SSB radio.

The boat is 53′-6 overall with a beam of 15′-5 weighing in at about 75,000 pounds loaded. Fuel capacity is 1,200 gallons and water capacity is 500 gallons. On all but the longest voyages fueling will not be required until the boat is returned to its homeport in Bellingham Washington.

The accommodation deck has three staterooms, all doubles including the spacious owners stateroom with island queen bed, en-suite head, shower, laundry, TV, settee and desk. Included at berth side are instruments that provide readouts of depth and wind so the captain can rest in comfort while at anchor. The two guest staterooms share a common head and stall shower reached by the companionway.

The galley is all-electric, featuring Miele appliances, including a Miele Diswasher, a rotisserie oven with electronic controls, four-burner Ceran cook top and exhaust hood. In addition there is an Amana Microwave, Broan Trash Compactor and three Grand Banks holding plate refrigerators.

The saloon features an entertainment center with TV, including a KVH antenna system so that the charter client can tune their favorite Direct TV programming while underway or at anchor. Also included is an entertainment system that plays CD’s through a speaker system that reaches throughout the vessel. Rather than built in furniture, the saloon features comfortable home-styled leather settee and club chair that contributes to the ambiance and guest experience. A separate dining table seats four, while two additional dining spaces are at the counter.

The upper deck, which can be reached from an aft staircase or from a staircase in the pilothouse, is expansive including the flying bridge where navigation can be enjoyed during good weather. The upper deck also accommodates a 12-foot center console Nouvarina tender with 25-hp Mercury outboard for shore side excursions while at anchor. The tender is launched using a Nick Jackson 1,500 lbs. capacity deck crane with hydraulic booming and electric winch. There is adequate seating on the upper deck for outdoor dining for six guests, deck space for lounging and a meal preparation center including icemaker, sink and propane bar-b-que grill.

Housed in the engine room are two very fuel efficient 3208-NA Caterpillar diesels rated at 210 hp each that are known for economical cruising at speeds from 9.5 knots to 11 knots depending on the charter client’s own desire. Other mechanical and electrical equipment include a 20kw Onan generator, Heart inverter rated at 2,500watts, two hot water tanks, refrigeration system and ESPAR 58,000 Btu hot water heating system feeding individually controlled units in each cabin, the saloon and pilothouse. In the lazerette is a crew berth, which may be used as an additional guest accommodation if desired. In the construction of Kiawah the owners anticipated areas that might breakdown and have included redundant systems including two fresh water pumps and completely separate head systems. To anticipate repairs there are spare parts for systems that sometimes fail including drop in assemblies for the head pumps, and various engine and mechanical pumps. If there is a major failure in the mechanical or electrical systems, MELC will fly-in the proper technician from Bellingham to consummate a more complex repair.

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