The Long Rangers

With higher horsepower and more efficient engines, speed is the silver bullet in long-range yacht design.

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Everywhere we look these days, we're seeing trawlers and long-distance cruisers. It seems that an ever-growing number of us are fascinated with the idea of the extended trip, and not just as a fantasy-because with today's models, cruising for distance is well within the realm of possibility. Newer models offer fuel efficiency plus the potential for speed when the weather worsens or the marina beckons, and provide ruggedness for those times when you do get caught out. They also give us the amenities, stability and comfort to make voyages of discovery. KROGEN EXPRESS 52 Like most semi-custom yachts, the Krogen Express 52 benefits from occasional fine-tuning, those small changes combining the suggestions of owners, dealers and the builder to make life afloat more comfortable. For 2007, there are two major changes. First, the 52 will be powered with a pair of electronically controlled, 480 hp Yanmar 6LY3A-ETP diesels that offer increased cruising and top speeds while keeping the efficiencies of the earlier 440 hp Yanmar 6LY2A-STP engines. Second, the redesigned flying bridge provides more comfort at the upper station, with a new console providing more room for electronics. The first hull is already undergoing sea trials, and the builders report that its ride and handling remain true to the nature of the semi-displacement hull James Krogen envisioned. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 57'6"; Beam: 15'5"; Power: (2) 480 hp Yanmar 6LY3A-ETP diesel inboards; Base Price: $1,400,000. Krogen Express Yacht Co., www.krogenexpress.com

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ALASKAN 68 RAISED PILOTHOUSE The newest Alaskan, from the drawing board of Brian Holland, is laid out with an owner/operator in mind. Twin 1,015 hp Caterpillar diesels are standard, as are dual gensets and an inverter. The running gear, rudders and stabilizers are well protected by a nearly full-length keel with a bowthruster and electronic controls for ease of handling. The pilothouse features twin Stidd helm seats, as well as a large table and bench. For a late-night snack or hot coffee on the midnight watch, the galley is on the same level as the pilothouse, several steps up from the spacious saloon. The Portuguese bridge, the wide side decks and an aft cockpit are protected by the flying bridge overhangs, and twin stairways lead down from the aft cockpit to a large boarding platform, where a watertight door provides access to the lazarette and crews quarters. On the accommodations deck forward, there's a full-beam master stateroom, spacious VIP guest stateroom forward and a third guest cabin to port. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 70'; Beam: 19'; Power: (2) 1,015 hp CAT diesel inboards; Base Price: $2,450,000. Oviatt Marine, www.oviattmarine.com

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GRAND BANKS 47 CLASSIC Collaboration with Sparkman & Stephens has improved performance and optimized the ride on this new 47 Classic, which takes up the mantle of the previous GB44CL (in many respects the same boat with a new length overall). Easily recognized as a Grand Banks, with the proven trunk cabin configuration, springy sheerline and safe, walkable decks, the spacious new accommodation includes a restyled galley and a redesigned helm-all finished with the legendary Grand Banks attention to detail. Below the waterline, a traditional solid fiberglass hull bottom adds strength and security, with a three-layer epoxy barrier coat to guard against osmosis. A range of engines is available, up to a pair of 567 hp diesels for speeds over 23 knots. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 46'9"; Beam: 15'9"; Power: (2) 455 hp CAT C7 diesel inboards; Base Price: $876,000. Grand Banks Yachts, www.grandbanks.com

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JEFFERSON PILOTHOUSE 64 The Jefferson Pilothouse lineup is designed to provide a comfortable ride across a wide range of conditions, without sacrificing the highly regarded accommodations and standard amenities the company is known for. This new PH64 is available with diesels from Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit Diesel, up to 825 hp each, allowing economical displacement speeds for long distances, with power left over to bring this big cruiser up on plane when necesssary. Jefferson Yachts will customize all of its designs to suit owners' cruising styles, offering different layouts, as well as a choice of either full walk-around decks or wide-body saloons. In most, the saloon and galley are on a single level, the raised pilothouse a few steps up. The standard layout includes three staterooms with a full-beam master, VIP forward and guest stateroom to starboard, though many Jefferson customers opt for an office. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 64'5"; Beam: 16'; Power: (2) 500 hp Cummins QSC diesel inboards; Base Price: $1,242,300. Jefferson Yachts, www.jeffersonyachts.com

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MARLOW 70 EXPLORER COMMAND BRIDGE This latest long-distance passagemaker is the next evolution of the Explorer series that put Marlow Yachts on the map. With its fully enclosed Command Bridge in lieu of the open flying bridge, the new 70ECB offers two helm stations with excellent protection from the elements, plus 360-degree views from the upper helm. Standard CAT C12 diesels and 1,900 gallons of fuel should provide a 1,700-mile range at 9 knots or produce a fast cruise of 18 knots with a range of 700 miles. Hull number one is powered with twin CAT C18s, which cruise at 23 knots and attain a top speed of 26 knots. The hull is meticulously constructed using Kevlar, engineered fiberglass, Core-Cell foam and modified epoxy resins, helping the 70ECB to attain Lloyds Germanischer (LMGBH) Class A certification for use in 18-foot waves and sustained 40-knot winds. The luxurious saloon shares the main deck level with the owner's choice of a library or dining room, with the potential for a private entrance to the master stateroom amidships. There are three staterooms below, plus crew quarters aft. Two steps up from the saloon, the galley,and adjacent dinette would delight Rachael Ray or even Emeril. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 71'3"; Beam: 18'4"; Power: (2) 715 mhp CAT C12 diesel inboards; Base Price: $1,800,000. Marlow Yachts, www.marlowyachts.com

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NORDHAVN 64 When you have the power to cross oceans, limits on destinations are either self-imposed or thrust upon you by Mother Nature. With a range of 2,800 nm at 9 knots, or 1,600 nm at 10.3 knots, the new Nordhavn 64 shoulders the challenges of long-range cruising, starting with a full-displacement hull with engine and tankage weight kept low for stability. The high bow, a fixture on most Nordhavn designs, has proved itself on countless ocean crossings, providing drier decks and reserve buoyancy when running in big seas. As you'd expect from its wide beam and high freeboard, the interior is voluminous, yet the overall profile is ruggedly handsome. The main saloon gains extra space by eliminating one side deck, giving room for two seating areas with tables, a large lounge chair and plenty of stowage lockers-one of which houses a 42-inch plasma TV. Designed to be operated by a couple, the 64 has accommodations for two guest staterooms forward, to go with the master stateroom amidships. The galley is equipped with Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Miele dishwasher, GE top-load freezer and more. There's room for four to enjoy the view from the raised dinette in the pilothouse, plus two helm chairs forward. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 66'3"; Beam: 20'4"; Power: (1) 400 hp Detroit Diesel inboard; Base Price: $2,625,000. Nordhavn Yachts, www.nordhavn.com

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OCEAN ALEXANDER 70 PILOTHOUSE MY Just one look at the specifications sheet for the new motoryacht from Ocean Alexander and you'll get the idea: This well-regarded builder goes the distance to satisfy clients and their need for luxury and quality. A hardtop is standard with an optional skylounge if your cruising plans call for more protection. There are three choices for flying bridge seating to satisfy your entertaining or cruising needs, three saloon layouts and even two choices for the master head. There's a choice of granite or marble, in seven colors, for countertops in the galley and heads. At 10 knots, her standard twin 1,000 hp CAT diesels turned 1200 rpm and burned a combined 12.6 gph during sea trials, for a range of 1,429 nm with a 10 percent reserve. And at 19.2 knots wide open throttle, consumption was 100 gph. Other engine options include twin 1,500 hp MTU 10V2000 (20-knot predicted top speed) or 1,825 hp CAT C32 Acert diesels (30-knot top). Standard equipment includes Gaggenau electric cooktop and oven, Miele dishwasher, Broan trash compactor and 36-inch Amana Easy Reach refrigerator in the galley. King and queen berths with innerspring mattresses are in the master and forward guest staterooms, respectively, with private heads plus cedar-lined hanging lockers. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 76'9"; Beam: 20'; Power: (2) 1,000 hp CAT C18 diesel inboards; Base Price: $2,790,000. Ocean Alexander Yachts, www.oceanalexander.com

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OUTER REEF 80 RAISED PILOTHOUSE MY Under construction for introduction at the 2007 Miami International Boat Show, the new 80 Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht from Outer Reef promises to be an attention-grabber. The hull is solid fiberglass below the waterline for strength, and PVC core sandwich above. House power is provided by two 25kW Northern Lights gensets, and propulsion by CAT 3406E diesels. Propulsion options include CAT 1,000 hp C18 Acerts through 1,650 C32 Acerts; other manufacturers' engines are available upon request. Three sets of Glendinning electronic controls (flying bridge, pilothouse, afterdeck) and ABT hydraulic bow and stern thrusters simplify handling. Matching dual electronics at each helm makes switching stations seamless. On the boat deck, a 14-foot Novurania RIB with a 60 hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard stows securely until ready for launch with a Brower Systems hydraulic crane. Teak is used extensively, from the weather decks to the teak-and-holly sole in the galley, pilothouse and heads, as well as in finely fitted furniture and cabinetry. Cantalupi lighting, Groehe fixtures, and a generous allowance for owner-chosen galley appliances are all part of the Offshore Yachts approach to ownership. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 79'11"; Beam: 20'6"; Power: (2) 800-hp CAT 3406E diesel inboards; Base Price: On request. Outer Reef Yachts, www.outerreefyachts.com

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PACIFIC MARINER 85 With the well-proven naval architecture of William Garden and crisp styling by Gregory Marshall that is at once traditional and contemporary, the Pacific Mariner 85 continues to satisfy long-range cruisers far beyond the Pacific Northwest waters where it was created. The flying bridge has comfortable bench seating for 10 guests, plus three helm seats and an outdoor kitchen. The pilothouse has two doors leading to the side decks to facilitate docking, and seats two at the helm and four at the raised dinette so that guests can share in the voyage. Abaft the helm a large gourmet galley is situated to serve snacks to the pilothouse or meals in the formal dining room, which seats eight in comfort. Six guests can dine or simply relax around the built-in table on the afterdeck. Twin stairways lead down to the swim platform with a watertight door leading to the lazarette. Designed for owner operation, the layout nevertheless includes aft crew quarters. The master suite is full-beam with a private entrance from the main deck. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 85'; Beam: 21'3"; Power: (2) 1,500 hp MTU 12V2000 diesel inboards; Base Price: $4,995,000 (FOB La Conner, Wash.). Pacific Mariner, www.pacificmariner.com

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SELENE 59 PILOT HOUSE The Selene 59 is a deeper-draft model but quite similar to the 57, with standup headroom in the engine compartment and more stowage space-both of which will be appreciated when cruising long distances. The flying bridge is accessible from the pilothouse or the afterdeck. There's a U-shaped sofa and an optional barbecue grill, sink and small refrigerator. The main cabin and galley are on the same level, opening aft onto a large covered cockpit with built-in bench seating and a table. Two plans for the lower deck accommodations show a spacious master cabin amidships plus more space abaft that can be configured as a work and stowage space or an office with adjoining laundry room and stowage. Light teak or cherry veneer lends warmth to the saloon, with Cantalupi halogen lighting. Galley equipment includes Corian or granite countertops, Sea Freeze/Sub-Zero dual-voltage refrigerator, Broan trash compactor, Miele dishwasher and Force 10 four-burner propane stove with oven. SPECIFICATIONS: LOA: 65'1"; Beam: 17'10"; Power: (1) 526-hp John Deere 6125 AFM diesel inboard; Base Price: $1,200,000. Selene Ocean Trawlers, www.selene-trawlers.com