Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
a two-seater sofa opposite. Forward of this is a cocktail area that has a cabinet with plenty of room for drinks stowage and glasses. There is a bar refrigerator neatly stowed away and a 32 inch LCD TV with an electric raise-lower mechanism. The dining area to port has good sized U-shaped seating at a gleaming cherry wood table, with two additional occasional stools if required. Immediately above is a vast electric sliding sunroof, which makes up for the absence of a flybridge, filling the interior with light. To starboard is the main helm position, impressive in its styling with a huge windscreen providing excellent visibility. There is also access to the side deck through a pilot door adjacent to the consul seat. The consul features dual station instruments and controls plus a chart table and chart stowage. The navigation package is standard and features a Furuno radar/plotter system and full Raymarine speed-depth-autopilot. Down a gently graded stairwell is the galley and accommodation. The features of the galley would satisfy even the most demanding chef with the space and utilities to create whatever plat du jour is on the menu. The fridge/freezer is full height with 270 litre capacity complimented by an ice maker, and there is ample storage for kitchen crockery glassware and provisions. The galley is set off with Avonite work tops and plenty of light from the two port lights. Aft of the stairwell is the owner's stateroom. This is significantly different to the original V65, as it is now full beam with luxurious cherry wood cabinets and dressing table, and a settee does not intrude on space around the large double bed. Large vertical oval windows allow plenty of light to cascade into the stateroom, or they can be concealed with fitted blinds. The ensuite features teak block flooring with Avonite sink tops and natural lighting through the large port holes. There is an option for a bidet if required. As with the rest of the vessel, the use of fine luxurious fabrics is used throughout the stateroom. Forward, along the passageway, is another stateroom. This part of the vessel is naturally narrower, but the features are a virtual mirror image of the master stateroom, with the exception of it not having a settee or dressing table. To port is a twin guest cabin with two full size single berths, cherry wood bedside table and storage below. Similarly, plenty of storage space is found under the lower single berth. The ensuite here has a separate shower and toilet and doubles up as a day head as it has direct access from the passageway. On this model the lazarette has been cleverly used as a single berth crew cabin. It is nicely appointed throughout and has an ensuite with separate shower and toilet. It could also be used as a teenage retreat as it is well away from all of the other living areas. Access to the engine room is via a hatch under the aft cockpit sunpad. The engine room is well laid out, with equipment accessible for servicing of all systems. Unusually, the water strainers for engine cooling are located at a convenient height above the floor plates, making maintenance and or inspection easier. There is not full head height, but clearance is more than ample, and no protrusions are likely to cause any injury. The engines drivetrain is direct to two propellers recessed in hull tunnels to reduce shaft angle and vessel draft. The choice ranges from twin MAN V10 1100 HP diesels, twin MTU V8 1200 HP or MTU V10 1350 HP diesels or MAN V12 1360 HP diesels. Claimed speed range is low thirties to high thirties (knots) depending on which engine option is selected. Entertainment throughout the vessel ranges from LCD flat screens with DVD and stereo CD-radio. This model had LCD's in the owner's stateroom and the saloon, although there appeared to be sufficient room in the other cabins to accommodate the flat screens if required. Performance I was fortunate enough to take this beauty for a trip on Sydney Harbour. I met with the R Marine representative at d'Albora Marinas at the Spit, which is the current Sydney base for R Marine. The style, layout and subtle exuberance of the interior is extremely pleasing on the eye, and the use of quite different fabrics with the cherry wood seems to blend and fit beautifully into place.
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