Coastal Craft 65 Concord
Typically, most all-aluminum motoryachts are pretty easy to spot, even from afar. Angularities here and there and large, flat expanses often constitute the giveaway.
The Coastal Craft 65 Concord, however, is different. Indeed, at first glance, it’s tough to tell whether she’s actually composed of curvaceous fiberglass or aluminum plate. And when you top off such finely finished exterior subtleties with an interior that sports artisanally crafted joinery, as well as things like radiantly heated marble soles and the very latest in electrical systems, you’ve got yourself a suitable envelope for one of today’s most forward-leaning propulsion packages—a set of Volvo Penta IPS1200s with Joystick Plus and Joystick Drive capability.
We sea trialed our 65 on a rainy, flat-calm day in the Pacific Northwest. We picked up on ergonomics first. Not only was the outboard armrest of the Stidd helm chair equipped with a Volvo Penta joystick (which meant we could fingertip-drive in a comfortably kicked-back fashion), but also the layout of the instrumentation beyond was super-easy to read. Two touchscreen Garmin GPSMAP 8215 MFDs comprised the top tier, each flanked by a Garmin VHF 200 handset. Other panels, keypads, and switches were logically prioritized below. And an inset-type Silva compass topped off the lot—it was as easy to read as everything else.
Average top hop was 32.6 knots, a speed that felt especially smooth and swift. Sound levels were moderate (we measured a max of just 76 dB-A at the lower helm), no doubt due in part to the polyurethane foam that Coastal Craft sprays inside various parts of the boat’s aluminum hull—not only does the stuff cut wave-induced noise, it also acts as a thermal/vapor/vibration barrier. And running attitudes were optimal, holding steady at 4 degrees (with no assistance from the Humphree Interceptors) from approximately 1,500 rpm all the way up to WOT.
Although there were three other joysticks on board (one on the flying bridge, and two in the cockpit), we could not resist the novelty of docking our 65 from the joystick-accoutered Stidd at the lower helm. The experience felt like docking a rocking chair.
The 65 is made of water-jet-cut aluminum plate that is joined using MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding technology. Plating is thicker at the transom, along the chines, and in the bottom of the vessel. Stringers, transversals, and frames are also of aluminum. Dissimilar metals (such as the stainless-steel rails and the aluminum decking that underlies them) are isolated to prevent galvanic corrosion and Awlgrip paint products are used to finish the exterior after it’s been prepared via a fairing and finishing process that is long and arduous.
The 65’s layout is simple and roomy. The main deck features a large saloon, with a lounge area aft, dinette to port and forward, and a galley and helm station opposite. The bottom deck puts a big full-beam master aft (with a king berth, large en suite head, and big Manship opening ports); a VIP forward (with queen berth, en suite head, and Manship hatch); and, in between, a guest stateroom to starboard (with twin berths and an en suite head) and a utility room (with stacking Miele washer and dryer and Viking trash compactor) to port. All this straightforwardness, however, camouflages the comforts of a truly remarkable multiplexed electrical system that features eight high-powered Genasun lithium batteries, three Victron Energy Quattro inverters, a couple of Victron Energy Skylla battery chargers, a Charles Industries IsoBoost transformer, and E-plex monitoring. Not only does this extravaganza let the 65 use virtually any type of shorepower any time, it also allows an owner to repeatedly fire up his lights, media, and appliances overnight (including air-conditioning in the staterooms) sans generator. Cool! ❒
Coastal Craft, 604-886-3004; www.coastalcraft.com
: 59,000 lb. (light ship)
: 1,000 gal.
: 220 gal.
: 2/900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200s
: 1/23-kW Cummins Onan
: IPS3; 1.88:1 ratio
: Volvo Penta Q4 propsets