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Coastal Craft 56

By Steve D’Antonio

My introduction to the Coastal Craft 560 IPS entailed everything from hard-copy drawings, sketchpads, and diagrams to LCD screens, iPads, and iPhones. I soon realized that Coastal Craft’s vessels are among the most technologically complex I’d ever encountered—truly cutting edge—and I was just as quickly rethinking my theme for this review. It was no longer just about finely built alloy vessels.

Accommodations and systems:

Basically, the layout is two staterooms with two heads. Views from the saloon and lower helm are incredibly open in all directions. The well-equipped galley-up layout lets the chef, the helmsman, and guests interact easily. Beautiful cherry adorns much of the interior, with yacht-quality fit and finish everywhere you look.

Coastal Craft’s 560 IPS is equipped with the E-plex digital switching system and a Faria Maestro PC marine-grade computer and touchscreen, which essentially provide a means of control for most of the vessel’s major and minor systems, from lighting and pumps to heat and air conditioning, via a permanent touchscreen as well as wireless remotes.

Onboard, AC power is supplied via a 12-kilowatt generator or via two Victron Quatro 10-kVA inverters. The vessel is capable of accepting a variety of shore-power inputs, from 15 amps at 120 volts, essentially a common extension cord, up through 50 amps at 240 volts. Incorporating Charles Iso-Boost transformers among other components, it is resistant to high and low input voltage; it can boost the latter, as well as correct reverse polarity.

Coastal Craft specifies a FLIR infrared night-vision package that is standard for all models to help those at the helm spot floating debris, along with a full suite of Garmin navigation and communication electronics.

The engine room, which is located under the cockpit, and machinery space, located under the saloon, both rely on a fully automatic, temperature- and pressure-sensitive Delta T ventilation system. A separate and proprietary Delta T head-ventilation system is also employed in the accommodation spaces.

Coastal Craft 56 Interior


The hull, cabin, decks, and supporting structures are all marine grade alloy, cut with numerically controlled water jets and welded with either Pulse MIG or TIG equipment and techniques. Hull bottom, chines, and transom plates are 5/16-inch 5086 H116 plates, the same alloy used for the ⅜-inch internal hull transverse frames and longitudinal stringers, and for the ¼-inch hull side plates. Other alloys are used for decks and internal secondary framing. Soundown is used extensively to minimize noise transfer throughout the vessel, and polyurethane foam insulation protects large areas of the hull and cabins. Diamond Sea Glaze doors and windows are used throughout, powder-coated to match the exterior cabin color. Following an acid wash and etch primer, Alexseal’s fairing and paint system is used for a long-lasting finish. Manship stainless steel opening portlights and deck hatches are standard. All exterior deck fittings and fasteners are 316 stainless steel, as are the oval handrails.


Under way, the 560 IPS kicked up her heels and held a bone in her teeth, moving with alacrity up to 31 knots at 2100 rpm. Noise levels throughout were very reasonable, due in part to generous application of acoustic insulation as well as the isolation of the engines under the cockpit.

Coastal Craft, 604-886-3004;

  • : 56'6"
  • : 16'6"
  • : 4'9"
  • : 14,000 lb.
  • : 800 gal.
  • : 180 gal.
  • : 2/900-mhp Volvo Penta IPS1200s
  • : 2/800-hp Volvo IPS1050
  • : $2.7 million
  • : 2/IPS3

Air temperature: 46°F; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm; load: 50 gal. fuel, 80 gal. water, 3 persons. Speeds are two-way averages measured with Garmin GPS. GPH taken via Volvo Penta display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels taken at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.

RPM Knots GPH Range db(A)
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