Concord

By Duart Snow
 
With the launch of its first 65’ Concord, Coastal Craft of Gibsons BC marks both its largest build to date and a departure in styling from its smaller designs. At the request of the customer, says president Jeff Rhodes, the aluminum builder has given the 65 a European-influenced profile that is both more upright, with two full decks, and more gracefully swept back than the workboat-inspired styling of its smaller boats.
 
“This is a very curvy, shapely, complex hull and superstructure that we’ve built in aluminum,” says Rhodes. “I think it’s quite a feat that we’ve achieved the great effect that we did – this is not a fibreglass boat, it’s aluminum.”
 
The 65 is a big, roomy boat but very well proportioned on its 67’ 6” overall length. The hull design, interior and some engineering on the boat are the work of Victoria-based luxury yacht designer Gregory Marshall’s firm.
 
The 65 is a high-speed design that stays true to Coastal Craft’s commitment to fast, efficient cruising speeds. Powered by twin Volvo IPS 1200 drives, the boat has delivered 33 knots at wide-open throttle during initial sea trials and cruised comfortably at speeds to 26 or 27 knots, says Rhodes.
 
“I’m very pleased with the hull. It’s very flat and smooth-riding, and I’m very impressed with how it handles. I credit that to Greg Marshall’s design.
 
“We’re excited to be offering this style of boat into the Vancouver and Seattle markets, in particular. We think we’ve got something fresh that will appeal to people looking for a more conventional go-fast boat.”
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Other notable features:
•             The 65’s three-stateroom layout incorporates a full-beam master amidships, plus two more large cabins, three heads and a generous laundry/utility space.
•             Shower walls throughout are ForzaStone, a laminate of stone, alloy and reinforced plastic that provides a rich look and very high strength with significantly less weight than solid stone panels.
 
Specifications
LOA                                      67’ 6”
LWL                                     54’
Beam                                   16’ 11”
Draft                                    5’
Displacement (half-load)               78,900 lbs
Fuel Cap.                            1,000 US gals
Fresh Water Cap.              220 US gals
Waste Cap.                        125 US gals
Engines                               Twin Volvo D13-900
Drives                                  Twin Volvo IPS3
Range (@ 24 knots)          500 nautical miles
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