Absolute 64 FlyBy Mike Ellis
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 69.8°F; seas: flat
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST317 gal. fuel, 85.9 gal. water, 6 persons.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200s
Transmission/Ratio: Volvo Penta IPS w/ 1.88:1 gear ratio
Props: Volvo Penta IPS Q4 propset
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Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Garmin GPS display. GPH taken via Volvo Penta display.
Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
Noteworthy Options: Tropical air conditioning ($6,156)
bow thruster ($11,628)
Seakeeper M8000 gyroscopic stabilizer ($175,104)
upgraded 32-kW generator ($13,953)
hydraulic swim platform ($36,252).
Better Boat: Engine Access
In addition to the typical cockpit access to the engine room via a hatch in the cockpit sole, there is a watertight door, which also grants entrance through the crew cabin. Very handy for crew to easily monitor the machinery space but also useful for owners and a lot easier than clambering down the ladder between the engines. Once in, the amount of space is a real luxury: Access to the sides of both engines is excellent and the same goes for the service points on the IPS pods. Headroom is impressive with just enough space for a person of 6 feet to walk around with only a slight bend in his neck. Common service items such as the oil dipsticks, fuel-water separators, oil filters, and belts are all very easy to inspect and generous lighting means you’re not fumbling around in the dark. It’s also really good to see comprehensive labeling of wires and hoses, narrowing down the guesswork when it comes to sorting out any problems that might occur, particularly when underway.
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.