Bluewater 6000 Custom Series
— By Capt. Ken Kreisler
— October 2003
Out of the Ordinary
|Part 2: I found the main deck perfect for entertaining.|
At various times all six of us were up here enjoying the panoramic views. Later, we stopped at sandstone caves along the shoreline of the peninsula. We quickly and safely launched Raycroft in the dinghy for a photo op, via the standard electrically operated transom lift, while listening to Lyle Lovett on the CD stereo and engaging in lively conversation. It was a good thing this Bluewater 6000 had the optional four-side enclosure, as a midsummer Lake Superior thunderstorm caught up to us late that afternoon.
Lightning strikes were plentiful, and we saw a bolt almost tie itself in a knot. I noticed the boat handled the quickly building two-to-four seas and accompanying wind with little or no wallowing. And with her sharp entry and low center of gravity—she’s only 11'3" from the waterline to the bridge windshield—she gave us a relatively comfortable ride through the slop. We made Bayfield in the rain and, with nothing else to do, settled into the saloon for some snacks, wine, and conversation.
Like its counterpart above, I found the main deck perfect for entertaining. Bluewater boats feature a one-level design that on the 6000 includes three staterooms. The master and its en suite head are aft, and the guest berth is to port and amidships. The forepeak also has a private head. All the staterooms have plenty of closet and drawer space with enough stowage to accommodate any extended cruising schedule.
The galley is to port with dining area opposite, and the lower helm is forward and to starboard. A convertible couch sits opposite. There are extra large windows all around for a wide-open feeling whether seated or standing, and there’s enough room so that all six of us were comfortable not only in our seats, but also while moving around. I measured an average 6'5" of headroom throughout, with a whopping 7'6 1/2" in the lower helm area.
As the rain pattered above, Jolie served an endless procession of appetizers she’d prepared in the well-equipped galley, which featured a four-burner electric stove top, double sinks, spacious Corian countertops, a stand-up refrigerator and freezer, a microwave/convection oven, and plenty of drawer and cabinet space for a week’s worth of ships stores.
Raycroft and I sat at the serving island—it also houses the optional washer/dryer—while Steve lounged in the Devin Series 2002 adjustable helm chair. The Paschs took the couch. With the rain now more insistent, we engaged the optional electric lift on the 42-inch Sony plasma screen—also an option—and enjoyed a DVD.
Later we dined ashore, a sumptuous meal at a local B&B, after which we retired to the boat for some after-dinner drinks. By then it was time to turn in, and I soon found a peaceful, comfortable sleep in the aft stateroom. At least until the wind picked up and the halyards from the nearby sailboats that began clanking were soon joined by a foghorn conveniently located just opposite our slip. Oh well, the Bluewater’s accommodations were comfortable. Nothing I could do about the rest of it.
After a quick breakfast we were under way and explored the waters around the Apostle Islands; there are 22 that are part of this natural preserve, with Madeline Island being the only populated one . By mid-morning the wind had subsided, and we sat back and enjoyed cruising the unspoiled wilderness area that makes up this national park.
With time on my hands during the trip back, I had an opportunity to meander around the 6000. I took particular note of the safe feeling I had while standing aft with 3 1/2-foot-high rails surrounding me. I also had the same sense of security going forward from the top deck, down the molded-in stairs on either side. However, I found engine access problematic. Accessing the port engine requires lifting the berth in the starboard guest quarters, while to reach the starboard engine, you must enter a compartment in the galley counter. While I found I could reach all critical maintenance areas once in either space, any other engine work could be somewhat dicey given the limited access space.
I enjoyed my time aboard the Bluewater 6000 and found her to be a cruising boat that is as at home on the open water of Lake Superior as she could be in the islands or exploring any coastline. And while she may look nontraditional, don’t let that profile fool you. As a cruising boat, she’s as traditional as they come.
Bluewater Yachts Phone: (320) 679-3811. www.bluewateryacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the September 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.