Exclusive: Buccaneer 95 — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca —
She’ll Go the Distance
Part 2: The centerpiece of this vessel accommodations standpoint is the main-deck master, which is full-beam and sports a king-size berth.
Okay, I thought. She’s tough, albeit a bit roly-poly without the stabilizers. But after running her outside in the slop, I was confident in the 95’s ability to do some serious long-distance cruising, especially when I calculated her cruise-speed range to be more than 6,000 miles. The windshield wipers dismissed the spray on the pilothouse window like it was swiping an annoying fly away, and as we cruised back up the New River, I decided it was a good time to see the 95’s softer side.
Just aft of the pilothouse is a skylounge worth spending some quality time in, and not just because it’s equipped with a bar, granite countertops, and an L-shape leather lounge that I briefly melted into. For me, it was because of the standard, massive 50-inch Sony plasma TV. Of course, the 42-inch Sony plasma TV in the full-beam (23'5") saloon one deck down wasn’t too shabby, either, nor was the fact that every stateroom, of which there are five for guests (sleeping ten), has its own entertainment setup (see specifications for details). There are also crew quarters for five in three cabins.
The centerpiece of this vessel accommodations standpoint is the main-deck master, which is full-beam and sports a king-size berth, vanity, computer desk, as well as his and her heads and your choice of marble or granite for the heads’ soles (my test boat had granite). In short: This stateroom’s palatial. Both the granite and the mahogany used on the 95 are native to Brazil. The former’s colors are brilliant, attractive, and different for each stateroom, with some having the appearance of marble. The latter’s dark tone provides the saloon, galley, and main- and lower-deck areas with an elegant feel and doesn’t affect the open feel below, as the 95 is equipped with large side windows and portholes along her entire length. A word on the mahogany cabinetry in the galley (standard with GE appliances, including a full-size refrigerator that wouldn’t fit in my house): I noted inconsistency in the quality of its finish. There were flat spots, almost as if they’d been sanded but not finished.
One place that is finished off in fine fashion is the 95’s engine room. Everything here is white-glove clean. Those twin Cats have full walkaround access, and there’s an average of 5'10" headroom. There’s also a tool center any mechanic would be jealous of and a steel workbench with a four-inch bench vise for doing repairs. In addition, the area is so spacious, the standard twin 31-kW Northern Lights gensets, which are interfaced with a standard Atlas power-management system all the way aft, are almost lost. The Atlas system monitors the boat’s power requirements underway and automatically engages the second genset if the load requires it—say, when all the TVs, lights, and 190,000 Btus of air conditioning are running. But don’t worry about the gensets using too much diesel: The 95 carries 16,000 gallons of the stuff.
So you want to get anywhere from where you are now? The 95 can do it. She’s got a tough build and long range, and she offers comfort where and when you want it. All of this comes at a price: $5.8 million, to be precise. Plus you’ll pay around $40,000 to fuel her up. But once you do, the only thing stopping you from taking her anywhere is your imagination.
Buccaneer Cruising Yachts ( (954) 713-0372. www.buccaneercy.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.