56C — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — July 2001
The Top Post
|Part 2: Post 56C continued|
While at the flying-bridge helm, I noticed a distinct turbo whine at 2250 rpm, at which speed my decibel meter read 88 dB-A, with the hatchway leading down to the cockpit closed (65 dB-A is the level of normal conversation). Even with it, we could easily converse on the expansive flying bridge, which seats two at the helm, about eight on the L-shape seat in front, four more on a benchseat to port, and a couple more standing. And speaking of which, standing won't be a problem, as there is 6'3" headroom. Neither will stowage, thanks to a large locker forward of the helm. A large molded-in refrigerator to port will hold all your libations; gas struts for the lids on the refrigerator and cockpit sink go up smoothly but come down fast and heavy once the lids are about one-quarter of the way past vertical.
No such problems are found at the helm station, which offers the largest electronics console I've ever seen on a boat this size and has everything a long-range cruiser could want. How big? It housed a Datamarine LCD depthsounder and navigator, SEA 157 VHF/DSC, Furuno daylight-viewable radar, Koden depthsounder, Furuno GPS, Furuno SSB FS-1503, Furuno engine temperature monitor, Icom IC-M127 VHF, Robertson autopilot, Clarion CD player, Vetus bow thruster, Glendinning engine synch, and MAN's BE1-A engine monitoring system, which keeps track of more than a dozen engine functions and has LED and audible alarms.
Dick Clemence had told me that in addition to cruising his 56, he also intends to fish her, and upon our return to port I found she's up to that task, too. Her 12-foot-plus-long cockpit boasts a 42-gallon in-transom livewell and transom door for large fish. Two 82-gallon in-deck fishboxes will store all your tunnies, while to port the molded-in cockpit sink is perfect for cleaning up before retiring to the saloon. There are also several easy-access tackle drawers underneath the sink and to starboard, a handy molded-in cockpit fridge. Four rod holders and six cockpit rod racks keep gear at the ready.
A few steps down through a hatch in the cockpit lead to an expansive engine room, which, in addition to housing the twin MANs, held two Westerbeke gensets, a 20-kW to starboard and a 10-kW to port. Dick Clemence says experience has taught him the genset gets a lot of use and will occasionally tire, so he has the 10-kW as a backup.
The engine room's 4'7" headroom allowed my 5'7" frame to comfortably crouch and maneuver around both engines. The space here, like that on the flying bridge and in the cockpit, seemed to belie the boat's size, an impression that was further reinforced when I stepped into the cabin. There I found 6'7" headroom and maximum use of the 56's 16'11" beam. To port is a large L-shape lounge with an ottoman, the best place from which to view the 32-inch JVC TV to starboard. Just forward of the TV, a comfortable trapezoidal-shape dinette table with U-shape seating can seat four for meals or a card game during the ride to the edge.
And don't worry if that ride is to a distant canyon. This boat can hold stores for the long haul. Across from the dinette you'll find the U-shape galley with Corian countertops, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, and one Sub-Zero freezer. Inside the 23-inch-deep cabinets, I saw a seemingly endless array of plates, cups, and saucers. If you like to cook, the three-burner Princess cooktop and Sharp convection oven will round out your 56's galley in functional fashion. Everything was nicely accented with recessed lighting and natural light entering through side windows that reflected off the standard high-gloss teak woodwork. A satin finish is optional.
The companionway to the standard three-stateroom layout felt a hair tight: My shoulders almost touched the companionway walls. The handrail takes up much of the room, but looking around, I couldn't think a more functional alternative.
The port-side master with walkaround queen-size berth has plenty of stowage. Its cedar-lined closet measures three feet wide, and light from the overhead hatch in the large en suite head actually illuminated the master when the door between them was open. Its shower offers a comfy 6'3" headroom. There's a second en suite head for the forepeak VIP, which gives two guests comfortable crossed berths and cedar-lined closets. Just aft on the starboard side, a stacked washer/dryer makes cleaning clothes on long trips a breeze, and abaft that is a third guest stateroom with over/under berths. This space could also be made into an office.
The Post 56 is a lot of boat for her $1,485,000 base price. The builder reports five more 56s on order and, like the Clemences', several of them are for owners stepping up from the 50. When I asked if this would be his last Post, Dick Clemence replied, "I thought the grand finale was the 50," laughingly adding, "you never know." Do I hear Post 60?
Post Yachts Phone: (609) 625-2434. Fax: (609) 625-2336. www.postyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.