Caribe 87 SF — By Richard Thiel — December 2001
|Part 2: Queenship Caribe 87 SF continued|
For Daryl, the high point is the cockpit, which is not only large but a bit iconoclastic as serious angling platforms go. The swim platform--usually a no-no--is in deference to the Pennington passion for diving, although at 21⁄2 feet deep it is something of a compromise. (Another reason Daryl specified it was that it provides safe stowage for the tender's outboard fuel.) And the transom well holds not bait but beverages, giving you some idea of the couple's concept of boating: serious fun. Further reflecting their attitude are powerful underwater lights that enhance nighttime excursions and, forward of the Murray Brothers chair and flanking the Freeman watertight door that leads to the lazarette and engine room, a large port-side bait-prep center and starboard barbecue. The baits have not been forgotten, though. There's a large livewell in the cockpit sole, along with a large fishbox and, next to it, another well for shaved ice.
Up a few steps is the lanai deck, the ideal spot to watch the lucky angler working a fish. Here are a semicircular table and four chairs, and in the forward starboard corner a cushioned seat hides the dive compressor. It's plumbed to the lazarette, where four scuba outfits are stowed. The box in the port corner is another Daryl touch: It holds all safety equipment, including PFDs and a second life raft, in case conditions preclude reaching the primary foredeck unit. There are motion sensors here and elsewhere to warn of an intruder, a CCTV camera to identify him or just watch lines (other cameras are in the engine room and bridge deck), and one of four control stations, all with a view of the cockpit. The others are in the enclosed bridge, on the flying bridge above it, and on the aft observation deck abaft it. Although the lanai is not enclosed, it is air conditioned and heated.
Daryl may be an obsessive angler, but he's also passionate about safety. Redundancy is a recurring theme on Mary P, which has two 96-mile Furuno radars--an X-band and an S-band--and two independent Northstar DGPSs. There are three bilge pump systems: 11 standard bilge pumps, an A.C. auxiliary that can pull from any of the four watertight compartments, and a crash pump driven off the starboard engine. In an emergency they can be combined to pull 1,000 gallons a minute from any compartment. Both the power steering and Naiad stabilizers can run off either engine, and the navigation electronics have their own independent power supply.
Daryl also designed the enclosed bridge helm to replicate that of his Hatteras, and the result is a clean, uncluttered workspace. It's dominated by the radar screen and an Ocean PC monitor that can display chartplotter or sonar output. When he's not in the crow's nest, Daryl prefers to pilot the 87 from here, sitting in the Stidd helm seat and using the Robertson autopilot's joystick mounted on the right-hand armrest--that is, until he deploys the 44-foot Rupp `riggers. Then he steps aft to the observation deck for an even better view of the cockpit and fingertip control of the two electric teaser reels.
A circular stair leads from the enclosed bridge to the saloon and main deck, where Mary's input is again in evidence. Working with Judy Bell-Davis, she selected a range of tans and browns that give Mary P the ambiance of a family room--a very nice family room. The combination of anigre and alder, mappa burl, and walnut and brass trim is tasteful and subdued, but to add a little zip, the couple specified a fiber optic lighting system in the saloon/galley/dinette. Scores of overhead lights are controlled by a bank of switches that vary intensity and color--yellow, blue, white, or red--via hidden projectors. Dan Fritz, Queenship's president, told me it took them four days to figure out how to use the system.
Daryl's input is reflected in two other features. The Headhunter Royal Fox II sewage treatment system, which serves the four en suite heads, is so effective, effluent can be legally pumped directly overboard. The Atlas power management system does just what the name implies: manages all of the yacht's electrical needs. Not only does it ensure a constant supply of 60-Hz power regardless of what's available dockside, but it automatically brings the two 32-kW Northern Lights gensets on line as needed and keeps their engines properly loaded at all times.
Daryl and Mary will eventually take Mary P around the world, so they were adamant about having a bluewater hull under them. Available in lengths ranging from 82 to 96 feet, the Caribe's is the product of a U.S. Navy patrol boat development program, and while it runs rather flat, aerial photographs indicate an unusually smooth bow wave, a sign of efficiency. Queenship says that when Mary P, which is hull number two following the 86-foot Oregon Mist, is fitted with new five-blade Teignbridge props, she should top out at 311⁄2 knots and cruise at 25 knots. Daryl says he and Mary are happy with that and how the yacht performed on her shakedown cruise to Alaska. In fact, he says he's so happy he may just sell that Hatteras. Maybe.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.