— By George L. Petrie
|Part 2: The galley is a focal point of the interior.|
Engine room access is via the lazarette, which houses several auxiliary systems, the 27.5-kW Onan genset, and a host of batteries (including separate starting batteries for each engine and the genset, plus six gel-cell house batteries that power a 3-kW sine-wave inverter). Except for the steering gear, which is aft of the genset, most equipment in the lazarette is within easy reach.
Within the engine room, there's better than five feet of headroom along a centerline walkway. Because of the wide chine flats and narrow running bottom, the engines are positioned a bit closer to the centerline than normal, which makes passage between them a bit tight, but certainly adequate. But it's nice to see that Caterpillar positions all engine-mounted filters, dipsticks, and other access points on the inboard side of each engine. I was also pleased to see bronze seacocks prominently located on each through-hull fitting and to note that all piping systems are clearly labeled and color-coded. Similar attention to ease of maintenance was evident throughout, most notably in a booklet that contains complete schematics for each system, along with a part number and the manufacturer's name, address, and phone number for virtually every component.
Even the layout of the A.C. and D.C. electrical control panels makes it easy to keep an eye on things. Located in the headliner above the lower helm station, the color-coded backlit panels are visible from the helm and from anywhere in the dinette, galley, or even the saloon. But the panels blend so seamlessly into the surrounding window frame, they're scarcely noticeable unless you know where to look for them.
I was also pleased to see that the yacht's interior was in keeping with the level of quality evidenced in her mechanical systems. Perhaps the most striking aspect of her design was the layout of the galley and saloon. Located on the upper deck, just abaft the main helm, the galley is a focal point of the interior. Designed specifically to accommodate a full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator with two pull-out freezer doors, the galley overlooks the entire saloon and aft deck, like a castle high on a hill, but close to the dinette and the helm.
In the saloon there's a large plasma TV recessed into a cabinet on the port side, opposite a glove-soft, Ultraleather settee. In the center, a hi-lo table with removable leaves can be raised to serve up to four for dining or lowered to suit a more intimate gathering.
Another of the yacht's more notable features is the layout of the master stateroom on the lower deck. A double-width, sliding pocket door provides entry into the head, along the port side. When the pocket door is fully open, it visually transforms the stateroom into a full-beam open space, yet the facilities, tucked further into the head, remain discretely concealed. And the stateroom itself boasts a pair of deep cedar-lined hanging lockers, a dressing table, and a built-in TV and stereo system opposite a luxurious queen-size berth.
Impeccably finished, packed with innovative features, and a solid performer in fair seas or foul, the McKinna 58 should be a great cruising companion.
McKinna Yachts Phone: (386) 439-5272 www.mckinna.com.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.