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Pacific Mariner 65

PMY Boat Test: Pacific Mariner 65
Pacific Mariner 65— By Richard Thiel — August 1998

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Pacific Mariner’s 65-footer offers turnkey performance and a bottom line you won’t believe.
   
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If ever there were an oxymoronic blending of opulence and frugality, it would be the term “bargain motoryacht.” Yet there’s no other way to describe the Pacific Mariner 65, a yacht with modern construction and good performance that is offered complete—right down to the watermaker, 15-foot tender, and stabilized DSS television system.

Even skeptics will be hard-pressed to find a corner that’s been cut to reach that figure. It certainly isn’t in the construction, where the 65 shames a lot of pricier competitors. The hull is solid FRP below the waterline and employs vacuum-bagged Airex above. Stringers are foam-encapsulated in FRP with higher density foam used for engine beds. Three watertight bulkheads are of two-inch-thick vacuum-bagged Divinycell and, like every bulkhead, are bonded to the hull for increased rigidity. The saloon sole is 1 1/2-inch-thick vacuum-bagged Divinycell composite; other flooring is of treated wood.

The 65 is a three-piece boat: hull, deck, and cockpit liner. Everything above the sheer line from forepeak to the end of the flying bridge, except the radar arch, is one piece of vacuum-bagged, Corecell-cored fiberglass. Each side mullion is a ring frame cored with eight-pound-density Divinycell, which provides outstanding rigidity. The deck is through-bolted and fiberglassed to the hull.

Pacific Mariner certainly didn’t cheat on size either. Actual hull length, minus the standard four-foot-long swim platform, is 64'11". Inside, the rooms are big and headroom exceeds 6'8". The saloon is about 20 feet long and bright, thanks to all those side windows and a nearly all-glass aft bulkhead with starboard sliding door. (Each window has its own miniblind, and there’s a full-width curtain for the aft bulkhead.)

The feeling of spaciousness here is enhanced by a lack of clutter. The principal piece of furniture is an L-shape leather couch in the aft port corner facing a lovely camphor-wood high/low table. The only other furniture is a pair of Danish modern chairs on the starboard side framing a small table that drops flush to the hull side. The forward bulkhead is devoted to built-ins: a port-side wetbar with U-Line refrigerator/freezer below and glass stowage above, a well-equipped entertainment center on centerline with RCA DSS tuner and TV, VCR, dual-tape deck, five-CD changer, and AM/FM stereo tuner by JVC. Everything is wired to Bose speakers, and built-in VCR tape and CD stowage racks.

Decor here and throughout, the work of Cheryl McLaughlin, aims for mass appeal and simplicity: light carpet, upholstery, and overheads, accenting satin-finished teak. If you’re thinking of bringing your stylist aboard, forget it. Although the company allows flexibility in fabrics, carpets, and some furniture, all bulkheads stay where they are.

Walk forward, up three starboard steps and past the flying bridge stairway (there’s another in the cockpit), and you come to the galley, dining area, and pilothouse—all in one space with no partitions and framed by glass on three sides. This is a terrific plan because it allows people in all three spaces to not only converse but to commingle.

The galley is equipped as you’d expect—double-wide refrigerator, flush-top stove with microwave above, double sink, dishwasher, trash compactor, even a Lazy Susan in a corner cabinet so you can use all the space. Countertops are a light shade of Corian, which the company mills with a raised lip so things won’t roll off. The sole is vinyl that looks for all the world like wood planking. There’s even a two-foot by two-foot hatch above for ventilation (though air conditioning is standard). To starboard are built-in cabinets for dishes (china and silverware for eight are included), just a short walk to the eight-person dining table, elevated to give occupants a better view.

Fully forward is the lower helm, with two pedestal seats—not the electrically adjustable machines you often see, but perfectly comfortable nonetheless. They are affixed to the sole by large knob-screws, so you can easily remove them for vacuuming. Sightlines are superb—at 5'10", I could see the forepeak while seated—and visibility through the three-piece windshield should remain good in inclement weather, thanks to Hepworth 50-mm articulated wipers with integral washers.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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