35 Flybridge — By George L. Petrie — September 2002
Hard Core, and More
|Part 2: Good performance and no-nonsense features|
As I was taking all this in, Eget lifted the cover to the starboard fishbox and told me to grab one end. We easily lifted the box out of the deck, then lifted the port-side box out after removing its cover. Accessible through casket-size openings were many of the 35's auxiliary systems, including the macerator pump, fresh- and saltwater pumps, batteries, and more. Also accessed via these openings were the rudder arms and packing and the hydraulic trim tab rams, which can be changed if necessary from inside the boat by removing the caps on a set of internal tubes that extend from the hull bottom to above the waterline. The freshwater tank can also be removed through these openings.
I found a host of equally practical features on the flying bridge. Yanmar's modular engine instrumentation was arranged symmetrically on either side of the wheel, and the position of the Pompanette helm and companion seats offered good sightlines forward and aft into the cockpit. Of particular note amongst the bridge controls were a battery-parallel switch and Fireboy manual override for the automatic fire extinguishing system. There was ample space for electronics alongside the helm on a panel that measured about 16 inches high and 36 inches wide. I was a little dismayed, however, to realize that access to the backside of the instrument panel was gained through an 18-inch by 28-inch drop-down panel that was secured only by a pair of hard-to-maneuver hasp closures. Worse, its location beneath the wheel hardly makes for easy access. An opening through the side or front of the helm enclosure (hidden behind the seat back cushions) would be far preferable.
My dismay was short-lived. Sliding open the pocket door from the cockpit and entering the saloon, I was met with a refreshing chill from the Cruisair air conditioning that complemented the bright, airy ambiance created by handsome hand-milled ash joinery. Catering to its customer's preferences, Henriques not only lets owners choose from a variety of colors and textures, they will also configure the interior layout to suit each owner, even moving bulkheads if need be. Among the features I especially liked on our test boat were the large cedar hanging lockers in the master and guest staterooms and the roomy head with a full-size separate shower.
Lifting the companionway steps, I saw that access inside the engine room was excellent, with an 18-inch wide passage down the center and at least a 24-inch clear space forward and outboard of the main engines. Mounted athwartship, on the centerline, and all the way aft, the 5-kW Westerbeke genset was easily accessible. Having all the auxiliaries located beneath the cockpit leaves the engine room spacious and easy to navigate.
Emerging from the yacht's machinery spaces, we could see that the fog had finally lifted, so we cranked up the Yanmars again and headed out the inlet. With the wind and tide running in opposite directions, there was a steep two- to three-foot chop in the inlet and swells of three feet and more outside. Running slightly bow-high and trimming five to six degrees, we maintained speeds of 30 mph or better with no slamming. The boat tracked well, even in high-speed turns, but I found her sensitive to the adjustment of her oversize trim tabs. While backing down hard, she took on a bit of water under the transom door, but it quickly drained through large cockpit scuppers.
All told, I found that the 35 Flybridge lived up to Henriques' reputation for building serious fishing machines, offering good performance and no-nonsense features. But I also found her to be comfortable and nicely appointed, a good bit more than you might bargain for.
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George L. Petrie is a professor of naval architecture at Webb Institute and provides maritime consulting services. His Web site is www.maritimeanalysis.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2002 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.