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Exclusive | 38 Wilbur/Duffy By Elizabeth Ginns Britten
May 2006

Fifth Time's A Charm

When this couple decided to build their dream boat, their search for a builder ended at the same place it had four times before.

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The results are impressive: With the engine literally inches beneath my feet, the decibel meter registered a low 82 dB-A while running at WOT (65 is the level of normal conversation).

The 38's interior arrangement reflects Wilbur's knack for delivering what Kachmar says is a Wilbur trademark: "a high-quality boat, without the glitz." The first things I noticed upon stepping inside the saloon via the sliding door from the cockpit (the previous 38 had swing-out hinged doors) is the stunning woodwork and windows, 14 of them to be exact. The saloon is flooded with light, and teak abounds: in the overheads, under foot, in the handrails, on the back of the double-wide helm seat and port-side companion seat, in the china cabinet in the galley, and more. All this, plus custom upholstery on the settee to port-which converts to a double berth-and helm and passenger seats, creates an upscale yet understated Downeast look inside.

Interestingly, although Lonrach measures nearly 40 feet overall, the Lynches opted for a single-stateroom, two-head arrangement. The forepeak master has headroom in excess of seven feet and built-in stowage practically everywhere: under the queen-size island berth that's flanked with teak ceilings; in a six-drawer closet and hanging locker to port; and in another locker to starboard. What's really neat, though, are the two head compartments, aft of the master and accessible from a centerline companionway. Both have sinks, but the one to port also has a standup shower, and the one to starboard has an MSD, which Jerry and Diane like because they can both be getting ready at the same time.

They also like Lonrach's solid feel, which is due partly to a hull built with Vinylester resin and E glass that ranges in thickness from 3/8 to 11/2 inches and a hand-laid balsa-cored superstructure constructed with polyester resin and E-glass. As for performance, The Lynches say they're quite pleased with their new boat's seakeeping, although I wasn't able to evaluate it, as Nantucket Sound was flat-clam, and there weren't even any other boats around (can't imagine why) to generate wake. I can say that she was responsive, handled 360- and 180-degree turns tightly, without much outward lean and with little drop in rpm. I was also impressed that at her top speed of 31.1 mph, she burned just 38 gph, which works out to .82 mpg.

Despite the frigid conditions, I enjoyed my time with Lonrach. But alas, all good things must come to an end. Back at the dock, I asked Jerry whether it-the two-year wait for a boat, the monthly trips to the yard, the loan-was worth it. He smiled and replied without hesitation, "This is the ultimate boat. It's about as good as it can get," as he gazed at Lonrach with the admiration a parent might display at a child's graduation.

"Do you think this fifth boat will be the last?" I asked. Jerry's smile grew, and he and Diane looked at each other and nodded, "Never say never."

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Meet the Owners >> Jerry and Diane Lynch

Although Lonrach is Jerry and Diane Lynch's fifth Wilbur and second 38 Duffy, the couple is hardly new to boating; Jerry's been on the water for more than 50 years, and the couple purchased their first boat, a 13-foot Boston Whaler, 36 years ago in their eighth year of marriage. They've also owned a 17-foot Boston Whaler, a 20-foot SeaCraft, and a 24-foot Nauset.

Spotlight On | Dual Head

Although the 38 Wilbur is available in a two-stateroom design, the Lynches traded the guest stateroom for a second head. The head to port offers a stand-up shower and sink, while the other one, to starboard, offers an MSD and a sink. The main idea, they say, was to gain space. Diane says that since she and Jerry won’t be entertaining many adults onboard, and since the settee in the saloon converts to a double berth, a second stateroom would be superfluous and the second head a more favorable option. “It gives me an opportunity to shower and get ready to go out to dinner while, at the same time, Jerry is busy shaving and getting ready himself without [us] being on top of each other,” says Diane. Her favorite part is the Stamoid-made shower curtain, which prevents water from escaping the shower area. “I can leave a blow-dryer and my make-up right there on the sink when I shower, and it’s dry when I step out,” she boasts. Also noteworthy here is the FM Mattson control in the shower, which maintains a con- stant water temperature and pressure, even when someone is running water elsewhere on the boat.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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