We spoke to three brokers who had Pacific Mariner 65s listed on BoatQuest.com. See what they each had to say about these sought-after three-stateroom cruisers and the boaters looking to buy and sell them.
Phil Annunziato, Luke Brown Yachts; www.lukebrown.com
“The boat does everything these people want: It has three staterooms, it has three very nice heads—the third head is accessible from the third stateroom or the companionway, and it has a separate stall shower. And the third stateroom has two lower berths not an upper and lower like most in this size and class. The boats, as far as the way they run and handle, they’re a dream. Even in a following sea this boat is incredibly good. We did sea trials in this boat back in 2007, and I was blown away by her ride, seakeeping ability, and her handling. We went out through Dania Cut into 4- to 6 - or 7-foot slop out there. This boat was absolutely solid, sound, and true as far as direction. We turned sideways put the stabilizers on—she was incredibly stable. The surveyor had noted at haul-out that he didn’t think the stabilizers were installed properly as far as location but they were factory done, like every 65 Pacific Mariner. When the boat handled the way she did, he said, I stand corrected, they work perfectly. Bottom line is that the reason this boat is so popular is that she’s a boat that does not have a contemporary interior, but she’s not so heavily wooded as some in her class. It gives people a more modern feel without being too contemporary European. But it’s not as heavy a wood interior as say a West Bay or a Marlow or Grand Banks, or some of the boats that are all-wood interiors that some people don’t care for because they feel they’re too dated. The boat handles, rides, and runs so beautifully that people buy these that have looked at many things in the market, but they come back to the Pacific Mariner 65 because they feel it’s more to their taste and the boat gives them all the handling that they want.”
Wayne Cannava, Gilman Yachts; www.gilmanyachts.com
“I’ve been involved with the sale of 13 Pacific Mariner 65s either new or used, and some of them sold twice. They’ve proven to be a great owner-operator boat. She will do the Great Loop without needing any modifications. The boat has full walkaround decks, it’s a full-beam walk-in engine room, and it’s one of the few boats of her size that have three staterooms and three en suite heads. When new, the boats came fully furnished with a watermaker, electronics, interior, all the crystal, flatware, and dishes. They are extremely quiet combined with her efficient seaworthy Bill Garden hull design (he also designed the 85’ Pacific Mariner, along with Westport’s 130 and 164 motoryachts). There’s a full galley with apartment-size appliances. The main saloon has a hilo table that converts to a six-person dining table or down to cocktail height. The boats came with stabilizers and a hydraulic bow thruster. Experienced boaters can relate to the cruising efficiency and the maneuverability is quite good. The boat has a full keel on it, which helps it track better in following sea conditions. The engine choices were either the 3406 Caterpillar or the series 60 MTU Detroit diesel, either 800 or 825 horsepower providing a cruising speed of 20 knots and a top of 23 knots. The engineering of the boat is very simple for an owner-operator. There’s two fuel tanks and each supplies one engine and one generator. I’ve cruised on them and I’ve run them and I don’t think you could buy anything better between 60 and 70 feet. It’s a three-piece mold so they are not developing leaks or stress-related problems due to multiple construction pieces.”
John Varga, Westport Yachts; www.westportyachts.com
“Because Westport has been closely involved with the Pacific Mariner brand over the years, we know the product inside out and have provided much of their servicing. All the Pacific Mariners were sold when new through Westport, so we try to keep up with the current ownership on all these yachts. The 65s have developed somewhat of a cult following on both the East and West coasts. They are in demand ... especially the newer ones, and I would say it is stronger than ever. All the newer ones on the market this year have been sold. I have just closed on a 2003 model, and now the newest one available on both the East and West coasts is a 2001. They appeal to a variety of yachtsmen. Within the last year I sold a 2009 ... the second to the last one built, that was located in Montreal of all places. The buyer wanted the newest one he could find, and has based the boat down in St. Barts in the Caribbean. He now has loaded the yacht on a freighter and is headed to Europe to cruise the Med for the summer. He equipped this yacht with the best of everything including a second chiller, flybridge air conditioning, and a power conversion system for the Med. Another recent sale has been to a highly experienced cruising couple who sold their 84-foot Burger and downsized to a 2005 65 that is much simpler for them to handle. She will be based in Annapolis, Maryland, in the summer and at the Ocean Reef Club, in Key Largo, Florida, in the winter. A variety of buyers realize that the 65 is a very owner-operator-friendly boat. Four control stations make it easy for owners to maneuver her, and the boat is extremely responsive. They also love that the 65 offers some of the best accommodations for a yacht her size: a very large comfortable saloon with big panoramic windows, a galley with full-sized appliances, a spacious pilothouse, and three roomy staterooms with three large heads. They also like the fact that there are separate crew quarters aft in case the owners want to relax with friends when cruising and not have to worry about captaining the yacht. The 65 also has a nice 21- to 22-knot cruise, which is faster in comparison to many of the similar sized raised pilothouse designs on the market.”