Captain's ReportFirst, she was designed by two very talented west coast naval architects. Her hull was designed by a master – William Garden. Garden has been building and designing boats since about 1935 and few people alive know more about boats, both power and sail, than this giant of his craft. The exterior and interior were designed by Greg Marshall, a younger west coast Canadian designer who has many megayachts to his credit. Second, the Pacific Mariner 65 was conceived by boat builders who want to give the American public an affordable, reliable, low-operating cost boat that would be versatile enough to operate at displacement speeds for long distance cruising or at 20 knots for long weekend cruising. She would be big enough for six, and still have a cabin for crew – all of this in 65’. It was a boat with a very specific mission and over the years nearly 200 have been sold. A couple of years ago Pacific Mariner merged operations with Westport and together they build everything from the PM 65 to 165-footers.
First, let’s start with the specifications and price so we know what we are looking at and how much it costs. The Pacific Mariner 65 Raised Pilothouse has a hull length of 64’ 11” and her swim platform adds another 6’ 1” to that. Her beam is 17’ 3” and she draws 5’. She weighs in at 69,000 lbs., and at that weight is generally considered light for this size of motoryacht. This has some obvious advantages when it comes to performance and fuel consumption. The 65 carries 1100 gallons of fuel and 285 gallons of freshwater. Considering that she has a full tub, clothes washer, dishwasher, and showers, that 285 gallon water supply may not sound like much, but it’s supplemented by a 900 gallon per day watermaker. In this way you are lugging around weight you don’t have to. More and more builders are going in this direction these days.
Main deck plan.
With twin electronically controlled MTU-60 series 825-hp engines the Pacific Mariner 65 has a best cruise of 22 knots, according to the builder. This engine started life as the Detroit Diesel Series 60 which has a terrific record in over-the-road 18-wheel trucks and has a good reputation in marine service as well. She has two Northern Lights generators as standard, a 20KW for housepower and a 16KW night generator (and back up). Stability is provided from a pair of 4.5 sq. ft. Naiad stabilizer fins that also come standard. The base MSRP price for the 65 is $2.2 million and she comes better equipped than most any boat this size that you will find in this size range. The folks at Westport call it a “turn key” boat we would have to agree. About the only major item of equipment that I didn’t find on the standard list was a tender, and she can easily handle a 14-footer with outboard. Since her introduction in the mid 1990s, the Pacific Mariner 65 has delivered a lot of utility for a very competitive price, and she is often used as a benchmark in this size range of motoryachts. The Pacific Mariners are built north of Seattle, Washington.
The Aft Deck…
You enter the Pacific Mariner 65 via the aft cockpit through a stainless steel sliding door. The cockpit has quite an expansive layout for a yacht of this size. Typically, you have a table and a curved seating area forward of the transom. The layout on the PM65 allows for another set of seats forward of the table as well. Often in boats under 75’, there just isn’t enough room for the forwards seats as builders extend the aft end of the saloon further aft to allow for more room there.
Virtually everything you see in this picture, except the tender, come standard on the boat, including the 1500-lb davit, electric warping winches on the covering boards, railings on the swim platform, two Stidd chairs on the bridge and the hardtop, among other things.
In this case, the saloon still has room for gathering while opening the door to the cockpit gives the option of making it a larger indoor/outdoor space. I think the aft deck is quite functional while giving ample room to both spaces separately. I’ve noticed that many owners enclose the aft deck with isinglass and cruising canvas, effectively turning them into part of the boat’s interior, albeit a bit cooler in northern climes.
The saloon is large enough for a cocktail party and small enough to be cozy. The cocktail table doubles as a dinner table and rises electrically. The boat has all of the requisite flat screens and TVs, etc.
Once inside, there is a built-in curved sofa to port, with storage underneath, and two separate custom-made chairs and table to starboard. There is a coffee table that is electronically controlled to adjust its height from coffee table to dinner table heights. The saloon is accented with Sapele Mahogany cabinetry with satin finish. There is plenty of natural light that can be limited by the custom Hunter-Douglas blinds. The room is separated from the forward spaces by a bulkhead to port and a stairway to starboard. There is a bar/entertainment center built into the forward bulkhead and a 42” Plasma HD/TV is mounted front and center and is wired to a 120 watt per channel surround sound system, a Blu-ray DVD player, a DSS receiver, VHS player, and a KVH TracVision satellite antenna. All of this comes standard.The wet bar features a stainless steel sink, wine cooler, ice maker, custom crystal cabinet, and bottle storage drawer.
The galley has all of the modern appliances with an extra wide refer/freezer and granite counter top.
Moving forward up the starboard steps from the saloon and you enter the galley and lower helm area. The galley features the usual premium appliances, including a 22 cu ft side-by-side stainless refrigerator/freezer with water, a trash compactor, a GE Profile series stainless steel stove/oven, microwave…etc. There is a custom buffet for dish storage, a lazy Susan with pull-out shelves, a ventilation hatch with pull up screen for blowing cooking odors out, and the boat is delivered with the galley fully stocked with china, crystal, flatware, cookware, cooking utensils, Henkel knives, a Krups coffee pot, and possibly a Partridge in a Pear Tree. As we said, she is fairly well equipped. It’s the dining area that separates this Pacific Mariner 65 from many of her competitors, however. Where you would normally see a buffet or stools surrounding the galley counters, here there is a settee and table facing forward. In that way the settee serves double duty as a dining table as well as a lounge seat behind the helm so that friends and family can keep company with the helmsperson. The galley, is next to the settee and behind the helm.
The Lower Helm
Whichever helm is being used to pilot the boat is almost always the main gathering spot of the moment. This settee however, does have a drawback in that it doesn’t seem large enough to seat six for dining. More casual lunches or eating on the fly sort of arrangement, so formal dining is in the saloon and it’s curved sofa, and that is why the table rises and lowers. When it comes to this open galley, and settee facing the helm and the windshields, there are two schools of thought. Traditionally a bulkhead and door were placed between the galley and the settee for a couple of reasons. One, there’s no real need to see out the forward windows from the galley itself, and secondly, this would allow for night operations without lights from the galley, or even the main saloon, affecting the night vision of the helmsman. But the fact that this boat has been built for over 12 years or so and nearly 200 Pacific Mariners are on the water, and this layout has never been changed even though numerous refinements have been made on the boat, indicate to me that this layout must be practical. That is probably because the people who use this boat don’t cruise often after dark, and if they do, it is in pleasant weather and they simply use the helm on the flying bridge. The open layout also creates sort of a “country kitchen” open feeling that one sometimes sees on far larger motoryachts. And since this boat is by definition an owner-operated one, the galley slave wants to be part of the action. And if that galley slave happens to be the captain, he might want to be able to look over the shoulder of the helmsperson as she pilots the boat along (or visa versa).
The settee is partly like a country kitchen and partly like a traditional motoryacht with settee behind the helm – without the bulkhead. Read the pros and cons.
The lower helm accommodates two Stidd helm seats, and the already mentioned after settee/table. The instrument panel layout has a lower section dedicated to the larger nav and comm panels and the upper section having the smaller autopilot and multi functions gauges… the combination of the two dedicated sections makes for a very nicely laid out, and good looking, panel. The PM65 comes delivered with a generous electronics package that includes a Furuno Navnet 64 mile radar, a Nobeltec Visual navigation Suite with 3 17” flat screen monitors, a Furuno GPS, Simrad autopilot with handheld remote, as well as communications both internally (5 station PBX phone system) and externally (cell phone, satellite phone, ICOM VHF). Sliding doors to port and starboard with retractable bug screens lead out to the side decks that allow full walk-around capability. Visibility is unobstructed through an arc of roughly 225 degrees, with the view aft obstructed by the galley bulkhead.
The lower deck.
Here is where the Pacific Mariner 65 has one of its best features. Three separate staterooms with ensuite heads. That’s a great layout and lends itself to the most versatile array of guests, whether it may be two other couples, one other couple and their kids, or perhaps a man and woman not coupled, all having their own quarters without having to worry about sharing a head.
The Master stateroom has a his and hers closet, and plenty or drawers port and starboard and under the king bed.
The master stateroom has a king size bed with innerspring pillow-top mattress. It lies right atop the keel and the full beam allows for two tables with lamps and valances overhead as well as plenty of recessed Xenon lighting. Natural light is via two portlights to either side of the stateroom that are located high up the padded silk covered bulkheads. There are his and her full height, cedar lined closets with full length mirrors inside the doors to either side of the aft part of the stateroom. To port is a built in bureau that comes up to about waist height with a vanity, and to starboard, a desk. I really have to question the desk as most duties that a desk entails can be accomplished from the lower helm with a laptop, and a separate vanity would better serve for keeping the head available before a party… at least that’s how it works in my house. Removing the vanity from the bureau opposite would free up space for another row of drawers for more storage without blocking access to the portlights above.
The VIP in the bow has one hanging locker and drawers under the foot of the bed. It could use some more storage space.
Forward and down three steps, and you arrive in the forward VIP. A queen sized island berth is front and center and storage drawers are underneath. The LCD flatscreen is connected to the satellite receiver. The room is bright and airy, being lit by both natural and artificial light. Natural light is brought to the room via two portlights and a single hatch overhead. Thanks to the steps down, there is plenty of headroom and that gives the whole room an added air of spaciousness. The head lies to starboard and features an enclosed shower. One of my criticisms of this boat is that the space to port and starboard of the bed, along the hull sides is appears to my eye unfinished, to say nothing of the loss of much needed cabinets that could be put here. Granted they would be shallow, but nevertheless, on a boat of any size there is never enough storage.
Two twin beds separated by a night table are featured in this cabin. Forward is the head with enclosed shower. There is a separate doorway leading to the corridor from this head for allowing it to double as a day head for the deck above. The door is right at the bottom of the curved staircase so no searching for the correct door required. There is one full height closet in the stateroom.
The flying bridge and boat deck.
The flybridge will undoubtedly be the most popular spot when underway on clear days. It’s accessed via a stairway in the galley or from the cockpit. There is a functional center console helm forward with a helmsman and additional observer’s seats. The console is fully equipped with a premium electronics package. Just abaft and to starboard is a large settee for gathering. Knowing that this will be the entertaining spot while underway, the bridge deck is equipped with a Miele electric grill, a U-line refrigerator, and Corian table.
The helm on the bridge has plenty of room on the dash for instruments. Note the dark dash to avoid glare on the windshield.
The bridge is protected by a hardtop, and the forward windshield only comes up half way up to the overhead. This means that the rest of the space will inevitably be taken up by isinglass. It should come as no surprise that I’d rather see the windshield go all the way up to the overhead with ventilation provided by opening side windows or lower vents. No offense to the folks who like isinglass, but I prefer the real deal, at least if I’m writing the check. Aft of the bridge deck is the boat deck, with a 1500 lb. capacity davit for storing the tender and perhaps a PWC.
The crew quarters are under the aft cockpit, and are accessed by moving a cushion in the aft deck. There are two berths and a head as well as the required access for the crew to the engine room via a watertight door. Also in this space is a freezer and a cabinet for ships spares. Some would argue that perhaps the crew space would better serve as a garage for water toys, and that’s a valid argument for an owner-operated boat. Also valid is the argument that a retired couple might like to have a mate along to help with the fenders and tender, check the fluids daily, and other chores such as cleaning and general maintenance, that are better left to hired help. Thus, crew quarters are the long distance cruising essential.
Designer William Garden in his younger days. He is one of the world’s great designers.
Along with her 5-year blister warranty, the new PM65 owner receives a detailed contact list for technical, mechanical or repair service 24/7. Westport Yachts also maintains contact with the owner for scheduled service advisories. The Pacific Mariner 65 Raised Pilothouse clearly has all the ingredients needed to enjoy the good life with ever changing scenery. She offers comfort, luxury and performance in a yacht that looks beautiful and dresses the part. She has a total price of $2,200,000 and comes to the owner almost fully turn-key. And that is the strength of this boat – terrifically equipped for what is for these size boats a very sharp price.Turn-key is not just a sales statement at Westport Yachts, it’s a business model that others may want to take a close look at. She comes delivered with everything right down to, lines and fenders, linens and china, and electronics… even a full load of fuel. The hardest part of owning a Westport Yacht is deciding where you’ll want to take her, or more aptly, where she’ll take you.Visit the Pacific Mariner 65 website…
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