As I prepared to pull into the slip in the McKinna 65 Pilothouse, the captain suggested we head belowdecks from the flying bridge. I was about to enter the salon when he said, "It'll be easier to see where you're going from the cockpit." To my delight, folding out of a molded transom console was a third control station. I faced aft and worked the shifters, easing into the slip.
This third station is one of many high-end items that come standard on the 65 Pilothouse. Another is the Wesmar RS-600 pitch and roll stabilizers (usually a $35,000 extra), part of a hydraulic system that includes a windlass and bow thruster-necessary because of the 65 Pilothouse's narrow 12' beam at the chines. Without these stabilizers, the boat's skinny waterline girth would make it vulnerable to beam seas and winds.
More standards include the 1,000-pound davit and stainless-steel 4"-diameter radar mast on the flying bridge, where there are also Stidd helm seats. The galley features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and in the heads, you'll find Headhunter commodes. There's even a 12' Rendova RIB tender with a 40-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard in the transom garage.
Belowdecks, the triple-stateroom layout has a spacious feel. The shortest headroom is 6'4" in the aft master stateroom; there's 7'9" worth in the passageway. The master head has a full-size bathtub, and the other two heads have roomy walk-in showers.
Performing routine maintenance on the 65 Pilothouse should be easy. The lazarette is home to the 27kW Onan genset with its own sea strainer, air-conditioning system strainers, and batteries. Move forward into the engine compartment and you'll find the water/fuel separators on the aft bulkhead. All wiring is done with tinned copper insulated with an irradiated coating so in case of an accidental overload, the insulation resists burning.