But no boat is perfect. Access into the engine room through flip-up passageway steps is tight. If you don't like it, Novatec says it will stretch the boat 2', making it a 57, and design a passage into the engine room from the cockpit - for only $35,000 more. Gee thanks, guys. Finally, there was no chafe protection around the hole through which cables and wiring were routed to the helm station. There should be.
Displacement (lbs., approx.)...........55,000
Minimum cockpit depth ...........2'10"
Max. cabin headroom...6'10"
Fuel capacity (gal.) ......750
Water capacity (gal.) ...220
Price (w/standard power) ...........$745,803
Price (w/test power) ...........$773,800
STANDARD POWER:Twin 535-bhp Cummins diesel inboards.
OPTIONAL POWER: Twin Caterpillar or Cummins diesel inboards to 1,600 bhp total.
TEST BOAT POWER: Twin 660-bhp Caterpillar 3196E diesel inboards with 729 cid., 5.1" bore x 5.9" stroke, swinging four-bladed 33" x 32" props through 1.98:1 reductions.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items): Glendenning cablemaster w/65' 50-amp shorepower cord; 4-unit 60,000-Btu a/c system; 6 batteries; 50-amp, 12v battery charger; 30-amp, 24v battery charger; oil change system; dual Racor fuel filters; fuel cooling system; tank sight gauges; 20-gal. water heater; dripless shaft and rudder seals; windlass, anchor, and chain rode; 4-station intercom; 3 TVs; wetbar w/icemaker and refrigerator; radar arch; aft cabin companionway; depthsounder; VHF; compass; full-size washer and dryer; dishwasher; microwave; 3-burner cooktop; 18-cu.ft. GE refrigerator; high-gloss interior finish.
LIVING ON IT. Fortunately, your shirt collar won't need any chafe protection while cruising. The 55 CMY is a true liveaboard. Its interior is finished in Canadian cherry and accented by burled, walnut-topped tables with teak inlays. The salon's quite roomy, largely due to the maximum beam being carried aft, and is soled in teak and holly, with settees large enough to make reading several chapters of Tom Clancy comfy a clip.
Need to stretch your legs? The master stateroom, aft and below, is tremendous. Want proof? There's a king-size berth at its center. The berth is cantilevered, with stowage below, and all around are drawers, illuminated hanging lockers, and countertops constructed of the same teak, cherry, and walnut medley.
The owner's head features a full-size shower and tub, plus more walnut, more fiddles, and more inlayed wood. But it's not Old World dark and stodgy. Bright tile and chrome highlight the head, and a nice mix of white curtains, linen, and a headliner provide the same lift for the stateroom. Windows and ports are plentiful. A door granting access to the cockpit provides more light.