A 65' motoryacht performing well in blue water is hardly news. Threading that same 17'3"-wide, 66,000-pound boat through a labyrinthine needle of a waterway like Fort Lauderdale's New River is another matter. Some sections of the New are less than 50' wide. Boats are moored along its entire length. Abundant commercial traffic, bountiful pleasureboats, and manatee restrictions require constant course and speed alterations. Blind turns abound.
It's these conditions, rather than big swells offshore, that are likely to give a skipper fits. Unfortunately, scheduled maintenance, hurricanes, and the desire to gunkhole can make threading such needles mandatory. How do you keep your sanity? You could hire a captain. But we think you should take the Pacific Mariner 65 through a sea trial first. With excellent visibility from its helm and crisp, inertia-defying response from its controls, the 65 threads backwater needles like a Saville Row tailor. Also, such standard features as the hydraulic bow thruster, power-rotating tender davit, and docking windlasses facilitate owner operation. By all means: Take the 65 offshore. We did. Its proud, 10'-high bow cleaves through swells. And as a big boat that a couple can handle, the 65 shines.
Gripes? Some. But these can be forgiven considering the 65 offers an overabundance of luxury and convenience at an all-inclusive price.
THE HIGHS: A luxurious camphorwood, silk, and mohair extravaganza! Nimble handling and extremely quiet. Easily owner operated.
THE LOWS: Need a special tool to service electrical panel. Solitary engine choice may leave you cold. Microwave and aft bulkhead rattled noisily underway.