BOAT REVIEW CORDOVA SERIES - CLIPPER 60 MOTORYACHT
Classy Lady of Cordova
TEXT BY BARRY TYLER
With each new model the Australian owners of Clipper Motoryachts
develop, they move a step closer to producing the ultimate compromise
between practical long-range cruising ability, and luxury living. The Cordova
Series Clipper 60 Motoryacht continues the impetus.
It is an undeniable fact that more and more current and potential boat owners are looking at
ways to ‘save their pennies’ when it comes to buying their next boat. It may be a smaller boat
than first anticipated, it may be that they look at less options on their boat, but more than likely
the single biggest influence on their decision will be onerous subject of running costs, and how to
save on them. And I don’t mean maintenance costs, I mean fuel costs which while having eased
slightly over the last month are two, are manipulatively heading in an upward spiral yet again. The
question they want a tangible answer to is - what are my options, when it comes to fuel
There is the dedicated displacement vessel with its 9-11 knot cruise and maximum, or, there is
another option and it falls rather loosely under the terminology of a semi-displacement hull.
There are many observers, in particular the dedicated displacement protagonists, who insist
there is no such thing as semi-displacement; it is one or the other! The semi-displacement
brigade will however argue that it is possible to bisect the two mediums. Me, I will sit on the
fence but in saying that, I do believe there are some nice compromises which encompass both
ideals, perhaps not 100%, but arguably within a bull’s roar of it so as to be efficient at low
speeds, and planing-capable at higher speeds.
It is extraordinarily important too, to appreciate the fact a genuine passage-making hull is not
all about efficiency and speed alone. Very much into the equation comes that well-worn
adjective, capability! Adhering where possible to the KISS theory, specification of machinery
(including back-ups of most), galley, ablutions, electrics, water, fuel, accommodation, space, load-
carrying ability, storage, all play their part and it is this realisation that has been the focus of
attention for Clipper Motoryachts.
Strive for Perfection
It is their firm belief that you start with a capable hull design, choose and fit the very best of
equipment in every facet of the vessel, then add the luxury touches that so many planing cruiser
owners have enjoyed prior to their decision to change. “It makes sense,” says Clipper
Motoryachts MD Darren Berry/Mark Campion, “We strive for perfection, we listen to our
clients, appreciate their wants and needs, and then source the very best examples of that
particular product, regardless of where it comes from in the world.
“You will notice there is for instance an inordinate amount of Aritex Stainless Steel extrusion
and equipment on this boat; that is superyacht specification, but that is the length we go to so
as to provide the best all-round boat,” he explained. Hard to argue, for stepping aboard one
could be forgiven for thinking one had stepped onto a superyacht. Teak floors abounded, neat
angled steps up each side of the transom beam aided the transition, then once up on the cockpit
level you were greeted by a traditional passagemaker ‘working area’, moreso than a glitzy
Equipment here was serious; hawse fittings, a raised winch mounting point, teak capping on the
tops of the bulwarks, a solid bow rail which found its way right aft to the cockpit entry door, the
teak and S/S exterior ladder to the flybridge, and the nice wide encapsulated walkways to the
bow – all were appropriate to an ocean-going vessel. More importantly, they were presented well.
The walkways sort of enticed you to walk around the outside first, and when I got to the bow I
was in heaven, for this foredeck area graphically introduced me to this boat. Very capable,
everything about the anchoring features, bulwarks and bow-rail suggested to me the designers
had a definite feel for the requirements of a true bluewater vessel.
Sure, they should do for they have been building these trawler-style vessels for over 25 years
now, but let’s just say they have learned a lot over the time, and have transferred that
knowledge into reality. The raised cleat mounts, the hawse fittings, winch and cats-eyes were all
engineering marvels the men would appreciate, but the ladies will feel at home too, on the
recessed sun-bed and forward lounge which make for a great relaxation area.
Luxury, Opulence, Ambience
The exterior had that certain air of class about it, but the saloon was to say the least,
inspirational. One big room with all the features around the outside rather than impeding the
flow or expansiveness of the room, there was an old world ‘traditional’ charm that made it a
warm inviting room to just sit round and talk, dine or simply watch television. A real lounge, just
Décor was magnificent, rich Golden Burmese Teak (one log per boat, so all the grains match up)
woodwork contrasted well with the fabric blinds and curtains, carpeted and teak floors, the
plush vinyl ceiling panels and of course the eye-catching recessed feature mirror overhead. The
rear lounge with the table in the up position, doubled as your dining setting with five, and
another two around the floor side, seated in the two rather inviting arm chairs.
Forward of this dining setting was the galley, with the Granite bench-top a definite fashion
statement and talking point. Being a bit of a tooth man I tend to view galleys suspiciously, as to
their capability, but this one passed with bells on. A four burner stove, twin sinks, a trash
compactor, microwave convection oven, plenty of storage, and magnificently presented secreted
refrigeration opposite – oh yes, it was definitely well equipped!
From this lower saloon level you stepped up onto what was the pilothouse level. Another world
away, this was a very traditional ‘wooden’ area which definitely cemented the Clipper’s reputation
as a passagemaker. The dedicated helm, large wooden helm wheel, the virtually upright windows,
the wooden mullions, the single skippers chair and the table and lounge aft of the skippers chairs
(which pulled out to form a night berth for the skipper) - were all in keeping with an entirely
capable traditional ocean-going ship! Electronics needless to say, were accordingly spec’d.
Just aft of the side-entry trawler-style entry door, the refrigeration module was angled at the
front so as to transform into the base of the internal stairway to the flybridge level; a level
incidentally which was deliberately split in two. The huge outside area, outside the confines of
the hardtop, was in this instance a large unoccupied area ready for another water-toy, a sun-
lounge or whatever else you deemed necessary. A rail assembly partitioned this off from further
aft again, the flybridge overhang which housed the not-insignificant 3.3m Aurora RIB and the
450kg ADC davit crane. All that, but there was still room in the living side of the flybridge for a
duplicated helm, two (Crown) skippers chairs, two L-shaped lounges and a huge entertainment
module with BBQ, sink, fridge/ice-maker and storage!
Below decks, down the semi-spiral stairway and the passagemaker theme gave way to a level of
luxury and sophistication found on only the very best of luxury cruisers and motoryachts. While
the basic layout is three bedrooms two bathrooms, there is an option for the third bedroom to
be a double room or if you preferred it twin Pullman style or side by side. In this instance it was
the latter. Décor in all three rooms was lavish lashings of the Teak, window alcoves in the same
double frame (inner and outer walls) guise as in the saloon, padded vinyl ceiling panels, carpeted
floors, and lights, heaps of lights. Clipper M.Y. subscribes to the theory that you can never have
Immediately to the left as you reached the bottom of the stairs, in under the saloon sole and
virtually amidships, was the Master Stateroom. Very regal in appearance, it was a full-beam room
with the king-size island berth lying fore and aft. The attached ensuite was off to the portside,
large in dimension and containing separate shower cubicle, Granite bench-top, vanity, and even a
mirrored ceiling. Very superyachtish! On the starboard side of this ‘Master’ room was the
slightly elevated ladies department, complete with cupboards, drawers and a magnificent make-
up setting with lift-up mirror lid and a cosmetic drawer.
Leaving the Master Stateroom and heading forward in the companionway, the twin-single
accommodation was to port, the house bathroom was opposite and the Guest Stateroom was in
the bow. The bathroom was a virtual duplication of the Master, and the twin single bedroom
while large in dimension, also perhaps surprisingly (normally this third room is an after-thought
on most boats) boasted the same high level of presentation and fittings like lighting, television,
air conditioning, stereo/DVD, port-holes and storage.
The guest stateroom by virtue of its shape, was always destined to be a queen-size island version
albeit with all the other features plus large his and hers wood-lined wardrobes each side, aft of
the window alcove features. All three rooms boasted the same indelible theme thoughout, wood,
wood and more wood. But you never tired of it or felt there was too much wood, so well was it
designed, so well was it presented. All the different angles, the built-in features, the alcove
windows, it was awe-inspiring even to a self-confessed wood-lover like myself.
The last aspect of the vessel was for me going to be the most telling; this was where I would
determine one way or the other, if this was indeed a capable boat. Accessed through a hatch in
the cockpit, first you entered what was a workshop, come laundry, come crew quarters. For
short people may I add, for you needed a right old hunched back to move about in there. No
problem though, in the context of a workshop - I could live with that.
A forward bulkhead in here then offered access to the engine room proper, and now more head-
room. Pride of place in here understandably, were the two 10.8 litre, inline 6-cylinder, 670hp
Cummins Quantum Series QSM11-670 HO diesel engines which ran through ZF 2.037:1
gearboxes and conventional shaft drives, to the two 31.5”D x 31.9”P Hung Sueng propellers.
Modest power I guess, for a 17.5-metre boat which weighed in at 25¾ tonnes, but it still
managed to push the Clipper to a 23 knot top speed and a cruise speed of anywhere between 12
to 18 knots.
Looking around the engine room I could see for myself that this GRP composite boat was built
like the proverbial ice-breaker, but what was even more impressive was the amount of gear they
been able to accommodate within the parameters of this room, and still have good access from a
maintenance perspective. And the equipment such as the 21kVA Genset, the 3000w Inverter
charger combo, the 65lph water-maker, the six AGM 200Ah house and four 4 200Ah engine
battery banks, the Wesmar stabilisers, the 76,000btu of MarineAir air conditioning and of
course the 4,300 litres (5,800 optional) of fuel – all suggested to me that this boat was more
than capable of tackling ocean-going passages.
This was one of those boats that had everything, and the best part was, big ticket items such as
underwater exhausts, BBQ, davit, electronics, wet-bar, ice-maker, TV’s, leather and sunbrella
upholstery, granite benches, hard-top, bow thruster, stern docking capstans, flybridge clears,
bulwark side-entry door, crew accommodation, pilothouse sofa/pull-out berth, TV’s in guest
cabins – were all standard. This boat was built well, spec’d well and presented well. It performed
better than I expected, it was quiet and smooth underway, and stable and responsive in seas.
Value for money? Look around, compare apples with apples and I would venture to suggest the
price tag of $1,892,000 as tested, would appear to be very competitive.
Design Name: Cordova Series - Clipper 60 Motoryacht
Year Launched: 2009
Designer: Trevor Bolt / Clipper Motoryachts
Interior Designer: Mark Campion
Builder: Clipper Motoryachts (Fuhua)
LOA: 17.60 metres
Beam: 5.12 metres
LWL: 16.35 metres
Draft: 1.358 metres
Displacement: 25,720 kg (lightships)
Max Speed: 23 knots
Cruise Speed: 12-18 knots
Construction: Hand-laid multi-directional cloths (no chop strand) and vinylester resins, with
Nida Cores on superstructure
Fuel Cap: 4,300 litres (5,800 optional)
Water Cap: 1600 litres
Engines Make: 2 x 670hp Cummins Quantum Series QSM11-670 HO
Gearboxes: ZF 2.037:1
Drive Train: Conventional Shaft Drive
Propellers: Hung Sueng 31.5”D x 31.9”P
Generator: Onan 21 kVA
Inverter / Charger: Victron 3000 Watt
Air Conditioning: MarineAir 76,000 btu
Bow Thruster: 25 hp Wesmar Hydraulic Twin-blade
Stern Thruster: 25 hp Wesmar Hydraulic Twin-blade
Anchor Winch: Muir Thor Series HR3500
Anchors: 2 x 80 lbs Aritex
Steering: Hynautic Hydraulic
Engine Controls: Cummins-Mercruiser DTS
Lighting: Cantalupi of Italy
Paint (Topsides): Antique White DSM Gelcoat
Paint (Antifouling): International Marine Plus Epoxy Barrier
Hatches: S/S Aritex
Wipers: 3 x TMQ Exalto
Porthole Hatches: Aritex – with S/S Dead-lights
Heads: Tecma Silent-flush Electric
Veneer/Plywood: Golden Burmese Teak
Davit Crane/Passarella: 450kg ADC
Tender: 3.3m Aurora RIB with 15hp Mercury Outboard
Stainless Steel Fabrication: Aritex / Clipper Motoryachts
Stainless Steel Doors: Aritex
Trim Tabs: Bennett
Helm Chair: Crown
Batteries: House: 6 x AGM 200Ah / Engine: 4 x AGM 200Ah
Upholstery: Clipper Motoryachts
Autopilot: Raymarine ST8002
GPS: Raymarine E120 Integrated System
Plotter: Raymarine G17 E120 Integrated System
Depth Sounder: Raymarine E120 Integrated System
VHF: Raymarine 240E
Radar: Raymarine 48NM E120 Integrated System
Entertainment Systems: Jamo Surround Sound Home Theatre
Engine Instruments: DTS Smartcraft / VDO
Wind Instruments: Raymarine ST60
Software System: Raymarine 120 Integrated System
Switch Panel: BEP Marine / Carune Switches
Base Price of Boat: $1,700,000 (well equipped)
Price As Tested: $1,890,000
Brett Thurley, Clipper Motoryachts Australia. Mob: +61 (0)419 788 000
Email: email@example.com Website: www.clippermotoryachts.com.au
Running & Lead-in Shot
The Cordova Series Clipper 60 Motoryacht paints a beautiful picture of style, charm and charm –
in any bay!
This night shot clearly illustrates Clipper Motor Yachts affinity with lighting.
A most majestic boarding feature.
Just like a superyacht, finish and presentation was superb.
There was still an obscene amount of space available on the flybridge level, despite all the
The workshop below included this crew accommodation.
The engine room was magnificently presented, every aspect was readily accessible, and clearly
The formal saloon enthusiastically embraced the luxury ideal.
Nowhere is the blend of luxury and practicality more evident than in the galley. The chef would
want for nothing on a long passage!
The epitome of a bonafide ‘ships’ bridge.
King-size comfort in the amidships Master Stateroom
There was equal billing for in the guest accommodation in the Guest Stateroom.
The mirrored ceilings added a new dimension to the humble head.
The third bedroom is offered in single configuration or this appealing twin-single arrangement.