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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 conservation? 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 entertainment area. 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 like home! 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! Three-family Accommodation 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 enough lighting. 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. Equipped Capably 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. Conclusion 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. Specifications: 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 Watermaker: optional 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 Windscreens/windows: Aritex 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 Stabilisers: Wesmar ELECTRONICS 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 Contact (address/phone/fax/email/website: Brett Thurley, Clipper Motoryachts Australia. Mob: +61 (0)419 788 000 Email: email@example.com Website: www.clippermotoryachts.com.au Captions Running & Lead-in Shot 1 The Cordova Series Clipper 60 Motoryacht paints a beautiful picture of style, charm and charm – in any bay! 2 This night shot clearly illustrates Clipper Motor Yachts affinity with lighting. 3 A most majestic boarding feature. 4 Just like a superyacht, finish and presentation was superb. 5 There was still an obscene amount of space available on the flybridge level, despite all the features. 6 The workshop below included this crew accommodation. 7 The engine room was magnificently presented, every aspect was readily accessible, and clearly labelled. 8 The formal saloon enthusiastically embraced the luxury ideal. 9 Nowhere is the blend of luxury and practicality more evident than in the galley. The chef would want for nothing on a long passage! 10 The epitome of a bonafide ‘ships’ bridge. 11 King-size comfort in the amidships Master Stateroom 12 There was equal billing for in the guest accommodation in the Guest Stateroom. 13 The mirrored ceilings added a new dimension to the humble head. 14 The third bedroom is offered in single configuration or this appealing twin-single arrangement.
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