Very solid aluminum constructed sport cruiser was designed with a stepped bottom and chine flats. Named UNIQUE II because of her unique design, this and her two sister ships were built for the whale watching/enviro tour industry. Thus the large all around windows. All aluminum construction was selected for the strength but also to create a very economical vessel to run. The vessel is easily powered with the 2011 Yamaha 200 hp four stroke outboard. Cruising very comfortably and quietly at 7+ knots at less than 2.8 GPH (2.5 MPG). The outboard was chosen because of its compact size, economy, reliability, steering and ability to tilt out of the water when not in use. The engine now has 2200 hours running time. 1000 hours at less than 1000 RPM. WOT is 6000 rpm. Maneuvering is also so easy with the addition of the Vetus bow thruster.
This design has allowed for the open concept layout and a very enjoyable accommodations with storage everywhere. The boat is set up for extended adventure travels which include the v-berth with a queen size bed, large inline galley, three burner Force 10 stove with oven, dining table directly across, built in cabinets keeping you nicely organize and large storage areas below in the hull. A propane fireplace with fan keeps the chill off during spring and fall cruising. Separate enclosed head with electric macerator toilet and holding tank.
The pilot house and the aft cockpit is under a hardtop surrounded by windows and a full canvas enclosure. You can convert from a fully open fresh air environment to a fully closed warm space in minutes. The pilot house is a wonderful area to lounge or entertain during the sunny afternoons or late into the evenings. You can adjust to the available warmth and light in minutes. Excellent visibility at the helm for the pilot and co-pilot with independent bucket seating. The only time you need wet gear is going from the boat to the pub. Under the pilot house, there is an enclosed space that can be utilized as an aft cabin with the possibility of two single berths, or just loads of storage. As storage it is a great place for folding bicycles, BBQ, dock cart, crab traps, tools and all the other necessities of life which most other small boat owners pile on to empty berths. The top of the pilot house has SS racks for two kayaks. The main cabin top has racks for two bikes etc. The aft swim grid with dual ladders, is great for swimming, BBQ setup or accessing your dinghy. On the swim grid there is a hoist added to aid with the rib outboard or various other toys. An option to add to the swim grid is a swimgrid/pod which allows for larger power or two outboards. Previously with twin 150 outboards UNIQUE cruised at 27 knots @ 4200 RPM. Sisterships used as a water taxi cruised at 30 knots with twin 225 hp engines while carrying 14 people.
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