Apart from a very high quality build, what does this Helmsman 31, most Kadey Krogen 39’s and most Nordhavn 40’s have in common? They are all powered by the John Deere 4045 industrial diesel. The knowledgable owner spec’d the boat to be dependable, economical and self sufficient in the remote places he favours cruising. Of note to Canadian purchasers, the 9.5% duty has been paid on Emma B. (Yes, there is 9.5% duty to import a Helmsman to Canada). That is a huge savings. Helmsman acquired the tooling for the legendary Camano, retained the exact hull, modernized the cabin look with curved windows and a radar arch, then completely redesigned and upgraded the interior.
The new “galley up” layout is brighter, has a large fridge-separate freezer, 3 burner stove with large oven and corian countertop. Extra storage is available in the upper “drop down” cabinets which also include a Samsung Smart TV. The design allows full view and brightness from the windows while the cabinets are “up”. Wooden blinds allow privacy while docked. The Center Forward window tips open for excellent ventilation in combination with the sliding windows at the forward seating and the round opening port to stern.The dinette boasts a beautiful drop down table with inlaid compass rose. This easily converts to a second double berth.
Unlike the original, the redesign has 2 forward facing seats so a couple can both sit up and look forward underway. All seating was ordered in tan coloured leather on Emma B. It should be noted that the floor is solid teak and holley, NOT a plywood veneer as typically used. Going below one is surprised by the comfort of the master cabin. A step up queen sized bunk complete with multiple cabinets for clothing, a large drawer, very good sized cedar lined hanging locker and great ventilation. To starboard is a nice sized head complete with vacu flush toilet and corian countertop on the vanity. There is an optional wall mounted medicine cabinet as well. To Port is a separate shower which would be the envy of much larger vessels. True luxury for a couple on a boat this size.
Up on the flybridge are 3 forward facing fully adjustable seats and good storage under the steering console. The radar arch keeps floor space to maximum and there is room for a lounge chair or 2.
The covered aft cockpit is a great place to barbecue or sit and enjoy a sundowner, all the while sheltered from the sun, wind or rain if anchored.Of note while comparing Emma B to the pre Helmsman Camano’s is the increased tankage. Fuel at 150 gallons, water at 100 and waste at 30 gallons are far larger, allowing more extended cruising.
In addition to items already mentioned above, the Helmsman comes with:
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