"The Big Blue has taken myself and the owners by pleasant surprise, surpassing all expectations by way of comfort, cruising range, fuel economy, stability and all round functionality.
Over the past 10 months we have cruised 22000 nm from East Florida to SE Asia through the South Pacific Islands. Vast ocean crossing have put The Big Blues’ machinery and construction to the test and we are happy to say she handled the seas and distances without falter.
She will maintain an average cruising speed of 11 knots extending her range to make ocean passages possible. We have seen seas up to 5 metres sometimes from two different directions and The Big Blue kept on cruising without being scarred.
Once at our destination, maintenance was kept easy with the satin finish hull paint requiring minimum attention. The marine deck 2000 that was installed on the Heli deck and transom does not require scrubbing or acids and is very durable.
She travels fully loaded with Kayaks, a Pico Sail boat, Jacuzzi, Helicopter, a 21’ tender, 17’ tender, 8’ Dingy, Fuel for the Heli and a massive inflatable “Island of Fun” water park all stored on the sun deck with plenty of room to chill out on the sun beds surrounding the Jacuzzi. There is ample storage both on deck and in the interior.
She responds particularly well to maneuvering requests by the helmsman whether they are steering from the Bridge or the hand control pendant which can be used on the wings, foredeck for anchoring or sun deck for reef navigation.
Top of the line, new electronics chart system and screens along with Radars, Depth Sounder, Monitors and a Gyro Compass all installed in the refit make up part of a manageable Bridge to undergo voyages of any description.
Her set up for diving is efficient, with a Nitrox compressor that can fill cylinders in the tender tied alongside the swim platform. All equipment is stored in the Lazarette and storage in the transom bilges allow for access at all times.
Conveniently located within the Galley are the floor to overhead Freezers and Refrigerators for ease of access and enough space for frozen items to keep supplying meals up to 4 months. Equip with all new appliances and a user friendly work space, chefs will be pleased with the arrangement of their workspace.
The Crew Area was transformed from the frames up, into a 6 berth, comfortable living space with each cabin having ensuite bathrooms and DVD players for each bunk, along with a 47” TV in the crew mess linked to the vessel AV System which contains over 2500 movies and growing.
The water makers and fresh water tanks allow for continuous supply of hot and cold, and even when making water is not possible she can survive off full tanks for 6 or 7 days with conservative efforts.
All around she is a solid boat that is capable of anything with intelligent forward planning."