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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 30 Issue 2 February 2017 Wilbur Yachts Launches 45 foot Sportfi sherman


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FAMILY TIES, fi nished by Wilbur Yachts, sitting at Dysart's Marina in Southwest Harbor.


MANSET – Over the last few years Maine boatbuilders have seen a steady increase in fi nishing off hulls for the sportfi shing community. Over the past year this has kept Wilbur Yachts in Manset busy as they fi nished off a 45-foot hull from Millennium Marine in Eastport as a sportfi sherman for a customer from St. Thomas. The hull arrived in December 2015 and


when fi nished it was going to be too big for the main shop, so it went up back to a bigger shop. The owner arrived shortly thereafter and discussed what he wanted and in March the crew went to work. John Kachmar, owner of Wilbur Yachts, said, “When the boat came in we had a raw hull with some of the bulkheads in, the superstructure was on, and the engine was just set in. Between the two fi sh boxes there was no bulkhead, so we put one in. We got the engine in (1,015- hp C-18 Caterpillar) and everything set up and we went to put the hydraulic motor on the back of the transmission and it wouldn’t fi t. Then we started putting the risers on and they wouldn’t fi t. So we had to move that bulkhead back about 12 inches and everything worked out. For the exhaust sys- tem we worked with Marine Exhaust from Palm Beach and they designed a system that would do what we needed.” Workers also began fairing and painting the bottom of the hull and the cabin. Once the engine was in place, they began installing the hydraulic system,


which was actually two systems. There was the steering system with the two helms and the autopilot and the other was for the bow thruster, pot hauler and a high-volume low-pressure pump for the deck. John add- ed, “We had two water pumps with two outlets on the deck in the cockpit. One was freshwater and one was saltwater. The salt water one ran off of the sea chest to the two live-wells, which was from Best Marine Products in Florida. There are four 2000 gallon bilge pumps in there. It’s a pretty neat set up. Basically what you are able to do with this particular live well is you have two sides and you have two bilge pumps that could feed both. If a bilge pump dies while you are fi shing you just turn the valve and keep going.” This boat is defi nitely a fi shing ma-


chine. There are 15 rod holders on board; three downrigger outlet reels; a green stick; Lee outriggers (Lee’s Tackle Outriggers, Egg Harbor Township, NJ); and two trans- ducers for the two diff erent fi sh sounders. Her electronic system is all Garmin. As for accommodations, John said,


“She has an over and under V-berth forward. Brunswick Cushion did all the canvas and cushion work for us. You step back you have a large head on the port side with a wand shower. To starboard you have a decent sized galley. There is a sink with hot and cold pressurized water, microwave, coff ee maker and plenty of storage. Aft of the head


The 45-foot FAMILY TIES under way during sea trials off Southwest Harbor.


you go down a curved stairway to a storage room. In here is the holding tank and pump out and shelves for storage. Underneath the helm, there is a utility room and that is where all the brains for the electronics and the water tanks are. You also have a door going back into the engine room so you have full access in there, rather than dropping down through a hatch in the deck. Up in the pilothouse on the starboard side, you have the Blue Seas 360 custom electrical panel. The breaker for the genset and/or shore power is in there as well. We have a Llebrock helm seat, which


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is a very comfortable seat. We have a wrap- around helm with a couple of screens, auto- pilot, stereo and two VHF radios up high. To port we have a dinette. The dinette has two seats with four-inch cushions on the seats and two inch backs, very comfortable. The windows are from Marine Light out of Can- ada. In the cockpit on the starboard side we have a second helm with the basic controls. There is also a 14-inch stainless steel Marine Hydraulics pot hauler. The davit and all of


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