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The first Island Pilot sits outside the assembly shop in Zhuhai, China, awaiting being packed up for shipment to the U.S.

Note: You can see the tape already below the sheer line (the hull is Flag Blue all the way to the deck), on the fly bridge windscreen, on the opening hatches and the deck house windshields.


This angle shows off the Island Pilots sheer along with the strong facets of her deck house.

Note: The anchor roller has been stowed below decks for shipping to the U.S.


From the side, you can see just how big the aft deck is on the Island Pilot. A full 8 feet long by 13 feet wide, this space is fully covered by your choice of soft or hard top.


Looking at the stern you can see just how unique we’ve made the diving/boarding platform. Rather than devote the entire added length to a single purpose platform, we’ve used most of the extension for deck space port & starboard with an inset protected two-level platform. This gives you two different heights to chose from when boarding from a tender or a floating dock. Adult handrails give you something handy and strong to grab on to. On the upper step is a hot & cold transom shower (you can see the white hatch to starboard if you look closely).


Here’s the first good look at the Island Pilot’s drive train. The pair of Volvo Penta diesels deliver the horsepower in the most efficient manner possible - counter-rotating dual prop stern drives. Drawing less water, using less fuel, delivering more miles per gallon, these drives gain 20% efficiency over a traditional straight shaft system. Plus, they tilt up higher than the centerline skeg, allowing you to sneak over all but the shallowest of sand bars!


Here’s a photo of the stainless steel swim ladder in her extended position. Note that there are 3 steps below the water surface and that it is at an easy-to-use angle. The treads are elliptical in cross section - easy on bare feet.

If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see the ladder in the folded position. If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, you can reach up to the bottom rung and deploy the ladder while swimming - a safety requirement of European Community yachts.


Here’s a good shot of the fine entry of the bow and the fared bow thruster tunnel. Lifting strakes run almost the full length of the hull.

Not only do we use Vinylester resins in the skin coat of the hull, we also prep the bottom with 3 coats of International “Interprotect” epoxy barrier coat before applying 2 coats of International Micron Extra bottom paint.


We’ve added first class Springfield Marine “Pilot 54” helm chairs with adjustable pedestals on the bridge. These chairs hold you in place and have a unique thigh bolster that raises up to create a “leaning post” type of seating. There’s a 66” long bench aft.


Facing forward, you can see the complete array of standard instruments. Full engine gauges along with the Raymarine ST6001 autopilot, the Raymarine VHF handset (for the Ray240 VHF) and the center piece, the Raymarine E120 Multi-display (radar, plotter, depth, video feeds, etc.). There is also the Volvo Penta LCD panel that gives you detailed engine information (suitable for trouble shooting) plus fuel flow.

Note: The windscreen and dash are covered in plastic.


Nobody gives you this kind of open engine space! With only the motors and their related gear, the machinery space appears surprisingly barren. The centerline hatch is easily opened for daily maintenance - the outboard hatches open to give full access over and outboard of the motors. The generator is under the bridge deck, forward of the motors, in its sound shield.


There are a pair of lazarettes in the aft outboard corners of the aft cockpit. They measure 36” wide X 24” long X 21” high (10 1/2 cubit feet each). These are perfect places to stow lines, fenders, snorkeling gear and LPG tanks. The bottoms of these lockers are above the waterline and drain naturally overboard.