Bruckman 65

Does this motorsailer combine the best of both worlds? Associate editor Andrew Burton volunteers to spend a year or two finding out.

Bruckmann

The Bruckmann 65 motorsailer from the board of designer Mark Ellis looks like it was created to cruise two people in extreme comfort. With a beam of 18 feet carried well aft there'll be plenty of room to keep a couple happy living aboard full time. Of course, a deckhand could help take care of maintenance and perform the heavy work of coming to and leaving docks on a boat that's going to weigh nearly 100,000 pounds when it's full of gear, fuel, and water.

The pilothouse/saloon is on the same level as the large cockpit so those inside can easily socialize with those outside. There's also an inside steering station for when you just have to go sailing on a rainy day.

Down three steps, the galley, to port, looks like it will have room enough to create even the most elaborate meals. Opposite are a desk and an L-shaped seating area that the builder's literature says will be used as a library or a study. Forward, to starboard, is a large guest cabin with a head and sink en suite; across the passageway is a large head and shower. A cabin with upper and lower berths is just forward of that, and in the forepeak is the large owner's cabin with an island queen berth and another big head and shower.

On deck, the house is low and long until the pilothouse rises aft. The drawings show an inflatable dinghy stored on the aft part of the pilothouse-presumably the boom serves as a hoist. A built-in swim platform extends the waterline a few feet aft of the transom, which has a door let into it for access.

The rig carries a substantial sail plan, so the boat should sail well. I haven't seen the underwater plans, but I've known Mark Ellis to design cruising boats that show a fair turn of speed, and with it's long waterline, the Bruckmann 65 shouldn't be any different.

When there's no wind, a 250-horsepower John Deere diesel will provide the impetus, and a powerful bow-thruster will assist maneuvering in tight quarters.

The Bruckmann 65 is expected to sell for $2.3 million US.

Bruckmann Yachts
(905) 855-1117
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