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Summer 2009: Pacific NorthWest Yard Tour...

Discussion in 'Special Features & Live Show Coverage' started by YachtForums, Jun 29, 2009.

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    The new Queenship 74' is loaded with ideas, but most importantly... access to them. This is a boat built by people who know boats. Not just building them, but living with them. Let's face it, on a boat... stuff happens. Often, it's not the fault of the builder, but the 100's of suppliers making components and parts that a builder incorporates. One day, those parts will need service. YF will do a full review in the near future, but here's a preview of Queenship's new "Meriweather"...

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    This boat has a nice mix of modern, but traditional elements that will appeal to a broad range of yachtsmen. It also has the expected features that have become a standard in this size. Walk-around covered decks, a fully covered aft deck, port/starboard access to the swim platform, aft engine room access, a large hard-top covered flybridge and an ergonomic layout conducive to living aboard, cruising or simple entertaining.

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    But living with a yacht is a different story. This is where the new Q74 stands out. It's all in the details, so let's get started. Why do we have to pass a line thru the hull to secure it? Answer... remove the hurdle.

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    And if we must have a line guide thru the hull, why not have it double as a cleat? Duh!

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    And while were on the bow, let's clean up the clutter and conceal the anchor behind a door that has thru-hull visibility...

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    And should a boarding ladder really be a removable item that is stowed? What is someone falls overboard in truly frigid water. How long does that person have before hypothermia sets in? Probably less time than finding and deploying the ladder. This one deploys with a press of the red button...

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    Ever run a boat with Eisenglass wrapped around the flybridge? In some climates, you have no choice. It can get pretty hot without ventilation. Oh look... Queenship thought of that too!

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    Nothing screams easy access like a hinged instrument panel!

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    And should a handrail pass-thru be something that flips back, flopping about and pinching fingers? No, it should slide away, cleverly concealing itself within the main handrail...

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    Is the bow broken on the new Q74? Not hardly. This break is actually a very effective spray-knocker that runs aft and blends into the chine.

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    Innovative ideas continue inside too, but we'll save all of them for the complete YF review. Until then, here's an example of what to expect down below. How 'bout a pop-up flat panel that can also be watched in the down position! You can have your view and watch TV too!

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    Got wrinkles? Forget Retinol. Q-Ship has the cure...

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    Believe it or not, the engine room hasn't been detailed yet. Actually, there no details to clean! This is the epitome of KISS. Many systems are placed throughout the boat for easier access and a less demanding environment. The Q74 review will follow when images come available. Special thanks to Jim Hawkins and his wife for being such gracious hosts and good cooks. Hotel Hawkins was the best place we stayed!

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    I took about 1000 pictures on my trip. Most are detail shots I'll use for editorial at a later date, or when someone needs an opinion on which yard is best suited for their needs. Beyond that, I took a few pictures along the way, such as the highway that runs north from Vancouver to Whistler, BC... the proverbial Highway to Heaven, where we stayed overnight and enjoyed the picturesque setting of Whistler Village.

    We brought back memories that are forever engraved in our minds and have likely changed our perception of all that is beautiful. Mostly, we met some really great people. :)

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    Time to get some sleep. I'm one tired puppy...

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