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The smallest boats with a standing-height engine room?

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Amicus curiae, Sep 6, 2019.

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  1. Liam

    Liam Senior Member

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    I had a Gobbi 27 Sport (30 feet over all 10 feet wide) from 94 till 2008, and the boat had standing engine room with sun pad closed. Full walk around the engines, only you had to sit low to port side.
    Interesting for its size, the boat had rather large Volvo41s 200hp with stern drives. I think that boat had one of the best technical layouts I ever saw.
    Separate boiler box (to stbd), separate battery box (to port), both molded in fiberglass. Separate fuel tank in between the cabin and ER, which you could easily remove (remove hatch floor with six screws and you take it out).
    Infact once I did remove it and clean it.
    Also very seaworthy, for example I did Messina to Porto Rosa (over 30 nm) in 1.5 to 2 meter waves to the nose at 20 knots with no slamming.
  2. Oscarvan

    Oscarvan Senior Member

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    The very reason I keep coming back to the Hatts...... I'm planning to do my own maintenance to a very large extent and accessibility is paramount. Ask me about my rear engine, rear radiator motor home.....:mad:
  3. gsholz

    gsholz New Member

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    In terms of engine room space, check out the Grand Banks 52 Europa. I'm 6'4" and can stand up in the engine room next to the engines and generator. Lots of space. Getting to the engine room is not quite walk-in though. There is a ladder from the saloon or you can get to it from the lazarette but that requires bending over quite a bit. Engine room access was one of the primary reasons for us to go with the GB52 Europa.
  4. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    Well, that is the rub. On these size boats, you still have to bend over to work on everything because most things are not mounted on the wall at waist level.
  5. captaintilt

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    Have a look at a Sunseeker 52' Manhattan(Newer model years). Surprising amount of space in the Engine Room. I'm 5'10" and have all kinds of room above my head and can essentially walk around both engines with ease, as well as get to the Seakeeper and GenSet. There is a small walkway through a bulkhead to get to the running gear, but rarely have to go in there.
  6. cleanslate

    cleanslate Senior Member

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    Both the 48' and 53' Ocean Yachts MY have stand up/walk in engine rooms. 1988/1991 or so..

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